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Emachines stuck in recovery loop.

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hello out there, this is terry, I have one Emachines T6524 acting goofy. I had a few files to keep and tried to copy to disc with no success by any method. I used the recovery disc and checked the radio button for "Full Recovery with Backup" so that I would still have the files. (Yup, real simple, done it many times with other machines, not new to computers.)After the recovery process is complete it asks for a restart. I've removed the disc and restarted. It then goes through a file copy process and asks for a restart. And it just stsays like that for the last 30 times and I can get into the bios and setup menu, but I cannot get it to start windows, BTW, XP Home. There is a point where it looks like the nice blue background of windows, but then goes right to the recovery menu.

I have searched the forums, and the help topics here and can't find anything close enough to help.

Whatever can I do, this is my landlords machine, the files are important, I do not want to do the full factory recovery, can I get the files out, somehow, take it to a shop, maybe?..or am I sort of up the creek here? Something as simple as an XP repair has somehow gone sour, I have been painfully careful. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Pardon me, I've forgotten some things; XP Media Edition, machine was working but had a few glitches. Each machine and OS has its method of accessing the "safe mode" I haven't YET tried EVERY key combo, but that's going to take a while. I'm not sure what combo it is, <shift F10> gets me to the bios, F4 exits, <shift F4> goes to bootmenu, I shouldn't even have to worry about this, it SHOULD (ha ha) just start after files that were missing are repaired, right?

...update..22 october/09

I found some closely related topics, ie: how to get the files out by setting the HDD as slave but, there's only one HDD in the machine. Some things I am unfamiliar with, as I haven't had to do this before.

After leaving the recovery screen running for a few minutes , it goes to an error screen "to prevent damage to your computer......" it asks for BIOS Updates, and gives some error codes, I am using a new Toshiba Satellite notebook, I am wondering if it can be used (for other than creating a bootable disc) perhaps by network cable, to get the Emachine working again.

Edited by terry778, 22 October 2009 - 08:37 AM.

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Hello Terry,

You did a good job describing exactly what I have also experienced.

Although I should say that I made the suggested back up copy of O/S when I purchased the emachine. I am stuck in an endless loop.

I was soooo sad to see that you had no replies to this issue.

If you found a fix. please respond.
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