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Solved: System boots but can't access C:?

Q: Solved: System boots but can't access C:?

System boots fine to XP PRO. When I try and access files on C: drive ( OS is on F: drive), I get an error that the HARD DRIVE IS NOT FORMATED? I cannot access any file on C: drive at all. I tried running DEFRAG on this drive and get an error about 2 files that non readable, etc. How can I access the drive to delete the files, I tried SAFE MODE but same problem. Norton shows no virus?

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Preferred Solution: Solved: System boots but can't access C:?

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A: Solved: System boots but can't access C:?

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So lately my computer's firewall has decided to not work so I searched around and eventually concluded on doing a upgrade reinstall.
As I didn't want to lose any of my files, drivers or programs.
All seemed like it went well until the computer rebooted for the last time before it reaches the
" Setting up for first use " dialog
Though before this was able to happen the computer went into a reboot loop with bsod 0x0000001E

After a large amount of reluctant clicking
The computer NOW only boots to the System Recovery Options window and the ONLY option is Startup Repair ; There is NO command prompt no diagnostics, nothing,
Just Startup Repair, in which start up repair is unable to do anything and continues to loop itself with a Don't send dialog

I have tried inserting the installation disk and accessing the Repair Computer but it presents an incompatibility error.

I have no F8 menu at all, (no safe mode, which I can't access anyway because the computer can't set up for first use).

Need any Assistance, all is welcome, thanks.

A:System immediately boots to Startup Repair - No access to F8

Please fill in your System Specs in bottom left corner of your post.

Running any OS without having your files backed up is careless. Running a Repair Install or Reinstall without backing up your files is reckless.

You can try to rescue your files now using step 9 in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start
however I doubt there is anything to repair since the reinstall aparently failed.

So I would skip to running Factory Recovery or getting the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 (same for retail) which will yield a perfect install if you stick with the methods and tools given.

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I get to the desktop okay but then nothing--I mean nothing--works from there except task manager which shows nothing. The cursor shows an hourglass on the task bar but the normal arrow everywhere else but cannot activate any programs. This happened once before shortly after an XXClone disk copy and I got out of it by doing another copy. The present hard disk has also been XXCloned but it has been used several hours of normal operation since so I'm not sure the cloning process has anything to do with it. How do I diagnose the problem? I'd rather not do another clone. Any ideas will be appreciated.

A:[SOLVED] XP boots but cannot access any programs

I recommend trying a windows repair and see if that helps out solve you issues. You will need your windows xp CD in order to perform windows repair.

Hope this will help alleviate your problem.

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Hi

The problem is that Windows XP boots really slow... goes quickly to the welcome screen but it takes a lot of time after that to load the desktop.

Also, the internet does not work and HijackThis used to show this error:
"O10: Broken internet access due to LSP chain gap(#3 in a chain of 4 missing)"

I tried using LSPFix but it didnt work. Also, in the process of scanning my computer for malware. I found 'subseven_190' and removed it.

One more thing, the boot is quick(normal time) in safe mode.

This is when the problem started::
I was trying to install iTunes on my computer but had a problem during installation and the installation was cacelled. After that, whenever i boot my comp, i face this problem.

I am posting the hijackthis log. ( I had manually removed the O10 entry, so it wont show in this log).
Also, i have renamed 'hijackthis.exe' to 'Asck.exe'

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1

Scan saved at 7:14:09 PM, on 8/15/2008

Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)

MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0013)

Running processes:

C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe

C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE

C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe

C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\avguard.exe

C:\Program Files\Avira\AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic\sched.exe

C:\Program Fil... Read more

A:Solved: Xp boots very slow and broken internet access due to LSP chain gap

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A friend has asked me to look into a problem that he is having. Everytime he boots his computer it goes to the system 32 folder. I am attaching a HJT file. If someone could check it I would be most grateful.
 

A:Solved: Computer boots to system 32

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My main Windows 8 computer recently developed a problem: It starts up, boots up, and then, just about as soon as I finish logging in, it shuts down cold. When it shuts down it will not restart from the front panel on/off or reset switch; I have to pull the 120v plug and then plug it back in before the system will respond.

The first time this happened I pulled the side off the tower and found the CPU cooler blocked with crud. I vacuumed it out, pulled the CPU cooler and gave it a fresh coat of thermal grease, then tried again. Same story. I thought that perhaps the CPU had been damaged by high temperatures, so I obtained a new CPU (Core 2 Duo E7600) and fan cooler and swapped them out. The hardware monitor in the setup screen shows that the new CPU is running a lot cooler but still, after 3 to 5 minutes the system shuts down.

The power supply, chassis and video card are vintage 2007; in 2010 when the original mobo gave out I swapped motherboard, CPU and hard disk as well as upgrading to Windows 7. Late last year I upgraded to Windows 8. There have been no recent hardware or software changes, and the system is (was) used frequently. I don't want to just keep swapping parts; if the problem is something simple like a bad power supply then I don't mind fixing it and continuing on but if it needs major surgery then I'm just inclined to save my pennies and start building a new system from the ground up.

