Restarts on start-up

By Life15Peachy
Dec 20, 2006
  1. Im trying to fix one of my friends computer and it keeps resetting during the Windows XP boot screen. I cant access safe mode. I tried to reinstall windows, but I didnt have a bootable copy. I tried booting it from a floppy but for some reason it does not seem to recognize it. Can someone help me out?

    Im not really sure about the specs, but here:

    M7NCD motherboard
    AMD duron something
    20gb maxtor HD
    1gb ram

    this computer seems to be about 2-3 years old.
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

  3. Life15Peachy

    Life15Peachy TS Rookie Topic Starter


    how can i run the memtest? I dont think i can even get a prompt
  4. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    does the system complete the POST (power on self test)? if it does not complete the POST, you have a hardware problem.

    the POST is basically a procedure that the computer goes through when powered up to ensure that all hardware devices are functioning properly. a system with a hardware problem may not necessarily fail the POST. if the POST does fail, it means that there is a hardware problem that is preventing the machine from even attempting to continue to start. not all computers display detailed information when performing the POST.

    does the computer in question have a floppy drive? if so, do you have another working system with a floppy drive and internet connection.

    memtest86 can be run from a CD or floppy drive. follow the instructions on the memtest86 website.
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