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Infinite Restart on Boot

By HarrisonChen
Mar 21, 2003
  1. When I installed a display driver for my GeForce 4 (for XP), I accidently set the resolution to one that my monitor does not support. It displayed nothing when windows booted up. I attempted to boot in Safe Mode, but it restarted when it finished booting and now whenever it finishes booting windows, it restarts. I tried all the options (Safe Mode, etc) and none worked. How could I resolve this problem and still keep the data on my HDD?
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Press F8 when OS starts to boot (right after BIOS finishes its stuff), you will get a boot menu. One of the choices is standard VGA.
     
  3. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still no avail

    That produces the same result.
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Have you tried booting the "last known good" configuration or doing a system restore?

    It may also be some malicious program/virus doing it's stuff..

    This is something people frown upon, but reinstalling windows might repair the problem too..
     
  5. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Maniac Posts: 537   +12

    If you insert your XP CD, you will be given the option to do an "Automated System Recovery". Give that a try, it's worked for me in the past :grinthumb .
     
  6. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay

    I don't have the Automaric Repair option, possible because I bought XP seperately and assembled my computer? I tried all options for F8. It is not a virus, because it was caused after I installed a driver. What files would be deleted if I reinstalled windows?
     
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    nothing will be deleted if you install over the existing installation, even the settings will be retained. Pay attention when installing, because you can also install by cleaning up the windows folder or formatting the whole partition.
     
  8. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Uhh

    I was able to start Windows after re-installing it. However, my files were still in my folder for the previous installation and I could not access it. How would I access the contents of that private folder (for a user that no longer exists).

    The plug where the keyboard plugs into also does not function. I examined it and saw that it was missing a pin (when I looked into the holes I saw pieces of metal, for one, there was none. Is it possible to get a replacement? It is part of my motherboard, an Albatron KX series.
     
  9. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    And I forgot, what happens when you don't register Windows withing 30 days?
     
  10. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    If you don't register after 30 days you will either be forced to register, or reinstall again. This is just something that M$ has built in to prevent people from pirating their software.
     
  11. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Okay

    If I got a USB keyboard, would I have to install anything first to use it?
     
     
  12. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    No installing needed for XP, but you should turn USB keyboard support on in BIOS to avoid problems. I think you can access other users' folders when you use the Administrator account..
     
  13. HarrisonChen

    HarrisonChen TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No, it doesn't allow me to access other users' accounts.
     
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