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PC Caught in a Loop at Boot

By ckmate05 ·
Have a Dell Dimension 340. 2.4 GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 40 GB HDD, running Win2K with SP4. From a cold boot it displays the Dell startup screen, shifts to starting Windows screen, goes to Windows Logo screen then loops back and starts over. HDD was wiped and a clean install of Win2k was put on the machine. Flashed BIOS with latest and greatest from Dell. Have run a utility program on it and found that Registry Hive files C:\winnt\system32\config\system and C:\winnt\system32\config\software were corrupt. When repaired the machine boots properly for a few days then I turn it off let it sit for a few days turn it on and problem recurrs. Problem seems to happen after automatic updates have been installed and machine reboots. Auto updates now set to download but not install. problem still there. Do not know which update may be cause of if it may be bad controller, HDD, power supply, etc. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to PC Caught in a Loop at Bo ...

Have you tried running a test utility on your HDD? If it's going bad this will be a common problem and recently I've seen quite a few M'Boards with bad IDE Controllers on them so they do exactly the same thing.

You'll need to know the drive maker and download their testing utility to test the drive. If it comes back as OK then just proceed as normal but if it comes up with an error remove the drive and try in in another machine to remove the possibility of the IDE controller being the problem.

Failing that you can always use the Ultimate Boot CD to do some diagnostics as it's a Live CD all you need do is boot from the CD and run the tests.

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by ckmate05 In reply to PC Caught in a Loop at Bo ...

Thanks for the assistance. I appreciate the responses because all of them were helpful in some way. The solution to the problem was to replace the HDD. I would really like to know why the drive acted that way but in the intrest of moving on I'll take the fix . Thanks again.

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