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Desktop boots blank -- Gateway doesn't even come up for five minutes

Q: Desktop boots blank -- Gateway doesn't even come up for five minutes

So I press the power button on my desktop. Powers up fans kick on and run high on processor and Video card for about 5 minutes. The power button does not light. After about 5 minutes the power button lights shows the gateway splash screen and then boots into windows. if you leave the computer run for a while (few hours) and you shut it down and boot it back up its fine. If you leave it off over night it shows the symptoms explained above.

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A: Desktop boots blank -- Gateway doesn't even come up for five minutes

Replace the power supply...

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Ok, im sure everyones had this at one time or another, but the fact that this problem has resurfaced again since i re-installed XP a while back is a real pain.

You bootup to no desktop icons or taskbar, just your desktop background. You cant do a thing, like run task manager to run the explorer process. Only option is to switch off the PC.

Ive run virus and adware scanners and i use ZoneAlarm. Nothing turned up. I have SP2 installed. Its happens about 1 in 3 times i bootup.

Can anyone give me some advice on this????

A:PC boots to blank desktop.

I think the problem is simply that it is slow in starting up as you may have too many start-up programs. When you get your system running, type "msconfig" in the run command, and try to minimise the number of startup programs.

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I never saw this before. Brand new M900 out of the box connected to a Dell monitor, Windows 10. Boots up and does not make a connection to the monitor. Monitor says no input source. Changed monitors, cables, different connections (HDMI, etc). Multiple reboots of each of the different setups. Monitor(s) remain black. Connected to the internet, reboot with Dell monitor and monitor displays comes to life. I thought it just needed to find it's drivers. Registered the machine and powered down. Later, booted up the M900 ? monitor black again. Retried changing everything out again - no monitor. So I purchased a new Lenovo monitor. No luck, still a black monitor. I would appreciate any ideas.

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Hey, I am trying to install Windows 7 x64 over Windows XP Pro SP2 x32. When I boot with the Windows 7 CD, it says "Windows is loading files" then it stops and goes to a blank windows 7 desktop background with a large cursor. Completely skips the steps that ask for timezone etc, and has no function ability. Any ideas?

A:Win7 Boots to blank Desktop Wallpaper

are you sure your pc is x64 capable?

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The Dell 4550 all of a sudden will not boot.It worked fine one day next day I get either a black blank screen after XP splash screen or a weird Login screen that does not show any users, and says to shut down click here on the left. If I ctl alt del once nothing , if I ctrl alt del twice I get a windows login screen I never had to log in before so I dont have a password, It wont login without a password, or if I leave it blank. If I log in with administrator I need no password but it goes in with a guest account...I have no access to change anything, or do a restore.I cannot log into any of the recovery screens even from the xp cd. It either goes blank or reboots.I thought it was an xp problem but now I think it is a virus locking me out of my PC, because of the strange things it is doing.If I could do a store I think it would be OKbut I cant get a dos prompt with admin rightsI did repair it twice with the cd and that is when I was able to log in with that weird admin/guest accountDoes this sound like a virus?thanksJAnEdit: Moved topic from AntiVirus, Firewall and Privacy Products and Protection Methods to the more appropriate forum. ~ AnimalI cannot get to a dos screen to run anything or to my desktop the computer screen blanks out.I just took out the hard drive and put it on another computer as a slave....what is the best way to clean it now I downloaded unhide and malwarebytes to the new computeralso ccleaner

A:Computer boots but windows XP desktop is blank

I ran malwarebytes and it did not find anything
unhide seemed to run on the c drive not e and no way of changing it?

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Hi...I'm not sure where to put this request, thought since the Dell Inspiron 15 is running Windows 10 (including latest update) that there might be a conflict between the desktop and the keyboard down in the nuts and bolts somewhere. I can turn the machine on, the capslock light comes on, SOMETIMES the keyboard works well enough to input the pin to get the desktop booted up. Sometimes I have to go through steps to get the touch screen keyboard up in order to input the pin. However, as soon as the desktop is active, the keyboard no longer works. I've updated the drivers, don't know what else to do. When I try a search online for a solution, I get differing ideas on how to solve the problem. I've tried resetting the BIOS to default settings, that didn't work. Any and all help will be much appreciated. I really need the keyboard to be working, my kids do their homework on my laptop.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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i'm having a very strange problem
working on an old compaq that for a friend
replaced the psu, because it was fried, and they wanted it to run faster so we tried to do the normal upgrades, and make it squeaky clean
well, the big issues started coming up when we tried to install a new video card
the ati 9550 agp bus video card

went to compaq's website to see how they wanted the video card installed, it said to first uninstall the old drivers and then shut down the machine, install the card, and re-boot. However, once we did this there was no display at all.
Thought maybe there was an issue with the uninstalling of the drivers for the on-board.
Removed the video card, and restarted the computer again. This time windows booted fine, and re-installed the via on board grahics
So we uninstalled again, and tried again, this time disabling the on -board then uninstalling.
Put the card in... same problem
nothing happens.
Gave up on the card (assuming either the card is bad or the agp slot is bad or both)
After giving up, pulling the card out, and plugging the monitor back into on board, windows boots up, but after the windows XP loading screen, the screen goes blank, and stays that way.
Tried clearing the cmos, after which making sure that agp/onboard was selected under primary video adapter in the bios...
still nothing, tried starting in safe mode
this time something weird happens...
windows comes up with a really long list of drivers from the system32 folder, an... Read more

