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Q: Boots but doesn't start up

I am not Even Sure if Its Freezing

There is a computer of a friend of mine. We took every single piece out and cleaned the dust on the pieces. After putting everything back together, it doesn't boot up properly. I see the bios screen than it asks me if where to boot, I choose HDD option. Then windows xp asks me what type of start up i want to go with. I chose normal, safe mode, safe mode with command prompt but whatever i chose didn't matter, it didn't started up.

When loading with safe mode option, it always freezes while loading amdagp.xxx file. When loading with normal mode option, i see gray bar at the bottom progressing and when it gets fully gray, there suppose to be a windows logo but instead i get a black screen.

I thought it might be the hard drive damaged and replaced it with another hdd of mine which also has xp professional on it. But it had the same problem. What are the possibilities? What can be wrong? Computer is HP Pavilion XT928.

Thank you

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A: Boots but doesn't start up

hey man i have a similar problem i brought a new MoBo and a New Processor. But when i Hooked everything Back up it Shows me AwardBois Screen then takes me to the Start Normaly,Safe Mode(Networking, Command Prompt). Then i click Normally and it Shows me my WIndows XP Pro screen for about a Split Second then Turns Blue for A second then Starts ALL OVER AGAIN and it does that with every Setting i choose! so PLZ help us

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I'm kind of stuck here...

First what happened: last night my computer froze so I turned it off and then back on. However, when I did, the monitor just remained in standby as if the computer was not on. Everything on the computer seems to be working ok (fans going, lights on, etc). I also don't hear any beeps during the startup.

I've been browsing a lot of forums trying to figure out what is wrong, but I'm somewhat lost. I don't know that much about computers...
It seems some of these forums say the main culprits for a problem like this are the graphics card or the motherboard? Is this true?

Since every thread always has someone asking for specs - here they are:
Intel i7 940
Asus p6t intel x58 chipset sle/crossfirex mainboard triple-channel x
800w power supply
1 TB SATA II 3.0 gb 7200rpm HD
3 x 2GB DDR3 PC3 PC1333
1 x EVGA nvdia gtx 260 896mb pci-e
windows vista home premium

What I've done so far:
I have tried unplugging it and holding down the power button in the front for about 1 minute. 90% of the time this did nothing. One time it started to boot correctly with the monitor only to freeze during the windows load up bar and 1 other time it didn't even make it that far...
I have tried using another monitor on the computer. Same problem. I have also tried using my main monitor on another computer and it works fine.

I have been running this setup for almost 2 years, and nothing has been changed recently...

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A:Monitor doesn't start when computer boots

hm ... you might try resetting the CMOS battery.
 

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I have a HP/Compaq nc6000 laptop that is a few years old running Windows XP. All service packs, etc are up to date.

Sometimes the laptop boots up normally and works fine and sometimes it doesn't. After pressing the power button, the power light comes on, the fan starts, (I think I hear) the hard drive spin and then it all stops. The power light goes to amber (charging) and then it turns off.

Typically when it boots properly, at the very beginning, the number lock, caps lock, and a third light all blink together, then turn off and it boots. When it's not going to boot, these lights don't even come on. (That's when I know it won't work.)

I've tried re-seating the memory. That worked twice but now I think it was just luck.

The first time I opened it, I also pulled a huge dust bunny from the fan. The rest of the insides were pretty clean and dust free. I blew everything out anyway.

Before this started happening, the machine was having some weirdness waking up after hibernating.

The problem happens sometimes after I shut it down properly and sometimes not. It's also booted up fine after a crash.

I've tried setting all the power controls to everything always on and leaving the computer on. But sometime in the middle of the night, it powers down. (I don't know whether this is a gentle power down or if it just shuts off instantly.)

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A:Sometimes my laptop boots, sometimes it doesn't...

Does it do the same with and without a battery connected?
 

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Pc seems to be booting but doesnt post anything to the screen. I bought a new ddr3 ram and a used motherboard.
What I tried
-breadboarding
-clearing cmos
-removing battery/replacing battery
-plugging to the motherboard and gpu
-checking the sticks one by one on different slots

The psu, cpu, gpu and the monitor are fine because I checked if they worked on my old mobo so it seems like its the motherboard or ram. Any ideas on what else I can do before taking it to the repair shop (trying to avoid that due to covid).

