Windows XP won't boot


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Frustrated Sandee

Dear anyone that can help,

I have a Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop which is driving me nuts! I recently
was doing a clean up of the hard drive, but when I restarted the computer it
won't boot.

It keeps getting stuck on the Windows XP logo, and only gives me the options
of pressing F2 and F12 and goes back to the XP logo keeps alternating from
one to the other and doesn't go any further.

It wont even start in safe mode which would be easy to get into the MS DOS
window to fix the problem.

If anybody can help I would gladly appreciate it!
 
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Jim

On Sat, 26 Dec 2009 02:31:01 -0800, Frustrated Sandee <Frustrated
Dear anyone that can help,

I have a Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop which is driving me nuts! I recently
was doing a clean up of the hard drive, but when I restarted the computer it
won't boot.

It keeps getting stuck on the Windows XP logo, and only gives me the options
of pressing F2 and F12 and goes back to the XP logo keeps alternating from
one to the other and doesn't go any further.

It wont even start in safe mode which would be easy to get into the MS DOS
window to fix the problem.

If anybody can help I would gladly appreciate it!

Try leaving it longer than 10 minutes to get an answer .
 
D

db

what you need to do is to find
a xp cd and boot with it as it
sounds like your only option.

with a xp cd you have other
options.

so let us know if and when you
ascertain the cd for further
guidance.



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Daave

Frustrated said:
Dear anyone that can help,

I have a Toshiba Satellite A100 laptop which is driving me nuts! I
recently was doing a clean up of the hard drive, but when I restarted
the computer it won't boot.

It keeps getting stuck on the Windows XP logo, and only gives me the
options of pressing F2 and F12 and goes back to the XP logo keeps
alternating from one to the other and doesn't go any further.

It wont even start in safe mode which would be easy to get into the
MS DOS window to fix the problem.

If anybody can help I would gladly appreciate it!

It looks like you made this identical post ten minuted ago, using a
different name. Please don't do that; it only causes confusion.
Furthermore, please understand that Usenet newsgroups are not like chat.
It can take up to several hours to start getting pertinent replies.

What specifically did you do to "clean up" your laptop? Was there
something wrong with it before the attempted cleanup? Or did the problem
occur only afterwards?

Please be as specific as you can in your reply. Hopefully, you will
leave us an important clue as to what you did, so that we may be able to
come up with a quick answer.
 
R

Rich

My neighbor's Toshiba A105 started doing the same thing this week. I had to
do a fresh install of XP using the Toshiba-supplied XP recovery disk.
Getting rid of all the Toshiba-supplied crapware took longer than the 55
minutes the Toshiba countdown timer showed for installing XP.
 
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thanatoid

Sandee

Just curious as to which Registry Cleaner did you use when
you did your clean up of your Hard Drive.

Anyway see the following and do not use any more any
Registry Cleaning tools. They are all snake oil remedies
and now you have found out the hard way

I have been using several Reg Cleaners/Compactors for about 10
years and not a single one has ever caused a single problem.

The bottom line is always the OPERATOR.
 
S

Shenan Stanley

Peter said:
Just curious as to which Registry Cleaner did you use when
you did your clean up of your Hard Drive.

Anyway see the following and do not use any more any
Registry Cleaning tools. They are all snake oil remedies
and now you have found out the hard way
I have been using several Reg Cleaners/Compactors for about 10
years and not a single one has ever caused a single problem.

The bottom line is always the OPERATOR.

If used as a tool and manually checked entry-by-entry, I could see saying,
"Go for it"; however, the majority of users will not do that and they don't
have the skills necessary to make such a decision otherwise - so they go
fully automatic. Combine that wqith the fact most have no backups, no
disk/drive images and no clue how to do any of that because the machine
should 'just work' - dangerous.
 
D

Daave

thanatoid said:
I have been using several Reg Cleaners/Compactors for about 10
years and not a single one has ever caused a single problem.

The bottom line is always the OPERATOR.

I actually think you raise a valid point, Thanatoid.

However, most operators aren't as sophisticated as you. If you search
the XP groups' archives, you will find many instances of damage done by
operators using registry cleaners or optimizers. Often what winds up
happening is the program they use (and yes, *how* they use it) winds up
causing a situation where theire PC's become unbootable. Of course, if
they had up-to-date images of their hard drives, all they would need to
do is restore these images. But since they are not sophisticated, they
can't exercise this relatively easy and quick corrective option.

In an OS like Windows 98, it made sense to maintain the registry. With
systems like XP and later, seemingly countless orphan entries in the
registry interestingly cause no appreciable difference in performance.
This is why so many experienced people caution against the use of these
programs. There is no noticeable benefit *and* there is a small chance
that significant damage may occur.