A:[SOLVED] Blank Screen after Windows XP loads...Desktop doesn't appear

a Little more information on the system
its running Windows XP SP2
It is a compaq S6200CL
Micro ATX
512MB of memory, AMD 2.08 GHz processor
Asus Mobo (not sure of model #)
VIA Chipsets (NB and SB)
It originally had a 300 watt PSU
it was dead so it now has a 420 Watt generic PSU

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I have a desktop Hp that has not been used for a while. I recently found out why. The computer boots up just fine, internet connects and whatnot. I am able to use any program and everything is good, for about 5 minutes. Then it immediately blue screens, because of this I am not able to run any sort of program to attempt to fix it and im not even sure what kind of computer it is. Here is what I know

? OS - Windows 8.1, 8, 7 or Vista? ? x86 (32-bit) or x64 ? (Unknown) ? What was the original installed OS on the system? (Windows 7) ? Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer)? (Windows 7 ? Approximate age of system (hardware) (5 Years) ? Approximate age of OS installation (if you know) (Unknown) ? Have you re-installed the OS? (Yes, I performed a factory reset a few months ago Desktop

A:Boots up, 5 minutes, BSOD

Edit: Here is what I've found out about the computer:

HP p62161
AMD Athlon II X2 215 processor 2.70 GHZ
64 Bit
Windows 7 Home Premium

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ever since I got the laptop it takes almost 2 minutes to boot to the desktop. It then continues to show hard drive read activity without blinking for 6+ minutes. What tests can I run to find out the cause?

this happened since the first boot times and even after factory resets.

- video of booting after factory reset

A:2 minutes to boot to desktop and minutes more fot hard drive activity

Try running a memory test.

Diagnosing memory problems on your computer

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Greetings all and I hope someone can help me. I am posting this from work so may not be able to fill you in on much info about my computer until I get home tonight. :(

About 2 weeks ago I re-started my 2 year old Gateway (120 gb hard drive only 9% used and 512 mb ram) and when it began to re-start it began re-booting itself repeatedly but won't go beyond the black "Loading Windows" screen. It then shuts itself off again and continuously does the same thing.......shutting itself off and on. About a week ago just I left it on for about 8 hours and it finally came on so I immediately checked to make sure my firewall was on (it was) and then ran my McAfee virus check, Ad-Aware, Registry Mechanic, dumped all temp files, history, etc.and also went to PCPitStop and ran all of their checks. Nothing showed anything at all wrong but the computer is still doing the same thing......restart, restart, restart, restart grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! I finally got it to turn on again the other day after 10 hours but neither the mouse and keyboard would work!!

I did a back-up but when I tried to download it onto my old IBM the IBM can't (or won't) read the CD and it is possible that the back-up didn't even work. I have too many things on my Gateway that I can't afford to lose......(family pics, etc.) HELP PLEASE?!?!?!

Thanks in advance!

A:Gateway W/xp Consantly Re-boots Itself

During start up hold down F8 and choose "last known good" If it starts up all well and good. If it fails then hold down F8 during start up again and go for safe mode.

Presuming that it can start up using either of the two techniques described above go to.

Start/control panel/system, [Advanced] tab,
startup and recovery [settings] under system failure uncheck "automatically restart"

This will not solve the problem but will give us an error code to work with. Post back to the forum with the error code.

If all of the above won't work the put the Windows CD in the drive follow the prompts and go for "repair install".

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hello hope somebody could help me on this, when i turn on my notebook it beeps continuously for 2 minutes about 250 beeps before it finally boots. out of curiosity i changed the memory with the same one but nothing changed. i removed and reinserted the hardisk too. but aside from that continuously beeping when turning the unit on there is no other problem my notebook runs fast and smooth as ever. no hangs, no error messages, no blue screens or whatsoever. by the way my notebook is an acer emachines eM350. intel atom n450, 1gb memory, 160gb hdd, 6 cell batt. thanks in advance...

A:continious beeping for 2 minutes before it boots

Normally I would look up the BIOS beep codes for that particular model to see what it could mean, but in your case it's not a documented BIOS beep code. There is no BIOS beep code that repeats 250 times! Couple this with the fact that your notebook "runs fast and smooth as ever" and I can only think that it's developed a mysterious fault which apparently doesn't affect performance.

That doesn't help you much I know, but with no BSODS and (evidently) no failed hardware I just have no idea where to start troubleshooting it.

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When i boot my computer i get into windows 7 but about 2 minutes afterwards all of the programs and windows explorer will stop responding. I can get into safe mode fine and i have tried things like checking the integrity of windows and everything seems fine and i have run chkdsk and that came back fine. I have uninstalled the programs that i have recently downloaded but still nothing. I just got it to work once because i run a virus scan and it removed some but i restart after it works for 30 mins and then it freezes. Can anyone enlighten me on what i should do?

A:Windows 7 boots normally then freezes after 2 minutes

1. If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop. Reset any changed values back to default and reset/clear CMOS: Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS. Uninstall any overclocking tool as these can also be a reason of blue screens.