Pc specs :
-q9550 cpu(cooler master hyper tx2)
-gtx 750ti 2gb
-gigabyte ga-g41mt-s2p
- 2x 4gb 1333 mhz ddr3 (cmx8gx3m2a1333c9)
-mx500 ssd
-corsair cx 450
 

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Hey guys, this is fairly long so bear with me...

Came back to my PC the other day, and it was turned off, when I had left it it was still on. To cut a long bit short, I discovered it was the fuse in the plug for the PSU power lead. So I replaced the fuse, turned on the mains, and BANG - PSU blew up (while it was still installed in PC).

Took it out, replaced with other PSU - started up PC and it would boot OK, and give me the single beep, but then would stay on a black screen and not proceed to the Windows splash screen.

So I tried booting into safe mode, this gave varied results - sometimes it would freeze when loading the various files at that black screen, other times it would actually let me log into Windows but then freeze straight away and I had to reboot.

So I booted from the windows cd-rom, and it would get as far as saying "Setup is loading Windows" or similar, then freeze.

Next, ordered another hd, removed old one - installed the new blank one, ran the Windows bootable cd, and this time it installed Windows fine. There I was thinking everything was now OK - not so. The PC was very unstable and kept crashing while installing new programs and using programs etc. I've gone back to it today, and now I am having the same problems as the previous hard drive. Windows won't load either way, and I can't even re-install from the Windows cd-rom as that freezes like before as well.

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When I turn my computer on Explorer.exe doesn't autorun. For some reason My Documents opens up with all the text of the files written in a blue font. I have to do the whole Ctrl+Alt+Del thing and run it manually.

Things I have already tried:
1. Made HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon > Shell: "explorer.exe" through regedit


2. Made HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon > Userinit: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\userinit.exe," through regedit [Made sure comma was there]. [see above screenshot]

3. Ran the script from http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_d...ydocsopens.htm that is supposed to fix registry.

4. Ran CCleaner and fixed all registry problems.

5. Googled so much that I used up all their bandwith :[ j/k

I can not find any other information out there other than setting shell to explorer.exe which it has been the whole time. It was never c:\windows\config\lsass.exe or anything like that.

Someone said they fixed it by running msconfig, unchecking explorer.exe, restarting, then rechecking explorer.exe [at least thats how I read it.] When I run msconfig.exe I do not even see the words 'explorer.exe' to uncheck at all. If that is a way to actually fix this, could someone tell me where to uncheck? It's not under the startup tab or any tab for that matter.

ALL HELP IS MUCH APPRECIATED!!! THANK YOU!!!

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A:My Documents boots, Explorer.exe doesn't.

Hi -

"Explorer.exe" is probably in thousands of registry keys in English, binary and hex form. Not knowing how Explorer got this way makes finding a fix all that more difficult. I have a feeling that you may have done additional damage with the registry cleaner(s). I will just say that you really never need to "clean" the registry unless instructed to do so. They are not errors that were "fixed", rather lost file associations that account for about 0.1% of the total registry keys.

If the registry cleaning was not to long ago, it is likely that you still have a system restore point on hand and can restore the system back to that time. I suggest that you do so. Then run the system file checker/ repair utility - SFC and see if it helps with Explorer.

START | type cmd.exe into the start search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select run as Administrator | the black command prompt ("DOS") screen will appear | type the following:

Code:
sfc /scannow
Upon completion re-boot to allow files in use to be repaired.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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My machine boots to desktop but nothing will open or work. Start button, volume, firefox, task manager, etc. It does this in safe mode as well. It's not frozen as the screensaver will come on and I can move the mouse, I just can't open anything even with keystrokes. I can't restore or run any diagnostics. What can I do?

A:Windows 7 64 boots but doesn't work

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Stu1018


My machine boots to desktop but nothing will open or work. Start button, volume, firefox, task manager, etc. It does this in safe mode as well. It's not frozen as the screensaver will come on and I can move the mouse, I just can't open anything even with keystrokes. I can't restore or run any diagnostics. What can I do?


Did it always do this?

Where did you get the win 7 dvd from? Was it downloaded or purchased?

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Okay, I've fiddled with this for a while now, a couple days ago when I turned on the computer I would get an error message saying how system/config (something like that) was corrupt. I then googled this and did not really find a solution for it. Almost all of the people that encountered this problem did not know where the source of the problem was. I figure I would give reformatting a shot. After formatting, I figure that I can now use my computer with no worries about more problems but then now different problems appeared.

