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Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista

Q: Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista


Yesterday morning I restarted my Dell Inspiron 6400 to finish installing an update to my virus protection software (McAfee Plus), and as the computer was shutting down my external HD became disconnected from the laptop. Since then, however, my computer has failed to start. It gets to the very first screen, with the manufacturer's logo and progress bar, then moves to an error page.

On that page, "Windows Boot Manager" informs me that failed to start. "A recent hardware or software change might be the cause." To fix the problem, they recommend I insert my Windows installation disc, follow the repair process, etc.

I do not have this DVD, as it never shipped with my laptop. They recommend, as an alternative, to contact my computer manufacturer. I've done so, and checked through Dell's support site. Their FAQs told me to contact their support department. However, my warranty has also ended. Simply to contact them to find out what my recourse is will cost $49. I'd prefer not to do that unless I know they'll send me some sort of repair DVD.

So, a few questions, more to your experiences than to the software itself:

1. Is it likely that Dell will provide a Windows Vista DVD to a computer past warranty? I doubt it sincerely, but perhaps there's a chance.

2.If that doesn't work, I presume I'll have to buy Vista. Being as I had Home Basic before, would I be able to purchase and use an upgrade disc, or would I have to get a full version?

In the meantime, I think I'm going to download Ubuntu. Just in case.


Preferred Solution: Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

A: Not strictly a technical question: trouble starting Vista

They should provide one for a small fee.

You won't be able to upgrade a Dell version of Vista with a normal Vista upgrade. You would need to get a full version, or an upgrade that Dell has altered for their machines.

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PROBLEMS: my pc is taking hours to load if it does at all (used to be almost instant) when i run a virus scan with mcafee it freezes at about 70%, it seems to freeze if it goes to sleep, ive run a system restore, didnt help, it seems it now only starts up in safe mode, i found somthing in mcafee saying artimis trojan and have been getting this error code "RAID Acess Failure: critical error on disk ST31000340AS (port: SATA 0.0)". I tried to log in as a admin but it says my account has been disabled (my normal account still works in safe mode) I really need help I have no idea what to do, any help would be much apreciated.

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I am trying to help a friend dig this bugger out of their system, but I cannot get the FixNCR.reg file to work. I've tried running a browser as admin and loading it off of a usb drive, but each time I get the error message "This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Set Associations control panel". Without completing this step, I can't run RKill, Malwarebytes, etc.


Thank you,

A:Trouble starting the vista internet security 2012 removal process

What Windows version is it?

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Can I change my Toshiba Satellite L305D-S5914 built with a AMD Sempron™ 3600+ CPU to a AMD Athlon 64/X2 CPU. Toshiba Tech support tells me that the processor is soldered and built into the motherboard but it is not. Both processors are socket AM2

A:Technical Question

The only hardware upgrade that you can usually make to a laptop is to add more RAM - if it supports adding more.

From what I've read so far, that model laptop comes with the AMD Sempron 3600+ 2.00 GHz processor and supports up to 4 GB of DDR2 PC2-6400(DDR2-800) RAM.


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I have XP installed on my PC and wanted to install it on my laptop. I called MS to activate it and was told that the license did not allow me install it on two machines.

I can't believe this. Any comments?

A:not a technical question

"license did not allow me install it on two machines"

I believe technically it's supposed to be that way with all there OS's according to the ELUA

more info...XP Activation


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Right hopefully someone can assist here!

I used to find Windows Media Player had a useful automatic cleanup option when 5 or more mp3s were found in the library without an actual mp3 file to relate too....

I want to know why now when i have 7 or 10 tracks that have been removed by myself, when i go to play them (forgetting i removed them) do i no longer get the option pop up asking if i would like WMP to cleanup the library!?!?

I use Windows 7 btw

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I have a client who needs BOTH some PHP and some SSI code in a webpage. The filetype needs to remain as SHTML. I tried making an SHTML page that included PHP, but what happens when I modify the .htaccess file is that one or the other gets done, but not both.

