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Booting process is beeping, but not booting

Q: Booting process is beeping, but not booting

I have a SONY PC (RX-580) and it is not booting on an erratic basis. The first problem was after pushing the start button, the fan starts on high speed, but no activity light and no HD light came on at all. AFter 1.5 minutes or so, I rebooted after removing the power cord for 30 seconds. This happened 8 times today. I should mention that during this time, nothing comes on screen at all. There is no opportunity to get to the CMOS settings or even to boot with a floopy. (yes this still has a floppy drive in it.) Normally, for the past several months, this problem has simply been an inconvenience and after 2 or 3 tries, the unit boots up fine and works fine all day. Today, when it failed to do this so many times, I shut it down, opened the case and proceeded to reset all cables and connections. I didn't notice any loose connections. I didn't remove ram sticks. I then rebooted and this time, I got the HD light activity for a few seconds, then the fan slowed to a normal level as like everything was going to be okay. After a few minutes, the activity light was still lit, but no flickering like something was happening.

I turned the machine off again. I should mention that each time I turned the machine off, I didn't have to hold the button in for the normal 5 seconds. It turned of immediately.

I once again, inspected and reseated cards. I did not remove RAM sticks. This time, I plugged in and booted and right away, got a 3 or 4 second solid warning tone, followed by about 3 seconds of silence. It repeated and kept going until I turned the unit off again.

I suspected the power supply but I don't want to replace it until I know for sure. Do places test these power supplies or do they just replace them because of the cost of service? Any suggestions?

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A: Booting process is beeping, but not booting

you a buy a tester tool for $12 and also use a multimeter. I would just replace the darn PSU.

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About 3 weeks ago, I turned on my PC, which is a Dell 530s and the fans came on etc, but the computer did not POST beep. I turned PC off and on again and this time it worked ok and has now run ok for a couple of weeks.

Over the past couple of weeks when I have turned the PC on and off, and when it was turned on it seemed to be forgetting which was my O/S drive and I had to select it each time from the Bios by using F12 otherwise it said boot disk not found.

Today I updated some software, which required a re-boot and PC turned itself off and then tried to turn itself on again, but the fans just whirred and nothing else happened, no POST beep etc.

I have now tried the PC without RAM chips, cleaned them and put them back in, taken all cables out etc etc, and tried to boot, all but changing the power supply, changing the motherboard or the processor and each time the PC does not POST beep or start the monitor

Do you think the solution may be something as simple as changing the CMOS battery? I do not have one spare!, or is it more likely to be a motherboard, power or porcessor issue?


A:PC not booting or beeping

Replacing the battery could resolve it but if the board still has a flea power then the battery has enough power to turn the PC on. You could also re-seat the processor as this could be an issue with the board can't detect it for whatever reason.

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Hello, I've been having this problem for a while now.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3820 CPU @ 3.60GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 45 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16336 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, -2048 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1906776 MB, Free - 879899 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., X79-UD3
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

I use Avast antivirus. Haven't used any third part system maintenance program.

Basically, this problem mainly occurs when I hibernate my PC or shut down my PC. Once I click either option, my computer shuts down immediately, and it doesn't save anything in the background when it's hibernated, similar to a cold boot.

So when it does shut down immediately and I boot it up again, the PC starts making endless beeping noises and the only way to stop it and make it boot into my computer is to unplug it for a few seconds then re-plug it again.

Here's a video of the beeping noises. Apologies for the immature verbal language heard in the video, this was originally recorded for a friend of mine, which I then decided to sign up here and use it as a demonstration of what happens.

Thank you.

A:Beeping Upon Booting Up

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My computer decided it would not start up this morning. It does power up but there is no boot screen or anything. The monitor doesn't show anything. What lead me to believe that the problem is from the PC and not from the monitor is the fact that when I start up the computer he starts making some Beeps Sound. It sends a long beep, and a couple of seconds later a short one. I have an AMD Athlon 64x2, and my bios is apparently an Award BIOS. I checked out what the beeps meant on internet and I've learned that I could be a RAM problem or a Video Problem, but more possibly a CPU failure because a long and short beep on Award Bios seems to be the signal for such a problem. However I might be wrong , I'm no expert. So my question is : Can you confirm my suspicions ? Is it hard to solve ? Will I have to send my computer to the manifacturer ? Thanks for your time.