When I turn on the computer sometimes it would boot up nicely with no problems at all but sometimes it would not boot. The computer hangs right before the windows xp flag appears with the loading bar under it. What I see instead is a different loading bar (DOS style) that spans the entire width of my screen. I thought maybe this was just a problem with my installation of XP, so then I go and boot into my Ubuntu installation (I use grub bootloader and the two OS's are on their own partitions on the same physical drive) and the Ubuntu freezes at the loading screen as well. I went through testing each component of my computer afterwards.

I figure that my processor should be okay since I managed to get this far while loading the computer (I could be totally wrong on this part). I also tested the RAM with memtest86+ that was on the Ubuntu disc. I finished one pass with no errors so I guess the memory is okay. The graphics card should also be okay si... Read more

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Ive spent a good while searching for anyone having the same problem, while some are similar mine is different in that, when I get up in the morning and boot up my computer my monitor acts like my computer is off as it does when I shut down the computer but leave the monitor on, the power light flashes and thats it. I know my computer is booting because I hear the windows song and one of the pop up things I have once I am to my desktop. I have no choice but to hard shut down my computer but when I boot it the 2nd time the monitor works just fine, its been doing this for the past 3 days, anyone know whats going on here?
 

A:Computer boots but my monitor doesn't respond

What is this computer? Make and model?
 

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I've been fighting this problem for months and haven't found an answer anywhere but maybe you guys can help. My computer seems to boot fine, but nothing is displayed on the monitor. The power light on the monitor ON button just blinks amber. If I wait a minute or so and then hit the reset button the computer reboots and the monitor comes on. The computer started doing this about 6 months after I built it. Once in a great while it will boot up on the first try, but it's very rare. I was thinking video card, but have unseated and reseated it a couple of times to no avail. I also got a new battery on the motherboard thinking it was having a problem. Now I'm thinking power supply or BIOS - any ideas?

Specs:
2.8Ghz Intel p4
Radeon 9600 pro
ASUS p4p800 MB
1 GB of Micron ram
QMAX 350W power supply

Thanks in advance for any help.
biacookies2002
 

A:Computer boots, but monitor doesn't display anything

Im having the exact same problem with my computer but it doesnt happen as often as with you. Im guessing its some fault with the card or with Windows.
 

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hi guy's !

my intel845 chipset board with p4 processor dosen't boot up it just go's processor fan running when i plug in the power supply and does'nt even wait for switching on the cpu cabinet button and i've tried cleaning ram changed the ram changed the cmos battery replaed the jumpers dosen't solved my problem!!

i need urgent help..........????????
 

A:Processor fan is running but monitor doesn't boots up

It's most likely a defective motherboard. I've seen this happen before.
 

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Ok friends, i'm having a bad time with my hdds.

I have this 200gb seagate which i was using. It has my OS installed .. and it has 2 partitions.

I went to sleep and kept my comp on, but i saw in the morning, that the computer had restarted and was on the pre-bios screen where it dint detect my hdd (but did detect my dvd drive).

I switched the pc off/on and it appeared back .. i went on to boot to my windows but it again restarted.

I tried booting into safe mode but it restarted again.

Finally i made another attempt but this time it would just show me an error "drive read fail. Press alt+ctrl+del to restart"

I then tried to scan my hdd with seagate hdd diagonistic tools, it detected 19 bad sectors, but when i tried to repair them it dint work, i mean it would just stay on the first sector and the text "TESTING" keeps blinking.

I ran the scan again and the same thing happened.

I ran the scan again but this time skipping the first one and repairing the next one, but again it kept the text "testing" blinking and sticking to the 2nd sector itself.

I dont know why is this happening. This is the 2nd time in 2 weeks my hdd is acting up. (the 1st one died completely, suddenly). I recently fixed the bad sectors in this same hdd, but donno how it would gain so many bad sectors back again so soon. Why is this happening?

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A:HDD Doesn't boots/Seagate Tools can't fix bad sectors.

Looks like the hdd is faulty and in need of being replaced to me.
 