For example, I used this in the .htaccess:

AddType application/x-httpd-php .php .shtml
AddType text/x-server-parsed-html .shtml
DirectoryIndex index.shtml index.php index.html

That does the PHP coding just fine in the shtml file, but not the
<!--#exec cgi="/cgi-bin/Tracking/ax.cgi" --> SSI code
line in the shtml page.

When I switch the first two lines, it does the SSI, but not the PHP.

How can I get it to do both the SSI *and* the PHP?



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A while back, I asked a DSL provider about the distance betwween my house and the nearest DSL central office, which is about 6 miles away. Here's the partial response I got:

If the form says you qualify then you should be no more than 18,000 feet from the central office in your area. However, that is 18,000 feet in actual line length, not in walking or driving distance from the CO.Click to expand...

Question #1: How many miles is 18,000 feet? I'm sure it's less than 6 miles.
Question #2: Why are the DSL cables so short?

Today, I ordered it anyway from my phone company, and a technician is coming later this week to install it for me.

After it's all hooked up, if it doesn't connect, I'll have to cancel the whole shebang.

I really hope it works cuz I'm getting fed up with this dialup connection on these very crappy voice-grade phone lines.

A:A Couple of Technical DSL Question

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I have a client who is receiving the BSOD when she is just surfing the internet. Here is the STOP code she is receiving:

0x00000050 (0xBFBFBFC3, 0x00000000, 0x8052DB78, 0xoooooo2)

Computer Specs:
XP sp3
2GB Ram

I have researched this as much as I can and have come to the conclusion that it is either the PSU or the Ram. I have just started learning how to research BSOD codes and would like a second opinion about this.

Thanks in advance.

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I bought a new Compaq Presario laptop, and the specs say it has 256mb of PC2100, (266MHZ) DDR-SDRAM, with a max capacity of 1G. So I went out and bought 1G (2-512mb modules, same specs). When I opened up the memory compartment and removed the memory the laptop came with, it was marked 256mb, DDR, 333 mhz, PC 2700.

My questions:

Are the two types of memory interchangeable?
Can using PC 2700 333 mhz harm the computer if it is meant to run PC2100, 266 mhz?
If I use the PC2100, 266mhz, will my computer run slower?
What should I do?



A:LAPTOP RAM - Technical QUestion

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I am using a program (which I didn't write) which creates a database driven website. It was working well, but suddenly, when I try to add new records, I get errors. I have the system on a WIN2000 server, and also mirrored on my WIN98 system at home.

On the WIN2000 server, I get this error message: "ERROR: Multiple-step OLE DB operation generated errors. Check each OLE DB status value, if available. No work was done."

On the WIN98 system, I get this error: "Errors Occurred"

In both cases, the record does get added, but it cannot be edited - only deleted.

Since I couldn't reach the guy who wrote the program I was using, I did some research, and found this page over at Microsoft:


It described this error exactly. It said I needed to upgrade my MDAC and JET versions to make these errors go away. I don't really know what MDAC and JET are, but I found them for download on Microsoft's site.

Using my WIN98 system as the guinea pig, I downloaded and installed MDAC 2.6 and JET 4.0 - the most recent versions of both. Needless to say, it didn't fix the problem.

The only thing that changed on my WIN98 system is that instead of getting the "Errors Occurred" message, I now get the much longer error message that my server returns.

I haven't tried upgrading the server because - well - I'm afraid to touch the server, especially when the fix didn't work on... Read more

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When a song is played in iTunes where does it load to?

Obviously the song is on the hard-rive but does it constantly read it off the hard-rive? Or does it throw it into the page file or ram?

A:Solved: iTunes Technical Question...

Players usually buffer at least part of what they are playing in RAM to insure a constant data stream and smooth playback. Some of that could end up as paged if the OS needed the RAM for something else, but probably not very often, if at all.


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When I go to my BIOS, I see two hard drives: P0 and P2.
Let's call them as Disk1 and Disk2.

Regularly, I am booting from Disk2.
(By the way, one of the disks is dedicated to operating systems, and the other is dedicated to libraries. I don't know which one is which, since they are identical drives, but as I said regularly I am booting from Disk2).

