My appologies! I just went back to the forum and saw that someone had a thread similar to mine right underneat it!!!!!! I guess that since mine is slightly diffrent, it isint really repeating, but my appologies for a repetitive post!!!!!!!
Ok, first off, hello :)
Next, my issue at hand.
A few days back, I shut down my computer as I do on occasion(I am not a religious computer-shutdown-er. I just do it ever 4-5 days or so for about 15 mins). When I returned from some work, I came back to turn my computer back on. Everything seemed to be going fine... that is until my computer went to the Windows XP loading bar. Soon as it would start to load, if at all, it would restart and go strait back to the beginning. Before it went to the windows loading screen, I did have the option to go into safe mode with networking, command prompt, or normal safe mode. Also, I had the Start normally and Start with last working settings. All of them would cause the computer to restart. Everything had been working fine before hand. My first impression was that the CPU had overheated. My computer has been known to give out "CPU Overheat, Press F1 to resume" errors on occasion, as it had said when I turned it on. I went to see how my cpu was doing in the bios and I found it to be starting off at about 45C-a max of 60C[I've heard 45-55 is fine, but 60c is a bit hot]. Soon as I saw the 60c in red, I shut down and unplugged. I left it off for 24 hours. When I returned the next day, I tried to see if it had cooled down yet... nope, still resetting. I opened up the case to find mounds and mounds of dust. I ran down, got a vaccume, cleaned it up, and let it cool down and un-dust for another 20-24 hours. When I returned today, I found there is still no change. I was starting to think the CPU overheating error is not causing this. I then checked my two memory sticks one at a time. When I took one out, it would not work. When I took that one out, but put in a new one, it still would not work. Put them both back in, and it worked fine... but it still was restarting. I have been told my a friend to try to boot off of the windows install disk and try to repair that way. I am a little uneasy about this method. I can NOT reformat or lose any information in my C:, Doc+settings, and a few other folders. They contain very important work which could get me in a lot of trouble if they were deleted. I would first like to know if there are any other things I should try out inorder to attempt to stop this error... if nothing else is to work, then, I would like to know what the repair feature removes when it is done.
Just as a recap-
-I can not start in safe mode
-I can not get to desktop
-I can not log in
-I can access bios for apparent extended periods of time(possible proof of CPU not overheating)[I've only tried for about 15mins]
-I can not reformat
-I have limited knowledge of the inside/outside of computers (I.e. the parts, the bios, fixing)
-I need access to my computer A.S.A.P.
Thank you for your time,
By the way, incase you need my specs(all that I know)-
Motherboard- Asus K8V Delux
CPU- AMD Athlon 64 3400 Processor 1MB
Memory- Duel corsair 512MB DDR
Harddrive- Seagate barracuda 80GB 8MB cache SATA