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Rocky071

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I've been writing an important paper for a couple weeks now. Today while working on it, I noticed the computer was acting strange:

-Told me there was a problem when I tried to hook up my iPod; device was broken or something? (It's brand new)

-Continually froze the internet when I tried to go to any site (IE)

I got nervous, and decided I should restart, hopefully to get my internet going long enough so I could send a back up to myself via e-mail.

However, that's where all the trouble began. Now whenever I go to the Windows XP loading screen (with the short bar), the bar goes across once, then the system reboots. "Windows was unable to start.. what mode do you want to try?" I've tried Safe Mode, SM w/ Networking, Last Known Good Config, Normally, but they all come back with the same result.

I'm hoping it's something I can cure, because I can't afford to lose this paper (and the work that's gone in to it). I'm looking to fix my computer, but primarily get this file so I can get it in ASAP.

Computer is on XP w/ SP2 I believe. Celeron, just over 1ghz, 226 RAM, no recent hardware changes or such.
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wannabe1

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Rocky071...

ASAP being the operative, I assume...

Try this REPAIR to your installation of XP. This procedure will not damage or change your current files or settings...it will just repair or replace damaged system files. You will be asked for your Installation CD and may be asked for your product key. Follow the instructions carefully...print them out if you can. Note: This option is not always available on OEM Recovery Cd's

Once this repair has completed, you will have to download all Windows Updates again.

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Rocky071

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Unfortunetly the system's been around a while. Never came with a Win XP CD; even if it did, it'd be lost by now.
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Rocky071...

Have you tried to boot to "Safe Mode with command prompt"...I didn't see that one listed in your post. System Restore can be run from a command prompt...

Can you "slave" your HDD on another machine and pull your data from it that way? It's possible if you have access to another machine of similar design..ie: laptop or desktop.

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