You might find the following interesting:

http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/11/25/do-i-need-a-registry-cleaner/
 
P

Peter Foldes

thanatoid

Best way that I can answer you . I knew a guy named Igor . He played Russian
Roulette for 10 yrs safely and he never lost. In the 11th year he did. Igor in not
around anymore
 
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thanatoid

thanatoid

Best way that I can answer you . I knew a guy named Igor .
He played Russian Roulette for 10 yrs safely and he never
lost. In the 11th year he did. Igor in not around anymore

My guts just splurted out on the floor from laughing at this
brilliant simile.
 
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thanatoid

thanatoid wrote:


I actually think you raise a valid point, Thanatoid.

thanatoid is never capitalized, thanks ;-)
However, most operators aren't as sophisticated as you. If
you search the XP groups' archives, you will find many
instances of damage done by operators using registry
cleaners or optimizers.

The stupidity of computer users (hell, people in general) can
never be underestimated, I myself have done things I am ashamed
to admit to.

All the reg cleaners I have tried have backups/allow for
restores - I have NEVER had to use one. It is entirely possible
that with the fairly insane design of XP it is much easier to
make a machine unbootable than in 9x - as I mentioned, I have
less than a month with XP and in no way can claim to know
anything about it, but I see a lot of questions in this group
are fairly basic, so I have braved replying to some. But we all
know there are some people who do not even understand the
concept of a boot disk/CD.
You might find the following interesting:

http://www.whatthetech.com/2007/11/25/do-i-need-a-registry-c
leaner/

I'll look at it, but I've read several articles (presumably)
like it and they all say RC's are useless.

(...)

Very good article, and it seems to confirm what you said/I
cogitated about multi-user systems. I am the only person who
ever touches this computer, and I am new to XP and my main
struggle with it so far has been eliminating all suggestions of
others than the main Admin. account. Not easy.

AFA the disparity of numbers of "problems" which the several
programs listed report, first of all, I have never heard of any
of them, and I suspect they may be lousy software chosen on
purpose (let's lie a little with "statistics") and also, every
programmer has different criteria for what is necessary or not.
Ever one of the 4 programs I use with 98SELite reports slightly
different things, and then I do a final manual clean-up as well
- and always find /something/ to remove.

AFA performance, I totally agree there is 0 effect on
performance, I just like to clean the registry because I am
highly anal-retentive and having unnecessary crap (no pun
intended) lying around bothers me.

Anyway, so far, I have only used jv16 power tools (new version
of what I've been using for 10 years with 9x, 'Joni Vuorio's Reg
Cleaner' [http://majorgeeks.com/RegCleaner_d460.html] with many
added and great features) on my XP install, it removed an
unbelievable SHITLOAD of stuff, and everything works perfectly.
What can I say.
 
B

Bill in Co.

Good answer.
(And it doesn't take 11 years, for anyone who has extensively messed with
them).
 
B

Buffalo

thanatoid said:
My guts just splurted out on the floor from laughing at this
brilliant simile.

A good laugh,like you just had, is good for your health.
Have a Happy New Year, thanatiod!
Buffalo
 
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Buffalo

Buffalo said:
A good laugh,like you just had, is good for your health.
Have a Happy New Year, thanatiod!
Buffalo

Whoops, it should have been thanatoid .
Sorry,
Buffalo
 
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thanatoid

Please do not give thanatoid any ideas like that!
Buffalo
PS:Of course, thanatoid most likely has already considered
that.

He thinks about it all the time, but since he can't get a gun
and does not have either any friends to play RR with or the time
to wait for the gun to go off when it's pointed at HIS head, he
has a hanging device ready to go for when the moment comes. The
sooner the better, he might add.
 
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thanatoid

A good laugh,like you just had, is good for your health.
Have a Happy New Year, thanatiod!
Buffalo

I was being sarcastic, but whatever.

Happy New Year to you as well.
t.
 
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thanatoid

Whoops, it should have been thanatoid .
Sorry,
Buffalo

No problem, I'm trying to learn to ignore these things. The
lower case is the only thing I really care about, especially
when people start arguing about it being valid or not.
 
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Buffalo

thanatoid said:
He thinks about it all the time, but since he can't get a gun
and does not have either any friends to play RR with or the time
to wait for the gun to go off when it's pointed at HIS head, he
has a hanging device ready to go for when the moment comes. The
sooner the better, he might add.

Well thanatoid, I sure hope not.
Buffalo
 
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