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PC Won't Finish Start Up....

by monkeyxflash-21315543890878678874547269159433 / October 29, 2006 5:11 PM PST

I've got an HP a305w Pavillion, uses Windows XP:Home Edition.

Early last morning, it started having a really weird problem. When I turned the computer on this morning an odd prompt screen came up: "We're sorry for the incovienience but windows could start up successfully..." and so on. It then gives me the various choices of how to start windows, Safe mode, Safe mode with net interface, Safe mode with command prompt, and start from last shut off point.

No matter what choice I selected it would attempt to load windows then would abruptly restart as if I had just turned it on. Ive tried using each of the choices the prompt screen gives me, but the result is the same. No matter what, the PC restarts as if I had just turned it on.

Its not my primary PC, so it hasn't been cleaned or defragmented in a VERY long time. So the cause is pretty clear, but if anyone knows how to fix it, that'd be great!

Thanx for listening!

Monkey X

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Recovery Console
by phantazy / October 29, 2006 6:36 PM PST

You have to change the first boot device to cd rom in the BIOS, ad then boot from windows XP cd. Press 'r' to get to te recovery console, after logging in type 'chkdsk /r',
and be very patient, as it might take a couple of hours. When finished, boot as normal.

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by monkeyxflash-21315543890878678874547269159433 / October 30, 2006 6:42 AM PST
In reply to: Recovery Console

The PC didn't come with a WinXP cd when I bought it.

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That's what to fix next. (get the CD)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2006 7:42 AM PST
In reply to: But....

It's sort of the flat tire and no spare problem.


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The fix depends
by gfine / November 3, 2006 1:28 AM PST

on what you have available to you.

This type of startup problem indicates either a device driver is failing or something in the boot order is severely trashed. It loads, and then errors out, and in the process is the cause of the reboot.

If you added a new device, remove it.

If you have an XP Home CD for another system you can probably use it to boot this system. Drop to the Repair Prompt and look to see what you may be able to repair.

Some system have a Recovery Partition on them that has a copy of WinXP on it. Usually there is a choice (like F-10) when you first boot your machine. If ther is not Recovery Partiition this is not a problem.

Scrounge around for any copy of WinXP Home from another machine. You can use it to boot the machine, and get the Repair console. But unless the machine is from the same manufacturer it likely won't be usuable to reinstall WinXP.

Good luck..

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Thanx everyone!
by monkeyxflash-21315543890878678874547269159433 / November 3, 2006 5:21 PM PST
In reply to: The fix depends

I should be getting the Hp cd in the mail soon, I hope I can wrap this problem up when it arrives.

Monkey X

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