A:Solved: PC not booting and Beeping

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My neighbor brought her kids computer to me to check it. While the computer was on,The kids had pulled the keyboard plug out physically sideways and bent the connection on the motherboard. The metal part of the connector broke off the cable . Connecting a known good keyboard causes the computer to beep steady when trying to boot. It also says on the screen that there is a keyboard problem or there is no keybaord connected.
An attemp with 2 other known good keyboards has the same result.
If I boot with no keyboard attached the computer does not beep but still shows the same info - Keyboard problem or no keyboard connected.

Is it possible that when the cable was ripped sideways enough to bend the motherboard connection and tear off the metal connector from the cable - That it shorted the controller for the keyboard ?

The puter is 6 years old and is only a 166. Not worth spending any big bucks on it.


A:Steady beeping while booting.

Yep, you pretty much figured it out.........gotta love kids, should be locked in closets til they are 18

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HiI decided to dust off my old computer and give it away for chrostmas but it will not boot. When i turn on the power the screen will remain black and it will continously make beeping noises.

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A couple of days ago my friend was using my computer and he said it just turned off. It seemed to me as if the power supply was fried. I bought a new power supply and when I installed it and turn on the computer I get beeps and the computer does not boot. It starts out with about 5 beeps and pauses and then it goes to beeps that go on forever. My computer is built of an asus p4b533 motherboard, 2.26 pentium 4, 512 MB DDR ram, maxtor hard drive, dvd drive, and a plextor cd burner. I think it has to do something with the memory because of previous threads I have read. Please respond with any ideas. Thank you.

A:asus p4b533 not booting and beeping

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Hi everyone,
This morning when powering my laptop after it being on sleep mode it did 7 successive beeping noise in interval and did not boot, after a few try it finally booted without noise. I am concern that something may go wrong very soon what should I do?

A:Inspiron 7737 loud beeping noise when booting

Seven beeps is a processor or mainboard failure - since the CPU is a permanent part of the board, they're effectively the same thing on this model.  Try a system reset -- power off, unplug, remove or disconnect the battery, and remove and reinstall the memory modules and hard drive.  If the problem begins to re-occur, replace the mainboard/CPU.  This will be covered if the system is under warranty - if not, it's a major repair and will likely run a few hundred dollars.

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First of all, thanks for the patience to read all this.

My road to this post started a few weeks ago when I installed an amplifier. My computer was working just fine before, but when I put the amp in it would no longer boot. No beeps or anything, but the monitor mouse and keyboard wouldn't come on. Thinking the amp caused the problem, I took it out and it still wouldn't boot. I systematically tried different parts and eventually got it working again by switching which IDE cable the optical drives and hard drive were on (DVD drives used to be on ide1, hdd was on ide2 -- put hdd on 1 and dvds on 2 and it would boot again). So left well enough alone and everything was working fine again, until last night.

I got a stick of 256MB to put in my system which I bought online. My computer was already off, but I absent-mindedly turned it on and it worked just fine. I remembered that I received my RAM and turned my system off to install it. I put it in and tried to turn it on and I got beeps and smelled something. At this point I'm thinking I may have not had it in there properly. I took it out and tried to turn it on again but there were still beeps, but no more smell.

I've taken it all apart and put it back together and it still beeps. It's a 1 second long beep followed by 3 seconds of silence, which repeats indefinitely. I believe it's a Phoenix bios and I've read a couple different things about what this beep means. Someone told me that I need to... Read more

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i recently reformated my computer and whenever i boot up my comp, it shows 2 versions of the same windows (windows xp media center edition). i made sure to delete the other partitions. i don't know why it would recognize it. the other one doesn't even work. however, because of this i go into a screen where i have to select one each and every time i boot up my comp. this is a very big annoyance for me. is there a way to fix it so that i don't see this screen whenever i boot up my comp? please help me. thank you.

