XP start up stuck

By wizzy
Sep 24, 2008
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  1. Hi,
    I wonder if anyone can help me, i have a very old Tiny pc that has worked well for years, it's running XP home i think. When i tried to start it up it gets stuck in a loop, it offers the choice of SafeMode etc... but none of them work, it justs restarts and goes back to the same screen and i can't find any recovery disks?
    Can anyone suggest anything i can try ?
    I haven't got XP disc either.

    Thanks

    Sara
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. wizzy

    wizzy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks for your reply.
    Is there any way i can check that it is finding my cd-rom before buying this ?
    I've tried a xp disk in it before and it said it couldn't boot from disk !!!
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Well firstly check in CMOS settings to confirm CD is the first bootable device
    To get to cmos (or bios, or setup) you should notice a prompt like DEL or F2 (or some other key) when you first turn on the computer (it usually displays for about 3 secs somewhere on screen)
    Once in CMOS settings, locate the Boot Sequence, and adjust accordingly

    Otherwise it could either be a faulty CD drive, or faulty CD
  5. wizzy

    wizzy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks. Did do that before but it didn't work so dont no if it cd drive or disk.
    Any other ideas ?
  6. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,623

    take u're Windows disk and clean it with alcohol and a cotton ball, and see if it will boot then. if it is dirty this will help, dirty can mean having lots of winger prints on it or any thing else.
  7. Jerk

    Jerk Newcomer, in training Posts: 29

    Normally when this happend is becasue files whre
    corructed in the C:\WINDOWS\System32 directory.

    i recoment all user that while their computers are ok
    use then for a good and be prepare with tools so when
    things like these happend you can be preapre for the worse.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Actually corruption in Windows (or even no Windows) won't stop a bootCD

    But you did raise a good point, try another BootCD, this will elliminate the actual CD as the fault
  9. wizzy

    wizzy Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    ok thanks, will try suggestions
  10. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,284   +153

    Is a good idea to know for certain and know it matches whatever CD;s you're using

    Start->Run enter msinfo32
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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