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Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

Q: Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

So i was playing Doom 3 and the game crashed so badly that i had to restart my computer (im running Vista 64bit by the way) and upon restarting it, it gets to the BIOS screen but after that it just goes black and nothing happens, i have tried the F8 thing but all that brings me to is this boot menu, but not advanced boot options, i have also tried pressing F8 or F5 after i selected hard disk from that boot menu, still nothing happens. So i cant access "restore to last good system configuration" because F8 doesnt take me to the right menu to do so. Also i dont have a vista install disk so am i SOL and have to just get another disk or upgrade to windows 7? or is there some other way to do this? Any help is appreciated!

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A: Cant boot past BIOS screen, no Advanced boot options menu

Let's first see if this is a hardware problem. Try these free, bootable diagnostics:


H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

Boot into the Win7 installer or System Repair Disk to run Startup Repair a few times. How to Boot your Computer from a Bootable CD or DVD

It should offer to System Restore but if not run it manually from the System Recovery Options to get back before the crap you installed which ruined your Win7.

If this fails then you may need to run Dell Windows 7 PC Restore from it's partition, or get a superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps and methods and using only the tools to maintain a perfect reinstall.

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I am using a Dell Inspiron 1440 laptop, with a Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit OS. I recently reformatted my C:/ drive, and all seemed to be working just fine until I installed an icon package, which required me to reboot the computer. Since then, my laptop has not been able to get past the Advanced boot options screen (i.e. the Dell logo showing along with the "F2 Setup F12 Boot Options menu", and later it goes into the white blinking screen (like when you're typing), and the screen goes black after awhile, restarting again to the advanced boot options menu. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Windows 7 startup does not get past Advanced Boot Options menu

You have already posted this. I would suggest one thread for one problem.

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Since yesterday morning my pc has been completely unable to boot up, I've tried all I could without special tools to take it apart but nothing seems to be working. It gets stuck on the launch screen and just stays there for a long time without any change at all; attempting to access the BIOS to try a clean install of windows doesn't work either, it's just completely unresponsive. All the cables and usbs work on another pc, I've tried resetting the CMOS of the mother board and making sure it's clean of dust as well but nothing seems to be working. Any ideas? Extra pictures can be provided if they're required.

As for some specs:
Motherboard : Asrock
Graphics card: GTX ti 780
RAM: 2x4 Kingston
HDD: Not entirely certain

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I have a Dell laptop running Windows XP Home. Everytime I boot the Advanced boot options menu comes up. Have tried everything on the menu including Last Known Good Configuration. How does one stop this from happening and go back to a normal boot screen?


A:Advanced boot options menu comes up at every boot

Is it the full Advanced Options menu with all 11-12 items, or the short one that also says Windows Failed to start?

If it's the full menu, my first guess would be that the F8 key is stuck.

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I am having problems with direct booting into Windows 8 installed into a VHDX file.
This is a four-partition UEFI boot on a GPT drive. EFI files are residing on a second partition of disk 0 (the ESP partition) in the EFI folder. The boot virtual disk is residing on the fourth partition of that disk 0.
When I turn on the PC, it shows black screen after the BIOS POST screen. No Windows 8 boot menu, no other information is displayed. However, if I press Shift+F12 (or F12) to start Dell BIOS Boot Menu and choose Windows Boot Manager from the UEFI part of
the boot menu, Windows 8 starts to boot without difficulties.
How do I make Windows to boot automatically without having to select Windows Boot Manager in DELL BIOS boot menu?
I believe I messed up with boot sector somehow... What needs to be fixed provided that Windows 8 will boot into VHDX file?
Thank you.

Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

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Hi, first post here and in need of help.

My wifes PC won't get past the windows advanced options menu, whichever option I select I just get back to windows advanced options menu.

Can anyone help or is it a complete re install?


A:XP won't go past windows advanced options menu

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I was surfing the web when a blue screen of death flashed up and my Dell Inspiron E1505 restarted, taking me to the usual Windows Advanced Options Menu -- except now I can't leave. If I don't touch anything, it hovers over 'boot normally' for 30 seconds before freezing. If I go up and hit enter on 'safe mode' it also just freezes and absolutely nothing happens. You see all the options still, but now you can't move up/down w/ the keyboard to re-select. I've tried the different variants: 'safe mode with networking,' 'boot from last good config' etc. Nothing works. I've run the "PSA+ Pre-boot System Assessment" two times (including the extended memory test) and it passes everything / no problems. Then it asks to re-boot, and again it hangs in the same menu without getting anywhere. I can't do a repair/recovery because this is a hand-me-down laptop from my brother, so I don't have any CDs. Please help!

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Hi all!
My first post and visit here so please be kind

I have problems installing a legacy driver, and one proposed solution given was the following:

1. Windows Key + R
2. Enter shutdown.exe /r /o /f /t 00
3. Click the "OK" button
4. System will restart to a "Choose an option" screen
5. Select "Troubleshoot" from "Choose an option" screen
6. Select "Advanced options" from "Troubleshoot" screen
7. Select "Windows Startup Settings" from "Advanced options" screen
8. Click "Restart" button
9. System will restart to "Advanced Boot Options" screen
10. Select "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement"
11. Once the system starts, install the "USB Blaster" driver as you would on Windows 7

On step 10. nothing happens when i try to hit the keys to disable Driver Signature Enforcement, and it seems to be stuck. After a while the computer turns off itself, and when a later start it again everything seems to be like normal, and as far as I can tell, I did not succeed in disabling the "Disable Driver Signature Enforcement"...

