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By gandolf52 ·
comp running win xp pro 1.6 ghz pentium 128 mb ram wd 40gig hd. get bsod and immediate reboot, ( too fast to read) even in safe mode. no virus as I have mounted another drive as master and slaved orignal and run a scan on entire drive. all files accessable from new drive but would like to find out problem and rectify on original with out reformat. this is friends comp so don't know exactly how problem started. she tried system restore but it wouldn't work. reboot occurs just as desktop finishes loading. have tried repair from install disk but don't really understand how to use it. did mbr repair to no avail. also put different memory in.

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by f-3940902 In reply to continuous reboot

Right click on my computer, click on properties then click on advanced tab. Click Settings button under Startup and Recovery section and uncheck "Automatically restart".

This will prevent your machine from auto restarting every time it fires up one of those wonderful BSODs... You can then google for the error code you get to hopefully diagnose the problem.

Good luck!

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can't get to my comp. it reboots before desk top loads so can't click on anything

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by gandolf52 In reply to continuous reboot

can't get to desktop even in safemode

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by Chud In reply to continuous reboot

Tough one - I'm afraid my only suggestion would be to grab necessary files off the original drive, format and reinstall windows. Alternatively perhaps something like VMWare would allow you to boot up a virtual machine from that HD?

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by w2ktechman In reply to continuous reboot

try safe mode, see if you can boot up and change the auto- restart. If not, then look at anything that has been changed\added recently and use the recovery console to remove it or stop the service/driver.
If those fail, I am afraid the best option is a rebuild, or to put the HDD in another system and try to repair it.

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by ITgirli In reply to continuous reboot

can you get into the BIOS? can you change the boot sequence to start off floppy?

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by RCOM In reply to continuous reboot

This is a tough one to fix. First of all you have an error that you can't try and fix since there's no way to get past the reboot. Seconf once you do get the reboot to stop you'll still have to deal with the original error.

This stupid auto-reboot feature is set as the default in windows 2000 and XP. There's a line in the registry that has this setting. Normally its easy to change in system properties as mentioned here in one of the posts.

Many would have you backup data and format the drive. I've gotten past this problem using a command line registry editor, its a bit advanced to use but will work to fix your rebooting issue.

The registry is split up into SAM files. You'll need to select the proper file to edit. Navigating the file structure is simular to doing it in DOS. There's help for all the commands.

http://tinyurl.com/dif7

Only the following key needs to be changed.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\CrashControl]
Change the value from 1 to 0 and that will stop the automatic reboot.

You'll still get the BSOD but it will stop at that screen. Please post the entire error message and you may be able to find a simple solution or someone here should be able to find a fix for you.

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