Windows XP forum: Stuck in boot cycle

by: southerly95 August 25, 2008 3:20 AM PDT

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Stuck in boot cycle

by southerly95 - 8/25/08 3:20 AM

Hopeful of some assistance please. I have read other forum items on this subject but none fully cover the aspect I will describe. My main pc is stuck in a boot cycle giving me the black screen with options to start in safe mode etc etc and when selecting one of those options it reboots to the same point. When I press return the system tries to start it attempts it, clicks then goes back to boot cycle. The Windows XP system disk won't cut in like it should so I cannot gain control of the pc.

System is a Dell, 2years old and has had various viruses despite having the usual protection. I am currently using my old trusty Advent Pentium 3 for this message (which has never had the same degree of virus prob's curiously). After the first virus Dell talked me through using Ghost - brilliant. Within a couple of days it was hit again and usinng Spybot got rid of the virus but PC kept displaying the message rundll.dll file damaged. So I used XP Recovery seemingly with no problem only to find it won't reboot.

This probably as fatal an error that I have tried to deal with and not sure what to try next (perhaps remove the HD attach it to the Advent and reformat then reinstall XP?? How risky is that?).

Views welcome, regards, John

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