Start Menu\Programs\ASUS\AI Suite II Public:Start Menu\Programs\ASUS\AI Suite II Public

Use Revo Uninstaller Free to uninstall stubborn software. Opt for Advanced Mode and uninstall the software, delete the leftover registry entries.

2. Uninstall your current antivirus software. It can cause problems. Please remove it with its removal tool and use Microsoft Security Essentials in its place. Malwarebytes is a great combination with it. Go through this thread for more info.

Start Menu\Programs\AVG Public:Start Menu\Programs\AVG Public
3. Run Disk Check with both boxes checked for all HDDs and with Automatically fix file system errors. Post back your logs for the checks after finding them using Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

4. Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to check windows for integrity violations. Run it up to three times to fix all errors. Post back if it continues to show errors after a fourth run or if the first run comes back with no integrity violations.

5. Make scans with Kaspersky TDSskiller and ESET Online scanner.

6. Perform a Clean Start up, this will help avoid any problematic applications from bugging the system.

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I have a client who has a computer that has a very very large amount of applications and programs installed. It seems to me that their computer has some sort of virus or process that keeps killing it after around 2 minutes of being booted into windows.
Windows XP SP2 boots in successfully, you can move the mouse around and things begin to load. After all the 'startup' shortcuts have been run, you have a window of maybe 2 to 3 minutes to use the pc then it just freezes. The mouse is still moveable, just nothing else.

Defragments, virus scans, anything that is required to run for an extended period of time isn't possible to be run since it just freezes after x amount of minutes.

Things to note, when i right click the start bar, go to task manager it seems that the inside of the 'applications' tab is the only thing showing, you cannot get to the processes tab or anything since that portion of the window does not exist.

I have run hijackthis and will post the log in hope that someone will see some things in it i can remove in hope of fixing this PC.

Here is the log and thank you in advance to anyone who is able to help me.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:49:42 PM, on 2/3/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
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A:Windows XP Boots in, freezes after 2-3 minutes of use?

anyone got any ideas?
it is driving me up the wall :(

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I found a Gateway (model: P5-200 MMX Multimedia LPMINI-Tower) (serial is 0007633896) a week ago and I'm trying to see if it still works and what parts of it I can still salvage, learn more about computers, and tinker with it on linux.

When I plugged it in, it automatically booted up, but remained stuck at a weird state, with a blank screen on the monitor, the LED lights [on the monitor and the tower] were blinking; and the hard drive was spinning.
(I did plug the computer into the surge protector before turning on the power to the surge protector).
Has this boot sequence happened to anyone before ?

I was thiking maybe manually resetting the BIOs may fix something, but I was unsure of the BIOs model, since there's 3 kinds on the gateway website (Evolution 5000 BIOS, versions P15 and P13; and BIOS Revision 4L3TT0X0.15A.0011.P15 ).
Thanks for any help.

A:Gateway P5-200 MMX Tower automatically boots

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So here's my dilemma and I know I've never heard of this happening before. I have 2 internal drives in my tower, those being C: (main drive, obviously) and F:. F: was being a bit skittish so I decided to run chkdsk which fixed a few minor errors then moved on to booting into windows. Once it got into Windows, it loaded up the few startup items I have like Kaspersky Anti Virus, Steam, default manager and USB 3.0 monitor. No more than 4 items. Everything seemed fine and apparently booted up correctly. When I attempted to open a program, it didn't open for quite a bit of time and I couldn't open anything for a few minutes. Once the program finally opened, the PC started acting normally. I've run a full scan with KAV 2013 and did sfc /scannow to check integrity of the files and even did a chkdsk on C: which showed zero errors. No program I used to check the drive showed anything out of the ordinary.

This just seems like the oddest thing to me. I've heard of PC's slowing down after operating normal (in fact, I had this problem last week when I would close out of Steam which has recently been updated). My Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1 is up to date and my Nvidia GeForce GT450 videocard is also up to date.

It's not the most horrible of situations, having to wait 5 or so minutes to start using my PC after Windows boots up but this is more a matter of curiosity. If someone has any ideas how to alleviate this problem, I'd be most gratified.

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A:PC boots up fine, slows down, becomes normal after a few minutes

Hello Anthony and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think I'd do a clean startup (AKA clean boot) because it sure sounds like something might be causing a conflict at startup (like perhaps an anti-virus scan, defrag, etc.)

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

And you could open Task Manager > Resource Monitor to see if there's something hogging your CPU.

Resource Monitor

And one of the Forum experts has this troubleshooting guide with more suggestion.

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7

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After shutting down my Tecra R850-117 it will automatically restart after exactly 5 minutes.

This is unwanted behavior because it drains the battery while I'm not using the laptop and it could also damage the disk carrying it around while running...

Anyone knows what could cause this behavior and how I can stop it? The laptop is 6 months old and I'm only noticing this behavior since the last few weeks. I already noticed the battery would be drained after not using it for a few days (probably due to the same issue?), but never before noticed the unwanted restarts...

Thanks a lot in advance for any useful advice.