What is wrong with my computer?

Computer: Acer Aspire M5-581TG
Processor: Intel i5-3317U
OS: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, build 9200)

Thanks for any help and input!

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My sister can not get her computer to boot past the options screen..
She has windows XP and dial up I know this is kind of an ambiguous post and I'm sorry about that but She lives 3000 miles from me in a remote area.. I have been trying to help her over the phone.. but when she gets to the options screen.. regardless of which option she chooses (start windows normally, safe mode, etc.) the computer will not go past that point.. we have not tried the reformat option as there are files she has not backed up
(I know ) and she is afraid she will loose them..

any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated Thank You

A:My sister can not get her computer to boot past the options screen..

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I press f2 at startup and get put into a black screen with white letters. I can either boot windows normally or run diagnostics. I need to change the boot order. I am running windows 7 off mac OS X if that would make a difference but I do not believe it would knowing I can still enter the boot menu. Windows still works like a regular windows computer but I can't seem to find the windows boot order. Can anyone help me with this? I have used Windows 7 USB DVD Download Tool to format the USB correctly and install the ISO files. I am not sure where to go once in the windows boot menu so that is what I am asking for. Direction to the boot order so I can change it. Thanks!

A:Why can I not enter my boot options when in my bios menu?

Hello jeplonski Welcome to the Seven Forums! The place to look would be in the user manual for either the system if premade or the board if a custom build to find out exactly which F key you need to press at post time that's right when first turning on the power or following a system restart when either the factory logo screen appears or doesn't if disabled in the bios setup program for the main board itself.

Often it will be the F4 if not F8 or F11, F12 keys that are used for bringing up the one time boot device menu. The Del key or another of the F keys will be assigned for entering the setup program right after the drives and other devices are detected at post. Once in the advanced section of the bios you will find the boot order for assigning which will be first as well as if only one, two, or three drives or devices will be set in order.

For installation from dvd in past years the dvd drive would be set as first often if there wasn't any boot device menu you could bring to select cd rom drive and see Windows installed. You had to go back in following first system restart once all the setup files had been copied from disk to hard drive to set the OS drive as the first in the boot order. Now we generally either boot from the dvd or a USB Installation Key made up using the one time boot option.

The boot device menu is not found in Windows at post time but an optional boot menu you bring up at post time. Typically you should be seeing the F key indicated right as the sys... Read more

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I'm having probs with my Laptop. I was listening to music then a blue screen popped up saying 'your computer needs to restart to protect files'. After restarting it went to another blue screen and a message said Windows Check disc needs to check your computer and files. It went through 3 different process and at the 3rd part of the Checkdisk it said it was deleting various files/folders but it froze for over an hour, so I just restarted the laptop. Upon restarting it went to the black screen which says 'Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Command Prompt' etc. I pressed 'Last Known Good Configuration', it went to restart but said Unable to Boot, Internal HDD error, and then went back to the F8 Options screen. I then try every option but upon getting to the Windows XP sign when loading, it just restarts and goes back to the F8 Options screen. When it's loading up I tried F12 Options also but nothing works. Once it did say something about the Bootable source and the options were Internal HDD, Floppy, DVD/DVDR etc, but I have no idea what has happened. I'm a student and broke, otherwise I would take it to a computer repair shop. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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On both my Win7/Win8 Dual Boot machines I have now lost both my Advanced Boot Options and System Recovery Options on F8. I cannot boot F8 after BIOS post or after selecting either OS from the Metro-style Boot Menu.

I tried running Refresh just now on my deskstop but it didn't reinstall these Options. I still don't have the Recovery folder in C: on Win8 although it is there on Win7.

Can someone give me the way to link these to F8 hotkey? It's obviously not being used now.

A:Lost my F8 Advanced Boot & System Recovery Options on Dual Boot

Hello Greg,

Do you have Windows 8 set as the default OS to run at startup? If not, then you will see the boot screens that Windows 7 uses instead of the new Windows 8 ones.
You might see if you could use a different option to boot to the Startup Options Menu to get to the Advanced Boot Options screen.

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I have a computer that is stuck in a loop and won't boot into normal or safe mode. There is a blue screen flashing up, but way too quick for me to be able to see the STOP code.

The problem I have is that the American Megatrends BIOS 2.51, has an option on the boot screen "Press F8 for BBS Popup". Therefore I can't use the F8 key to get into the Windows XP Advanced Options menu. Why the hell has a BIOS manufacturer hijacked an important Windows key?????

I have also tried pressing the F8 key AFTER the BIOS screen, but even by doing that you still get a boot order list by pressing F8, and not the Advanced Options menu.

Does anyone know how to either:
1. Disable the Press F8 for BBS Popup in the BIOS? (I've looked, so has a workmate, but we can't see it)


2. Is there an alternative to using the F8 key to access the Advanced Options menu?

Hope someone can help.

