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  • Fix Windows XP Log On/Log Off Loop Page 4

    Posted on May 5th, 2009 admin No comments

    Part 3 - Setting your computer to boot to CDs/DVDs

    You’re going to need to set the computer that is not working to check for CDs/DVDs first. [If you know for a fact that your computer boots to CDs/DVDs first already, then you can skip this page completely] You’ll need to enter your computer’s BIOS (Basic Input Output System) in order to set this up. Don’t worry about changing it back after you’ve fixed up your machine. It’s not going to affect anything.

    As your computer boots up, you’ll see your computer manufacturer’s logo. (e.g., Dell, HP, eMachines, ASUS, Sony Vaio, Compaq, etc.) Look in all four corners of the screen and near the bottom for an option called Setup, Enter Setup, or Enter BIOS Setup. Near these words will be a key to press, such as Delete (Del), F2, F3, Escape (ESC) or F10. If you do not see these words, try a different key every time you boot up until you get the right one. I would recommend starting with Delete first. One pushed, it will bring you to a DOS-like screen where you can change some important system information.

    Some BIOS’ will have their main categories organized in tabs (across the top in blue) which you’ll need to use left and right to navigate through. Others use a vertical menu on the left. Still others use a page-like interface. Look around on the screen for help if you need it.

    You’re interested in options that look like Boot, Boot Options, Boot Priority, or Boot Order. Use the arrow keys to move around and Enter to confirm things or bring up more menus.

    Is your CD/DVD Drive or Optical Drive (may be the make/model of the drive) at the top of the list?
    : Turn off your computer and go to the next page.
    No: Continue on this page for just a bit longer.

    Once you get to it, make sure that your CD/DVD Drive or Optical Drive (may be the make/model of the drive) is listed at the top. Some BIOS’ require that you press a certain key to move the CD/DVD drive to the top, such as u. Read the onscreen directions carefully.

    Once done, most BIOS’ will allow you to save your changes by pressing F10. If yours is different and you don’t know where to go, press the Escape (ESC) key to back out one screen. Some BIOS’ at this point may ask you to save changes for that part of the BIOS. Save it and use the arrow keys to find your way to Exit. When it asks, Save Changes.

    If all went well, the computer should reboot. Boot into Safe Mode. When you get to the login screen, pop open your computer’s CD/DVD tray and shut down your computer via the normal menus.

    We’re going to leave your computer alone for a while. Go to the next page


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