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Acer computer keeps rebooting on startup - won't load Windows 98

Last response: in Windows XP
November 25, 2013 4:50:20 PM

Boyfriend's computer - not sure what he did, but the computer will no longer boot. It looks like it is going to load Windows XP, then flashes briefly, then loads the Acer screen (logo) then goes back to the Microsoft Windows XP screen and acts like it is loading again. I've tried to start it in the various safe modes, but when I do a bunch of lines of information about various drivers fills the screen and I can't arrow up or down nor do I know how to do anything else at this point and then the Microsoft Windows XP screen appears again and acts like it is loading, the Acer screen comes on and then the process just continues to repeat.
From the sticker on the computer I can see that it is:
Acer Aspire 5100-5830
AMD Turion 64x2
1.6 GHz, 512KB LS cache

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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