A:Windows XP - Can't access Advanced Options menu (F8 key hijacked by BIOS)

If your keyboard has a "F-lock" key, press it before F8.

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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EDIT: Feeling pretty stupid. I had assumed since the monitor was able to work for several hours while in safe mode, the problem was not the monitor. Plugged it into my laptop, same symptoms. It works for a few seconds, then goes black. Always check the obvious things first!

Hey all,

My display went black today during use. Since then, I have been unable to boot normally. The majority of the time I boot to the BIOS screen, then the screen goes completely black quicker than it normally would transition to the typical black page/white text. I have tried booting into safe mode, but my success in doing so is pretty random. On the rare occasions I have been able to boot into safe mode, I've updated my graphics driver and scanned using Kaspersky (full scan turned up nothing). Neither of these helps. I've also tried removing all USB devices, which seems to help me boot into safe mode sometimes but completely useless at others. How do I get my computer to boot normally again?

OS: Windows Vista Business 64 bit SP 2
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L
Hard drive: 2x Samsung HD321KJ 320GB
PSU: Corsair VX550W
Graphics card: EVGA 8800 GT
CPU: Intel E8400 @ stock 3.0 ghz
RAM: 4 x 1GB OCZ @ 800 mhz
CD/DVD Drive: Lite-On

A:Cannot boot past BIOS screen

Does it boot better after cooling?

What were you doing when it went down the first time?

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I have big problem with my ~3 year old PC which started a few days ago.

The problem:

When I turn on my computer I see the BIOS splash screen, and if I don't touch it, it will remain on this screen indefinitelly. I can get past this screen by pressing the tab key (to see the BIOS POST Message), or by hitting DEL to run Setup; however, I never get into the setup screen, it simply moves on to the BIOS POST Screen.

On the BIOS POST Message I can seethe usual messages such as
"Initializing USB Controllers .. Done."
"12280MB OK"

but no error messages signifying that anything is wrong.

I can hit <F8> which then says "Boot Selection Popup menu has been selected". Or <ALT> + <F2> which then triggers the message "ASUS EZ Flash 2 will be executed".

However, again, it never goes past the actual BIOS POST Message.

The keyboard keeps being responsive, I can enable / disable shift lock, etc.
What I've tried so far:

At first I thought the battery may cause this, I tried
- booting with a fresh battery (CR2032)
- booting without a battery, including leaving it without power overnight first
- clearing the BIOS with the reset pins on mobo, and then booting

I then tried to make sure any excess hardware wasn't the problem
- I only left keyboard and screen connected for all further tests
- booting without any harddrives / optical drives connected
- booting with only 1 stick of RAM (there's 6 slots which are all fille... Read more

A:PC won't boot past first BIOS screen

Hello Senobris. Welcome to the forum.

You have done everything I would do at first to test the system. So much for any easy fixes.

To be clear, you cannot get into the BIOS settings? The system will show the product splash screen, or be forced to start the startup routine, but stops at that point - correct?

What exactly is the last thing on the screen when it stops? Is it always the same thing?

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hi to all.. i am a new member to tech support and i need your help.i recently put together a computer from scrarch everything went well untill i tried to boot it up,everything seemed to start normally ps i guess i should tell you about my system first. os windows xp pro sp3 ,ecs 945gzt-m motherboard wth intelle4300 dual core processor 2gb ddr2 ram ,400watt thermalake ps and a western digital 160 gb sata hd Back to my problem,as mentioned i can get as far as the bios boot screen and no further.the screen also tells me cmos to reset the time and date,cmos settings wrong ,keyboard not found and press f1 to run set up. My hard drive is shown with my dvd drive but i can't go any further because of the keyboard issue,i also get a series of thre short beeps and then that it .I have tried everything including resetting the cmos checking all connections checked the ram and beep codes for ecs what do you thnk my problem lies,the hardrive the motherboard or the processor i'just don;t know plese help thanks ...hommer

A:my pc won't boot past bios screen

If using a USB keyboard, try using a PS2 keyboard if you have those ports. Press F1 to go to Bios Setup. Hit the key to make the settings Default (F5) Set the correct date and time. Make the boot order CD rom drive first. If you have not slipstreamed you SATA drivers into your XP disc, see if there is a setting for the SATA drive to change it from AHCI to IDE or Compatibility mode.

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Hey guys, I've been having serious issues with getting into my computer the past couple of days and I'm really becoming worried now. Here's the full story:

Windows was automatically updating on my computer earlier this week, my computer got hot and it shut itself off. I tried to re-enter into Windows, and I got introduced to an endless "Startup Repair" screen. I shut my computer off and on multiple times during this screen because there was no progress.

Finally, I let it sit for 24 full hours, and had no success. So then, I found a way to find System Recovery Options, and I opted for the option that allows you to backup everything on your computer into a "backup folder" while simultaenously restoring your OS to factory settings. This took about 1 whole night, woke up, it was still loading, so I close my laptop, went to sleep, and it said it had an error in backing up my computer (it then recommended that I simply choose the option to restore to factory settings without backing up my data)...

Then, I tried to find an external USB HDD to back up on to, had no luck finding one that had enough space.