Any suggestions for this situation?

A:[SOLVED] System boots up, then shuts down.

HI and Welcome to TSF!

Full make and model number of everything found inside the PC?

Can you boot to the BIOS at all?

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Code:
? OS - Vista/ Windows 7 ? Windows 7
? x86 (32-bit) or x64 ? x64
? What was original installed OS on system? Windows 7
? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? Full Retail
? Age of system (hardware)? 1.5 years
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? 2 full OS installs (same Windows 7 both times) on Intel 520 series SSD since bought brand new. Last OS install was 06/25/2013, so it's 8 months old

? CPU - Intel i5 3570k (stock speeds)
? Video Card - ATI Radeon HD 6950 2GB (stock)
? MotherBoard - AsRock z77 Extreme4
? Power Supply - brand & wattage - Corsair HX850W (850W)

? System Manufacturer - Self built
? Exact model number (if laptop, check label on bottom) - N/A

Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Hello,

I have been experiencing an issue since I have built this system about 5 - 10 seconds after system boot. I have multiple accounts setup, so this is 5 -10 seconds after I login with my PW, the desktop appears as normal. If I immediately begin moving the mouse I notice the cursor hangs and I hear the USB disconnect/reconnect sound and sometimes everything is fine after that. However, recently, earliest date being January 3, 2014, the system will sometimes BSOD after the cursor hangs.

This is the 5th system I have built in the last 10 years, and this is my first go-around with Intel base and a SSD. Observations I have made are that the SSD boots the system rid... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Intermittent BSOD when system boots to desktop

Hi,

We have two bug checks:

DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL (c5)

This indicates that the system attempted to access invalid memory at a process IRQL that was too high.

If we take a look at the call stack:


Code:

0: kd> kv
Child-SP RetAddr : Args to Child : Call Site
fffff880`07df6da8 fffff800`02ccd169 : 00000000`0000000a 00000001`00000108 00000000`00000002 00000000`00000001 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`07df6db0 fffff800`02ccbde0 : 00000001`40000f80 fffff880`00000000 00000000`00000000 fffff800`02e5d6d0 : nt!KiBugCheckDispatch+0x69
fffff880`07df6ef0 fffff800`02e02147 : 00000000`00000007 fffff8a0`04435da0 fffffa80`11352000 fffff880`0497178c : nt!KiPageFault+0x260 (TrapFrame @ fffff880`07df6ef0)
fffff880`07df7080 fffff880`04971ec4 : fffff880`00000000 00000000`00000000 fffff880`048660bc 00000000`00000000 : nt!ExAllocatePoolWithTag+0x537
fffff880`07df7170 fffff880`04958aa7 : fffff8a0`03c6ebb0 fffff8a0`0376a250 fffff880`07df79f0 00000000`00000000 : dxgmms1!VIDMM_GLOBAL::OpenOneAllocation+0x124
fffff880`07df7260 fffff880`048a45a9 : 00000000`00000000 fffff880`07df7770 00000000`00000000 fffff8a0`044348f0 : dxgmms1!VidMmOpenAllocation+0xeb
fffff880`07df72b0 fffff880`0489da5a : fffff880`07df7558 fffff8a0`033c20b0 fffff880`07df7730 fffff880`07df7730 : dxgkrnl!DXGDEVICE::CreateVidMmAllocations<_DXGK_ALLOCATIONINFO>+0x291
fffff880`07df7340 fffff880`048a05bb : fffff8a0`0441f000 fffff880`07df79f0 fffff880`07... Read more

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Hi all

Quick question...I used msconfig to disable a few unnessary items on startup, and now the system 32 folder opens on bootup...why is it doing this and how to I keep it from doing that?

Mike
 

A:Solved: system 32 folder opens when computer boots up

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Hi

One of my pc's recently acted up. It was working fine for couple of years without problem and then I stopped using it for a few months; now when I go back to it, the motherboard just beeps continuously (long beep).

According to the manual, a continuous long beep might be due to bad ram, but when I took out both ram sticks, it had a different kind of continuous beep. I replaced the ram with a different stick and it made the continuous beep sound like the other ram

The motherboard is gigabyte GA-8I945PL-G, dual core cpu. Bios is award

When I had the hard drive plugged in, even tho it made the loud continuous beep, it booted to windows (win2k pro) ok except that the graphics looks as if the video driver has not yet been installed. I didnt want to potentially damage it so i turned off and I took out every component except for just the video card and ram. What should I do next? swap psu? I have an antec 550 true power.

Also, what should the beep sound like if i were to take out the video card?
Please help.

