more xp bootproblems

  hate_my_pc 16:52 23 Jul 2005

my pc crashed on wednesday night and tried to reboot but hung at the windows xp screen with the pretty scrolling bars ! i have tried to get past this but now it does'nt even get that far it post ok but then shows message to say windows is not as good as it was ! it will not start in safe mode at all it won't do system restore it just reboots or hangs, i have tried to boot from xp cd but it stops with an exception, but seems happy to boot from my old win 98 cd but i don't want win 98 and i don't want to lose the photos of my baby that have'nt all been backed up please help

  stalion 17:10 23 Jul 2005

boot in to safe mode and try last known good configeuration keep tapping f8 on boot up for safe mode

  woodchip 17:13 23 Jul 2005

He cannot get into safe mode.

  woodchip 17:15 23 Jul 2005

You say that you can get to a command prompt, then look hear for help in running Restore

click here

  User-312386 17:21 23 Jul 2005

Start computer and tap the delete key to get into BIOS

Now when there you need to look for the option that says boot order, you need to change that so it boots from CD-ROM drive

Now when above is done pop XP disc in and it will inspect hardware, when at the next screen Press R

Now you will be presented with a screen that says C:windows press Enter

Now you need to fix master boot records by the looks of things so type FIXMBR and enter then Y (for yes) .

Next you will need to type FIXBOOT enter then Y.

this should have fixed the computer

  woodchip 17:23 23 Jul 2005

Read my lips, He can boot from a win98 CD. so it does not need changing

  hate_my_pc 17:32 23 Jul 2005

thanks but it still won't work on start up i tap f8 and get a menu up, if i make a selection of any type it hangs so i can't get to a command prompt sorry if i mislead you i think i will have to burn it

  stalion 17:34 23 Jul 2005

follow madboy33©® advice to get in to bios etc to effect a repair

  Kenneth-266656 17:50 23 Jul 2005

Throw computer out of the window. Go walking on Dartmoor instead - far better for the blood pressure!

  stalion 17:51 23 Jul 2005

open the window first though

  Kingfisher 17:53 23 Jul 2005

Having problems with slow decrypting and copying of dvd's. Looking on a recent forum, it suggested having optical drives set to master and cable select, if I do this will it present me with any problems. P.c. config is win xp home editiom sp2 3.4ghz intel pentuim 4 1gig ram two 80 gig hard drives one dvd rom drive and one dvd rrewriter drive have latest bios and firmware, as stated in a preiuos posting the p.c. is using 100% processor power and is only readig/writing at 1 times speed
many thanks

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