Solved

Dell Desktop restarts continuously. Win XP

Posted on 2006-11-16
9
514 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
Dell Dimension 5100C.  Windows XP.  Turn computer on.  Get as far as the screen that displays the "Dell" name and then it restarts again and again...etc.  Same happens when try to boot in Safe Mode.  My plan is to run chkdsk /p and fixboot from Recovery Console.  I started running chkdsk /p about 1.5 hours ago and it is only at 25% complete.  I'd hate to wait several hours and have this not be the solution.  Am I on the right track or is there another solution?  Thank you!!
0
Comment
Question by:bdids
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • +1
9 Comments
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:FriarTuk
FriarTuk earned 167 total points
ID: 17962526
chkdsk /p is doing a surface scan & depending on how large your drive is, may take all night.  best to let it finish otherwise it could corrupt your partition table.

as for rebooting, have you checked your hardware: cpu or ram overheating, all cables & cards connected securely, tried resetting your cmos by using the reset jumper on the mobo per manual, or removing the battery for an hour or two.
0
 

Author Comment

by:bdids
ID: 17962570
thanks FriarTuk.  This MAY take all night.  I'll let you know tomorrow how it went.
0
 
LVL 14

Expert Comment

by:FriarTuk
ID: 17962598
no problem, I had to wait on one for 2.5 hrs & it was 40gb, then i was able to do the fixboot, fixmbr commands successfully.
0
 
LVL 91

Assisted Solution

by:nobus
nobus earned 166 total points
ID: 17963439
it is probably taking so long because of bad sectors.
i suggest testing your drive with any of these : http://www.disk-utility.com/hard-disk-low-level-format.html
Then you'll be sure about it's status.
0
Ransomware-A Revenue Bonanza for Service Providers

Ransomware – malware that gets on your customers’ computers, encrypts their data, and extorts a hefty ransom for the decryption keys – is a surging new threat.  The purpose of this eBook is to educate the reader about ransomware attacks.

 

Author Comment

by:bdids
ID: 17963973
It got 50 % done with chkdsk and this message appeared.."The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems".  Is the HD toast?
0
 
LVL 91

Expert Comment

by:nobus
ID: 17964020
that depends. if you do not need the data, i would test it, as suggested
0
 

Author Comment

by:bdids
ID: 17964075
....and then it returned to a command prompt.  No other message.  I then tried fixboot and fixmbr commands.  Now when I reboot PC I get  "No boot device available - strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility."
0
 
LVL 7

Accepted Solution

by:
jalilthe1 earned 167 total points
ID: 17971198
0
 

Author Comment

by:bdids
ID: 18016532
User decided to get new system before I could finish testing.  Thanks for your feedback.  I split points evenly between those who responded.
0

Featured Post

Is Your Active Directory as Secure as You Think?

More than 75% of all records are compromised because of the loss or theft of a privileged credential. Experts have been exploring Active Directory infrastructure to identify key threats and establish best practices for keeping data safe. Attend this month’s webinar to learn more.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
XP machine unable to logon 13 57
Windows XP network hardware for dummies 12 104
windows seems to be corrupt 10 71
Asus ks2003 driver XP 32 33 117
Can you find a fax from a vendor you saved a decade ago in seconds? Have you ever cursed your PC under your breath during an audit because you couldn’t find the requested statement or driver history?  If you answered no to the first question or yes …
cPanel is a Unix based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a web site. cPanel utilizes a 3 tier structure that provides functionality for administrators, rese…
Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
In this video I am going to show you how to back up and restore Office 365 mailboxes using CodeTwo Backup for Office 365. Learn more about the tool used in this video here: http://www.codetwo.com/backup-for-office-365/ (http://www.codetwo.com/ba…

867 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now