So, then I tried to back up my files by opening the command prompt line, opening notepad.exe, going into "Save As", then visually seeing all of my files and folders. But something strange happened: I couldn't find my C drive under "My computer", A couple of drives that had letters I haven't really seen before, and a Boot X drive wit... Read more

A:I can't pull up advanced boot options (F8) during boot - very worried

Quote: Originally Posted by megachipqq

So, then I tried to back up my files by opening the command prompt line, opening notepad.exe, going into "Save As", then visually seeing all of my files and folders. But something strange happened: I couldn't find my C drive under "My computer", A couple of drives that had letters I haven't really seen before, and a Boot X drive with none of my files in it.

Well, after I chose to restart my computer after that, I tried to press F8 and get back into advanced boot options, only this time I don't even have the option to see things like Safe Mode and the other options...
I don't have a Windows repair/installation disc or anything of that sort. I'm completely unsure of what to do

The first thing I would do is rescue the data. You can use a linux boot disk - I recommend LinuxLiteOS - to get into the C drive and copy files. You can copy to an external drive or a drive on a networked computer.

Then use another Win7 machine to burn a repair disk. and get your boot repaired. You probably didn't see the C drive because it was temporarily renamed while in a repair environment.

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I'm running Home Premium x64 on an Acer Aspire 6935 (Core2 Duo T6600 @ 2.2GHz, 4GB RAM) and Vista is running just fine. Knowing that won't always be the case, though, I decided to check out the Advanced Boot Options.

Problem is, I can't. No amount of F8-ing on boot does anything, be it continuous pressing or tapping every second or two. And I start from the BIOS screen itself.

I know Vista can do it on its own -- it went to the Advanced Boot Options once on its own volition, after the system froze on me (only happened once), so the ABO itself is not damaged.

What am I doing wrong here? What alternatives are there to F8, besides setting the relevant option in MSCONFIG? (That's something I won't be able to do if I ever need the advanced boot options because Vista won't load on its own).

Thanks in advance!

A:F8 on boot doesn't bring up advanced boot options

Has your desktop got a fingerprint scanner?

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After a power socket blew my computer worked but the next time it wouldn't boot windows. I can't even get to the advanced boot options. I've been searching forums, there are a lot of similar issues but their solutions haven't worked for me....getting a lil worried and desperate! I've a desktop Intel quad core running vista, 500 G memory. Here's the error message:
Booting 'Windows Vista'
Vista Loader 2.1.2
fallback 1
find --set-root /bootmgr
Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Windows NT/2000/XP'
fallback 2
find --set-root /ntldr
Error 17: File not found
Booting 'Enter Command Line'
Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line

Help would not just be greatly appreciated.... It'll save my life!

A:vista wont boot. no advanced boot options

To save time on your part and mine
there are a lot of similar issues but their solutions haven't worked for meClick to expand...

what please has been tried

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One of my clients desktops supposedly was working fine and then wouldn't start up past what they described as the bios boot screen. ive try geting them in to the bios but it doesent seem to be responding. Ive told them to unplug it till I can get a chance to look at it.

its a Dell insparon wth windows XP SP2 that I sold last month, and it was working flawlessly when it left!
2 hard drives
P4 2.0GHz
512MB Old Ram
no clue about the power supply but I think its around 250W

Any Ideas would be helpful Id rather not have to spend any money on a computer I sold for $50 yes It was way to cheep but being a dell I just wanted to get it out of my workshop it was a trade in and I just wanted to break even, not with my luck

A:PC wont boot past bios screen

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My computer gets stuck on the blue HP bios screen. Whenever I try to press buttons on my keyboard to get into the boot menu/bios options (F keys), they do not respond. I cleared the CMOS and tried it again to no avail. Then I removed the hard drive and voila: I was able to press the F Keys to get into the boot menu/bios settings etc. I put a recovery disc in my cd/dvd drive and chose to boot off the cd drive. A black screen then appeared saying "Reboot and select proper boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device". I pressed some buttons but the same message keeps appearing. Any help?

A:Cannot Get Past Blue HP Bios Boot Screen

What hard drive did you remove? If you have no hard drive then you can not recover or repair any OS if there no OS to repair to detect or hard drive.

Is it the HDD that you removed have Windows is installed on it?

Have you tried changing the boot sequence?

What kind of HDD is it a SATA or IDE type?

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Hello guy and gals, I've been trying to diagnose this problem with the help of a few friends and we're out of ideas at this point.

The computer in question is a home built PC the worked fine for two years before this problem occurred,I'm told the problem first started when it got a virus but I don't know for sure. The PC has an Asus P5N32-E SLI MB and it's running Vista Home Premium 32-Bit.

When I start the computer it loads to the bios splash screen and normally freezes there, occasionally I'm able to get into the bios before it freezes where I can see that all of the temps are normal and nothing jumps out as unusual, however I only have about 20 seconds to look through it before it freezes. Before this started it would just just keep rebooting when it got to the post screen with occasional distortion of the bios splash screen.

I have tried replacing the hard drive with a known working one, and I have replaced the video card with a known working one; I have also pulled all of the ram out of the computer and tried each stick individually without success. I have pulled the battery several times and cleared the capacitors and so far I have gotten nowhere.