A:Tecra R850-117 boots up 5 minutes after power down


Did you disable the WakeUp options in BIOS?
Check this!
The enabled *WakeUp* options could power on the notebook even if the unit is powered off.

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HI all,

Could use some help on this one. I rebooted my daughter's pc recently and now it takes like 10 minutes to boot up.

Once I log in it seems to work fine.

Have run several virus / spyware scanners and have the xp firewall on.

What could cause this all of a sudden?


A:XP boots really slow, like 10 minutes... then works fine

start - run type msconfig and see what starts with your system and post it back

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About six months ago, my machine started giving me a black screen during the boot up process. As soon as I turn it on, I see the manufacturers logo (dell) for about 1 second, then it gives me a black screen with a flashing white cursor in the upper left hand corner. This screen last about 3-4 minutes, then it boots windows XP normally.

Last week I was in the room while it was booting, and I noticed that it was accessing the network during the black screen portion of boot up (activity light on cable modem was flashing, alot), which got me motivated to fix it. (not sure what that means). I ran virus scanners (McAfee) which found nothing, but I did check the log file in my scanner which shows that my auto virus screening is diabled everytime I boot the machine????

Checked partitions on the hard drive, found 2- my c:, and an unnamed partition of about 30 megs. (I dont remember putting a second partitions on there - would the manufacturer put that there to use as a virtual memory??)

Deleted all partitions and reformated the hard drive yesterday, and reloaded XP, but that still didn't solve it.

Loaded and booted the Windows Recovery Console, and ran the FIXMBR command twice, both times I get the message that "It appears your MBR is corrupted" or something like that but it doesn't fix it.

Do I have some sort of virus in the MBR that my virus software (McAffee, was up to date before my reformating) never caught or is this a hardware issue- something on th... Read more

A:Black Screen on boot up for 3 minutes, then boots ok?

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My neighbor brought over her computer this morning saying that she is unable to boot up her computer. After pushing the power button, the DOS looking window pops up that says we can push F2 for Setup but then goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor (for about 3 blinks) and then goes completely black.

We've tried to boot in safe mode, but we still get the same black screen.

The computer is a Gateway notebook with an Atom mobile processor and Windows XP Home installed.

Apparently there had been a virus on the machine that she had cleaned off. They had issues with Internet Explorer failing to bring up a web page on their primary account, but when we created a new account, IE worked just fine. She successfully used the computer for about 24 hours and is now having this "black screen" problem.

Any help would be great!

A:Gateway notebook boots to black screen

Have you checked the Gateway support page...for any data relative to similar problems?

System model?

What makes you think...that the system is now clean...if IE was not functioning properly...after stated "cleaning"?


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Hi all.

I have a Dell XPS L502X laptop-Core i7 with a Kingston HyperX 3K SSD installed in it. The operating system is Windows 7 Ultimate.

I did a clean installation of Windows when installing my SSD by following a guide "Sean's Windows 7 Install & Optimization Guide for SSD" and everything worked perfectly and was very fast. It used to boot up and open all applications and make all network connections within 15 -20 seconds and from then the computer was fully functional.

However, lately I have been having an issue immediately after the boot process hits the desktop. The applications I have always had starting up start up in the same amount of time, but the wireless networking seems to be causing an issue. It may not be the culprit but it is what I notice to be different.

The wireless icon with have the signal bars with the blue circle over them as if it would be connecting to a network. The blue circle does not move as it usually does though. If I click the icon nothing happens. If I right click the icon, the options won't open up unless I repeatedly try to right click it. After a minute or two, it seems like something happens all at once and everything I was trying to do earlier happens and a connections is established.

While the icon and wireless issue is occurring, I am unable to open any applications. If I click the google chrome icon, it will act as if it will load and then just go away. When I click it again, the same thing. Ho... Read more

A:Boots fast but networking seems to lock up usability for a few minutes

What ever program was opening up before you even had a connection is most likely causing the problem..

You need to turn off all those start up programs, no two ways about it. Do not allow anything to start up when you start Windows. It's delaying your wireless from making a connection.

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I'm disconnecting every 30s-5minutes, and when i click on the troubleshoot problems button it says the default gateway is not available, and then it restarts the modem and it then works.
I am using comcast's default modem/router all in one combo.

I made sure my power settings weren't turning off the adapter.

I attached my ipconfig/all.

Any help is appreciated.

A:Default Gateway not available, disconnects every few minutes

I'm also noticing this happens much more frequently when trying to connect to twitch.tv to watch streams or similar sites.

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I have a DSL line and up until yesterday I connected via a Netgear DG824M all-in-one box (Gateway, Router, DSL Modem, Wireless access point). It worked flawlessly. Yesterday I replaced it with a Netgear DG834G, basically the same gadget except it has 54 mbps wireless which is why I bought it.

The problem is that the new unit disconnects every 10 minutes, then quickly re-establishes the connection. The old unit stayed online 24/7. I keep getting these little popup messages from the tray and they're driving me bonkers.

My ISP doesn't require a login, and uses dynamic IP. It looks as if the disconnection occurs when the IP lease expires, at an interval of 10 minutes. Since the old DG824 didn't jump in and out on every renewal of the IP number, I don't understand why the new unit would...

How do I keep the connection alive? The periodic disconnection occurs no matter whether I'm eating bandwidth or sitting idle...