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Hi to all. For some reason my XP OS is able to boot up, but instead of taking me to the regular boot up screen, with the icons and the click and password screen, I'm instead taken to a all black page with a little box in the middle where it says to type in user name and password. I am running windows xp home edition sp2. Then when I type in my user name and password, I am able to see my current background but nothing else loads up, and then I get a pop up saying that some .exe file has an error and thats all. I press ok and then all I get is my background with nothing loading up. I've waited 2 hours and still nothing loads, I put CDs, external hard drives, and pressed what ever you can think of, ex. alt+ctrl+delete, still nothing. Please help me, I will stay on the forums to answer any required questions you have. THANK YOU so much.
 

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Daughter brought her HP DV9500 (Vista 32bit). Very suspicious of malware. If I check the BIOS, it does not see the hard drive (nor does that option appear in the boot menu). However, if you boot the machine, it will load Vista and allow you to log in. After about 10-30 seconds usage, the keyboard and mouse buttons freeze and what was on the screen still remains with that bloody awful circle going round and round. Now the mouse will still move across the screen via the touchpad or a usb mouse but the keyboard is dead as are the mouse buttons.I can boot parted magic on UBCD and access all the files on the C: drive (one physical, three partitions including a recovery partition - how it came from the factory) and run all day long. Disk diagnostics on UBCD show the hard drive is present and no errors. However, the bios diagnostic says replace the hard drive.I've rebuilt the BCD using Microsofts bootrec to no avail.I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc. and then I'll try restoring the OS from the recovery partition.I should mention that I ran an older Linux bootable version of Avira (dated Sept 2009) and it noted multiple occurrences of html/infected.webpage.gen as well as two other (going to try to recover the names from the Avira logfile).Thanks in advance.AJG

A:Help please laptop bios doesn't see HD but vista still boots

I'm trying to get it sane enough to offload 4 years worth of pictures, music, and classwork, etc.No need to bother trying to get Windows to work well enough: Simply retrieve copies of the files that you want, to a USB-connected external hard drive using a Linux operating system run from a bootable CD/DVD or USB flashdrive.f your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (versions for a CD, and larger versions that need to be burned to a DVD disk)[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...Download and install ImgBurn.Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.Choose Write image file to disc.
Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.Click [*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will ... Read more

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Hi allMy laptop turns on and the hp logo comes on but then windows doesn't boot up. I've done a hard reset with no luck and I ran the F2 menu Diagnostic, it came back showing a fail on the hard drive short DST check. Failure is number is Q4Q1X3-7T8880-XD7WLK-6OUC03Thanks!!

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Hello,
I would greatly appreciate help with my problem. My PC, an Acer Aspire AM5641-U5630A with Windows Vista, only starts up sometimes. When I press the power button, the blue power light comes on and the fans start sounding. However, after it quiets down there is no beeping noises and a display does not come on. On times in which the computer does turn on, a beeping noise is heard and an Acer logo display comes on before it proceeds to start up like normal. Once I'm past the Acer logo the computer works fine. It seems to be random as to when it powers up but I have tried an upwards of 20 restarts before.

Thanks,
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A:Computer only boots up sometimes, power light on if it doesn't

This is most likely caused by a weak or failing power supply. Open up the case and make sure that the fans are running and everything is free of heavy dust and other debris...
 

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I just built this pc and the Western Digital 160 Sata hard drive isn't recognized in the bios but it will boot from it sometimes. I had to restart it 4-5 times this morning to get it to boot. I'm running winxp, ASUS A7N8X mobo, I had to get a SATA controller card to run this drive. I overlooked that this mobo doesn't have SATA connectors. My mistake and I couldn't return the hard drive because I had already opened the package. I upgraded the bios to no avail and now I'm at a complete loss. Need help. Thanks.
 

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

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

Replace the power supply...
 

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So here's the problem I'm facing from a month, my cpu boots for first time every time i try to start it then it turns off in a few seconds and then when i try to start it again,i press start button and cpu show power , fan works, psu according to me is working fine but the screen remain blank and cpu doesn't boot or **** beep codes
 

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

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Hello,

I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.

The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.
Specs of the machine in case it matters -

Gateway ML3108b Notebook

Processor:
AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz)

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic

Display:
14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800)

Chipset:
NVIDIA? C51MV

Memory:
1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .

Hard Drive:
60GB 4200rpm PATA hard drive

Optical Drive:
8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW

Video:
NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?

