Sorry, i should have clearly stated the looping stopped. The problem was with this section:
The computer started up but with that old error message "your system just recoverd from a serious error". It keeps coming up and up and up all the time.
I should of said "the computer started up with NO reboot loop but with the error message.... "For some reason i thought you'd see i didn't put "with a reboot Loop" and everything would be clear: an unfair assumption. So i'm really sorry i've made this harder. I guess i wrote too fast.What was installed
1st - external hard drive. Driver automatically installed.
2nd - wireless mouse. Driver installed automatically (if there was one?)
3rd - I then installed a bundled software program for added features with the mouse which i uninstalled as it was pointless.
4th - webcam software, followed by driver. ** this is where i think a problem may lie** (detail covered later)
5th - external dvd. Driver automatically installed.
6th - Two bundled programs installed: cineplayer 2.2, easy media creator 7.
(N.B. the last program i installed before all this was several weeks ago - azureus client.)
i had some problem with this device. I put in the cd, insalled the software fine. System rebooted. Screen comes up: insert webcam into usb port. So i do. However windows automatically recognises the new hardware. Meanwhile, the original webcam screen, promting insertion of the webcam does not change at all. So i decide to go through the windows screens. But it didn't work that way. I retried several times to no avail. I tried several reinstalls, reading directly from the disk, trying to install an appropiate windows driver from a list which didn't actually go through to install. There was also an option on the cd of "Just installing drivers". It copied the files over, restarted brought up the same prompt screen and then of course the windows hardware tool automatically popped up on insertion of the webcam.
In the end i downloaded the driver installation pack from the internt. This went through the reboot process as the cd did, only this time, on inserting my webcam the windows hardware tool did not popup allowing the webcam to be properly installed.
I turned my PC off and turned it on in the morning with no reboot loop. I went onto the setup of the external dvd device.
There was one last thing. When i did the system restore there was three points to restore to that i barely remember.
-to before the installation of roxio easy media creator 7
-to before the installation of roxio cineplayer 2.2
and then somewhere before
the roxio software (i think)
-to before the installation of (something like) windows media player update (or) a windows general update.
i'm pretty sure that was the say before the setiing up of the dvd burner. Yep i'm about 90% confident that i installed a windows update after the webcam but before the dvd.
I'm unsure of what XP CD you mean. However earlier this year my hard drive frazzled. I bought a new one and completley reinstaled windows xp using a cd. If i could do that with that CD im guessing thats the CD you mean which i therfore have. So basically i'm confident i have the right CD.
I hope i have given you every detail, i can think of nothing more to add.
once again, sorry for being confusing. I know this is free and you do this with your own time which i'm very grateful for. I didn't mean in any way to be lazy with my detail and descriptions it was just an honest mistake.