Just started last night. The computer Dimension 8200, P4, 1.9GHz, 40GB HD, with Windows 2000, 2yr old is now automatically rebooting itself while still in the process of opening my desktop. After a few seconds into opening the desktop, the system reboots. Momentarily (split second, eye blinking) "blue screen" appears with a few sentences of text. I used the Window 2K CD to repair, but that created an invalid path to Microsoft Word. I selected F-12 to reboot using the CD-ROM for the 2K CD. My next attempt is F-8 for "Safe Mode" to see if that will allow the computer to boot.
Anyone with a possible solution?
I was able to boot into "Safe Mode" with the "Command Prompt" and deleted a program embedded into C:\Windows\System\. Someone downloaded a nasty program called "highscore.exe". After deleting the file I was able to access my desktop normally but without everything loaded on the task bar. Then I emptied my recycle bin after running the Anti Virus program. Not a single virus was found with the virus definition of Oct 24, 2003 from Symantec. However, after emptying the recycle bin my computer shutdown automatically, again. Back to step one.
There is an "ini" file that I am not sure of embedded in my hard drive named "tonyDbg.ini". Anyone familiar with the name?
Finally gave up and reinstalled Windows 2000. While the computer was in the process of setting up and reinstalling the software, the computer locked up three times. Three times! During the final setup and the two previously, there was an exception with the (RAS). What is that? I looked for the terminology and it means Remote Access Service Manager. Also my "promise" something, was needed during the final setup stage as well as COM+ that did not install. After the last installation I am now able to work with my desktop. However, there were several other problems which I was able to reinstall. But I am not able to log on to the internet because of RAS. The connection wizard doesn't recognize the modem or an IP server. The modem works using Hyperterminal, but not with Windows Explorer. I used the W2K CD and installed all the extra stuff by use of the Control Panel>Add and Remove feature. COM+ installed during that stage. But I am not able to connect to my internet provider. Removing and reinstalling the modem didn't work, neither by removing and reinstalling my IP.
This should be the last reply to me with this issue. I gave up and went ahead and loaded W2K, by overwriting the old files. Everything on my desktop is back as it was when I received my DELL two years ago. A word of caution to all you novice computer gurus like myself, BACKUP YOUR FILES! OR IF NOT, LOSE IT ALL! All my shortcuts, Microsoft Outlook email messages and everything I loaded were overwritten. Unfortunately I didn't follow my own advice and went ahead and loaded over the old "C:\WINNT". The program, W2K, warned me that this would happen. I went ahead anyway and pressed the "L" key. TOO LATE! Luck has it, I did choose to keep all my files on the C: drive, which were not affected.
Fortunately, I did move all "My Document" folders to another folder on the "C:" drive. But I forgot to move all my messages from Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook. Now just a few more steps and I will be back up and running on the WWW from my home computer. Good thing that my work hours allows me time on the Computer. So as with all messages with the Support Forum, these messages will be buried like the thousands of other ones.
Good luck people.