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andrew241

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OK guys here is the dilema. About 2 years ago I built the PC. It has been runnign great until a few weeks ago. I got stuck in a reboot loop. I reinstalled XP since I didn't know any better. Well it did it again but this time I couldn't run any utilities to get it working again. So I decided to use some recovery cds I made the last time it was working properly. Well they stop mid recovery. It is at random points, sometimes on the first cd and occasionally on the 2nd but it will nto complete. I can't boot into the OS to run any tests. What would you start with?
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Can you boot to Safe Mode?
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That can easily be caused by bad memory and it's very simple to test. Just download memtest86, you can put it on a floppy or burn it to a CD, then boot from it and it will automatically run.
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Thanks for the info guys. I can't boot into safe mode. I will download memtest86. I didn't know I could boot from it. I guess for some reason I thought it was for use inside of windows. Thanks for the information. I am hoping its as simple as replacing the ram. I am trying to learn alot of this as I go :)

Edited by andrew241, 13 August 2008 - 08:52 PM.

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OK guys I tried the memtest rpogram and it ram for more than 2 hours without any errors. I am starting to think it may be an issue with heat. When I picked it up the other day after they had tried to use the recovery disks it was really warm. I will give it a whirl with the restor cds again at my hosue where the temp shoudl be lower and I will keep the case apart. After I get windows in what shoudl I use to check the temps on this thing?
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