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hi i spent the last week uninstalling updates, disabling services, defrag the disk, searching for viruses and nothing, this my config:

Laptop Gateway Mt3707
intel Dual Core t2060 @ 1.60 GHZ 1.60ghz
2 gb ram
ati radeon xpress 200m 64mb

this my hijack, ive cleared the links for posting:

A:5 minutes to Boot on Gateway Mt3707

Did you run a Checkdisk on the hard drive? It may be failing it's SMART status

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So, I'm on my wonderful laptop and it works well when I'm home. When I go to college, however, I drop internet ever couple of minutes. I run the troubleshooter and it reports that the Default Gateway Is Not Available. So, that sucks. It fixes the problem, then, a few minutes later, it happens again. I've been looking for a fix to this problem and I've found several relevant posts on the internet, but most ask for router information. Some even said that the router may not work with windows 7 and it needs a firmware update. I can't change the router, because it's a dorm. Others nearby haven't had any trouble. I do have friends who have the same problem as I, but less frequently. I thought the problem was McAffee so I got rid of it, but the problem persists. I'm really anxious to get this solved, so any help is much appreciated. I'm willing to supply whatever information necassary.


Problem solved through following 2xg's advice.

A:Dropping Internet Every Few Minutes- Default Gateway Not available

Quote: Originally Posted by Syzygy


So, I'm on my wonderful laptop and it works well when I'm home. When I go to college, however, I drop internet ever couple of minutes. I run the troubleshooter and it reports that the Default Gateway Is Not Available. So, that sucks. It fixes the problem, then, a few minutes later, it happens again. I've been looking for a fix to this problem and I've found several relevant posts on the internet, but most ask for router information. Some even said that the router may not work with windows 7 and it needs a firmware update. I can't change the router, because it's a dorm. Others nearby haven't had any trouble. I do have friends who have the same problem as I, but less frequently. I thought the problem was McAffee so I got rid of it, but the problem persists. I'm really anxious to get this solved, so any help is much appreciated. I'm willing to supply whatever information necassary.


Is your Gateway through AT&T Uverse which is what I have.
If so power down the Gateway and let it reboot.
Problems persist have them replace the Gateway as they did for me.

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I have a netgear USB network adapter on a gateway SX2803 with Windows 7 Home Premium. My net keeps cutting out every few minutes. The troubleshooter says default gateway not available and fixes this by resetting the network adapter. I also have a roku on the wireless and it is having no issues. The connection is always there once the network adapter is reset. I had this issue about a month ago and used a "fix it tool" from the microsoft site and that seemed fixed it until now. I tried that again and I also did a system restore successfully but to no avail.

A:default gateway not available fixed with troubleshooter every few minutes

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Running 32 bit RC1 on a dual core 4GB box with 250+ GB HD.

Ran a CHKDSK /r because of error messages in Win 7 System log. Windows was operating OK at that point.

Now boots to blank screen with cursor which will move around using the mouse. Indicates some part of windows is loading.

Tried repair function from RC install disk. All results normal with last message indicating windows booted successfully.

See boot screens up until selection of OS. The only OS loaded is Win 7.

Third party utilities allow me to see files on drive.

Cannot get to safe mode.

Short of reloading Win 7 what suggestions would you have?


A:Win 7 boots to blank screen

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Alright so after about 3 years of using my windows 7, I was about ready or thinking if I wanted to upgrade to windows 10; I didn't want to. But the problem is, now I can't use my computer at all randomly! I don't know what caused the problem and all I know is that it happened when my dad brought the computer out of town and he didn't even have admin rights.

Here is an image of what it looks like. This is bad, because most boot options have diss appeared also, like safe mode, or fixes. But I still have f2 and f10 so I can boot up my Ubuntu disk. After a while of using my Ubuntu disk and struggling to find a fix, I've learned that my RECOVERY is C:/ and my local disk is D:/ as shown here: when I attempted to reinstall windows 7. Keep in mind NO drivers showed up and I had to browse and see that. On further search this also happened: when I tried to find a system restore point... My local disk is 0 mb!?!?? I'm in desperate need of help. My Ubuntu disk cannot mount my hard drive either, so I don't know what to do. It can mount the recovery and all other parts of the computer, though if that helps. But I need help urgently. I've been working about a week on this with no luck.

Myles R

A:Computer boots up blank like never before!

What are the F2, F10 options, do you have a 8GB usb stick.


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hi there this has been happening all week so here go's,soon as i power up the notebook it boots up for 15-20 seconds then the screen goes blank however if i unplug the power cord the screen comes on but soon as i plug the cord back in it still goes blank screen again but if i force a shutdown then everything works again but this happens everytime i unplug the ac adapter to go out with it and the ac adapter is working fine so i think its a internal problem in the notebook,the notebook is still under warranty, any help on this would mean alot thanks 

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Whenever I try to boot my PC, it loads to a blank screen with only the mouse pointer visible. I tried to right click and pressed CTRL+ALT+DEL but nothing happens. I tried booting up up Safe Mode and Last Known Good Configuration as well, but still get the blank screen.

