My problem is this: The computer goes into a reboot loop, always back to the page that says, Normal, Last Known Configuration, SAFE mode, etc. Now, mysteriously I will put in my flash drive, which is worn out and on the fritz because I have to push it down in order for it to really stay on and connected, but when it is connected the XP screen comes on once in a dim fashion and then almost immediately a blue screen comes on (not long enough to read it, but it once did and I could read that it was checking the "L" drive, the flash drive for drive inconistencies), then the blue screen goes away fast and it will then it will reboot once, I will press NORMAL, rather than Safe mode, rather than Last Known Good Configuration etc. and then with the flash drive still in, it will predicably now boot properly into XP to include now a brighter XP introductory screen.
I have two thoughts toward diagnosis and both may be off or come close to issues involving the problem. One, I remember having problems getting a Client Resource Managment software to recognize the "old" drive letter on that flash drive and either having to change the path the computer took to get to it or in manually changing the drive letter on the flash drive itself and I don't know if this somehow "hooked" that flash drive into a necessary connection now with the computer, in order for it to boot properly. Second, perhaps I when I initially installed Windows XP, I had this particular flash drive connected, such that the original install becomes dependent upon it for booting. I do not believe this second idea could be true however, because enough incidents exist I think, that I would not have had the flash drive in and the computer still booted.
I've also tried putting another USB flash drive into the USB port and the bad connection exists just with that USB flash drive being worn out and not the port. Interestingly though, when I do put a new flash drive into the port, although it won't boot, unless you have that particular one in, it will however reveal that one front end step that shows some promise towards booting and that is when I push Normal Boot, then that dim XP screen and quick flash of blue screen thing does happen. But then the second Normal Boot pushing of the button does not bring about the lighted up XP screen, rather it goes into the same reboot loop.
Any help is GREATLY appreciated!!!