Thank you
 

A:Solved: system continuous long beep but boots to windows ok

ok, i figured it out! it's kind of a duh thing! The fan in the front of the case, instead of being connected to the connector on the mobo (system fan), was connected to the normal molex connector because it didnt have the right end. And in the BIOS, the setting was to monitor the system fan; since there's no fan connected there, it was beeping to alarm me about it; disabling that works hahahah
 

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My computer boots with no icons or start menu. I do a system restore my desktop comes back. When I shut down and restart the same problem appear ( no desktop menu). The menu appears in safe mode. I have tried adware and malware bytes. The problem keeps occurring with no desktop and slow startup.
Please help! I have enclosed the following txt files HijackThis log., dds.txt file, attach.txt file and the ark.txt file. Please help!
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 6:33:42 PM, on 3/5/2014
Platform: Windows 7 SP1 (WinNT 6.00.3505)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v11.0 (11.00.9600.16428)
Boot mode: Safe mode with network support
Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware2\mbam.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE
C:\Users\Marie\Desktop\HijackThis.exe
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = Preserve
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255141
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant =
R0 - HKLM\Softwa... Read more

A:System only boots up in safe mode or system restore!

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I recently installed a raid 0 set up with win7 64 bit. Everything works good (except it will not auto update bit I don't care about that) but when I reboot it to access the bios so I can overclock I cannot get into the bios. I have a wired USB keyboard that normally let's me in via the delete key. This is annoying as I need to be able to get in there at will. I do not have a slot for a ps2 keyboard. Thanks, Jared.
 

A:Win 7 boots fine but cannot access BIOS.

Can you access the raid bios with the keyboard?

Have you tried another keyboard?
 

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Don't know if mine is a 32-bit or a 64-bit.  Computer boots up:  goes immediately to passord page with a password hint.  The answer that SHOULD work does not.  I have  t ried every variation on the correct word to no avail.  I get a message telling me that the reset password feature requies removable media, such as a USB flash drive.  "Please connect a USB flash drive and try again."  I insert a flash drive and the Password Reset Wizard comes up with the following note:  To use this Wizard, you must have first created a password reset disk. Which I did not.  The next message is "This disk is not a password reset disk."   Now, where do I go from here?  This renders the computer useless.

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Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/464825/black-screen/page-2#entry3076511 - Hamluis.
 
 
I have the same problem,  system will only boot to CD, chksdk is working, fixboot, fixmbr have all been run.  No answer yet.

A:System Boots To CD Only

System manufacturer and model?
 
When did problem begin?
 
Any indication that system is infected?
 
Louis

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I have a AMD Athalon 2000+ 1.66Ghz processor a 250W PSU (im upgrading) and a 10+20GB HD. The problem im having is it sometimes boots. once it booted it runs fine but sometimes when i boot the system (normaly after bad shutdowns and hardware changes) the HD LED flashed and will not turn on unless i unplug the PSU for 10 seconds and plug back in and all works. it used to have booting issues as well with a diffrent PSU but it just failed to boot but it was powered.

Im guessing its because of the 250W power supply and maybe certan hardware need more power.

Its a ECS K7S5A Pro Mainboard
 

A:system sometimes boots

Im thanking its the PSU because it only seemed to do it when i swiched PSU's. This was my parents old Mainbored and it used to have all diffrent hardware on it. Memory was DDR (im using the old SDRam only 196MB used to be 1GB) and the psu was 340W (now 250W from my old 700Mhz HP computer) and the Video card was diffrent but this video card was in this system before.

But it never ever had power up issues like its happining now. it just turns on for 1 second and shuts off like its been unplugged. but most of the time it boots fine and runs fine. Before this it just turned on no POST but fans and CD Light flashed. turn it off for a minute boots fine. After it was upgraded to Vista the issues stopped.

What could be the problem my PSU or me using XP on the system (as seeing Vista never had issues like this.) i dont thank its the Mainboard its farly new 1-2 years old
 

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Ok, my girlfriends laptop has this issue where it will boot up now and you wont be able to do anything... just last night it was working fine. We have a 1 1/2 year old and she loves to touch it even though we will tell her like 100 times a day.. gotta love kids. There are lots of pictures of her from christmas, thanksgiving .. and others .. pictures that havent been updated in a few months. The mouse doesnt work , or the keyboard controls to move about.. either. It just seems like it starts up and hangs. I have no idea on how to save anything before i would do a reformat. I would hook up the HD to my computer but i dont had the IDE cable for that and i dont even know if they sell them. If anyone could give me another idea i have run out..and i have been working with computers for quite some time now.. not to mention havent had the time to be devoted to them as much too haha darn kids
 

A:Laptop boots up but cant access anything PLEASE HELP... LOTS OF FAMILY PHOTOS!!

