xp continually reboots

  tugtac 20:06 08 Dec 2006

after doing a defrag, the next time I booted up xp ran up to the point just before the welcom screen, the hard disc ( I think it was the hard disc) gave a very audible click and reboot starts all over again and repeats the sequence continually, question, any one else had a similar problem? is the hard disc u/s? and will I be wasting my time doing a reinstall?

  Jake_027 20:10 08 Dec 2006

the hard disc is on its way out. Back up your data immediately and use the PC as little as possible until you have. Then buy a new hard disc (they are cheap these days click here) and reinstall windows on it, then you can import your data back in.


  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:45 08 Dec 2006

or you have a corrupt device driver.

can you get in safe mode?

  PUNKA 22:44 08 Dec 2006

Happened to me recently,and FruitBat is spot on in my case.

  tugtac 10:50 09 Dec 2006

thanks fellas,got into safe mode, did chkdsk,no better.
message was "windows/system32/config/system"
started xp cd-rom, went into "repair" but to no avail!
so it looks like a corrupt file that cannot be repaired? as you suggested.
ah well looks like a reinstall and hope the hard disc has not been physically damaged.
many thanks, but a thought, did the defrag cause the damage, it was ok before the defrag

  VoG II 10:53 09 Dec 2006

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