When I have a boot problem such as "Insert correct media device", I am putting the system repair disc, and (after booting the system repair disc from cd/dvd drive) it gives me the error that "this repair disc is not compatible with your version".
But, when I change the first drive from Disk2 to Disk1 in BIOS, it doesn't give that error and shows me the system repair options.

What does this mean?
Why it is happening like that?
Does it mean that if I remove Disk1 physically or disable it, I can never use any system repair disc?
How can I solve this problem?
What are my options if a system repair disc gives me the "not compatible" error?

A:Technical Boot Question (2 Disks)

It sounds like your boot files are on disk 1, P0, and your OS is on disk 2, P2. You need to have a look in disk management to see whats what. If that is true, you won't be able to boot up to your OS if you remove disk 1.

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On discord, its not uncommon for me to come across "Cursed MP4 Files" with strange properties.

I'm incredibly interested how the creators of these files were able to get their results and mostly I want to make my own "cursed files". Some of the properties I've seen are video lengths upwards of 13,000 hours long, yet still being 1 MB. I've also seen videos that have negative video lengths and videos that display the video length as 0, yet still plays a video.

How were some of these made? I can file share the specific MP4 files in question

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Hello you smart computer techies!!! I need a little assistance. I hate Norton as it was hogging up my PC. So I uinstalled it (via the norton uninstall) and went out and bought PC-cillin 2005. I installed it and everything was going fine until I attempted to connect to the internet (via IE). No internet. No email connection either (makes sense since IE and OE 6 are connected to each other. Aren't they?) Anywhoo, I uninstalled PC-cillin pdq, and viola Internet working just fine.

Called PC-cillin cust. spt. a very nice Hindu lady finally helped me disable the 'Personal Firewall' component of the new software after we reinstalled it. She assesed the problem is with my Internet provider. I was asked to call them and ask three specific questions 1. what port number am i using, 2. do they have a firewall up?, 3. any specific password or setting?

Internet provider was very perturbed at first with my three little questions insisting that the problem is with PC-cillin software not with them (the service provider). they answered my questions though, --, no, no.

I just sent an email to cust spt @ PC-cillin with the same info presented here.

but since you guys are almost always quicker, and there is no need to decipher the accent, I thought I'd try TechSupportGuy too.

I have a limited knowledge of computers, even less it seems when it comes to software conflicts. But my guess's at the problem is this, : 1. norton is not TOTALLY off my pc, or 2. I'm runni... Read more

A:Very technical question may be difficult to answer

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Greetings, helpful and wonderful people.

I currently have a 2x2gb setup in 2 of my 4 DIMM slots on my motherboard. The timing is 8-8-8-24. The speed is DDR3 @ 1600MHz, and it is a matched pair. They run at 1.65V,

I am looking to expand this memory, but the pair I have picked out to add to the second bank (the remaining two DIMM slots) has differences in the size, voltage and timing. I have tried my best to research this problem before creating a thread but haven't found an answer detailed enough to explain why this would or would not work. Anyways, here are the details on the second pair.

2x4gb, same brand (Crucial). Timing 10-10-10-28. Speed DDR3 @ 1600MHz, matched pair. Running at 1.5V.

The three differences are the size (4gb vs 2gb per module), the timing (CAS latency 10 vs CAS latency 8), and the voltage (1.5V vs 1.65V).

The motherboard can handle all the specs of the possible new pair. Crucial's website confirms compatibility by suggesting this pair with its scan utility.

HOWEVER, my question is: What will happen in my BIOS configuration when I put this new pair in the second bank?
1. What will Dual-Channel, what will not, and why?
2. Will I have to manually reduce the latency of the second pair, or will I have to manually increase the latency of the first pair, in order to make them match? Will this result in a major speed decrease?
3. Will the difference in voltage be modified automatically? To which? (1.65v or 1.5v?)
4. Is it actually worth it to kee... Read more

A:Rather Technical Memory Matching Question

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I just wanted to know if anyone knows a website, or book that I could learn all of the "Computer Lingo" like what is FSB, or a multiplier of 13 = clockspeed. I know somewhat about computers, but in depth I really don't know anything. I love to come to this forum for advice, but I hate not knowing anything at all. I'd rather read up on this stuff instead of constantly asking for help this is to help me so I won't be completley lost; Trying to overclock my computer, or making my computer run very smoothly. Please help.