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Working with my mother's HP Pavilion G series laptop running Win 7. This morning I was on the internet and the website I was on (Facebook) stopped responding. I then tried to end my internet session and the screen froze. Performed control-alt-delete to restart, and when it did, I was unable to access any programs or internet. I've been working on it all day. Even tried rebooting in safe mode, but that freezes now. A cold restart gets me back to the normal startup, but the program icons come up slow and when I move the cursor over the taskbar, it starts cycling for an indeterminate time.

Any help here? Got plenty of ram, and hd space. This is the first time I've experienced this problem.

A:Mother's laptop boots ok, can't access programs or internet

I can't access the control panel to start from the last restore point, either. Hmmmmm.

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Hello,
I have a new problem and not sure where to start. My Windows XP PC locked up yesterday, without the BSOD. I unplugged it and re-booted. Windows starts normally, however when I click on My Computer to access drives, I get the Windows hourglass and can't get the icons for my C Drive, external hard drive or DVD drives to appear.

My desktop appears and I can access the Recycle Bin and My Documents folder. But if I try to access My Computer from these folders, the PC freezes. I also can not run IE or any programs. because the PC freezes again. I don't think I got a virus. I'm able to see what's running and nothing out of the ordinary shows up. Any ideas where to start?
Thanks
 

A:Windows XP boots up but can't run programs or access hard drive

Sounds like a virus or other malware attack. Try downloading combofix and running it. You may have to run it in the SAFE mode if you can't run it from the desktop. Take your time and follow the instructions carefully:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/combofix/how-to-use-combofix
 

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Not sure if the title makes sense but my XP system will only boot up on every second occasion I try. The first time it seems to start to come on but the monitor never clicks in to life and I have to power down and back up and then it is OK. I have just reinstalled Windows because of other problems and had hoped that this problem would go away but it hasn't so presumably it is a hardware problem. At the moment I have only my mouse, keyboard and monitor plugged in after the reinstall. I had 2 sticks of RAM but had errors on one so have taken it out.

I don't know where to start looking for the cause of the problem and would appreciate any help. Thanks.
 

A:System boots only every other time

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Hello, I have a asus m2n68vm mobo and winxp on sata hdd. I want to hook a IDE hdd as slave on the ide channel with my cdrw just for storage. When I do the computer tries to boot from the ide drive and ignores the sata. In bios I don't have sata as an option in the boot sequence, only a:, c:, or d:. It seems like as soon as a hdd is detected on the ide channel it just gets tunnel vision and ignores the sata channels. Bios is AMI 0405. OS is XP SP3 .Any ideas? Thanks, Scott

A:System boots from IDE instead of SATA

Check your BIOS advance menu and set AHCI mode or SATA compatibility.  The slave HD and optical drive should be set master and slave.

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Hi,
i recently updated my system from an ati 1950xt to an ati 5770.
Now when i startup the system, i get the 1 long-3short beeps error, wich indicates a video error. When i wait a few seconds and press the reset button, the system starts up normally and everything is functional.
I only get these beeps when i do a cold boot. Not when i do a warm boot.
What could be the problem? I'm not sure if it could be the videocard itself, i cannot test it in another system.

edit: system specs:

core2duo e6400
asus p5be-plus
2x1gb kinstong ram
creative audigy 2
sata 160gb
ide 80 gb
enermax 500W
HD5770 ati
ethernet card
 

A:New GPU - system only boots after reset

Just try clearing and resetting the CMOS. Remove the battery from the motherboard for about 10 minutes, put it back and start up the PC. Check if the error still persists.
 

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OK! I must say I have not seen this before. I don't normally watch my system boot up, but this morning I did and noted a message on the top left: "Invalid boot.ini booting from C:\Windows" I checked my C:\ Root and no boot.ini. I looked in C:\Windows Nothing. I went to system properties to edit the boot.ini and it's empty. So I did a search and found This:
Note the two boot.ini in My Computer! I went to its properties and found this:

It's an Internet Address pointing at File:///D:/boot.ini So I right click in my search on the boot.ini on the D:\ which is my 250gb storage drive and found this:

I'm not sure what to think about this! The system boot just fine, with the exception of this message.

Any thoughts on this?
 

A:System boots from C:\Windows??

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I have a really strange problem that I've managed to narrow down fairly specifically. I pray someone here might have a good idea. Basically, I bought a new Gateway system, and made some changes. I decided to put in an additional hard disk, connected directly to the MOBO and install Win7 ultimate on that one, allowing me to preserve the win7 home that came installed on the supplied drive. I went into BIOS and made the correct tweaks I believe, but I'm left with a hanging system after it boots up.

I've narrowed it down to this: if I press [DEL] to go into BIOS and [save and exit], the machine boots and then where the machine normally hangs, it follows with an opportunity to [Ctr-P] to get into the Intel Management Engine BIOS, and then boots to Windows as it should. So it hangs in between those BIOS's unless I first [save and exit] the first BIOS.

Obviously Gateway's tech support is less than worthless, especially since I committed the cardinal sin of deigning to make changes to the system.

Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this and ping their brain cells for solutions!
-John

A:system hanging before windows boots, unless...

Dag, posted to wrong place ... will repost to better spot!

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OS: Windows7-32 bit ultimate
2gb ram
320 gb harddisk
AMD 4400+

Boots up slowly and hangs often

Can any body help me out

A:System Boots up Very slowly and hangs often

What antivirus are you using?
Run a scan of Malwarebytes in safe mode

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Advent T9201 - on boot, all seems good but no screen, reboot 2 or 3 times and then maybe ok for a while. Replaced graphics card, no good. Then no screen even after numerous reboots. OK, assume motherboard problem and replaced computer.

Now the second computer (Emachine 4260) has done exactly the same after 1 week. Too much of a coincidence. I am running Norton antivirus on both units, auto update on.

What is going on?

A:System crash - Boots up but no screen

hi, my first recommendation is to uninstall norton. I have seen soo many pcs with problems, such as crashes or no internet access due to norton.
Also when you start your pc, do you ge the boot options?
if so keep pressing f8 as soon as pc starts, then choose safe mode, see if this works. If it does then problem with a file or program that is starting.
This may sound stupid but try booting pc from another location, like downstairs etc to seemaybe if there is an inteference doing this.

Other things you can check for is overheat, make pc has enough space too cool, and if pc is dirty just clean the dust from the fan located at the back and maybe sides of case.
Also if it still under warranty take to original store and see if they can troubleshoot for you.

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system boots up normally; I can open programs, and even ran a super spyware scan that took about 45 minutes to run, but then all of a sudden it shuts down with a "no signal" dialog box on the monitor...no error message of any kind...it even shuts itself down in safe mode?

A:system boots up fine, but won't stay on...

all of a sudden it shuts down with a "no signal" dialog box on the monitorWhich happens first, the computer turning off or the "no signal" dialog box on the monitor?Edit: By "shuts down" I take it that you mean the computer simply turns itself off .... not shutting down in the proper manner? And then it stays off ... it does not restart?

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Hi A friend gave me her laptop that when you boot it up it goes right to a screen that says HP Recovery Manager (1, 1, 0, 8) that will return her laptop to original factory state, and this is the only thing you can do? Is this a virus? She does not want to do that, she'd loose all her files! If I boot up to safe mode I get the same screen, even if I use the restore windows to last working state, I still get this screen? Anyone know of this? She said she knows of nothing that infected her pc, she was on Skype and when she moved to another room she got this screen. She has her battery pulled out, but I wouldn't think that would make a difference.
Thanks

A:HP laptop boots up and wants to do a system restore?

My own thoughts would be to remove her hard drive, slave it to another computer, do a malware scan on it once it is powered up and then copy her data to the second computer, 'Caddies' which allow 21/2" hard drives to connect to other computers as external drives are readily available if you don't have one. Once you have backed up her data - and that's the stuff that matters - you can go ahead and attempt to repair the computer.
 
Can you get into the 'Safe mode' screen by tapping F8 at the BIOS screen instead of going to Recovery Manager ?  This might enable you to sort the problem without doing a complete re-install of everything, perhaps by using a restore point ? This would save you having to uninstall all the manufacturer installed software that you don't want as well as having to do all the updates from the time of the French Revolution.
 
I have just re-read your post and you say 'She has her battery pulled out.' Do you mean that she has removed the battery since this happened, or that she didn't have the battery installed at the time she moved from one room to the other ?  That would imply that she would have had to disconnect from the mains before moving. If she didn't shut down the computer before pulling the plug out of the wall that could have this effect, but if you can access a Windows restore point you should be able to fix it without doing a complete system restore.
 
Chris Cosgrove

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I have a really strange problem that I've managed to narrow down fairly specifically. I pray someone here might have a good idea. Basically, I bought a new Gateway system, and made some changes. I decided to put in an additional hard disk, connected directly to the MOBO and install Win7 ultimate on that one, allowing me to preserve the win7 home that came installed on the supplied drive. I went into BIOS and made the correct tweaks I believe, but I'm left with a hanging system after it boots up.

I've narrowed it down to this: if I press [DEL] to go into BIOS and [save and exit], the machine boots and then where the machine normally hangs, it follows with an opportunity to [Ctr-P] to get into the Intel Management Engine BIOS, and then boots to Windows as it should. So it hangs in between those BIOS's unless I first [save and exit] the first BIOS.

Obviously Gateway's tech support is less than worthless, especially since I committed the cardinal sin of deigning to make changes to the system.

Thanks to anyone taking the time to read this and ping their brain cells for solutions!
-John

A:system hanging before windows boots, unless...

Hello !!

According to what you said it quiet clear that it might be the BIOS. Try to update the BIOS Firmware and see if that fixes the problem. Also try to reset the defaults and see if that makes any difference.