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Hello,I've recently erased & reformated my brother's Notebook, & put a clean install of Vista on the machine (the disk which came w/the computer). I went to the mfg'er's website (Gateway) & updated all of it's driver's. Now when i update Vista & allow the machine to restart, it idles without loading any drivers. It simply stays there w/a black screen. Also, MSCONFIG refuses to save any of the changes i make to it.The notebook is in great condition. Was wondering if anyone knew of something beyond a workaround? I would my brother to be using this w/Vista automatically updating itself (aka restarting without issue).Thanks in advance to anyone who responds. I really do appreciate it greatly.Specs of the machine in case it matters - Gateway ML3108b NotebookProcessor: AMD Sempron? Processor 3400+ (1.8GHz, 256KB L2 cache, HyperTransport? technology @ up to 1600MHz) Operating System:Genuine Windows Vista? Home BasicDisplay:14.1" widescreen Ultrabright? WXGA TFT (1280 ? 800) Chipset:NVIDIA? C51MV Memory: 1Gig of Corsair 800MHz DDR2 (1 x 1Gig), upgraded from 512MB 667MHz DDR2 (1 ? 512MB) .Hard Drive: 60GB 4200rpm PATA hard driveOptical Drive:8x multiformat dual-layer DVD?RW Video: NVIDIA? GeForce? Go 6100 Up to 256MB Turbocache?it's Called a "Black Screen of Death", just like a "Blue Screen of Death" this is common for some Vista systems. It Might be required to update the bios to fix the problem. Have you tried downloading the bios updat... Read more

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I have a problem like this also. kind of.
My kids PC wouldn't boot. i replaced the HD with an old 1 i had. It booted fine, right to windows that was on the HD already. After i restarted it wouldn't boot anymore. VIRUS. ok fine. Problem now is that during to boot process it wont see the HD. If i go into the bios and leave it on Auto select for where the HD is it'll show, but it takes about 30seconds to do so. I cant boot with a start-up disk either, for some reason it wont. i changed boot sequences unpluged things nothing will work. I cant flash the bios becuase it wont read for the A drive. I cant get a A: or a C: prompt. the only thing i can get is a BOOT FAILURE ERROR.
the system is a PII 400, 13gig western digital HD, 128mb ram, Asus p3v133 motherboard. win98

I have everything set to the correct master/slave settings ( i tried a bunch of different combs of them. ) i'm lost. i've done all i can. now i need help. thx
 

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I have an ASUS notebook running windows 7 64-bit. I am using the QuietOffice power profile, however the screensaver won't kick in no matter what I do, and the display does not turn off even though I set it to be after 5-minutes of inactivity. I don't know if there is something running in the background... I have turned off my usb wireless mouse, and nothing....

Any ideas?

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A:HELP: power option doesn't work - screen saver doesn't start!

This is another case of factory bloatware interfering - in this case a useless factory utility overriding Win7's superior built-in version.

Googling the Quiet Office feature of Asus there are multiple reported problems. Best to default to the Win7 built-in Power Options in Control Panel. Set up a Balanced Plan unless you're a gamer then use High Performance.

Here are other tips for cleaning up factory bloatware

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I have a 4y old Sony VAIO (VGN-NS11J) that stopped working today morning after making a whirring noise

Repeated attempts to restart failed and after many attempts, I managed to get to the Startup Repair mode - after a long time, startup repair says it failed to automatically repair the problem

I managed to run system restore but after a while I got the following message: "System restore failed due to an unspecified error. The disk strucgture is corrupted and unreadable (0X80070571)

My laptop did not come with a Windows Vista CD/Recovery disk

My first priority is to recover a few files in the laptop - if I am able to do this, then I dont mind junking the laptop

Since this is an old laptop, I would prefer not to use an expensive professional to recover the data

Any help/suggestions would be much appreciated!

Rgds

A:Sony VAIO running Vista doesn't start-up, system restore doesn't work

You may be able to retrieve your data by using Ubuntu. Post #3 in this topic provides instructions.