A:i need help with my booting process

If you don't have anything worth saving on the computer, you're best off reformatting the entire drive using the HDD manufacturer's utility disc and performing a fresh install. If you have stuff you wanna keep, burn it to a disc or move it to another computer so you can put it back easily.

You could modify the boot.ini file so it won't look at the other windows, but it's a waste of space to let it sit there and not be available, and possibly cause conflicts.

I highly recommend a complete wipe.

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Please help me in regards of following query.

What are the booting process, sequence and startup (bootable) files for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10?


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Dear friends
can u help me
my pc booting time geting very slow.
it will take time to boot.......

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i have problem my computer,it has window xp during booting it get very slow so i formatted it but problem still remain then i changed hdd but problem still remain
i can't able to detect problem. it may be possible problem in motherboard or bios or cmos bettery

A:XP booting process is very slow

What is the brand and model of computer or motherboard? What is the age of the hard drive? What memory is installed? And what are you using for antivirus and antispyware.
The CMOS battery is not known as a cause for a slowdown.
One problem going around now is with Internet Explorer 8... You might try removing that and seeing if it is still slow in Internet Explorer 6.1
But the usual suspects are bad hard drive, bad or inadequate memory, and bad infestations of spyware. The first thing I would do is download and run Avast, or perhaps Avira Antivir and run their full scan. Then use Spyware Doctor full version or SpySweepere, or SuperAntiSpyware and Malware bytes, and see what they find... remove all, and get back to us.

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i turned my pc on but it doesnt showed up on my monitor because its color black,i need to turn my monitor off and on to show it up..when i try to boot my computer it shows errors by seeing white lined screen on the monitor

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My brand new Acer E15 Start that I bought about a week ago has begun to beep 4 times during the booting process and then beep even more if I click any button on the keyboard. When I get to the lock screen I can't put my password in because I'm stuck at the page where it shows the time, date WiFi signal and battery. Further more, the mouse doesn't show up and the keyboard doesn't work except for occasional times when I press enter and I get to the screen to input the password but then I'm stuck there because the keyboard won't work anymore. Is there anyway to fix this or do I have to return my laptop?

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Obviously, I have Windows XP.

This is about my other computer, by the way.

After it was accidentally all night by my brother, I approached it in the morning to realize that it was acting very, very slow, which is unlike its normal state. When Start > Turn Computer Off, etc. did not work, I held in the Power button on the tower for six seconds and it turned off. I pressed it again to turn it on and this is what happened...

1. "DELL" appears with a loading bar.
2. Text appears apologizing for an inconvenience that Windows could not start up properly due to some other reasons. It gives me the option of either starting Windows normally or in Safe Mode. I selected to start it normally (because this message has come up before, but has never caused a problem before) and waited until the time limit ran out.
3. "Windows XP Home Edition" appears with the loading bar.
4. Moniter screen goes black but appears to have light behind it. The light goes out, causing the moniter to appear like it's gone off but it hasn't.
5. Process repeats.

The whole process will repeat for hours on end, never getting to the Main Menu with the list of different accounts. I'm not sure how this happened or how to fix it. Can anyone help? I really would prefer to fix it without re-installing Windows, but any help would be appreciated.

A:Booting process repeats itself?

When you boot up, tap f8 until you get to the booting options screen.

Try booting lask known good configuration, if that doesn't work, try safe mode.

Hope that helps :-)

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When I started my computer today it gave me an error I had never seen before "Express Gate was not installed" so I went into BIOS and disabled Express Gate.
Now when I start my computer, it goes to the Black Screen "We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully"
I tried Safe mode option, Last Known Good Config option, Start Windows Normally- they all have the same result- a loop through the green Asus flash screen (where I can enter Bios if I want), then to the Black Screen. I've never been in a position where I couldn't boot in Safe mode.