When I load Safe Mode, the words "Safe Mode" still appear on the screen corners. The top of the screen says "Microsoft ® Windows XP ® (Build 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.090804-1435:Service Pack 3)"

I have an HP system, which did not come with a Windows XP CD for me to try to boot the system. I can press F10 to get into HP System Recovery, but am not even sure if that will solve the problem.

I wasn't doing anything odd the last time I used the PC, so I'm not sure what could have happened. I have a lot of files on my hard-drives that I need access to as soon as possible and don't want to lose anything.

Can someone please help?

A:PC Boots up to blank screen

Try to remove all external hardware devices except keyboard and mouse then restart the computer and check the status.
Please check if recovery console installed in the computer, So that you can try to fix the problem from there.

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On a Dell Latitude E6400 laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit, after choosing a user account and providing the password, it boots to a completely blank screen except for the mouse, which can be moved around normally.

Same problem with other user accounts. Same problem booting to Safe Mode.

When I press Alt+Ctrl+Del to try to get into Task Manager, nothing happens.

The screen looks normal when booting up; I see Windows starting, and see the normal screen for choosing a user account. It isn't until after choosing the user account that it goes blank.

This laptop was working normally until this morning.

What can I do to troubleshoot this?

A:Boots to blank screen

Update: I tried System Restore and still have the same problem. I tried System Restore twice -- once with the last restore point from when it was working normally, and again with the oldest restore point in the list, which was from about a week and a half ago. Same result in both cases; looks normal until after logging in, and then the screen is blank.

I thought I'd try a repair install but apparently I can't do that because it can only be done from within Windows, and I can't get there.

My wife has files stored in My Documents etc. If I run a clean install of Windows over the old broken Windows, will she lose those files, or lose access to them?

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Having some problems with my dads desktop, shut it down earlier and now its booting up and asks for the start windows normally prompt, starts up then comes to a blank screen that only shows the mouse. Before it would just take a long time to boot but it would, Its a old sony vaio desktop. Thanks for the help~Baird

A:Boots to a blank screen

Try booting in Safe Mode, VGA mode ect... That's as much as I can help and I don't think it's the best diagnostic, but.. Besides, if it works, it should only be temporary...

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Hi, I'm having a problem booting into Windows. Whenever I boot regularly the Windows logo screen will show, it'll look normal, then the screen will go black. No sound is played. My monitor on light stays constant. (It doesn't flash like there is no signal.) I've left it in this stage for hours, and there is no change.

If I try to boot into safe mode I'll see a list of system files then it'll hang at gagp30kx.sys. Once again I've left it in this stage for hours and no change.

I've tried to fix this myself. So far I've reinstalled Windows and reformatted then reinstalled. In both cases windows will boot and work normally for roughly eight boots. Then it'll return to the same problem. I've suspected this to be a software problem so I did the reformat and reinstall step three more times. The first time it stopped working after I installed Steam. The second and third time I installed steam successfully and it booted seven and nine times before the problem started. I did not install any new software before the problem started.

I haven't gotten any new hardware for years.

My Computer Specs:
A8V-E SE Motherboard
Athlon64 3700+ Processor
2GB Ram
250GB SATA2 Hard Drive
9800 GT Graphics Card

I also dual boot the computer with Xubuntu. If at all possible I'd like as much help as possible to go through the Terminal.

Thanks in advance.

A:XP Boots to a Blank Screen

What about video card updates or other windows updates for your machine?

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I was recently playing CS:S online when the computer froze up entirely. I powered off.

Upon restarting, the computer got through POST and the Windows (XP Pro SP2) loading screen. At this point, the monitor went black, excepting for the mouse cursor, which is responsive. This has been the behavior in restarting since then. I've left it in this state for over an hour without any progress.

Using a Windows boot floppy disk and/or using Safe Mode does not help.

I'd like to retrieve my files at the least, and preferably get this computer back in working condition so that I can enjoy it over Thanksgiving.

Let me know if you've got ideas as to how to fix this.

A:Windows boots to blank screen

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Hi, not sure if this is the right board for this, move if not.

Basically my Windows XP SP 3 boots up into a blank blue screen. Safe Mode is a blank black screen with safe mode displayed around it.

A few days ago I was having a problem with AppleMobileDevices.exe preventing programs being opened, so i used System Restore, got Registry Booster, and fixed some registy errors. Then my firefox crashed a day later, I restarted and thats about how it all came about.

Its worth noting that I had XP Proffesional installed over WMC 2005 in April as my computer was crippled by malware.

Now I cannot even get in to attempt to do anything.

Not much else details I can get right now, as i cant get any logs.

Any help would be appreciated


A:Windows XP3 boots into a blank screen

Let it fully boot until you see not HD light activity, then hit FN+8 it may just light up. No guarantee but it has bailed me out a couple of times.

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Hi guys I'm very new here and will deeply appreciate it you can help me with this problem.

I have one user in the office, his computer which has windows XP, boots up to a blank screen. It shows the manufacturer logo and windows XP splash screens but after that it just a blank screen. I also noticed that the Hard drive LED is chugging away as if it still is loading windows. But as I said the screen is blank.