A:Question: Resource for technical terminology explanations

Computer Stuff @ Howstuffworks

Have a nice time reading.

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Hi there,

I have a question about the "amvo virus" and Combofix...

My goal is to REMOVE this virus and then PREVENT my PC from being infected another time by the same virus...Does ComboFix just remove "amvo" or fixes the problem, protecting my PC "forever" against this virusc ???

If it doesn't, can anyone tell me a good practice for preventing this infection in future? (possibly, something more sophisticated than just disabling the execution of the autorun.ini in every external drive...)

Thanks a lot guys...

A:Technical Question about ComboFix and the AMVO malware

amvo.exe) is a backdoor Trojan that is installed with other malicious files. Backdoor Trojans, IRCBots and Infostealers are very dangerous because they provide a means of accessing a computer system that bypasses security mechanisms and steal sensitive information like passwords, personal and financial data which they send back to the hacker. Remote attackers use backdoor Trojans as part of an exploit to gain unauthorized access to a computer and take control of it without your knowledge. Read Danger: Remote Access Trojans.If your computer was used for online banking, has credit card information or other sensitive data on it, you should immediately disconnect from the Internet until your system is cleaned. All passwords should be changed immediately to include those used for banking, email, eBay, paypal and online forums. You should consider them to be compromised. You should change each password by using a different computer and not the infected one. If not, an attacker may get the new passwords and transaction information. If using a router, you need to reset it with a strong logon/password so the malware cannot gain control before connect again. Banking and credit card institutions should be notified of the possible security breach. Because your computer was compromised please read How Do I Handle Possible Identify Theft, Internet Fraud and CC Fraud?Although the infection has been identified and may be removed, your PC has likely been compromised and there is no w... Read more

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Got any suggestions on what could be wrong with my memory card when it won't read the data when it's plugged in?
It says "No Data"
The card is official. I've tried other slots. Other mem cards work, tried turning it off and on, etc. We have a hunch that the problem could be that the contacts on the memory card have been misalligned, however there is no damage we can see without taking it apart.
Is it possible to take it apart or are there rivets or anything in the back end of the memory card that would hold it together?
Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

A:Question regarding PS2 Memory Card technical difficulties

Try it and see, get a screwdriver, and see if you can pry the case open. I have no idea if it will work, but if it doesn't work, then you've got nothing to lose by trying to get it open.

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Hypothetical situation:

The givens:
desktop computer
a power supply with intermittent voltage drops
voltage occasionally drops enough to cause a spontaneous reboot.
voltage is being monitored on the 12-volt leg
wall current integrity is good at all times
When a spontaneous reboot occurs, what voltage should one see this occur at?

A:Technical question about power supplies and spontaneous reboots

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I understand USB flash drives are composed of two components, the memory part that retains the data and the controller that regulates the writing and retrieval of the data. I alo understand there are different types of the controller components.

Also, I've learned that some machines will see just about any USB flash drive; but, I occasionally see some machines that will recognize one of my flash drives and not the other. I suspect this is because of the different controllers in each of the USB flash drives.

Here's the question: Is there a way to determine which USB flash drives contain which controller components?

The reason I'm asking is that I have two USB flash drives, a 16-Gig and a 32-Gig. The 16- is getting too small and I'm going to retire it in favor of a new 32- or 64-Gig and I don't want to end up with two that have the same controller component and then run into a machine that will see neither.