Any ideas are greatly appreciated, thank you in advance for your help.

A:PC Won't Boot Past BIOS Splash Screen

Only suspects left then are Motherboard/CPU and PSU. I guess you can try to check atleast CPU in some other board if possible to start with.

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I'm running a Dell Dimension 2400 under Windows XP, and seemingly out of nowhere while searching on google, the whole computer shut off. Now, I get the BIOS loading screen, then it all goes to black and stays black. No mouse icon, no text cursor on the screen, nothing. I tried booting in safe mode but that didn't work. If there's any help anybody can provide on trying to get this up and running I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

A:Computer won't boot up past BIOS screen

Please try the following:Download NTBR_CD.exe and create a bootable CD. * Save the file to your Desktop and double-click it. This will create a folder named NTBR_CD. * Open the folder and locate BurnItCD. Launch it by double-clicking it. * When BurnCDCC opens, click Start - the CD tray will open. * Insert blank CD and click OK. * The tray will close, burn the image then eject the disk.Run chkdsk. * Boot the affected computer with the new CD. * Once presented with the boot screen please hit <ENTER> to boot from CD. * After a warning screen there is a keyboard language options screen - press <ENTER> to leave it at EN-US. You should now be at the Tool options screen. * Type 5 and press <ENTER> to go to a command prompt. At the command prompt type the following bolded command then press <ENTER> tools\ntfs4dos\chkdsk You will be prompted (in German) to press Enter. * Press <ENTER> to start the check disk utility. Check Disk will check all attached drives and attempt to correct any errors. Please make a note of any errors found or corrections made. * When it completes type "menu" and press <ENTER> to return to the tools menu. * Type 6 and press <ENTER> to quit, then Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.Allow the computer to attempt booting normally and let me know the outcome.

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Hi...i have a lenovo B590...this laptop was a gift ...two days ago i power up and no boot...shows boot option menu but no option get charge the system, also cannot boot from the usb key or cd room...i tried remove the battery (the two) but still no boot and the bios supervisor password still appear... anybody know a solution?

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I tried to factory reset my laptop, came back to find it switched off. Tried to turn it back on and it won't go past the HP screen and gets stuck in a loop of black screen...HP screen.I tried pressing windows key and b and caps lock flashes twice indicating bios corruption, but the suggested way of fixing it (press and hold until bios recovery comes up) doesn't work.I can access the menu by pressing escape but choosing any option on there produces no effect. Please help.

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I'm new and skipped my intro, down to business:

I took my pc to my mom's friends house to keep me entertained for the night. It fell over in the boot, but worked fine when i plugged her in. i played games for a while an hour or so, when i decided to do some research. i needed my moms netbook for this, and left my brother and his friend to jam some guitar hero on my pc. i came back about 10 mins later to grab my flash - everything was all good. another 5 minutes later, i went back, and the pc was on the initial boot screen. i asked what happened, they said the pc just switched off and restarted when they plugged in the mic. from then on, it wouldnt pass the boot screen.

What usually happens:
When i boot, it shows a blue and black intel background with a second intel logo in a small white box, with a command prompt box with the number 50 in it. 2-3 seconds later, post beep comes, 50 goes to 51 and the same time bios hotkeys show up, then 50 turns to ENG, then pc boots.

What is happening:
Its stuck on "50", and no post beep comes.
sometimes it takes a few more seconds to get past the "50", but never more than 10 seconds.
All fans and lights come on, hard drive spins too.

What i've tried to fix it:
Mix and match the ram in different slots, no change in situation
removed ram to see if mobo would detect it was missing, it did.
removed graphics card to see if it would detect it missing, no post beeps? (although it does display when plugged in)... Read more

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Okey, here it goes....
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away..
My pc decides not to boot past the bios flash screen.


- So i got a new sata hdd not long ago.

- I had Ubuntu and Windows 7 on duel boot. They both worked fine and never gave me any trouble.

- Decided i didn't want duel boot anymore.
I just wanted a fresh install of Windows 7
because im going to be upgrading the mobo, ram, CPU and gfx card.
Basically everything going to be upgraded over the course of the next couple of weeks.

- So i proceeded to format my 500gb sata hdd and install Windows 7.

- After the files copied from the dvd to the hdd my pc rebooted as expected.

- Then the normal boot screen appeared. this is where it hangs.

This is pretty much what i see:

Press del to run setup
Press f8 for BBS POPUP
DDR Frequency...... blah blah
Initializing usb controllers.. done.
Auto-Detecting Pri slave... IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting 3rd slave... CD/DVD ROM
Sec Master: ST3500418AS CC38
Ultra DMA Mode-5 S.M.A.R.T. Capable and Status OK
It just hangs on this.