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I have been having a problem with my computer for a few weeks now. I have Windows Vista on my computer, and have Webroot Virus Scan. When I go to Google's search engine and click on the link, it gets redirected. Sometimes when I turn on my computer, the volume doesn't work at all. Also, sometimes when I turn my computer on, the computer doesn't load, and it says there is a problem with DellDock installation (which I have no clue what that means). I never had any of these problems before this virus showed up. When I run Webroot, it catches the same virus everytime, some type of virus in Java. I have tried researching this virus, but as I said, Google links don't work. Thank you for taking the time to look at my problem.DDS (Ver_10-03-17.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Danny at 16:22:20.01 on Sat 07/24/2010Internet Explorer: 7.0.6001.18000Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6001.1.1252.1.1033.18.3060.1698 [GMT -4:00]SP: Windows Defender *enabled* (Updated) {D68DDC3A-831F-4FAE-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Program Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\WRConsumerService.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\W... Read more

A:Google Search Gets Redirected; Volume doesn't load correctly, Vista Doesn't start right all the time

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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For the last month or so, every time I log off my account, the keyboard does not register at the Windows Log In screen. This makes it so I have to restart the computer and then it works fine.
There are three accounts on the computer, the casing has been half removed for the last 3 months, a DVD burner and driver recently installed 3 months ago and I am using a wireless off brand USB keyboard and mouse.
OS: Windows Xp Home Edition 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
As for the second part, the computer requires several restarts to boot up, sometimes up to twenty minutes of turning on and off to boot up. Only started doing this a week ago.

A:My Keyboard doesn't work, and the computer turns on but doesn't start.

It sounds like something is wrong with your Windows XP drivers. Something like that happened to me while building my computer, and when I boot up the keyboard did not work because my copy of windows XP was bad. You could try reinstalling windows XP, and It might work better, but I dont have a definite answer to your problem.

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XP lately boots past bios to a black screen then will boot up fully if i turn pc off and back on again. This seems to be since i installed a dual monitor card (GForce fx 5200) but i cant see any reason for the problem in the card controls. Really frustrating !!

A:xp only boots on second start

Read some threads on Viruses, It sounds like you might have some going on here However I won't completely rule out that you might need updates for your video card.

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am running windows 7; when pc boots up welcome screen/desktop is fine. If I try to open any programs on taskbar I get the whirling used to be hour glass (?) spinning. Anyway the pc is locked up. Have rebooted in safe mode & ran antivirus program and rec'd the following error: healing action failed with error 0xe0010002. What is this and how do I fix it? Help please!

A:pc boots up but I cannot start any programs

Boot into safemode with networkingDownloadTDSSkillerLaunch it.Click on change parameters-Select TDLFS file systemClick on "Scan".Please post the LOG report(log file should be in your C drive) Do not change the default options on scan resultsDownloadaswMBRLaunch it, allow it to download latest Avast! virus definitionsClick the "Scan" button to start scan.After scan finishes,click on Save logPost the log results here.If you get crashes in normal mode,run it in safemode with networkingDownloadESET online scannerInstall itClick on START,it should download the virus definitionsWhen scan gets completed,click on LIST of found threatsExport the list to desktop,copy the contents of the text file in your reply

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I have been having some small problems. One of the things I was told to do was run msconfig and disable all but Microsoft. No problem but that did not help my little problem. After a few days I decided since it did not change anything to go back to the way it was. Now I restart and it boots up quick enough but then I have the XP theme as I wait for a few minutes for processes to start running. I can Ctrl-Alt-Del to get task manager up and I can actually see there are only about 10 processes and they are not using any CPU. And after awhile other processes appear and CPUsage starts then pop all my program shortcuts appear and I'm in buisness. It is confounding. I tried going back to just Microsoft and still the same slow start of processes. I have never heard of this before and I hope someone has an answer or a cure. Only me, I'm guessing
 

A:Boots OK but processes slooow to start

Hello mcdonaldold1. How many programs are running at startup I have cut mine down by over half by using this small utility use the consult button to see what is safe to stop anything without info google it for advice then try these cleanup programs to get rid of the crud.
http://www.windowsstartup.com/
http://www.ccleaner.com/
http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/mrudownload.html
http://majorgeeks.com/ATF_Cleaner_d4949.html
http://www.innovative-sol.com/cleaner/
Good Luck.
 

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Hi,

My neighbour is having a problem where his PC re boots multiple times, but ONLY at the first start of the day. Once the re boots finish the PC is stable and works perfectly. This happens even when he is bringing the PC out of hibernation.

We have swapped the RAM around (2 sticks, used one at a time) with no improvement. I have tested the bios battery and it reads 3v so I think that is ok.