- Captain

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Hi all,
 
Firstly, i am new to this site.
 
I am having the following problem:
 
My system boots only in safe mode and not in normal mode. A blank screen appears, when i try to boot in normal mode.
I went to authorized service center and found that there's a problem with my hard disk.
 
I got a new one. System worked good for around 10 days and the problem reappeared again.
 
I donno what to do. Kindly suggest me a way to get rid of this problem.
 
My system configurations:
 
Lenovo Idea Pad Y560
i7 processor, 8 GB Ram, 500 GB Hard disk, 1 GB ATI Graphic card.
 
I can provide any further details.

A:System boots only in safe mode

1) What is new or different since the last time everything worked properly (ie, new hw, new sw, virus, error, etc)? Problems such as you are describing rarely occur spontaneously.
 
2) Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
 
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/startup_cpl.html) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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All of a sudden, when I move folders to other folders, whether large or small, my computer automatically re-boots itself. My system restore only seems to occasionally work. Is there anything else I can do to get me back to normal? I used to be able to move any folders anywhere with no trouble at all. Thanks.

daddio
 

A:Moving folders re-boots system

I am running Win XP SP2 with a 3 gig proc.
 

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Windows live mail won't run sometimes. A pop up window comes up saying one item completed one sending. In the taxk manager I see a Wlmail and kill the process, then I can open the mail tool.
Also when the system goes to sleep overnight it doesn't start correctly. I get promted to start normally, safe mode, etc. It then goes to a page that tries to identify the problem fo 25 minutes, but never finds one.

Any ideas?

Thanks,
Mark

A:Wlmail won't end system boots wrong

What version of WLM are you running?

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Hi Buddy,
If I shutdown my system the privious day, If Iam trying to Power On Manually, My system will not come Up, If Iam diconnecting My Lan Cable System will start.
Can some one help
Regards,

Shahid Khan
 

A:My system boots up when I disconnect my LAN Cable

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This may be a comedy of errors, but here goes.

1) SD/HC card in standard SD slot during re-boot. Nothing happens, get the blue HP splash screen before it even tries to boot from hard drive.

2) hit F12 for System Restore as I couldn't get anything else to come up. I was initially thinking it was going to take me to the Windows System Restore Points and I would choose the latest one--not the HP installed copy of XP and re-install everything. As Restore is running, I find the SD/HC card issue....ARGH.

So now the computer runs just fine, but of course it installed all new XP files. The problem is that I wish to use the previous users/admins that are still in the system. All the files are there, but upon boot there's no option as to who to log in under.

The new: HP_Administrator.YOUR-4DACD0EA75

The old: HP_Administrator

Is it possible to change the boot path/parameters back to the old one and move on?
 

A:Boots to undesirable user/system

Ouch, how do you know "all the files are there" is there a user "HP_Administrator" under documents and settings ?
Have you tried clicking on start/shutdown/logoff then trying the old HP_Administrator account ?
 

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I have a problem I've apparently created after a replacement of the CPU heatsink. The replacement went fine and everything seems to be in order... apart from the fact that I get one boot after turning the system on at the mains and one boot only. Any subsequent boot, whether it be from a soft reset or a power switch on/off fails to boot, the monitor remains on standby as if no signal is being recieved whatsoever. Turning the mains on/off again resolves the problem.

I have tried clearing the CMOS with no change. Now apart from being a hassle to turn the mains on/off every time I wish to reboot I actually can't change any bios settings as the settings are saved after the system reboots and this is the real problem for me.

Are there any solutions to this? Surely this is a pretty distintive error with a logical explanation....

Any help is much appreciated.
 

A:System only Boots after Mains is turned off and on..

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I have two hard drives in my Win 7 Pro Computer one is a boot driver with programs and the other is a data drive.

On several occassions now the computer attempts to boot to the data drive. I have had to go into the SETUP and change the drive sequence and the correct drive to boot to.

Any information or suggestions to eliminate this problem will be appreciated.

Sam Orlando

A:System Boots to wrong drive

You more than likely have 2 instances of Windows showing on the boot choice screen and the 1st instance is in the primary position (i.e. you installed it last) so if you do not choose the 2nd instance prior to the timeout (DEFAULT is 30 seconds and won't change unless you did this) it boots to the primary, you can change this by typing msconfig>boot>change the other sequence to DEFAULT.

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I have a new HP with windows vista for home. It keeps re-setting itself in the middle of an application. do I need Windows 7? Is it The operating system? I am going crazy trying to figure it out!
Can anyone help?
Thanks,
Norman
 

A:System re-boots in middle of application

What application is it crashing in? Is it always the same one?
 