- I cant boot from dvd or cd
- I cant press del to run setup, it just says entering and does nothing else
- I cant press f8 for bbs popup, it just does the same as pressing del

If i remove the sata hdd i can then press del or f8 and it lets me into the bios.
same with the dvd drive. If the hdd is unplugged then i can boot from the dvd.
what i think the problem might be is my processor. its pentium 4... old... Read more

A:system will not boot past the bios splash screen!! :(

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Ive got this old computer thats been working ok for years. i went out for a hour, and when i come back, its got the windows 2000 version of a bsod. its not the first time ive seen this screen, so i rebooted the computer. but when the motherboard's boot screen came up, i heard a click-whirr-beep sound eminate from the box. it sounds like it comes from the hard drive, im not sure though.
it then shows "f1 to retry boot f2 to setup" or something like that. f1 doesnt work, just reprints the same thing; f2 takes me to the bios.
any help would be appreciated.

oh, system specs: windows 2000 pro (i forget which service pack i last updated it to), p4 1.5ghz, 256 meg ram, geforce4 ti4200 64 meg video card, soundblaster live! value. its an old dell computer.

A:Computer wont go past boot screen/bios

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Hi everyone:

I have a Dell Inspiron 1720 with Vista. Days ago I remember downloading something that made my laptop reboot. Upon rebooting, I still can't get past the bios screen. (Actually I do, but only to a black screen with a blinking cursor.) I've pressed F12 to change the boot order to CD Drive. Ive inserted a vista bootable disk in and heard it spinning and working. Seconds later, I get an error along the lines of, "Not a bootable disk, press X to retry". I've tried the test that is available in the F12 setup, but no errors were detected.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dala

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Hi guys,
I've done a little reading on this subject but couldn't find anything concrete in terms of an answer.

My PC has been working fine up until last night, but when I booted up tonight, it got as far as the HP Inspect blue screen (with options for Setup, Boot Screen etc) but it went no further. Trying to go into setup, boot menu etc only got as far as a flashing cursor and thats it.

The PC will not boot from a CD either. The BIOS version is v02.06 which I believe is the latest one. I've checked all the connections and they are spot on.

Could it be my motherboard is dead? I noticed a button called CMOS Reset, but i'm not sure what it does so I haven't pressed it. Maybe resetting the BIOS might do the trick but I don't know how to do that.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:HP Workstation xw4400 won't boot past BIOS screen

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Hi all...

My Gateway Laptop (NV55S05u) had a Norton scan today and found a trojan virus that Norton could not remove. I restarted the computer to try to get it in safe mode, and when I restarted I got a black screen with just a cursor. I was able to get into the BIOS (F2) and also able to burn AVG rescue disk onto a CD and boot from that as I was unable to boot from a USB stick or SD card. I ran all the scans I could find and deleted the virus files off my system. I then created a Windows 7 recovery CD from a different functioning computer and booted from that disk. I was able to run startup repair, but then it doesn't finish. I don't get a chance to see why it doesn't finish because this stupid HP Recovery Manager pops up. Upon further research, I discovered it should have something that says "System Recovery" to reset back to factory settings. I can see it is there, but I am unable to click on it. I then tried doing a system restore back to an earlier point and it completes and has me restart. When I restart, I push F2 again to change the boot order so the computer boots from the hard drive first. When I do this, I just get the black screen with a cursor in the upper left corner of the screen. I am not sure what else to do at this point. I do not have the original windows 7 disk as I bought it pre-loaded on this laptop. This computer is only about 2 months old so I am freaking out. If anyone has any ideas I would be SO appreciative.

A:System will not boot, cannot use F8, cannot access advanced boot menu

You do not need to buy a new copy of Win7 as you own the one which came preinstalled on the Gateway for the life of the machine, and can reinstall it as often as you need and in any way you want via several methods.

First work through these steps for when Windows 7 fails to boot.

I should tell you that Norton and AVG raise red flags with the experts here - the better choices are in the steps.

Do you have a Win7 System Repair Disk to use as this is best to try the repairs?

If not you can download the latest official Win7 ISO download with SP1 for your licensed version and burn to DVD or write to flash stick using Windows 7 USB-DVD Download Tool:
Win7 Home Premium x86 SP1 English Official ISO download

Use one of these disks for repairs given in the steps above, or if necessary to Clean Reinstall Windows 7 Factory OEM without the bloatware and useless factory utilities which have better versions in Win7.

You can also try running Gateway Factory Recovery by tapping the key given on first boot screen for Recovery, or order Recovery Disks from Gateway Tech Support which is included free for the first year along with a full parts and replacement warranty.

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Let me start out by saying that I'm not as knowledgeable as a lot of the people on here. I can hold my own, but please be patient with me if I ask for definitions of terms or elaborations on what steps to take and/or how to take them.

I can't boot my ASUS PC past the BIOS screen. I have reason to believe some sort of electrical situation occurred, because the PC is in a shop that I own in a strip mall and the neighbors were also calling electricians this morning. Looks like the power went out for a little while, or maybe there was some type of surge or thunderstorm overnight.

Anyway, attached is a picture of the message I'm getting. I can't boot the computer past it. I press del, nothing happens, I press TAB, it just scrolls between the ASUS screen and the BIOS screen, and if I press F9 like the BIOS screen asks me, nothing happens. It shuts down in 15 seconds, unless I hit the pause/break button, which....just pauses it indefinitely. I also tried mashing F8 while it was booting, but to no avail.

