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Old 05-25-2009, 10:26 AM   #1
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Exclamation Windows Xp won't boot up... please help!

My computer has at times, restarted itself randomly. I don't know why, but I ignored it. Well, today, I was playing one of my games, and my computer restarted itself. So after it booted, it asked me if I wanted to boot normally to windows XP, or Last good config, etc... I clicked on Boot normally, but it just restarted my computer again, instead of going to Windows Xp. I tryed going into last good config, it did the samething. I tryed to go into safe mode, but it still, restarted my computer. I then tryed putting in the disk for windows Xp. That didn't help either.

I recently purchased 2 new memory sticks, and I put them into my computer. Does that have anything to do with my computer problem? Any feedback would be helpfull! Thanks
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Old 05-25-2009, 01:12 PM   #2
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Remove the new memory and see if it boots properly. It's entirely possible the new memory is bad.

You could try booting with one stick at a time to weed out the bad ones.
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I just tryed that, and it still doesn't work. I dont know what else it could be. If there isn't anything else that would help, would renstalling Xp do the trick?
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It still wouldn't boot with the old memory in the correct slots?
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Old 05-26-2009, 08:07 PM   #5
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Yes. It still didn't boot. The only other option I have is to Renstall Windows Xp all together. Would that do the trick?
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By any chance did you.. I don't know.. Have to force the new Memory in? Maybe jammed it a bit? You might have damaged the Memory slot on your Motherboard..

Did the restarting thing happen with the old memory? Not just now but before even thinking about getting the new memory.
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Well, I've got a comp with the same issue, it's restarting right after the splash screen. I'm thinking virus, personally.

If you have the original XP install CD, boot to disk and once it goes through the startup process, select the recovery console (R). Once you enter into it, a fixboot and a fixmbr should fix your issue, but running chkdsk would be a wise idea, too.

BTW, I just fixed the problem using "fixboot", "chkdsk /F", and "fixMBR" in the recovery console.
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #8
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Well, I took out the new memory sticks. I only have the old memory stick in. And now, my computer works fine. It started up normally and all. But the thing is, my computer started to restart itself before I put in the new sticks.

I just got another memory stick today. I don't know if other computers have the same setup as I do, but there is a total of 4 memory stick slots in my motherboard. There in pairs, so when I put the new sticks in, there were 2 sticks in pair 1. And Pair 2 had only 1 stick in it, so would that be the reason why my computer was restarting? Because of only having 1 stick in pair 2?

Since I got the other memory stick today, I will have both pair 1 and 2 filled. I'll probably be putting in the sticks over the weekend.
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Well, other thing, what kind of motherboard do you have? Dell requires their own proprietary memory for it to work. Some motherboards require that you have matching memory in pairs. I'd still consider looking into fixing the boot sector since something isn't right on there. Check your computer for viruses and malware, since you've got a restart issue.
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