A:Technical question about USB flash drives' internal controllers

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Hi there, I have a T400 running Windows XP Professional that's in pristine condition, that I'd like to upgrade to Win 7 Prof + an SSD + 8GB of RAM.  It came with a Window's 7 upgrade DVD (and companion DVD) with instructions that note I will need to do a clean install since I have XP. I specifically had this system downgraded from Vista when it was shipped to me in 2010.  The Upgrade DVD says "Win Vista Bus to Win 7 Pro UPG Fulfill Lenovo" on it. I'm okay with the clean install since I'm running XP, but my question is: if I'm already going  to swap out the HDD to an SSD and I need to do a clean install anyway, can I just remove my old HDD, F1 boot from the disk and then install Windows 7 straight to my new SSD?  Or will the "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 look for something on the old HDD to give it permission to install? Thanks for any advice.  So essentially   

A:Lenovo T400 technical question - upgrading to Win 7 Prof + Samsung SSD and 8GB RAM

If the DVDs came from Lenovo, I am fairly sure it will work fine and use the Vista license in the BIOS

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Hi there,only indirectly connected with computing,can anyone tell me what exactly is a cd-m,and the difference between that and a cd-r? would a[ppreciate any help on this .....

A:Not strictly speaking

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I have done some extensive web searches and research through several sources specifically trying to find some concrete answers pertaining to features new SPECIFICALLY to Windows 7 that have not been present >XP.
Not really looking for a reference novel, just potentially some ideas on directions to focus on.
Maybe some of your favorite features that are Windows 7 born?

Thanks for all your help in advance!

A:New features strictly new to Windows 7

If you've done extensive research, you'd easily have them in front of you. If you had to give someone a good reason(s) to use Windows 7, I'd tell them it is newer technology that is faster and more secure, that makes better use of your available hardware. It's more stable and reliable, and all current hardware and software, including drivers, is designed to work with it, as opposed to a decade plus old operating system.

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I am getting ready to leave my current job after many years, and I have been given my desktop PC (wired connection) as a lovely parting gift. It won't be reformatted, it will still have most of my files and software, which is great. However, it will also be asking me to log in to my work domain network from now until the end of time unless I configure it not to. How exactly do I change my network settings so that I will no longer be asked to log in to my work network? We have outside tech support, and I would rather take care of this myself than incur the expense of calling them in on something I suspect is a fairly simple process. I've looked at my network settings, and think the following will take care of it. Please advise.

Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/Advanced System Settings/Computer Name/Network ID - change from "This computer is part of a business network" to "This is a home computer; it's not part of a business network."


Control Panel/All Control Panel Items/System/Advanced System Settings/Computer Name/Change - rename my PC and change domain to workgroup.

Is there anything else?


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Is there a virus that can physically destroy a hard drive? Can that be done? I don't know what made me think of this, but I'm wondering.

A:strictly abstract - I'm curious

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Hello all:
Regarding the directory "C:\Users\*username*\Favorites", is this folder strictly for IE8? I would love it if it supports Firefox.

So, IE8 only? If so I'm putting that sucker into hidden mode.

Any help/suggestions, etc are very much appreciated!

A:Favorites Folder: Strictly For IE8?

I use this addon: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/668, you can add bookmarks to your IE favorites this way.

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Hello guys,

Just wondering if anybody can help me out with a really annoying problem with my desktop computer. I have no technical know how on computers so thats why I am posting for any advice and help on this.

My computer is running vista 32bit I keep getting message saying windows indexer stopped working, windows explorer has stopped working and is restarting and it seems to crash, also I get adobe distiller has stopped working and shutting down....basically I have been getting alot of windows saying things have stopped working. my kaspersky anti virus stopped working and it got corupted. I dont know whether this is a virus or trojan thats causing all these problems maybe anybody can shed light on what is causing this, or could it be my hard drive that has a problem.

I would reboot my computer and it does a disc check at start of boot up and a huge list comes up saying deleting indexes and recovering orphaned indexes....this bit i have no idea what is happening. safe mode does not work either or the disc repair thing.

can anybody help me with this very annoying problem, thanks.

A:Windows vista problem, can anybody help I do not have any technical knowledge


Can you please post your full system specifications here? This may help us to better assist you with your problem.