I've been researching on these forums and I'm thinking maybe I have a motherboard issue? If I have to take the casing off I'd need exact instructions on how to proceed. It's been years since I took a computer apart and messed with the inside. But I am more than willing to do it, if that is what I need to do.

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A:Can't boot PC past BIOS screen, turns back off after 15 secs

Try disconnecting the USB connector on the motherboard FROM the case

Where u plug in USB' s. On top or on the side of the computer case

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Hi guys,

I've just moved, and my pc, on the third time I've used it here has failed to boot past its gigabyte bios screen. After opening it up and making sure the motherboard/ other component cables were correctly plugged in, it successfully booted and worked normally, until I turned it off and on again, now, its back to square one :(
It's hardware specs are as follows:
1 Xigmatek NRP-MC 650W, 1 Sapphire HD4850 1G DDR3 1G 256Bit GDDR3 PCIE2, 1 Samsung 1TB SATA II 7200RPM 32M, 1 OCZ 3G(3x1G) DDR3 10666 Platinum CL-7-7-7-20,
1 LG H22NS30 SATA 22X+- Super Multi DVD Rewriter Black with Software,
1 Intel Core i7 920 Processor LGA1366 2.66GHz 8MB Cache CPU, 1 Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P MB - I'm also using a usb logitech keyboard, which only starts working once I get to the windows login screen....

Any help with diagnosing what's not working and how to fix it would be really appreciated, thanks.

A:Windows Vista PC fails to boot past the bios screen

I'm guessing your HDD is broken, or poorly connected!

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Ok. Trying to fix a friend's computer, and seem to have run into a rather strange snag.  Problem:  The computer will not boot past the bios screen. Details:  When you power on the computer, the compaq logo with intel inside shows up and has the <F1 Setup> and <F10 System Recovery> options listed as well.  And this is about as far as the computer gets.  After this the whole computer is just locked up, no buttons work on the keyboard no lights come on the keyboard ect ect.  I've tried mashing on the F1 key as soon as I power on the computer and I can manage to get it to say *entering setup* but it still freezes after this point.  I've already tried eliminating possible sources of problem, all expansion cards removed, HDD and Dvd Rom disconnected, single memory module (256mb ddr 2700), only power, vga, and keyboard connected.  Ive also used the jumper on the motherboard to clear the cmos hoping that would solve the problem, to no avail.  I've tried using a different stick of memory and different memory slot as well...  Tried using both a ps2 and a usb keyboard... Ive even tried pulling out the jumper for the bios password protection (even though it didn't have a password on it, just trying anything I can think of).  The installed bios version is 3.1, and that is about all I know about the computer at this point, other than what the website tells me of it.   http://h10025.www1.hp.com/... Read more

A:Computer will not boot past bios screen, Compaq Presario SR...

Try clearing the CMOS again but this time remove the CMOS battery and hold the power button in for a few seconds. Then replace the battery and try booting up again.  On the back of the pc is the PSU condition led green or flashing?

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I built this computer about a year ago, everything has been fine up until about 3 days ago. All of a sudden now i cant get past the windows boot screen, i make a selection (safe mode, last known good config, or normal) and it immediately freezes on that screen. I have tried to let the time run down but it freezes on 0.

Before it got to this point my computer would freeze from time to time usually when i was asleep or at work and the screen saver was up. I would move the mouse but the screen saver was frozen so i would just reboot. I did disk cleanups, defrag, Removed any scheduled backup tasks, ran spyware/anti virus detection software and removed any settings to turn off hard drive or monitor after any period of time.

I currently have the computer in pieces...i have booted the hard drive in another computer with no problem. At that point i ran a hard drive test where i passed with no issue. I have tried booting the computer with different sticks of RAM in about every combo imaginable (no luck). I have tried running a repair on the OS with the windows disk but never made it far enough to get anything done. I think it might be the motherboard but i am not positive. i am looking for some advice before i go and buy a new board. I have been debating on flashing the bios but have actually never done that before so i wasnt sure. Please Help...

A:O/S Wont Boot Past XP Boot Menu (Frozen)

You might want to try (no for certain) to remove the battery from the motherboard to reset it and then attempt a reboot.

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I have had several Dell Laptops (D630, D830, E6410, E6510, Precision M4500), and with the D630 and E6410 Dell was VERY helpful after the warranty expired (in one case by 5 months).. even replaced a system board or 2 since tons of people were reporting issues similar to mine on the D and E series.

on my Precision M4500, I called Dell 1 day (24 hours) after the warranty expired.

Issue: The system would REFUSE to boot past the dell BIOS splash screen.
It would finally boot after 10 or so power cycle attempts.

Dell refused to "help" me but did give me some advice
now ... 1 month after the warranty expired - the issue is back

System Info:
Dell M4500
16GB DDR3 RAM (Dell Certified) - issue remains when I use the 8gb in my e6410
bluray drive (I also tried to boot using the dvd drive in my e6410, issue remains)
intel 6250 wifi/wimax card
gobi 2000 card
i7 cpu
NVidia FX 880 gpu
bios level a15
os: dual boot via GRUB - Ubuntu 13.10 and windows 7 ultimate (both 64 bit)

when it does finally boot, I get a message about intel management engine booting the factory image or something to that effect

it will NEVER boot past the bios splash screen on battery only (even with a new battery)
once booted, I can unplug and get about 2 1/2 hours of usage from the pc

I can access the bios settings with no issues - even on the "no-boot" power ups

once it does boot, there are no other issues

after reading on the internet I found this to be a COMMON problem
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A:Dell Precision M4500 - Wont boot past BIOS splash screen

I now have 2 M4500 that do the same thing. With Intel SpeedStep enabled, it refuses to boot. Both have SSD drives, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA FX880 GPU. one has a i7-940 and the other a i7-920. I hope DELL steps up and fixes this issue in A16 BIOS update.

