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ghostz

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I am having a problem with windows XP..
When I turn on the computer I get the dos startup screen. Windows never loads..
It just keeps starting over (the dos screen)

Now I had some problems with it rebooting itself..
I went through some virus help and it was working fine (except I had no "add or remove programs" .
I tried to boot it up again..and it won't load windows at all?

Does anyone have any ideas on what I can try???
I do not have any restore disc... So that is not an option..

Here is a link to what I have done..
http://www.geekstogo...al-t256265.html
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Did you ever do what Rorschach112 asked in post 17 of the malware topic?
If not is that when the system stop starting?
Can you give us the make and model of your system?
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Hi

Yes I did post number 17..

That was the last thing I did.. I restarted and the computer booted up.. Everything seemed fine so I shut it down and then several days later I tried to start the computer and thats when I just get the dos screen...

Computer info:
Emachine model: T3414
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer Gateway
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Is there any way you can borrow a XP Home Edition from someone?
In order to repair your current installation or do a parallel installation we will need it.
We can check the hard ware in the meantime to make sure there is no issues with any of it.


Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

Thanks to Broni for the instructions

When done with this then proceed to the next steps

If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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