Please help, I donate every time you guys help me!
Don't know what to do.

Asus M3a78t, windows7

A:Computer loops through booting process

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I am reinstalling windows 10 on my laptop with bootable DVD but my a orange-white stripped screen comes on boot process and stuck there I can't anything there except shutdown so please help me.

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Hello guys,

I have a problem with my computer that I cannot fix, I recently bought the AverTV Capture HD and plugged it into 1 of my free pci-express slots.

Now my computer takes like 20 extra seconds to boot to desktop, I replaced the card to another PCI-Express slot but the problem persists, when I remove the card it boots like before, with no IDLE.

My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-x58-UD5, latest Bios, latest drivers etc...

I don't know if it's the card or maybe the motherboard or just Windows 7.

This is a Winbootinfo screen to show you the IDLE time between the bios screen-win7 booting screen and @desktop.

Thank you guys I hope you could help me out I don't know what to do >_<!

A:Windows 7 long IDLE time on booting process

Try these suggestions
Optimize Windows 7

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This is a long story, so I will leave off most of it.Details:XP Pro w/sp3, two bootable drives, both partitioned w/ the 1st partition active,both active partitions have XP installed,Something got corrupted between the two active partitions. No idea how as I took precautions to prevent this, but apparently not enough. I tried to restore the image of the 2nd drive, but when I did so, I got this 'logging off' dialog box during the boot process. The process stops there, but after 2 minutes it goes into a 'loop', flashing two other dialog boxes (can't read because they are too brief) every few seconds. I then tried the image from the 1st drive, but I got the same thing.Any ideas what is happening and what to do about it other that start all over?

A:'Logging off' screen stops booting process then goes into a loop

System and model?

What software was used to create these "images"? Are you using same software to try to restore these "images"?


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Laptop is not booting up. It is restarting again and again. Problem started in following manner.
-First while using laptop my keyboards stop functioning.
-Second When I restarted It starts normal but stopped accepting inputs from keyboard and even Window Virtual Keyboard.
-Third I tried reinstalling windows, When I tried to install it from pen-drive(bootable pendrive). It is not booting. It is restarting again and again.
Can any one help me on this?

A:Laptop is not booting. It starts booting but restarts before it gets boot properly.

First thing to do is run an extended (NOT just 10 minute) diagnostic on the hard drive.  If you need further assistance, post the results of that (numeric error codes) along with the full model information - i.e., Inspiron N5110, XPS L501x, etc.).

Press F12 a few times immediately after powering on to get into the diagnostics.

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I am working on an HP Pavilion model series zv6000 notebook running XP Home Edition. When I turn on the computer, I get an incessant loud beeping. Sometimes the beeping stops sometimes it just keeps going. Sometimes it doesn't happen at all. The startup process gets stuck with the horrible noise.
When I get the computer started, the mouse seems to work correctly, but it is impossible to type anything without getting lots of 6's in between anything typed. Also 6666's also "type" in when no one is touching the keyboard at all. The sixes appear on both word documents and address bars on browsers. Also the computer boops (beeps) intermittently as I move the mouse, sometimes with the clicks of the mouse, sometimes randomly.

I tried system restore, and though some problems seem to have been partially corrected the "typing" error continues as the the intermittent beeping and the beeping at startup.

A:Loud beeping at Booting, also "Ghost" is typing 666666

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Okay, so ive tried many ways, and Ive finally got stuck with using a VHD.
I have followed countless tutorials, and finally found one. (on this forums somewhere)
I go through all the steps, and it seems like it is working, and then when I boot my system it says this,

things I have done to try to fix this:
Updated BIOS
Enabled Virtualization in BIOS
Please help! I have been trying to get it to work for days...

A:DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8

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I just got a ASUS G75V series and updated it to windows 7 professional with Intel core i7.
I was able to work with it and everything was fine until I had to install XP because some softwares are not compatible with Win 7 x64.
I have Win 7 on drive C: and windows xp on drive E: which in windows XP environment it is shown as drive C: again(I have two HDDs, 500GB each).

So as you can predict I tried using the dual booting and followed the tutorial for that on the website, I wasn't able to get it to work exactly and each time I had to change the bios settings to boot either win 7 or win XP,

I downloaded easyBCD and was trying to get it to work but my silly mistake was I Reset BCD configuration under BCD backup/repair tab and ever since I haven't been able to load windows 7 and the laptop directly loads windows xp.

I ran easyBCD in windows xp and tried to fix the problem by adding the bootloader for windows 7 there but nothing seems to work.

I am really stuck and I can not reinstall windows 7 because it is set up with all the softwares for my work

A:Issue booting Win 7, booting directly into XP & no boot manager

It sounds like you have the OS's installed on two separate HD's, and were booting them correctly via the BIOS - setting preferred one first to boot in BIOS setup, then booting the other one using the one-time BIOS Boot menu key.

To restart Win7 unplug all other HD's, Mark the 100mb System Reserved (preferred) or Win7 Partition Active then run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

Once Win7 starts, plug back in the XP HD and boot it using the Asus F8 one-time BIOS Boot Menu key, or install EasyBCD to Win7 to add XP on its Add OS entry tab.

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I am trying to help a friend. Her computer would hardly boot yesterday, but after 10 minutes or longer, it would load. Programs hardly run and if they do are impossibly slow to run. Windows task manager keeps popping up. It won't close. We tried to set the registry back to an earlier date, but it won't take. My guess is that is a virus. She had AVG anti-virus running now it won't run either. Any thoughts? Any reliable online site which could scan the computer?

A:XP very slow booting and barely running after finally booting

Follow the 5 Steps to Remove Spyware link in my signature below. The 5 Steps will direct you to some reputable online virus scanners as well as help you post a HijackThis log for analysis by the HijackThis analysts here at TSF.


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Hello there, occassional lurker, first time poster, hopefully someone here will be able to help

I've been setting my laptop to dual boot xp pro, and Ubuntu on a seperate partition. All was going well, until xp decided to die altogther. I don't have that error to hand, but it's gone a little further now.

Was going to install xp pro on a 3rd partition, and it started up fine. Now I can boot fine to Ubuntu, and the 2nd version of xp. However, the original xp is still having issues.

Now, when booting up, gets BSOD - bad_pool_caller. Code at the end is: 0x000000c2 (0x00000007,0x00000CD4,0x00000060,0x86F7E1FC)

Everything I've read suggests this is talking about a hardware or software conflict. However, I've not installed any new hardware. I suspect there is a software conflict between the two versions of xp, but I can't see how that can happen.

I can boot into the 1st copy of xp in safe mode, however, explorer.exe fails to start up. Tried running it in task manager to no avail.

I forgot to add - I am using GNU GBRUB to boot between the 3 operating systems.

EDIT 2: Tried it again to boot 1st xp in safe mode - new error for windows product activation - a problem is preventing windows from accurately checking the licence for this computer error code 0x800004005

A:Dual booting laptop crashes booting xp pro.

Are these installations of XP Pro on the two partitions diferent install disks with separate key codes?

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Recently I purchased a laptop with windows 8 64 bit pre-installed in it. For my job purpose, I needed windows 7 32 bit. After searching the web and also using the information I got from this site, I disabled secure boot, deleted the recovery partition and converted GPT partitions to MBR. Then I shrink the Big partition in which windows 8 was installed to make room for the windows 7 partition. Then I created a new partition and installed windows 7 on it. After this whenever I switch on the computer, a message come up, saying that a required device cannot be found and windows is to be repaired. The only way in which I can start windows is to go to bios, select the boot options and then select boot from notebook hard drive.

Can anybody please tell me how this problem can be solved

A:Booting problem with dual booting with windows 8 and 7

when you created the new partition did you make itin front or behind the existing partition?