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I'm trying to solve this problem for a customer's computer, and it's got me stumped. When the computer first boots up, IE won't display any web pages and OE won't connect to the mail server for about 15 minutes. After that time, they both work fine. Firefox is working fine, but the customer doesn't want to use Mozilla permanently. She won't let me put Thunderbird on, and only uses Firefox if she needs to get a webpage up before IE is ready.
She runs XP Home, SP2. The problem started after she installed SP3, but removing SP3 had no effect. I've tried reinstalling IE, even dropped back to IE6, with no change. The only thing I've found that seems to improve it is starting in Safe Mode (with networking, of course). IE and OE respond right away in Safe Mode. My theory is that some service that IE and OE depend on is having trouble starting, but I can't figure out what.
Any thoughts?

A:IE 7 and OE fail to connect when system first boots

have you checked the firewall settings

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i dont know man what has happened to my computer.it was ok but when i changed my os from vista to 7 the start up took 10 mins even if there are no programs installed.ive taken it to many pros but no one has the solution.it takes 10 mins to start up.gets stuck on the windows sign blinking and after startup it works completely fine.please somebody help me.i just bought my pc. and it cost me 50000 rupees.almost 600$

A:system boots only after 10 mins even after formatting

Start off by doing a repair install .. This will show you how to do a repair upgrade install to fix your currently installed Windows 7 and preserve your user accounts, data, programs, and system drivers. We'll go from there if your problem still persists ...

Repair Install

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I tryed to make a boot to bring computer back to fabric settings but it is not working , (quess the D: drive is damaged or the image is damaged)    If I put the computer on and press (escape) i see an option menu , but whatever I choose to run all runs is the option 11 put your system back to fatory settings . BUT everytime  the computer says : can not start the installed program press ok to close computer.          Please help         do I need to put a new system on the computer ? and how do I do that  what do I need  can I find a saved backup for the factory settings  and installed programs somewere from internet ??? Hope someone can help me , thanks  David











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A:system boots only to go to factory settings but says it can ...

I spoke with hp support and they promise to send me the media pack (hope it is the recovery data) for free , it will be here in 4 days , hope that fixes it  thank you all for helping me david 

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Okay, all day I've been trying to sort this out but to no avail. I've searched Google like crazy, and whilst I've found that others have had this issue there's been no real resolution.

My system boots all the way up to the point of the loading bar, then it goes blue screen and restarts. I've found that it loads up in safe mode, and I can access all my drives (I've tried unplugging external devices), and I'm 99% certain that running a system restore would fix the issue. HOWEVER, safe mode revokes me of all rights to perform any system based tasks, so obviously it won't allow me to run system restore, regedit, pretty much anything.

Here's what I've tried so far:

-Running system repair through a boot disk, it didn't find anything wrong

-I tried running system restore through the boot disk but apparently there weren't any restore files (which isn't true)

I have no idea how this happened, I'm guessing a registry file's been affected or something. Every time I try to run System Restore through safe mode it gives me the following message 'System Restore had been turned off by group policy. To turn on System Restore, contact your domain administrator'

It's not UAC because I've disabled that, but I think if I can get around the group policy I can run it. I tried running gpedit.msc and gpmc.msc from the start menu search but they wouldn't open.

Please, please, please help, I really can't re-install Vista because I don't wanna go through the process of re-installing all my... Read more

A:System boots then blue screen, HELP!

salri

since you can safe boot but blue screens in regular boot I suspect a video driver. the change in permissions is curious. what happened to cause the first BSOD?

we need you to fill in your system spec(lower left corner of your posts) so we know what hardware you have

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This is a very serious situation for me. I have XP/sp2/608ram. 11 days prior to the problem I upgraded from 128 + 512 ram as well as upgraded to a LG 16x Super Multi DVD/CD rewriter. Everything ran fine. Just noting. Thursday I bought and installed a wireless router. When booting down there was a hissing/crackling noise from the subwoofer, and consequently the subwoofer died. Saturday afternoon, while listening to winamp media stream, the system suddenly informed me that windows was logging off. It then at random intervals continuously rebooted. Only by turning off my surge protector was I able to stop it from happening. While trying to troubleshoot the problem I have determined that it usually occurs within 45min-1 1/2 hours after turning on the system ( except for a couple of instances where it stayed on for 5 1/2 hours and a different instance in which it started to boot down after 7 min.) I also while attempting to post this the first time booted down my machine to off mode. Several minutes past and the machine booted up again to begin the cycle of hell. I have Freedom anti-virus, which detects nothing. In closing, I'm desperate for some feedback as I am new to Montreal and don't know any shops that I know and can trust and so I am therefore reduced to take it to futureshop. This is something I've never done before and am unsure of their capability to find and fix the problem due to the haphazard nature of how it manifests.

TIA,
Jexponential
 

A:Help! System reboots and boots at random

Appending this: Would a hijack this log help in all you fine people assitting me ? If so how or what prog do I use? I have Everest that appears to have a profile /upload option. I do not know if my xp machine will stay up long enough to achieve this but certainly will try.
 

