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Dell Dimension 1100 and Windows XP

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Dell Dimension 1100 and Windows XP

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I have 2 desktops that are not booting up. They keep cycling but do not give the desktop. Is there a simpel solution for this?
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    I have listed some work arounds below.

    After a Computer Crash: Assessing the Damage
    Not every Windows crash is a catastrophe. That might be difficult to remember when you switch on your computer and are confronted by an ominous error message or a blank screen instead of the Windows logo. But if you analyze what caused your system to stop working properly, you have an excellent chance of recovering quickly and completely.

    In some cases, the cause is easy to pinpoint. If you install a new scanner or update a video driver and your system hangs at a blank screen when you restart, you can safely bet that the new device or driver is to blame. Error messages sometimes point directly to a file that?s causing a problem. Even without a smoking gun, you can use basic troubleshooting techniques to uncover the cause of a crash.

    Windows XP provides a full assortment of troubleshooting and repair options. The circumstances and severity of the problem usually dictate which tool is most appropriate. In this chapter, we cover the following five options:

    Safe Mode. If Windows won?t start normally, you may be able to reach the desktop by using one of three Safe Mode options available at startup. From Safe Mode, you can start and stop services, change computer settings, uninstall a program or driver that you suspect is causing your problems, or use the System Restore utility to roll back your configuration.
    Last Known Good Configuration. Veterans of Windows NT and Windows 2000 should be familiar with this option, which is available from the Advanced Options menu or by pressing F8 at startup. It lets you quickly reverse changes made to the CurrentControlSet registry key (which defines hardware and driver settings) since you last successfully started Windows.
    System Restore. This system recovery tool, a greatly improved version of a utility that debuted in Windows Me, is the next best thing to a time machine. At regular intervals, the System Restore utility takes a snapshot of your system files and settings, monitoring every change and storing compressed copies of original files in a protected location. If you can start Windows?normally or in Safe Mode?you may be able to use System Restore to undo the configuration change that?s causing the problem.
    Recovery Console. If you?re unable to boot into Safe Mode, this self-contained command-line environment is your last best hope. You can start from the Windows CD and choose the Repair option to start the Recovery Console. From the command line, you may be able to replace a corrupted file, delete a misbehaving driver file, or stop a service that?s interfering with startup.
    Reinstallation. When all else fails, you may be able to repair serious problems by reinstalling Windows XP over your existing installation. With the right preparation (and a little luck), you can repair system files without disturbing your settings and preferences.

    Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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    OH Smeg

    And then if the computers are OK reinstall the OS and required software.

    The Ultimate Boot CD is available free here to test your hardware

    http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

    Depending on with Distro for Linux you are using the Repair of the OS is different and time consuming. It's faster to just reload the computer.

    This also may be helpful it tells you how to ask a question the smart way

    http://tinyurl.com/2wo6o

    With all the available information we lowly IT Techs can give an answer that doesn't cost as much to implement.

    Col

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    I have listed some work arounds below.

    After a Computer Crash: Assessing the Damage
    Not every Windows crash is a catastrophe. That might be difficult to remember when you switch on your computer and are confronted by an ominous error message or a blank screen instead of the Windows logo. But if you analyze what caused your system to stop working properly, you have an excellent chance of recovering quickly and completely.

    In some cases, the cause is easy to pinpoint. If you install a new scanner or update a video driver and your system hangs at a blank screen when you restart, you can safely bet that the new device or driver is to blame. Error messages sometimes point directly to a file that?s causing a problem. Even without a smoking gun, you can use basic troubleshooting techniques to uncover the cause of a crash.

    Windows XP provides a full assortment of troubleshooting and repair options. The circumstances and severity of the problem usually dictate which tool is most appropriate. In this chapter, we cover the following five options:

    Safe Mode. If Windows won?t start normally, you may be able to reach the desktop by using one of three Safe Mode options available at startup. From Safe Mode, you can start and stop services, change computer settings, uninstall a program or driver that you suspect is causing your problems, or use the System Restore utility to roll back your configuration.
    Last Known Good Configuration. Veterans of Windows NT and Windows 2000 should be familiar with this option, which is available from the Advanced Options menu or by pressing F8 at startup. It lets you quickly reverse changes made to the CurrentControlSet registry key (which defines hardware and driver settings) since you last successfully started Windows.
    System Restore. This system recovery tool, a greatly improved version of a utility that debuted in Windows Me, is the next best thing to a time machine. At regular intervals, the System Restore utility takes a snapshot of your system files and settings, monitoring every change and storing compressed copies of original files in a protected location. If you can start Windows?normally or in Safe Mode?you may be able to use System Restore to undo the configuration change that?s causing the problem.
    Recovery Console. If you?re unable to boot into Safe Mode, this self-contained command-line environment is your last best hope. You can start from the Windows CD and choose the Repair option to start the Recovery Console. From the command line, you may be able to replace a corrupted file, delete a misbehaving driver file, or stop a service that?s interfering with startup.
    Reinstallation. When all else fails, you may be able to repair serious problems by reinstalling Windows XP over your existing installation. With the right preparation (and a little luck), you can repair system files without disturbing your settings and preferences.

    Please post back if you have anymore problems or questions.

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    0 Votes
    OH Smeg

    And then if the computers are OK reinstall the OS and required software.

    The Ultimate Boot CD is available free here to test your hardware

    http://tinyurl.com/3jnpy

    Depending on with Distro for Linux you are using the Repair of the OS is different and time consuming. It's faster to just reload the computer.

    This also may be helpful it tells you how to ask a question the smart way

    http://tinyurl.com/2wo6o

    With all the available information we lowly IT Techs can give an answer that doesn't cost as much to implement.

    Col