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Computer won't boot after bios upgrade.Quick history- computer was working but was dropped, damaging hdd- verified hdd damage by removing it and connecting it to another computer- verified computer hardware still good by booting and using it from ubuntu live cd- purchased SSD- changed Bios HDD support to Legacy mode so I could install w7- installed w7 64 bit professional- install went great, computer booted in windows, no lan or wifi yet : missing drivers- downloaded drivers and bios update from HP site for my exact machine to USB stick using different machine- installed audio driver- installed bios update, did not tamper with machine at all during BIOS update followed instructions exactly- after bios update  s/w said bios flash was 100% complete computer just hung for 15 min's- repowered machine: only get black screen- holding down F10 while powering up gets white "F10...BIOS Setup Options" text in lower left corner of screen, nothing else happens,I tried holding the windows and B key before powering then for a minute after powering several times, nothing happened. http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02693833I repeated that procedure half a dozen times with and without a USB with the BIOS update software on it in a USB slot, no difference.  Does my model support this key combination to load deffault BIOS settings? Do I have any other options to unbrick my machine? Any advice is appreciated.Mike

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Hey guys,

My PC was working correctly this morning and then when I came home from work and turned it on the machine doesnt load past the bios splash screen. Sometimes the one screen pops on after that says some info with the drives, ram etc but it turns black quickly with a little white line that flashes on or off in the top left like a command prompt but I cant type in anything. CTRL ALT DELETE does nothing (makes it go completely black). If I go into bios it sees all my drives correctly and the priority 1 is set to my SDD which has windows 7 on it. Theres no disc in the cd drive or usb sticks, etc. I even unplugged the cd disk drive and main HDD so theres only 1 boot possibility and I get the same result...

Any thoughts?


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I have installed ubuntu14.04 alongside windows7 and now in the multi-boot menu I get 3 boot options for windows 7 in addition with a boot option for ubuntu. They are:
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)
Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda2)
Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda3)

I am not sure which one to boot into.
Here is some information of my partitions:

============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of
the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
in partition 112 for .

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 7
Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda3: __________________________________________________________________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
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A:Multiple boot options for windows 7 in boot menu

Please post back screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Advanced Boot Options has been coming up on its own everytime I have started my computer up. It first started doing this when I was running Vista 32bit then 64bit and has followed me onto Windows 7 64bit. How do I go about disabling it? Thanks in advance.

A:Advanced Boot Options

Hello Mike, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Double check to see if your F8 key may be stuck pressed down or broken. You might also test rebooting your computer with another keyboard to see if it may be your current one or not as well.

Hope this helps for now,

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After looking at this thread, I went to the options and noticed that the Number of Processes checkbox was unchecked and the drop down list was grayed out. I have an E6750 CPU, so it's a Duo Core 2, thus has 2 processors.

What effect on my computer/booting would checking this box have and selecting 2 as the number of processes? If left Unchecked, does Windows determine itself what my CPU is, how many processors it has and makes full use of it, or do I have to manually make this setting? Would this increase my bootup time? Would it have any affect on how my computer runs while in use?

A:Advanced Boot Options

Hello Josh,

When this box is unchecked, Windows will use all processors/cores by default.

This feature is only for testing purposes to see if one processor/core is bad or not.

Processors - Limit Number Used by Windows 7

Hope this helps,

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I have a Dell inspiron 1545 and in my advanced boot options i dont have a option for repair your computer. Also i want to know how can i restore to factory settings without the OS cd. i believe dell has a built in recovery.


hi,,, on boot there should be a key combination you can press to enter the recovery console,,,, some thing like f2, f8, f10,, look carefully on boot and they should be listed,,,
good luck.

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So does altering anything in the BOOT Advanced Options allow for quicker boot times? In terms of Porcessors used and RAM allocated? Just wondering.

A:BOOT Advanced Options

Hello QuackPot,

These settings are mostly just for testing purposes only.

By default, Windows 7 is set to use all available RAM and CPU cores/processors in the Boot - Advanced Options window for maximum performance. If you change and reduce the amount, then this will decrease performance.

Processors - Limit Number Used by Windows 7



Hope this helps,

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System crashed yesterday. On start-up it passes the POST but no farther. When I press F8 to get to Boot Advanced Options, it goes to black screen (no cursor). Please help!

A:Can't even get to Boot Advanced Options!

Welcome to the Forum

I am sorry that your visit is due to a problem, but we can help

Follow these instructions, for either Vista or Windows 7 and help will come shortly.

[1 - Novice] How to ask for help with a BSOD problem - Windows 7 Forums

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