Xp reboots on startup, whether I try normal or safe mode. It reboots about 3 seconds into the XP start screen. I see a blue screen flash too quickly to read and the reboot starts. In safe mode it gets to the Mups file. None of the other choices help either.
If I try to re-setup xp or a reinstall of xp, with the setup cd, by choosing, Enter, the next screen says "To set up xp on the selected item, press enter. the selected item in a lower box, says C: Partition1 (unknown) 38194MB (which is the right size). Instead of showing (unknown) it should say NTFS. Chosing Enteragain results in "the partition is either too full, damaged, unformatted, or formatted with an incompatible file system. To continue, Setup must format this partition.
The drive is a 40 gig, single NTFS partition. I can put this drive in another winxp computer as the second drive, and read it with Windows Explorer just fiine. This is not my computer, and the person who owns it has no backups whatsoever and does not want it formatted.
Any ideas? thanx computerchuck