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W-XP (HE) in Continual Rebooting Mode


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OK,nothing obvious in there

Is this your machine:
http://h10025.www1.h...n&cc=us&y=5&x=3

If so, it does not match your system spec.

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Right click MY COMPUTER, choose PROPERTIES, choose ADVANCED, choose SETTINGS button in START up and RECOVERY, and click the EDIT button to open boot,ini in notepad.

Post the contents here.
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Yes, I have a Compaq S4300NX, but with upgrades of graphics, ram, DVD-writer, external hard drive, sound card, etc.
Boot.ini info below:

[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="temp windows"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn /safeboot:minimal
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
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OK, I added a line to the boot.ini, you can cut and paste it and add to the end of your's

Then, reboot, and choose the

Microsoft Windows XP Home safemode
option

It should seize up again.

After it seizes, reboot and load the temp windows section, then go to

c:\windows\

and attach

ntbtlog.txt
to your next post

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[boot loader]
timeout=10
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="temp windows"
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn /safeboot:minimal
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog
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jerryf,
Want to make sure I understand what you are stating and that I do right.
I do the following again:
Right click MY COMPUTER, choose PROPERTIES, choose ADVANCED, choose SETTINGS button in START up and RECOVERY, and click the EDIT button to open boot,ini in notepad.

and add the new line:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home safemode" /safeboot:minimal /sos /bootlog

and then EXIT (or SAVE) in Notepad, and this new line of info will be added to program?

And then after rebooting twice, when going into "C:\Window\" directory, I will find a "ntbtlog.txt" file that had been generated becasue of these changes and the rebooting has captured some process info?
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yep
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Added line to boot.ini.
Followed instructions, but do not find a "ntbtlog.txt" file under C:\Windows.
Triple checked the added boot.ini line.
The closest file is "ntdtsetup.log"
But to let you know - it doesn't really seemed to seize. After choosing MS-XP Home Safemode, I get a blue display screen telling me among several things that boot log is enabled.
Then goes to Compaq logo screen, then kick back into multi choice screen of Temp, W-XP, W-XP Home Safemode.
Seems I can either just let go to start up in Normal mode or select Temp here.
I selected Temp here, but still no log file under C:\Windows.
Did search of C:\Windows and did not find "ntbtlog.txt" so did not find in a folder.
Am I doing something not quite right in correct boot sequence?
..ZiaMan
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hold on, be right back...
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Hmm, you must be crashing before Windows can access the disk required or soon after...

You do not have a windows xp disk, do you? Look on your pc for a folder called i386 (do a search)
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Have following i386 folders:
c:\i386
c:\Windows\i386
c:\Windows\Driver cache
c:\Windows\ServicePackFiles
c:\Program Files\Java\2re1.42_03lib
c:\Windows\PC-Doctor for Windows\Java\jre\lib
c:\Windows\system32\Reinstallbackups\####\DriverFiles <== 20 folders
lib
D:\
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c:\i386 looks promising

How large a directory is this? A lot of files?

right click the folder and choose properties
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size = 428 mb
6,104 files , 67 folders
Created April 25, 2003
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Good, like that. Sounds like your install files

Here's what you want to do

start > run, type
sfc /scannow

Since that folder is there, it should look there for the files it needs. If you get an error message about inserting the windows xp cd, cancel (sometimes you need to hardboot.)

Then go here:

http://www.updatexp....cannow-sfc.html

Follow the instructions there to alter the registry to look in that folder.

Running sfc /scannow should replace the damaged system file that is preventing you from entering safe mode
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Ran sfc /scannow. I guess the corrupted files were replaced. I did not get the error message asking for the W-XP cd.
Should I reboot now and select normal W-XP mode so that any registry changes made are kept, then reboot again and try Safe Mode?
...Z
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yes, I would try that
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Cannot get into Safe Mode regardless of which combinations of Safe Mode (reg., w/ networking, or w/ command prompt) and op system (Temp, MS-XP Home Ed, or MS-XP Home Edition SafeMode). Always gets back to Compaq logo screen where after that I can then hit F8 again to start all over to try to get into Safe Mode. Can still get into reg mode.
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