Steps taken:

I have already unistalled the video driver. (Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT) and it works fine.
I re-installed the driver again using the CD that came with the video card and the same happens.
I uninstalled again the video driver and downloaded the newest driver for that graphics card from the Nvidia website, installed it and the same thing happens.
Right now I temporarily unistalled the video driver and the computer is working fine, but I need to install the video driver for this because the user has some applications that require that the driver be installed.

Please help?

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Hi there

This is an intermittent fault, but it is getting much more frequent: My PC (XP SP3) failed to boot past blank wallpaper seven times in a row last night and would only load up in Safe Mode.

I know how to get to safe mode, but I don't know what to do to diagnose the problem once I'm there. The PC has finally booted up today, but it's something I need to fix. It takes 4 or 5 mins to boot up, even when it does work properly.

My antivirus is kept up to date and scanned regularly, the disk is regularly defragmented and I use CCleaner to keep things tidy. I cannot think of anything I've installed recently. The problem has been getting worse for a while.

Please advise!

A:PC boots to blank wallpaper:no shortcuts appear

Did You Hide The Desktop Icon Urself? Maybe
Try Right Click On Desktop>Arrange Icon By>Show Desktop Icon.

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Hi, I am having a problem with my computer. I have scheduled a chkdsk to take place the next time I restart my computer and when I restarted it, the problem started! After the Boot Screen finished booting nothing happens, the screen stays blank. I have left it for hours and still nothing happens. How can I solve this problem? I also wanted to mention that I have changed my boot screen using this tutorial. I didn't really have any problem after following that tutorial but I only wanted to mention that...

A:Vista boots to a blank screen!

That's probably why your screen is black because you changed the boot screen. There is a warning near the top of the tutorial. You would have to change it back to normal.

If you wanted to run chkdsk at startup or the Memory Diagnostic Tool and you have changed the default boot screen, then you will need to temporarily change the boot screen back to the default boot screen to be able to see what is happening first to be able to see what is happening when they run at startup.

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I just put together a new decent computer for my old lady so she will stay off mine, well everything boots up and starts but the screen stays blank. What could be the problem? If you need more info just ask.

Amd 4600+ x2
Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G (AM2)
Corsair XMS2 DDR2 (2 1024mb)
Maxtor Hard Drive SATA
evga nVidia 7900 GT KO (not installed)
500 watt psu

A:Comp Boots; Blank Screen

is your graphics card plugged in?

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I have two questions that might be connected.
I wasn't sure about where to post this, because I'm not sure if the problem is my screen, windows 7 drivers, video card, bios or something else.

I used to have two screens connected to my computer, now I only have one (I think it has something to do with the problems).

Problem1: Every time I power my computer, the computer itself turns on, but the screen stays off until windows 7 loads, then the motor turns on.

Problem2: Many of the times I put my computer in sleep mode, and try to turn in back on, I hear the computer turns on, but the screen shows nothing.

The screen itself is fine, if I restart and let windows load properly, the monitor works.
I updated my video card drivers.
And now I don't know what to do, I want to format my computer and reinstall windows 7, but I can't get into BIOS and boot from USB / CD because the screen is blank when booting.

Please, help! :)

A:Computer boots with blank screen

It sounds like the splash screen is disabled. In System Configuration, Boot Tab, uncheck No GUI Boot .

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Hi - I've had my hp laptop for about 3 years. It has been relatively trouble free but yesterday I booted up normally ... but the screen remained blank throughout. I attempted to reboot with the battery out - to no avail. It still boots up normally but the screen still remains blank throughout ....

A:Boots up normally but the screen remains blank throughout,

Hi @jamesmarino?,Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! A great place where you can find solutions for your issues with help from the community!I came across your post about the Notebook, and wanted to assist you! I have looked into your issue about your HP Pavilion dv6-6c36tx Entertainment Notebook and issues with the Notebook not starting.Try performing a hard reset.When performing a hard reset please note remove any and all USB devices. Disconnect all non-essential devices.Here is a link to computer won't start for Windows.Plug the power adapter directly into a different wall outlet. Do not plug it into a power strip, surge protector, or secondary power source as this could cause and issue.Do you hear the Fans? If yes, try to connect to a monitor to see what happens.Have you tried reseating Memory and the HDD?Please let me know how this goes.You can say thanks for trying to help by clicking the Thumbs Up below!.Thanks.

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Hi when i start my computer, everything is fine harddrive, fans and everything, but my monitor stays blinking like if the computer is off and my mouse and keyboard arent lighting up either. I have had this problem happen to me before a couple of times when i was using the computer but i usually just restart and it works again. This time when i restart it gives me the same thing, ive tried switching monitors and still no go . Ive tried to attach my other computer to the same monitor and mouse and it works fine im on windows XP

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Hi my name is brad.

I have been playing on computers for a long time but never really went inside them. I finally decided to make it faster so i bought 256MB Value Ram 2.5V and installed it. Then a week later i bought 160GB maxtor 7200 RPM and a Stealth Radeon 9250 ATI graphics. I had them both installed at Staples. So when i came home I hooked it up and everything and played for about 2 weeks or so. Then problems started to happen. My graphics card had gotten disabled. So i brought it back to staples they fixed it then i brought it home again. When i turned it on The Windows Loading Screen came up and then it went Blank. It registers the keyboard threw the keyboard port but will not register the mouse threw USB 1.0 I have no idea what is wrong with it could someone please help me!!

