I'm going to try real hard not to write a novel here. I have an older computer running xp home with 320 ram memory. I have a xp pro disc and I took it upon myself to pop it in my old computer to do an upgrade. I just wanted to take it on a test run to make sure it wouldn't screw anything up before I did the install on my GOOD computer.
This old computer is the kids and its used for playing games only.
ok. I put the disc in, chose upgrade and it did its business for quite awhile. Then I got an error. I can't remember what it said now, something about not being able to find something or unable to do something. I'm sorry I can't remember, I've been trying to fix this all day and have seen several errors since then.
The problem is they only flash for one second. My computer restarted itself after the first error, then it flashed error again. This time it said something about the disc and advised cleaning the disc. So I took the disc out and wiped it off and put it back in.
Now this is what it does nonstop. It boots, I get the windows xp logo with the line thing at bottom, I get a black screen with nothing on it, then it goes to the blue setup screen and says setup restarting.......then it reboots and does the whole thing over again.
I have lost my desktop entirely. I cannot get into safe mode. Oh yeah thats the other thing, my keyboard quits functioning only to work again at initial bootup. Holding F8 down does nothing...I dont know if its because my keyboard quits working or what.
I found on the net a way to boot your computer up and bring up command prompt. It involved burning a disc. I did this and the thing actually worked and brought me to different options as a way of fixing xp. Problem: my keyboard wouldn't work to choose any options.
I'm thinking the installation got interrupted and somewhere somehow I ended up deleting my entire OS. No desktop, no command prompt. Nothing. How screwed am I?
Now after rebooting say 100x today, it now goes to windows logo screen then a black screen with cursor pulsating in upper left corner. No keyboard function. (my keyboard worked fine unti I decided to mess with it, btw.)
At that point I turned it off and came here.
Any idea? again, no safe mode, no recovery disc :( for that matter I dont even have a recovery drive. help?