How long have you had your computer for? Did you make any major changes to your computer (e.g. new software/hardware installation/uninstallation), or did you notice anything unusual happen such as a system crash before you started getting these problems, or did these problems seem to appear out of the blue? Do you keep getting the same errors over and over again, or do you just get lots of errors appearing once each? Does your computer crash at any point with either a blue screen error or a black screen, before then restarting? Does the Windows Disc Check run every time you restart your computer, or has this happened just once? When you say Safe Mode doesn't work, to what extent is this true? Does it throw up any errors, does it fail to load up at all, or do you mean to say it simply hasn't helped?

When you say Kaspersky stopped working and is corrupt, does this mean it won't load up at all? Or can you still access certain features within Kaspersky? There is a feature which is in Kaspersky Internet Security 2010, which may also be in its standalone anti-virus package, which allows you to create a recovery CD into which you can boot and scan for viruses. I've not tried this myself so I'm not too sure how exactly this would work, but if you want to give this a go but you're in doubt as to how to use such a thing let me know and I'll have a lo... Read more

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I have an HP5 laser printer.

I have been recharging my own cartridges with great success until recently. After refilling the cartridge, I get good results for a while. Then a gradually an ever-increasing streak-smudge starts on the right hand side of the paper. Over the life of the cartridge, this gets continually wider and darker until the pages are about unusable. At this point, the toner is still about half full.

Anyone have any idea what causes this and if there is anything I can to to prevent it?

A:Strictly a printer problem; nothing to do with the computer.

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This is my first post.

Recently I have been having trouble when starting up my PC.

When I press the power button it would light up, the fans would start up, and then in a few seconds the whole thing would power down before anything shows on the screen, then on its own it would run through the same cycle over and over again, powering up and down until I turned off the PSU.

I did a google search and found advice to disconnect everything, reconnect it, and clear the cmos either by removing the MOBO battery or changing the pins on the reset cmos. I did all that and it started up again.

I had the PC on overnight and when I returned to it the screen was blank (power saving mode), but I could not get the monitor to respond as the mouse and keyboard where unresponsive.

I powered down manually and then it would not start again. I ran through what I did previously, but this time it did not work.

I tried disconnecting the HDD's and the CD ROM drive and power on to BIOS. This worked. Then reconnected all the drives and it powered up just fine. I am using it now.

I am perplexed as to why it works some times and not others. Could it be the MOBO or the PSU?

I am, dual booting Ubuntu and XP. It loads to GRUB.

Thanks in advance.

A:Trouble starting up

I would try another power supply first, then I would go after the motherboard. Do you see any swollen or leaking capacitors around the CPU?

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This is a problem with another computer, not this one.

Problem: Windows starts up normally. Untill the desktop picture is shown... although it is shown, there is nothing else there. No start menu bar or icons. ctrl-alt-delete does nothing. You can right click and it gives you the little menu, but if you try to click on something nothing happens.

Background: To get a file from an old computer, I brought out that computer (a very old emachines). I unhooked the keyboard from the newer computer (old comp didnt have its own keyboard), and unhooked the monitor(used new monitor for old comp). I hooked both of these to the older computer. When I turned it on, it made a bunch of beep noises and some other wierd mechanical noises... And no information was fed to the monitor. So I unhooked the monitor and put it back to the new computer. I got out the old monitor, hooked that to the old computer, and the same thing happened. So i put the keyboard back to the new computer also and put away the old computer. (the power cords and mouse were all from the old computer, not shared from the new computer.) And then when I tried to start the comp, it did as i said above.

This should not have done anything to the new computer, but apparently it did. Maybe the old hardware was corrupt/broken and affected hte new one. The computer case was not hot, so I wouldn't think it overheated.

Almost makes me wish they were imacs.. almost..

A speedy response would be great as these are my friend... Read more

A:Trouble starting up

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I tried to install a cam driver and like a fool after restart nothing came up so I manually restarted my computer again. I received a screen reading windows did not shutdown properly, BLAH BLAH BLAH. Well I selected normal startup. When my computer started it was being difficult, to say the least. Every time I restarted my computer I would get that same screen reading windows did not shut down properly please choose a startup option. So I restored my system to a previous state, hoping that might do something. When my computer restarted, once again I received the screen reading Windows did not shutdown properly please choose a startup option.