If your boot manager is looking to boot Win 8 on Disk 0 Part 1, and you created the new partition in front of Win 8, your Win 7 will now be located on Disk 0 Part 1 which is where the boot manager is expecting Win 8

can you send us a screen cap of your disk management?

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i have lenovo g460 with windows 7 premium 64 bit, it was working fine yesterday...but when i try to use my laptop now i see a message on black screen

PXE-E61: media test failure, check cable
pxe-mof: exiting pxe rom.
no bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key

but i dont have any installation disks except repair disk which i created through windows wizard... i searched for solution over net and tried to recover ..first i booted with repair disk and found operating system as unknown on local disk startup found error but cannt repair it and through commpand prompt i tried these commands

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

the first 2 commands worked successfully but when i run the last command it scanned and identified windows installations 1 and prompted to add it to boot list when i press y to add i got the message

the requested system device cannot be found.

pls help me to solve the issue...thanks in advance...

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I partitioned hard drive and everything. Then I installed XP Pro and Vista. Then I updated both and whatnot. I was on Vista then I restarted and booted into XP. Now when I try to boot into Vista it gets to the loading screen then it just restarts. I can still boot into XP fine.

Also I have lost all access to my BIOS. Does anybody know how to get that back?

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Every time I try to access my administrative account a message appears saying my liscense has expired and to click to fix the problem. How do i remedy this so i can use my computer normally?

A:Not Booting

Hi supportform, and welcome to TSF.

Its difficult to research your problem unless you can provide us with more details.

If you click on the link, what exactly happens? Where does it take you?

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Right! This is the situation.

Had a power surge / PSU failure, Fried 2 HD's & MB. Took the CPU out had it trested works fine. DDR 400 RAm tested, OK.

New MB MSI KM400
New HD
Old CPU AMD 2000+ (Athlon XP)

Put everything together the fan spins for a second then nothing. Swapped Memory, checked FSB jumper, cleared CMOS, Cleaned processor & applied ne past etc.

My only idea is that its the CPU but it was tested and working. The only other old item in the case is the Heatsink could it cause the problem?

Don't know what it can be.


A:AMD not booting.

You could have a short between mobo and chassis. Check the mounting studs for the mobo, that they are only in places corresponding with mobo-holes for mounting screws.

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Hi Guys, my apologies if this problem has been adressed already, I tried looking for a similarly established thread here but I didn't find one, so here goes:

My Dad's PC will not load Windows XP, the computer completes the memory and devices check, including reading the single master, 20 GB HDD.

It then moves onto searching for the boot record and here is where the problems begin, it dosen't find the boot record on the HDD. All I get is 'Error loading Operating System' in white text.

I faced a similar problem to this previously, my solution was to repair the existing installation via XP setup loaded from his retail CD of XP.

However this time Windows setup fails to locate his existing installation. Also, the partiton manager of XP setup only reads the amount of free space on his HDD equating to about 4 GB. I should note that there is only one single NTFS partiton on the drive.

My guess is that the MBR has been corrupted, do you guys concur? I'm in the process of creating a series of XP boot disks on my PC now. My question to you is this, will restoring his MBR correct the problem? And also, will it incur any data loss on his HDD?

Thank you in advance!

A:XP Not Booting!

is there another machine you could hook it up to? that way you can be sure the hd is still functioning and you can back up some of the information if you want. That will also help you eliminate other devices as the problem

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Running Win7 Home Premium 64bit fully updated and Macrium Reflect 5.2.6437. In Windows/Control Panel/System/Advanced System Settings/Startup & Recovery it shows a drop-down box containing "Windows7" and "Macrium Reflect". Just what I'd expect. But on starting Windows all I get is "Starting Windows" or if I have highlighted "Macrium" it starts Macrium. Not what I expect. I'd like a choice for 10 seconds as specified by my Windows settings. Any suggestions?

A:Need help with booting.

