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Hey guys,

Got another one fore ya here, well my parents PC just turns off right after the Windows XP screen comes on. I tried that a few times with the same affect. My next thought was too boot into Safe Mode and to see if I can find a virus or something. Same thing, right after loading the drivers, shuts down. All I can think of is it might be over heating, but I dunno. Any thoughts or help on this would be greatly appreciated.

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you could try a repair..info here
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Will give that a try this weekend, thanks!
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Also wondering if you are getting a BSOD but not seeing it because Automatic Restart is on (stupidest thing MS has ever done and they've done some whiz bangers!)

When you get the Boot select screen, choose Turn off Automatic Restart and see if you get a blue screen error. This optionis only available if you have SP2 installed.
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Well this problem keeps occuring, so I will try Ztruker's suggestion, then happyrck's.

Also, just to clarify, no data will be lost if I run a repair. My parents are making me post and ask because they just wanna be sure.
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A Repair Install will not touch your data. It replaces system files and registry entries.
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Ok, thanks.

I would try the repair install, but we don't have a Windows XP Disc.

I was lookin through the manuals and I found the following info.

HP has preinstalled the System Recovery software on the hard drive in case you need to recover the original software that came with your PC.


Will that work, or is that something totally different?
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I was lookin through the manuals and I found the following info.

HP has preinstalled the System Recovery software on the hard drive in case you need to recover the original software that came with your PC.


Will that work, or is that something totally different?

if you use that...it will wipe the drive and put it back like the day you bought it...your data and any programs that have been install will be gone...

you might want to try this to get your data backed up...
get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd ...if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
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quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..


after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to

your computer...

click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will

mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...then drag the window to the
right edge of the screen...

now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to

the narrowest you can..drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...

your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmouting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash

drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...

now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in

again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
system..

Edited by happyrck, 08 March 2008 - 07:06 PM.

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I've used the HP Recovery Partition twice in the last two weeks and it works well. It offers two level of recovery. The default is a Repair, and it says it preserves your user data.

If you click on Advanced t hen you do a Clean install, with format and that will definitely lose all your data.

What ever you do, follow Happyrck's advice and backup your data now, before doing anything. Things can and do go wrong when doing a Repair Install so having your data backed up is definitely the way to go.

Once you've done that, try the HP Recovery partition. I think it will do what you want but the backup will guarantee no loss of data.
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for Ztruker
Noli nothis permittere te terere
and
Ne auderis delere orbem rigidum meum!

Edited by happyrck, 08 March 2008 - 07:10 PM.

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I loved the 2nd one!

http://www.columbia....ch/omnibus.html
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