Endless boot loop.

  Muzziad 08:00 29 May 2008

I am having trouble with my PC. It starts to boot but after it reaches a certain stage it just either locks up or starts to boot again.

It will boot into safe mode, I have done this a number of times and tried the following to rectify the problem:

System restore;
Virus scan;
Windows Defender scan.

The restore was successful and the virus/defender scans came up with nothing, but still it won't boot. I tried safe mode with networking so I could go online and download my graphics drivers to reinstall them but they won't install in safe mode as it says I don't have DX 8.

The system is almost five years old and I cannot find the XP restore disk it came with. Any ideas what I can do? Or am I at the stage of biting the bullet and splashing out on a new system.

  chub_tor 08:33 29 May 2008

Could this click here describe your problem?

You could disable automatic restart click here to see if you can spot the error.

  Muzziad 09:16 29 May 2008

Thanks for the reply chub. I don't have SP3 installed (safe mode says SP2 build number). I am at work at the moment but I will try that later when I get home regardless. It certainly sounds similar and i'm exasperated enough to try anything!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:19 29 May 2008

Sounds like a driver problem if it woun't boot to normal mode but can get to safe mode.

Try uninstalling your drivers one at a time (start with the graphics driver) and see if it will then boot to normal mode.

once you have found the bad driver just reinstall or update it.

  T0SH 13:41 29 May 2008

When you get to the safe mode menu you will see an option in the list that says VGA in the title (the reason this is there is because you are not able to uninstall drivers in XP safe mode)select this option and let it boot up to a desktop in VGA mode at 800 x 600 when there you can uninstall or use the driver roll back feature on the graphics card drivers

Cheers HC

  T0SH 13:58 29 May 2008

Ops that should have read "not always able to uninstall drivers in safe mode"

Sorry HC

  Muzziad 22:02 29 May 2008

Well thank you all for your help, I have tried everything suggested with no success. Also tried putting in a blank HDD and installing Win XP from scratch, it still hangs and I have no success.

Disabling auto-reboot I have tried copying files from a working XP machine to the /system32/driver folder when the failing machine did a BSOD on a particular file but still no joy.

I will therefore consign the culprit to the 'might rebuild it from scratch in the future' pile and have specced what seems a very good value for money system from PCSpecialist.

Here's hoping their service turns out as good as their prices. Once again, many thanks to all.

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