Quote: Originally Posted by CogitoSum

Running Win7 Home Premium 64bit fully updated and Macrium Reflect 5.2.6437. In Windows/Control Panel/System/Advanced System Settings/Startup & Recovery it shows a drop-down box containing "Windows7" and "Macrium Reflect". Just what I'd expect. But on starting Windows all I get is "Starting Windows" or if I have highlighted "Macrium" it starts Macrium. Not what I expect. I'd like a choice for 10 seconds as specified by my Windows settings. Any suggestions?

You won't get the choice. Macrium is a program for imaging Windows. You can not start Macrium without starting Windows. Are you trying to schedule a backup or what are you trying to do with Macrium?

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have a 3 yr old Dell Dimension L1000R; am running windows XP with service pack 2 installed; The problem: each time I boot up get Dell screen then system waits awhile hear wearing noises and clicks; then, most of the time get a list of the hardware in my pc; must hit delete key, and then it proceeds to boot up. The other times, get screen that says invalid disk (or something), and I must hit clt, alt, delete; then the hardware list comes up and I must hit delete key for the pc to proceed to boot. This has been going on for year or two. A year ago I upgraded to 512 memory and it stopped doing if for several months, but now does it all the time. I keep McAfee up to date and have all the latest microsoft upgrades; also run spybot and it shows no problems.
hope you can tell me what's going on and how to fix.

A:booting up

Sounds like your hard drive is dying.. You'd better back everything up.

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Since yesterday I have been facing issues with my desktop of not booting up. It remains stuck at Windows XP boot up screen. The day before I had shut down the PC normally. What I have tried;

1) Have tried booting up in the Safe Mode & Last Known Good Configuration as well but no luck. On selecting Safe Mode, it loads some of the files up till WINDOWS/System32/Drivers/aswRvrt.sys & then again shows up the same message again giving options of Safe Mode/ Last Known Good Configuration & Start Windows Normally.

2) Removed both the RAM modules one by one & boot up, but still the same error.

Pls assist resolving the issue.

Desktop Confirguration:
OS: Windows XP Pro SP3
CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 635
MB: Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H
RAM: 2 x 2GB Kingston DDR3 1333MHz
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB

A:Win XP not Booting Up

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When I turn on my PC it goes through the usual info, shows the desk top for about 10 seconds then my ISP homepage appears along with the dial-up connection box. How can I stop this and just finish up with my desk top? I have XP Profeesional installed.

A:Booting up!!

Start>>>Run>>> Type in "MSCONFIG" and click the Startup tab. Disable all and then click apply. Click OK and restart.

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When I boot into XP, just prior to the welcome screen I am getting a black screen for about 6 seconds. I think this happened after I installed Flight Sim 2002. I had booted normally previously. Is there any way I can get a bootlog file to see what is causing the hold up?

XP home
Athlon 2000+
Soyo dragon plus mobo
Seagate baracuda 4

A:Booting XP

enable bootlogging

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6400 @ 2.13GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3581 Mb
Graphics Card:
Hard Drives: C: Total - 36232 MB, Free - 26268 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0DN075
Antivirus: None
Dell Service Tag: HLCZ001

After downloading all the Dell drivers and current Windows updates things were going fine, until now. When I power on the machine, Windows won't load unless I follow the onscreen instructions to strike the F1 key to continue (then XP loads) or F2 to run set up. The screen reads as follows:

Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-1
Drive 2 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-2
Drive 3 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-3
Drive 5 not found: Parellel ATA, PATA-1 (PRI IDE Slave)
Floppy disk seek failure
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run set-up utility

Here is the boot sequence in BIOS:

1. Onboard or USB CD-ROM Drive
2. Onboard SATA Hard Drive
3. Onboard PATA Hard Drive (not present)
4. Onboard USB Floppy drive (not present)

If I hit F1—XP loads, no problems. I would like to get rid of this and just boot right into XP. I've tried rearranging the boot sequence, but I still get the same error(?) window and still have to hit F1 to continue. I've gone to Dell's website but with no luck thus far. I am continuing to search online for a solution, but any help from this forum would be greatly appreciated... Read more

A:Not booting to XP right away

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is there any way that i can make a USB that i can run windows XP from. I have a gateway labtop and the main HD is crashed out. totally gone. However, it still allows me to boot menue to boot from a USB HD can i make a Bootbale version of Windows XP to run from a flash drive?

