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Why does Windows xp keep recycling the boot process?

I have a desktop computer that keep recycling the boot process.  I don't have a windows xp disk and can't seem to get to the prompt to do anything to troubleshoot.  Is there anything else I can do to rectify this problem?

I've also tried to replace it with Linux but for some reason it won't install Linux when I boot from the CD drive either.
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houssam_balloutCommented:
it seems that you had a bad hard disk
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garycaseCommented:
Can you boot to Safe Mode?   [Press F8 immediately after the POST but before XP starts to boot -- then select Safe Mode]

If so, boot to Safe Mode;  then run MSConfig and disable all startup items.    Then try a normal boot.    This may let you boot and troubleshoot the issue.    If not, boot back to Safe Mode and disable the automatic reboot on error [Control Panel - System - Advanced Tab - Startup and Recovery Settings button - uncheck the box to automatically restart on errors].

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optomaCommented:
As mentioned test the hard drive and  also test  the ram/memory.
Use Ubcd to test that
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html

Run full hard drive test.
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nobusCommented:
you can also disconnect devices to test out what is ok, and what bad : extra disks, cd drives, PCI cards, usb devices.

Does it happen also when booting to safe mode?   then it is a driver problem
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BitbullCommented:
Carefully look at the boot process (disable logo apparition in bios, if not yet done) and take note of the message(s) appearing when your machine reboots (after failed boot). There must be some message related to the problem (missing file, i/o error, ...).
And which error do you get when trying to install Linux? Are you sure you set your system to boot from the cd/dvd drive first? If you succeed in booting from the optical drive, you can always transfer important files to other media, if the problem seems to be hardware-related (see first advice).
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
Okay thanks for all to comments. To add salt to the wound it won't start in safe mode.  I can do F8 and get to the part to select Safe Mode but it still recycles back to the Windows startup.

I went here "http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html" but it runs on the machine that you're on and the machine I need it to run on won't even make it to the startup screen of Windows, not even in Safe Mode. It is hooked to a wireless network so I tried Safe Mode in Networking and it still won't start, it still recycles the Windows startup.

I need something that I can save to my laptop harddrive and save it to disk to run on the desktop to figure out the problem.

It goes so fast that I can't even see the error message that comes up at the beginning of boot from the Linux CD.  Also the computer that I'm trying to load it on is a HP Compaq, so I don't know if that makes a difference or not.

I did have it to boot from the Linux CD but it still wouldn't load.  It gives me the capability to startup from CD but it seems more like it freezes on installation.

So any ideas would be a help.
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nobusCommented:
the ubcd is a bootable CD - you apparently did not read the page well !!
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
I found it. Thank you. I'm trying it now.
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
Question? It has several files to download should I download all of them and save them to disk? http://www.myubcd.com/
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garycaseCommented:
You only need to download the ISO -- then burn a CD from the ISO.    The CD will then be bootable.

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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
good deal thank you.

I'm also getting an error on a .dll file and it says it's not an image file but I can't find it using the search mode.  I tried regsvr32 but I'm I must have typed it wrong because it's didn't do anything.  The file name is hetuyuno.dll and it gives me an error saying it's not a windows image file. What do I do to delete it?
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
I also think it's a bad hard drive because I've tried everything.

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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
The hetuyuno.dll file is causing the dump service to cycle and recycle.
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optomaCommented:
1-Have you tested the hard drive?

2-That is a random dll which maybe produced due to malware/virus
Machine cant boot into any mode?
If not, scan with this bootable cd:
Kaspersky live cd http://devbuilds.kaspersky-labs.com/devbuilds/RescueDisk/
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garycaseCommented:
Definitely sounds like a hardware issue -- likely a hard drive, but I'd also run a memory test just to confirm you're having erratic memory issues.    Download the ISO for MemTest86+, create a bootable CD, and let it run for an hour or so.   http://www.memtest.org/
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
I think there's been a misunderstanding about something.  I haven't downloaded Linux on the machine yet and when I download the suggested files above they all come up saying Linux.  I am running Windows XP, my bad and I'm sorry.  So would the files needed be different?
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optomaCommented:
All those cds are live cds and are ok to boot machine to. Can be used then to test the hardware and run scanners on the drive

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_CD
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nobusCommented:
try downloading and make the CD on a known working PC if you have trouble on yours!
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Divinedar0923Author Commented:
You guys were totally awesome. I was able to use the programs that you all suggested and was able to restore one of the computers to it's factory settings without a disk. Don't ask me how I did it but it worked. Again thank you
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