Re: windows xp boot/reboot problem
From: Malke (malke_at_nospoonnotreally.com)
Date: Fri, 15 Oct 2004 05:22:31 -0700
David H. Lipman wrote:
> No. Sounds more like an OS corruption and not malware.
> "mojo" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> | Hi
> | any help on the following situation greatly appreciated.
> | win xp on an amd athlon 2000 with 256 ram.
> | problem: pc never actually fully boots but instead of just freezing,
> | keeps rebooting. start cycle does actually get to the xp desktop but
> | then another restart. tried hitting f8 and restarting in safe mode
> | but the mouse doesn't work and neither does the start menu. sort of
> | freezes so nothing much doing there, either. sadly, I don't have the
> | xp install cd rom so i can't try booting from cd, either. i've
> | checked the memory, the fan and the hard drive which all seem to
> | work ok in a different machine.
> | i'm wondering, could this something else or maybe be a virus? If so,
> | any likely suspects/removal tips?
> | thanks again in advance
> | mojo
This could also be caused by a failing power supply or a failing
processor and/or motherboard. One way to determine if the problems are
being caused by hardware or software (Windows) is to boot with Knoppix,
a Linux distro that runs from cd. From another computer with a fast
Internet connection, a cd burner and third-party burning software,
download the latest Knoppix .iso from www.knoppix.net. It will take a
while even with broadband because it will be around 700MB. Once you've
got the .iso, use your burning program to burn the image onto cd-r. Now
take your new bootable Knoppix cd to your sick computer and boot with
it. Don't be afraid, even though it's Linux it will be a pretty
graphical interface, not command line. ;-)
If your computer runs beautifully, then you know your problems are
related to Windows. If the computer freezes under Linux, you've got
hardware issues. You didn't say how you checked the memory, but if you
used something like Memtest86 and it showed no errors, then look to the
components I mentioned first.
-- MS MVP - Windows Shell/User Elephant Boy Computers www.elephantboycomputers.com "Don't Panic!"