Problem Booting Elderly desktop

Working at moment in West Africa. Wanting to set up old desktop for student. It is a Samsung SyncMaster 753S
It has Windows XP, Home Ed. Installed. It seems in good condition. Having difficulty getting it booted fully. It begins to open Windows XP and then cuts out and repeats the boot cycle.   Have tried it in Safe Mode, but same outcome.

Something to do with the CMOS maybe. The battery ? But there must be a way around it.

Here are the details.
CMOS Setup Utility – Copyright © 1984-2001 – Award software.
Release Date 07/18/2003

Clock Set to 1 January 2001 (I changed it to 2013 but made no difference).
Primary HHD and Secondary HHD both showing up when booting. Also passing memory test. Everything fine until Windows starts to open. It progresses a little, then cuts out completely and re-boots.
Michael MurphyAsked:
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Replace the battery.

Boot using a Life CD like Linux Mint, Zorin or Korora. Install the one that works best from the LifeDVD, or that suits your needs best.

XP is old and support for it ends next June, so you must replace it anyway. The OS's on those LiveCD's are free. Also, on the Live CD's there is a memtest included, so you can additionally test the RAM:

Just a note, the syncmaster you mentioned is the monitor, not the PC...
Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
It is either the boot.ini is corrupted or damaged. Did you try lastknown good option?

Did you have the Windows installation CD? You might need to Correct the error using the recovery consonle

1. insert a bootable Windows XP installation CD in your CD drive.
 2. make sure the CD-ROM is set as a 1st boot device in the BIOS.
     - it may be vary for different PC/laptop manufacturer e.g HP, DELL etc.
     - you may need to press a key e.g. `DELETE`, `F2` or `F12` key to enter the BIOS and try to look up for menu/sub menu that related to the boot device setting, something like boot order/priority.
 3. boot from the CD-ROM
 4. wait for the windows drivers to be loaded.
 5. once step 4 finished, press `R` to enter the Recovery Console
 6. choose your windows installation drive, usually it will be installed on C:\ drive
 7. enter the administrator's password.
 8. execute `chkdsk /r` command to check and fix the file system error
 9. once step 8 finished, execute `fixmbr` command to write new master boot record on your C:\ drive.
 10. press `Y` and then `enter` button to confirm.
 11. once step 9-10 finished, remove the CD and then execute `exit` command to reboot your windows.

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JAN PAKULAICT Infranstructure ManagerCommented:
Its because you have blue screen on boot - and it restarts quite fast so you cant see blue screen

boot the computer and press F8 (several times) -

and then choose Disable Automatic Restart on System Failure

post your Blue screen code here.

so we can help you.
Michael MurphyAuthor Commented:
Briliant clear instructions. It worked first time. Thanks a million. Great site this.
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