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Computer boots up, gives quick blue flash and resets [RESOLVED]


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Last night I was working on my wife's computer, she had a storage hard drive that was going out. Well, I managed to get everything off of it and back onto her main hard drive. I disconnected the extra hard drive, reset the jumper on the main hard drive, and everything was working just fine. I even rebooted it a couple of times, just to make sure everything would work and for the time, it was.

Well, she got up this morning and tried to start up her computer and it would get to the Windows XP boot screen, and then it flashes a quick blue screen (it doesn't stay up long enough for me to be able to tell what the error is), and then resets. It keeps going through the same routine over and over, until I shut the stupid thing off.

Any suggestions as to what the problem could be?

Edited by GovtCheese, 04 November 2007 - 07:40 PM.

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Your computer is set to reboot after a "blue screen." Turn it off so that you can discover the error.

During the display of the very first screen that shows the manufacturer's logo, start tapping the F8 key about twice a second. (Not too fast, that can cause problems on some systems.)

Soon you will be presented with a black screen with white writing. I think that it is the bottom-most entry, but move the highlighting with the arrow keys to "Disable automatic restart on error."

Press the Enter key. Your computer will stop rebooting and display the contents of the blue screen error. Many common errors are described here: http://www.geekstogo...des-t43519.html I suggest that you write down everything that is shown on the error screen just as presented to aid in troubleshooting

If may be profitable to attempt to boot to either "Last known good configuration," or Safe Mode. If the problem is a driver (and many are) one of those choices may work for you.
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Thanks for the quick reply, I did what you suggested and it's bringing up the "unmountable boot volume" error. I'll go over to that thread you linked to and see what I can do from there. I'll update here if I can't get the problem resolved.
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Unmountable boot volume: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/555302
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Hey, all the info you posted was a huge help, it's up and working just like it should.

Thanks alot, this forum and the wonderful posters that frequent this place have saved me alot of time, money, and trouble.
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:) I just love happy endings!
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