I know I did something wrong, I am willing to take responsibility for that. My question is, is there any way that I can fix this problem without having the reinstall windows. A simple 1, 2, 3, instruction would be nice, like you were speaking to a novice computer person.
I am running Window XP home edition

A:Trouble Starting Up

Boot into safe mode and uninstall the drivers.

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[b]hello everyone im new to this site but was told there are some clever people who might be able to help me, ok here goeswhen i start my computer up in windows xp home the wallpaper screen comes on and no icons appear just a small window and in it says this windows cannot find C:\Windows\System32\Tools\Delfolders.exewhen i click on it the screen continues as normal, is there anyone who can tell me what this is and how to fix it please,thanks chris

A:Trouble With Starting Up

it may be a problem with nvidia IDE drivers.

if you have these drivers installed, go to add/remove programs and delete it. This should fix your problem.

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hi i have a strange problem with my computer which seems to not like waking up. every morning it takes my computer 7 to 9 restarts before it finally loads completely. then once it loads it works just fine for the rest of the day. i have tried scannow several times, start-up repair is left baffled and i have tried to get into safe mode but i can get into it at roughly the same time as i can reach my desktop. I'm pretty sure that i have updated my drives or at least as far as the device manager is concerned.

the problem starts when i first start the computer it goes fine until it reaches the starting windows page where it freezes before the swirling lights of windows appear. so i shut it off

by the way i have a Alienware 17xR2 with an i7 CPU and a ATI mobility radeon HD 4870 and 500 GB hard-drive in RAID 1 with windows ultimate x64

i hope this is enough info

A:trouble starting up

Try this to test and maybe fix
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

I checked your dump reports, it seems to be a driver problem. Lets see if you can boot with the above, if not we will further analyze your reports.

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when i turn on it shows error reading c,its a compaq presario 524.

A:trouble starting pc


I have had a look around google and I saw this,

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For the past few months I've had a recurring problem. Every once in a while my computer would freeze up. My pointer wouldn't move nor would my keyboard do anything. The three finger salute would do nothing. I believe once I had a file downloading and it continued, but I couldn't do anything. Eventually I'd have to push the power button until it the computer turned off.

Usually it would then start up no problem, once in a while my sound driver would be corrupted. This started to happen more and more often. Usually when I left IE open with my pointer on a page without doing anything for a bit.

Then one time after a freeze I got a msg no hard drive. I tried again and it booted ok. Then I got that msg and it wouldn't go away so I made sure the power and data cable was seated really well and the rebooted and it worked.

This is my second hard drive. I had the original one go out and I replaced it with this one. Now I'm starting to think that maybe nothing was wrong with that hard drive and that I might have a problem with the motherboard.

But this is not the reason I'm posting today. I just wrote that to give a background. A couple days ago after not freezing for a quite a while my computer frooze up again. I had to manually turn off the power but when I rebooted right after the splash screen when the screen goes blank and then your desktop appears mine didn't appear. Instead the screen went black and it shows a msg 'No video'. ... Read more

A:Trouble starting XP

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Win 2K Also just had some problems with viruses, smitfraud, but should be clean now thanks to your site.
But still had boot up problems, couldn't even get to black screen showing boot up but just showed blue screen. Turn off, turn on usually would boot up. Today it took about 5 turn offs, turn ons! Also would beep several times 7 to 8 beeps. this would keep going if I didn't turn it off. Finall y got Win 2K soft cd in drive but still wouldn't boot.


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Every time I turn ON my PC, a disk check is scheduled where it shows the message that
"One of your disks has to be checked for consistency. It is strongly recommended to perform the check. Press any key within 10 sec to cancel the check."
Every time I start the same thing happens. I have to wait for couple of minutes fr the PC to start.
Sometimes an underscore symbol blinks on a dark background for a while and then, 'A disk read error occurred' msg is displayed.
I'm using windows XP- SP3
SeaGate Hard Disk- 500GB
Core 2 Duo processor
Intel Mother Board

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hi this is my first post!

