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PC Keeps restarting

by rkl32159 / November 22, 2009 6:24 AM PST

Help, my computer keeps restarting, it doesn't even get to windows a message pops up informing me that windows did not start succesfully. A recent hardware or soft war change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose last known good config to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure of because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem choose start Windows Normally...

then i have 5 choices:

safe mode
safe mode with networking
safe mode with command prompt
last known good config
start normally

nothing works.

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Some trojans do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2009 6:34 AM PST
In reply to: PC Keeps restarting

But let's try simple things.

Unplug all network and usb connections and one more time. Also any memory card (SD, compact flash, PC-Card, PCMCIA) and retry them all.

Sorry I can't be more specific. I read your post twice to see what machine this was.
Bob

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Repair
by im_davy / November 22, 2009 6:35 AM PST
In reply to: PC Keeps restarting

Try doing a windows installation repair. This is a tough one to fix because it can be so many things. If you just added a new mouse or cd drive etc, take it out and try booting again. Also try booting into safemode or selecting the last known configuration option. I've seen this a few times but I've only beaten it a small number of occasions with an installation repair.

If that doesn't work, get another hdd and put windows on it, boot to it and see if that works.

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Listen to this one.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 22, 2009 6:40 AM PST
In reply to: Repair

One of my all time favorites is to remove the hard drive so I don't lose any files (well none that are not already gone) and pop a fresh drive and install the OS. Later we can get the owner's files back.

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well
by rkl32159 / November 22, 2009 6:47 AM PST
In reply to: Listen to this one.

i really only use this pc to play music and some games nothing too critical on it. But I would like to recover most of the files I have on it...I'll take it down to my local pc guru and recover the files.

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pc
by rkl32159 / November 22, 2009 6:44 AM PST
In reply to: Repair

the day before I had all kinds of spy ware suddenly appear on my pc was using Microsoft Sec Essential and spyware doctor. Spyware doc asked to restart so I said ok and got up from the pc...came back a few hours and notice that message recycling every 30 seconds I will try those suggestions but I'm afraid it will be a loss cause, I'm not even sure where my install disc is anyways. I do need a pc with a better graphics card anyways

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Listen to Bob
by im_davy / November 22, 2009 6:48 AM PST
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Do what Bob said, that's what I was getting at and it's an awesome solution. I had to do the same thing a year ago on my own computer because a trojan killed it. If safe mode doesn't work get a new hard drive or a used one from somewhere, wipe it clean and daisy chain those bad boys. There are tons and tons of forums and article about how to do that. In the future I recommend Super Anti Spyware, it is amazing. But like I said, no safe mode, no chance, do the piggy back.

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thanks guys
by rkl32159 / November 22, 2009 6:56 AM PST
In reply to: Listen to Bob

Thanks I just tried unplugging everything and same issue...when I try to restart to c prompt a huge string of command lines about system32. I just know it is a trojan...like I said I'll help the local economy and go to my main street computer shop.

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