I have a pc that I desperately trying to get booted.
All it seems to want to do is go into a boot loop of 2 different screens, the first a black one with little information (NVidia etc) - the second one from Phoenix Technologies, award BIOS stating the Processor (AMD Athlon 1000MHz), Ram (128MB), and the drives it has (HD 20.4Gb + CD-Rom).
I have tried everything I keep think if to get it running - different RAM (as I know faulty RAM can cause a boot loop), the RAM in a different slot.
I have changed the BIOS setting to alter the boot drive order - when I manage to get it to attempt to boot from a cd (ideally the XP one) if just very quickly lists both cd drives on a black screen as faulty) I can manage to get it to boot from a WIN98 recovery floppy disk but obviously this will format the hard drive and lose all the data which is not backed up. Also, this will reinstall WIN98 which is not required as it currently has XP.
If I press F8 when it is going through its loop I can get the boot options but no matter which one I try (and I have tried them all!!!) it just goes back to its boot loop.
I have also removed the hard drive and connected it to my other system as a second drive, whilst this was done I was able to access files etc fine on it. I also did a virus scan which located 12 files, 8 Viruses which I have finally removed completely.
I am ata complete loss as to whether the problem is somewhere on the motherboard/CMOS part or whether some of the loading drivers for Windows are missing.
Please help me somebody before I launch this thing into outer space!!!!