A:booting from USB

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Hi everybody,

I got a bad virus on my thinkpad t60, so i pulled the drive,copied up some of my data, formatted the partition, and restored an arconis image from september, copied my data back on, slapped the drive back in, power on.
Just a blinking cursor comes up, likely indicating no boot device is found.
CMOS boot order is correct.
Used gparted to check boot flag on this partition, was set, I reset it just incase.
Drive is good, curiously bios hdd diag stayed at 0%.
Have had similar problems with thinkpads before...
Do not want to do a fresh install.
One last thing I tried a different ntldr, from a freshly installed pc.

HELP, if you can.

P.S. I do kinda know what i'm doing, i'm in 3rd year CS program, with extensive IT exp. First time i've posted a problem here or anywhere, does it work?

A:XP Not booting

You could try checking the cables and connections - maybe you didn't seat it back in correctly?

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Ok 2 night ago I grabed my lap top and turned it on and just got a blue screen that said:
A Problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer
If this is the first time you've seen this stop erro screen, restarte your computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new instatllation, ask your hardware or software manufacuter for any windows updates you might need.
If problem continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable Bios memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restarte your computer, press F8 to select Advance startup Options, and then select safe mode.
Technical information:
Stop: 0x000000ED (0x81331628, 0xc0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I did everything it told me to do and the I also ran some test on it by using the F2 or F 12 key I can't remember which. Anyway I ran the fun diagnostic test and I 4 failed test. The
error codes were:
Mes: Block 6766033 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
Mes Block 36383048 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
Error Code 0F00:1A44
Mes Block 6766033 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected
Block 36383048 Uncorrectable data error or media is write protected

A:Lap top not booting up

Sounds like youve got a failed or failing harddrive so Id suggest using the manufacturers diagnostic tool to test for errors.

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tried loading my pc today and blue screen flashes then reboots it does the same in safe mode
What can i do to get this pc running again without reloading xp on there.
Is there some software reasonably priced to fix this solution.

thank you

A:xp not booting please help

Yes you can load a version of Linux like redhat or simplymepis.

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My emachine T2865 (btw what a crappy machine), stopped booting up no power, nothing lights up.
Replaced the PS, and CMOS battery, moving to different outlets, and still nothing. My assumption would be the MB next. What's your opinion, before I dish out some bucks?

A:Not Booting

If you have already replaced the ps, that pretty much leaves just the board.

Have you checked the connectors on the board including the pw_switch pins?

As a test of your on / off button on the case, switch the pw_switch lead with the reset lead. Now hit the reset button and see if it powers up. If so, you just have a bad switch.

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Hi everyone,
I'm having a serious problem with my computer. Every time I try to turn it on it says- A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. I have tried everything- safe mode, restore to its original working date, but it keeps going back to the blue screen. I read somewhere that you need to install xp again with the disk, but I think it was already installed in my computer when I got it (its a dell) or I lost it because its been so long. Can anyone tell me how to fix this?

A:Xp not booting at all

and welcome to the Forum

The "problem has been detected . . " message should also have an error code . . what does it say

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Hello, trying to install XP on older notebook who dont have cd rom, so i have to do it through USB. I made bootable USB with rufus, but when i try to boot it i get A disk read error occured. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to restart, and no matter what i do it always happed. USB is alright, working normaly, so don't know what could be problem? Thanks.

A:Booting from USB

Has the hard drive been formatted, or does it already have an OS on it?

Have you changed the boot order in BIOS to USB First?

Have you tried all USB ports?

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