laptop no boot....

  onthelimit 16:05 10 Dec 2010

Doesn't matter what I try - normal boot, safe mode, boot from CD with XP Proff in - as soon as the Windows logo appears I get the BSOD with 'windows has shut down to prevent etc etc'. I can boot from a Linux CD and was wondering if I can scan for viruses from there in case that's the problem. Not a Linux expert (or even amateur) so don't understand the various guides from Google. Any help with this, or other suggestions as to the problem would be appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:34 10 Dec 2010

You need to do a repair install so beg borrow or steal a XP Pro CD

If you have the I386 folder on the hard drive you may be able to do a repair install from there,
if you open the I386 folder and scroll down to the W's you will find Winnt.exe and Winnt32.exe. The Winnt32.exe is the setup program used when you are in Windows. The Winnt.exe file is for DOS.

Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  birdface 16:55 10 Dec 2010

Does the laptop have a restore to factory settings button on it.
It is usually F10 or close to that.

  onthelimit 16:59 10 Dec 2010

It's a Lenovo Thinkpad. FB - it doesn't get that far - after 'windows setup', then 'loading files, then 'starting windows' BSOD.

Buteman - haven't found one yet.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:15 10 Dec 2010

Use the linux CD to boot and open the I86 folder or beg borrow steal a XP po CD

  woodchip 18:41 10 Dec 2010

Is The boot in BIOS set to boot first from CD then Hard Drive. If not that how it want setting to. Then boot with the correct OS XP CD ans do a Repair by choosing Setup then allow Windows to check the drive click on the OS it finds then press R and it should repair it. But the BSOD could be down to a Bad driver or Faulty Ram

  onthelimit 19:30 10 Dec 2010

FB - I'll try that. Woodchip - I have an XP Pro CD but, as mentioned @ 1659, I get the BSOD before it gets to that stage.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:35 10 Dec 2010

Use the linux CD to run a disk check

  onthelimit 19:49 10 Dec 2010

FB - I've found I386 files from Linux but not sure what to do with them! How do I run a disk check from Linux please.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:44 10 Dec 2010
  onthelimit 11:56 11 Dec 2010

Thanks FB, but that process is almost impossible for me to understand!

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