I need some advice on a very annoying problem. I have had an hp DV2300 running vista home premium for about 4 months now and it has developed a problem where it frequently will not start up. It will appear to start up normally but then the screen will go black and a vertical yellow bar will appear on the right side of the screen. Usually this can be overcome by turning it off and back on again but today it did this six times in a row. What worries me more is that before I bought this hp I returned an acer for doing the exact same thing. I would greatly appreceate any advice on this problem.

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Whenever I start my computer, the loading bar that appears on the starting keeps going forever. It says often when it does switch on "COM surrogate has stopped working". I cleaned the inside of the CPU but this didn't help much. Luckily it started now and I am able to come here for help. Could you please help me? This is getting very annoying!

P.s. I can get on to my computer ALWAYS in safe mode. But then I can't connect to the net.

A:Starting trouble

No one has replied for days! Please help me!

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A couple weeks ago my computer started taking really long before it would even begin to start up. I had to wait about a minute usually before there was even a system beep or anything at all appeared on the monitor. Sometimes it wouldn't start up at all and I'd have to turn it off and try again, and now it's starting to take longer and longer for it to start up. Before, it would always start up after the second try at most, but this week I hadn't been able to turn it on for three days, until the day before yesterday I pushed the power button, waited 5 minutes, and then forgot about, came back about two hours later and it was on. I haven't turned it off since then for fear I won't be able to get it started up again.

A few other things to mention: Restarting works fine; there's only a problem when trying to start up from a completely powered-down state. When I press the power button, all my fans start running and the LED on the motherboard lights up--there's just no system beep and nothing appears on the monitor for a while or at all(although I'm positive it's not a problem with the monitor; there's just nothing for it to display).

If it helps, I'm using a 950mhz Athlon and a 10gb Maxtor harddrive. I don't recall what kind of motherboard I have, but I can find out if necessary.

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When i turnon my pc everytime i recieves a message with 1 or 2 beeps.The message is as follows...



Auto Detecting USB Mass storage devices...
00 USB Mass storage devices found and configured...

(Ultra DMA ModeATA/100)network 007c



I have replaced the battery one time after showing this message but i havent solved the problem

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My pc is having trouble starting up sometimes. When loading the BIOS it stops at checking the primary/slave devices. It takes several minutes to continue and then it stops at the xp screen and keeps flashing the bars from left to right.
Can someone help me?

A:Pc has trouble starting up

Hi .

System manufacturer and model?

Laptop or desktop?

Do you have a Microsoft XP install CD?

Recent changes to hardware, software, or Windows?

How long has "sometimes" been in existence?


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After the weekend, one of the computers in the lab will not start. It will begin but it then reboots after a second or two and continues that cycle until you press F8 or turn it off. Yes, I have tried to start it in all the different safe modes, last correct configuration, etc. This is on a network and it is the only computer have problems. It is Windows XP. Could it be something with the BIOS? I have tried to reinstall Windows XP but I do not know if it is partitioned or not. Any help would be appreciated.

A:Trouble starting computer

Have you tried booting to a WinXP Setup CD, and using the first Repair option presented on Status Bar to open the Recovery Console?

At the Recovery Console Command Prompt, enter CHKDSK /F

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Ok heres the deal.
I turn on my laptop. it makes it all the way to the windows xp load page.
It tries loading for about 3 mins then BAM flashes a blue screen (which is to fast to tell what it says.) then it tries rebooting.

I put in my recovery CD and press R for the recovery console.
the computer then says
Insert the CD labeled:
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 CD
into your CD-ROM drive.

Press ENTER when ready.
I dont have the CD. what can I do?

My computer is a HP Pavilion dv4000
running windows XP home edition


A:Trouble starting windows XP

really no one knows how to fix this

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my computer has had trouble starting since yesterday. i'll press the on button and it'll turn on for a second or two then shut back off. i can press the button a few times to get it started, but even then the screen doesn't work neither does the mouse or keyboard. i've cleaned out my computer yesterday but it didn't help at all. this has happened once before last week but it started working again so i thought nothing of it. if someone can help that would be great. Thanks.

A:Computer having trouble starting

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