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I just built my first PC last week and things have been fine for the most part. A few little problems here and there though. This might be a little long-winded but I would rather give as many details as possible.

My problem started with finally organizing my cables and peripherals. I plugged in my 2 external hard drives (2 different Seagate drives) into 2 rear USB 2.0 connectors and when I booted up, my computer kept going straight to BIOS without me touching any buttons. I would try to exit BIOS and start windows but I would keep looping back to BIOS everytime. When I unplugged them before I booted up, my pc would be fine. I could also access the data on the drives when I plugged them in after the boot.

I posted somewhere else about my issues and someone recommended disabling my usb and usb 3.0 legacy support. They also recommended updating my BIOS if it wasn't up to date.

Sure enough, I went into my BIOS and my version was 1.20 (newest version is 1.30). While I was in BIOS, I disabled my USB and USB 3.0 legacy support. Saved and exited and my computer booted up.

I downloaded the windows option for BIOS and tried to run it but I kept getting "Error : Firmware does not have flash (AFUWINGUI) support". So one question would be, is this error a big deal? I'm not going to try to install it from windows so I feel like it won't matter. After doing a little research I now see many people recommending not to do a windows installation... Read more

A:ASRock Extreme 3 Gen 3 -- can't access BIOS anymore. Computer boots fine though.

Is your keyboard USB or PS/2? Normally a USB keyboard will not work before booting until you've enabled it in BIOS already. So basically you need to use an older keyboard (or an adapter) the first time, and then enable USB in the BIOS to use your USB keyboard.
 

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Today I tried to access my System Information and came across a problem which said It could not access the Windows Management Instrumentation software.

Image below:

http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/3161/systemwu0.png

Can someone help me repair this since I really want this fixed.

Thanks, Hecta.
 

A:Solved: System Information: Cannot access WMI?

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I posted a similar question in the software forum, but it may get more help here...

Anyway, I am needing to know if (and how) you can limit or restrict access to a program that runs on the Windows System File level from other user accounts, including other system Admins.

Thanks for any help you can give...
 

A:Solved: XP System Files Access...

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Win 2000 Server SP4 - simple workgroup without a Domain

System will not access the following folders:
Winnnt
Program Fiiles
Control Panel

Does not deny access but just 'hangs' at attempt to access. Can access other folders on C:\ without problem. Can access regedit and cannot see anything nasty. Server does not normally have internet access so least likely to be virus/trojan but would not rule out.

HijackThis Log as follows:

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 1:29:27 PM, on 1/28/2006
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINNT\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\services.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\msdtc.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\PowerChute Business Edition\agent\pbeagent.exe
C:\Program Files\APC\PowerChute Business Edition\server\pbeserver.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINNT\System32\llssrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManage\Array Manager\mr2kserv.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\regsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Dantz\Retrospect\retrorun.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\MSTask.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell\OpenManage\Array Manager\VxSvc.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\svchost.exe
C:\Program Files\XIMETA\NetDisk\LDServ.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Dfssvc.exe
C:\WINNT\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINNT\system32\Atiptaxx.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\PROSetWired\NCS\PROSet\PRONoMgr.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\internat.exe
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A:Solved: Access to System Folders

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When i try to access my system restore i get the message " system restore encountered an error trying to enable/disable one or more drives. Please restart and try again". I have 2 drives and am unable to turn the restore on. i have tried everything i can think of butwith no success.
 

A:Solved: can't access system restore

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I bought $2000 worth of computer parts using my student loan money, and the f'ing thing won't even boot; it shuts down after two seconds. At first I thought the motherboard was at fault, so I had it replaced. The new motherboard doesn't make a difference. I tried booting the new motherboard with just the cpu, video card, and ram, but no dice. Next, I tried using different ram; still no sign of life. I then removed the video card but kept the ram, still nothing. I also tried booting with ram but no video card. Should I try booting it with just the cpu and motherboard?

With the old motherboard, I would sometimes hear a long beep before it would shutdown. Other times, I would hear nothing, depending on where the memory was installed. I thought the ram might be causing the problem, but the other ram I tried is good and it didn't make a difference.

I'm guessing the cpu is bad and maybe the ram. The cpu is not chipped, cracked, or burnt, but maybe it was doa. I really have no idea what the problem is. I've spent the last three weeks trying to get this system up and running with no success. I'm having beginners curse. God hates me.

All help is greatly appreciated.

-Sean

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A:New System boots up and shuts down in 2 secs...very depressing

Seeing you have watercooling, perhaps you spilled cooling liquid and fried some components. Check that there are no standoffs under the motherboard, where there is no corresponding hole for a screw in the mobo itself.
Check that the 4-pin P4 cable is plugged into the mobo. Check that all fans are running. With watercooling your CPU probably has no fan attached to the motherboard-cpufan-standoff. This may prevent the PC from booting. Just attach any fan to that standoff.
 

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