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I'm trying to repair my XP which is booting repeatedly from the flash screen, in doing so,
I attempted to boot from floppies, but in selecting the boot device, I'm not finding the Floppy drive.
I see my hard drive with the OS and my CD drive, and (Removable Dev.)
Beneath are arrows apparently pointing to other devices with options to "press enter"

I assume its some kind of menu, but have no idea how to access my floppy drive.

Would highly appreciate any help offered.

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Welcome to TSG forums!
Do you have a set of recovery cd's?
I know MS has a download option to make a set of (I think 6) floppies. However, I put it all on a cd sometime ago.
Have you tried booting into safe mode? (after turning power on, gently repeatedly tap the F8 key) this should open the safe mode. If it does you can use the arrow keys to move up to the "last known good configuration" option then click the enter key., Let the computer do it's thing.
If this works, I suggest you immediately update and run your anti-virus, and anti spyware programs. I would also suggest that you click on my computer> right click on the c drive select properties. Open the tools tab (2nd one) select the error checking. A box will come up with 2 choices (repair) put check mark in both. When you click okay, it will ask if you want it to run on the next boot up. Choose yes, then restart the computer. This can take anything from a few minutes to a couple + hours. Just be patient.
Post back and let us know how it goes.
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I don't think XP boots from floppies...Do you have a CD?
Thanks guys for the quick replies!
Yes, but I believe I need to boot from 6 floppies to access the repair feature.

Welcome to TSG forums!
Do you have a set of recovery cd's?
I know MS has a download option to make a set of (I think 6) floppies. However, I put it all on a cd sometime ago.
Have you tried booting into safe mode? Vicks
I have an early edition of XPpro (SP1) and wanted to combine it all after the last install, which together with the sata drives has become a toilsome endeavor to say the least. But having just completed it, I was in no mood to tackle the complexities of slipstreaming, and only managed to make a backup copy of my system drivers.
I tried both safe mode, and the last working configuration but no dice.
It actually boots past the splash screen, and flickers momentarily on a blue screen, but too quickly to read before restarting itself.
It originated on an errant google search that appeared to land on an infectious page, as it suddenly rebooted my machine outright to create this.
I assumed the next move was a repair. I'm a complete novice regarding the BIOS, and was currently trying to figure out if the onboard floppy controller was enabled, where it is, and if thats whats hiding my floppy drive. If it is an infection, I guess I may be spinning my wheels.
 

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If you would post the make & model of your computer, it will be of help to us.
If you think you got infected, you might want to click on report and request a moderator to move your posting to the virus and other malware forum. They are VERY busy and you might have to wait for help there. If you have had no response after 24 hrs, type BUMP and your thread will be move up in the que.
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If you would post the make & model of your computer, it will be of help to us.
If you think you got infected, you might want to click on report and request a moderator to move your posting to the virus and other malware forum. They are VERY busy and you might have to wait for help there. If you have had no response after 24 hrs, type BUMP and your thread will be move up in the que.
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I wasn't sure it was an infection, as I've never seen one behave like this. There was no apparent install, or noticable trigger of infection. Having just landed on the page, it simply rebooted.
I'm pursuing this on the chance its not, because if it is, I doubt theres much that can be done if it won't boot.
I don't have restore discs, mine is a VLK.

Thanks for the links! I'll check them out.

XP PRO SP3
E7200
ECS GF7050VT-M
2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR2
320GB Sata WD
750GB Sata WD
Antec Neopower 550
NEC DVD ND3520
 

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When you use a recovery disc or a windows xp disc, it would give you an option to use a recovery console (xp disc does)
Cool!

I recall once trying to initiate the recovery console, but have never seen, nor used it.
I'm fed up looking for this floppy, if I can't figure out how to get it in the device list, I'll have to borrow a disc to try to access the console.

Thanks!

i barely have time for here, I don't have time to do 1 on 1 help.
Dagnabit! I hope someone can direct me though that DOS malarkey! :eek:
 

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Random people would message me in MSN or email me for help... I don't work for TSG... i'm just an average joe helping when I can :)
I believe my attention was preoccupied by "angelize", as I completely missed the part about the "email", an imposition I would never consider, and frankly am surprised occurs often enough, to even warrant the message. Then again, its no secret how desparate some can become when separated from their computer, and why I always keep a redundant system available.

Somehow I assumed you were a mod from the virus forum, too overwhelmed with firefighting to assist at all. :eek:
 

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I believe my attention was preoccupied by "angelize", as I completely missed the part about the "email", an imposition I would never consider, and frankly am surprised occurs often enough, to even warrant the message. Then again, its no secret how desparate some can become when separated from their computer, and why I always keep a redundant system available.

Somehow I assumed you were a mod from the virus forum, too overwhelmed with firefighting to assist at all. :eek:
Yeah I dont venture there... i can't concentrate on that and work. :) I only do games/networking mainly. I still get random emails from people to thank me for putting up a file for the windows sound program... that was done like 3-5 years go... ;D

Anyways, let us know if you are able to get a disc.
 

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Yeah I dont venture there... i can't concentrate on that and work. :) I only do games/networking mainly. I still get random emails from people to thank me for putting up a file for the windows sound program... that was done like 3-5 years go... ;D

Anyways, let us know if you are able to get a disc.
I will Couriant,

I'm waiting on a disc, and meanwhile running some diagnostic checks I found for my HD and memory. Thanks!

Couriant's advice is sound, IMO....:up: And, you'd be amazed at how many remember Angelize...She was special...:up:
I'm sorry for the loss, I'm sure she was. Please accept my sincere condolence.
 

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Ok, I finally got my floppy drive. The cable was flipped, and it was disabled in another menu.
Now I tried booting up the windows CD using the first setup floppy and a screen opens that states

File \biosinfo.inf could not be loaded.
The error code is 4102​

Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit.​

Before this gets too convoluted with DOS prompts, ( having googled the above error and efforts to workaround quickly became convoluted),​

my backup system (the one I'm typing this on), is patched and updated to SP3, and running the exact same version of windows, as thie PC i'm trying to start, and also have very similiar NEC DVD drives. Would it be better, or even possible to create a boot disc using this computer, to boot and access the cdrom of the other to open up XP?​
 

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OK, nevermind about the above issue. I never got an answer, so I waited for the CD to arrive.

I now have a Bootable CD of win XP, So I booted up to it, and sure enough ran into a questionable snag.

I want to initiate a repair, not access the recovery console.
I passed the page asking so, and opted to instead run the install,
and assumed when it discovered my existing install, it would prompt the repair option.

It found my two hard drives, one being a SATA the other NTFS as well as their partitions. When I selected the partitian on the NTFS hard drive which had my existing install, it merely stated theres already a windows folder there, and to continue, the existing install will be overwritten.

Is this just more of the ole Windows BS, and will it still provide the repair option if I continue, OR have I actually missed something, and will it proceed to reformat my drive if I click continue here??
 
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