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    I turned on my computer last night, and this is what I see. It never boots into WinXP - it just gets to this screen, shuts down, and then tries booting again until it gets this far, and then shuts down and tries again. Anyone know this error, or how to fix it?

    The other circumstance is that I have a landline which is also knocked out. I have DSL and phone both through Verizon, and it wouldn't surprise me if the two are connected. My phone has no dial tone, and surprisingly, Verizon's phone support menu system was no help (but they did promise to send a service technician out, between 8am and 8pm, sometime in the next four days, at a cost starting at $91).

    There haven't been any storms in the area, but I don't think it's too unlikely that some stray charge came through the phoneline and knocked out both my telephone and DSL - I just hope there's no permanent damage to my PC.

    1. herzogbr 97 months ago | reply

      It's Fixed!

      I didn't find anything really useful on the internet, so on Chris' suggestion, (and after a couple of tries) I booted into Safe Mode. I then poked around under System Tools an played with a few of the things I found there. Then I clicked on "System Restore."

      I didn't know much about System Restore, but the idea of reverting my system back to some Microsoft-backup configuration of a previous date kind of made me nervous. But, not having anything to lose, I went ahead and tried it - and it really worked perfectly.

      There was a backup date just two days before the day I think the system went down, and after Restore did its thing for a few minutes, the computer started up normally. How nice - and how unusual, for such a dramatic computer issue to essentially fix itself.

      Oh, the relief.

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