Radeon 9250 PCI 256MB DDR
Maxtor 160 GB 7200 Rpm
256 MB value Ram
2002 Gateway Desktop Windows XP home editon MFD: 9/11/02

A:Comp boots But Monitor is Blank

You don't say what version of Windows you have installed. That computer was built for Windows 98SE. If you have Windows XP, you simply do not have enough memory.
Otherwise, you have a problem with the video graphics card or driver... and too much hard drive for the OS.
What is reported as hard drive for the Maxtor... 160GB, 148 GB? What?

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Thank you ahead of time for taking the time out of your day to help me with my problem.

Laptop information:
HP Pavilion dv2000
AMD 64 Athlon x2
Windows Vista

I am attempting to troubleshoot my laptop, it will not boot past a blank screen. I have tried the following troubleshoots already.

1) Connected external Monitor.
2) Performed a hard reset.
3) Disconnected the battery.
4) Checked the RAM connections
5) Checked the CPU connection.
6) Checked warranty with HP (expired of course!)

So far, the furthest I got was when I started it up ONCE, it said "Operating System Not Found" which was flashing. It never happened again, just once.

I read on a forum that the AMD motherboards in this computer were recalled but I cannot find that forum again, nor can I find any relevant recall information on HP's site. Anywho, just wondering if any of you have any ideas for me to help resolve this issue.

(If possible, I would OBVIOUSLY like to retain the files on my computer. I am a realist and realize this probably is not possible, hahaa)

Thank you ahead of time,

A:HP DV2000 boots blank screen

does it use geforce graphics? cause there's been alot of complaints of faulty nvidia cards in hp laptops.

btw, just buy a $20 SATA / IDE to USB converter and you can retain all your data in your notebook, as long as the hard-drive is not defective.


or just buy a cheap 2.5" SATA HDD enclosure and mount your laptop HDD there.

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This is a somewhat elaborate problem, and I haven't been able to get to the bottom of it. Here's the story"

I'm running Windows XP Pro with SP1.
AMD64 3800+
GIGABYTE Dual BIOS 939 motherboard

About a week ago I powered down my computer via the shutdown option in the start menu. It got hung up, so I shut it down manually. The next day when I turned my computer on, Windows informed me that my C:windows/system32/config/system file had been corrupted. I used the recovery console and replaced each of the five registry files using the method from the Microsoft support website.
Note: For debugging purposes, I took out an old hard drive and and attempted to install XP. It halted about 90% through the installation and reported a Machine Check Exception error. I had a slight overclock on the memory and had the voltages running 0.2V higher than normal. I changed the voltages back and tuned the BUS back to 200 MHz. This error is gone for the time being.
Anyway, when attempted to boot, Windows informs me that it was shutdown improperly and gives me the option of booting from safe mode, normally, from last know configuration. It does not matter what method I choose, Windows boots to a blank black screen with a mouse cursor. At the top and bottom of the screen is says what version of windows I'm running and that I'm running SP1 (and if I boot from safe mode, it says Safe mode too). I can move the mouse around, and theres nothing ... Read more

A:Windows XP boots to a blank screen

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My laptop will boot just fine but nothing comes on the screen. Its a bit older so I figured I had nothing to lose so I took it apart. When I did that, I found a piece (which I am not sure what it is) that was broken, and put it back where it obviously went. I booted the computer and the screen came on. I didn't have any drives in so it said "no drives found. " I thought I had found the culprit, so I put the drives back in, and now it won't work again. I've looked online every where to try and find out what the broken piece was or what it does, but can't find it anywhere. My best explanation of the piece is; its a black square
1" x 1", maybe 1/16" thick. It looks like it may be graphite or something. Does anybody have any ideas or suggestions?

A:Computer boots but screen is blank

Welcome to TSG...

Can you post a picture? Better yet a picture including where you put the piece to make the display work?

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Hello people,
It has been a while since I posted. I have a Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop that is giving me fits. It was having an issue with explorer restarting continuously after it was upgraded from windows 7 by the customer. I recommended a clean install and backed up all their data and installed Windows 10. I pulled the latest drivers from dell.com and made sure I had them handy. At boot up the machine boots to a blank screen and boot chime plays. no mouse cursor and ctrl, alt, del do nothing. I found that if I press the power button and put it to sleep then wake it up with the power button it works fine. works for the whole time I am messing with it. If I reboot or power down I get the blank screen. I updated the chipset, video and audio drivers one at a time with a reboot each time and still no change. This only occurs during a reboot or cold boot. If the PC goes to sleep it wakes just fine.

I am at a loss as to the cause. There is no blue screen logs and I cant see anything wrong in the event viewer. No programs have been installed yet and Windows is fully updated.

Specs for the machine as follows:
Computer Model
Inspiron N5050

BIOS Vendor
Dell Inc.

BIOS Version

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A:Windows 10 boots to blank screen

I don't have this Laptop but looking at the BIOS A03 dated in 2011. Google it and the latest version is A05. You might want to update the BIOS first.

In addition, try to boot with one stick of RAM since they are not a matched pair (4GB & 2GB) and might create timing issue on cold boot.

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