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Need a Different Way to Boot

By Trafficflow · 5 replies
Sep 6, 2009
  1. I think the issue I am having might be related to a virus but the infon I need might be in general hardware or operating systems> Let me know ok? The computer has XP as the OS. The computer does its post then right after the XP splash screen i get a blue screen which goes away immediately before I can read it and starts the same thing over. How can I get past that point? Can I load XP on my jump drive and go from there? The usb has that option I think? Any Idea?
    Thanks Trafficflow
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    press teh f8 key when it boots up and you can get a menu, one of the options is to disable autorestart on blue screen
  3. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    Stop the autostart by pressing <F8> repeatedly once per second upon pressing the <on> button.
    Then if still there, it is likely going to be difficult to diagnose. Failed hard drive, failed video graphics driver, failed other driver, Infestations of various types...
    Tell us more about brand, age, Windows version, configuration, and such. We don't have enough information to suggest anything.
  4. Trafficflow

    Trafficflow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 91

    I disabled the autostart function. The message is unmountable boot volume.No new hardware changes also. I guess you can kiss the files away. Maybe he will learn to do backups now. I will run the diagnostics first then try a repair. Sound good?
  5. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    This error MIGHT be due to hardware issues but it might also be the result of file system / disk corruption. Suggest you try running running chkdsk /r. See [post=766270]How to recover your folders/files when Windows won’t boot[/post] which might also (if lucky) allow you an alternate boot to get to those files
  6. Trafficflow

    Trafficflow TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 91

    That worked!! Thanks everybody. I am looking for virus now and doing backups. Chkdsk found 2 errors on the hard drive. Is there anything else I need to do? Am I suppose to mark this solved? Where is at?
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