The system is running XP SP3 with 1.5GB of RAM, and has been fine until recently. It is about 6 years old and uses IDE. My thoughts are that it could be the power supply or the HDD but I am looking for constructive suggestions, please.

Rob.

A:[SOLVED] Multiple Re Boots at First Start of the Day

I should also mention that we have cleaned out all the cooling fins and vent slots as well.

Rob.

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I am working on a computer (Dell Dimension 3100 Win XP Home) that will boot like normal to the profile screen (5 profiles). Regardless of the profile selected teh computer hangs once the background/wallpaper displays. There are no icons or start bar. The mouse works but right clicking on the desktop does nothing. Ctrl-Alt-Del does bring up task manager. Doing a File-Run in task manager will allow me to maneuver around the pc but will not start EXPLORER if I try. This is the same result if I boot to safe mode and go in as Administrator. I have been working with a flash drive back and forth from a working pc to this one.

I ran Spy Bot several times before it returned nothing found, with several reboots in between. It found and eventually removed virtumunde and virtumunde.dll among other things.
I have run ccleaner and fixed any issues with the registry that were found.
The virtumunde removal tool found a few instances and removed all traces after the third run.
I ran Symantec's FxVMundo tool which found nothing.

I am at a loss as to what to try next. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
 

A:No desktop icons or start bar win XP boots

Ok, I copied HJT over, ran it and am copying the scan results below for review too....Thanks

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 3:15:10 PM, on 6/25/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Safe mode

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\taskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis\HijackThis.exe

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = www.google.com/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=us
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = www.google.com/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=us
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,Default_Page_URL = www.google.com/ig/dell?hl=en&client=dell-usuk&channel=us
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext = http://www.dell.com/
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {39DA470C-0809-406B-8168-C746DCEE30DE} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\nnnoOiHX.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {402903BA-7DAD-4B00-B58F-C27D7FC8F039} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: {dacefeed-435d-22ca-f484-1d5f93bcf82c} - {c28fcb39-f5d1-484f-ac22-d534deefecad} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\qgcvsjli.dll
O3 - Toolbar: AOL Toolbar - {DE9C389F-3316-41A7-809B-AA305ED9D922} - C:\Program Files\AOL\AOL Toolbar 2.0\aoltb.... Read more

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Hi.
I?ve moved here from the xp forum, to which I have unsubscribed, as it appears that they are not able to cure my problem. (Maybe infected)

XP Home Edition. SP3
Firefox 3.5 Beta 4

On start up I get a 3 min hanging blue screen after the ?welcome? logo, after which the system boots into xp as normal. There are no error warnings/codes/or reboot. Also I now have problems with my web pages not completing / hang, (sorry if this is a separate issue) and have to use the back/forward arrows, or double click web sites when searching.
In an attempt to solve this I have tried---.
For blue screen ? Fixmbr
Checkdisk
Defrag
Ntbt log. Seems to have trouble finding/loading drivers?
For webpage hang.- My own Kaspersky.AV. Nothing found
Malwarebytes. Nothing found
House call. Found 1 Adware/greyware. ? deleted.
Dr Web. Found. Trojan. StartPage. ? deleted
It also found ?tools? called prockill, & shutdown, but took no action.(I have log)
After Dr Web my web surfing seems much better, but start up is the same
Can you please help me further. Thanks.

A:3 min blue screen on start up.boots to xp

The pause at system boot can be caused by a mapped network drive that is no longer available.

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Hi!
I am running Vista on a Dell Inspiron that I bought last October. Since I bought it, I have had issues with starting Explorer. My log-in screen loads and I'm able to sign in to my account; then, "My Documents" opens and nothing else happens.
When I pull up Task Manager, the processes running are basic Dell and Windows processes, as well as McAfee and Ad-Aware. I have to go to "Start New Task" and type in "Explorer" to get my desktop to load. After that, everything works great.

So far, I've spoken to Dell Online Support, and they told me I have a virus. I have ran McAfee, Ad-Aware, and Tune-Up Utilities scans, as well as Startup Repair and diagnostics from the startup screen.

Here's my HJT log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:45:07 PM, on 9/28/2009
Platform: Windows Vista SP1 (WinNT 6.00.1905)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6001.18294)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Windows\system32\Dwm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\taskeng.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
C:\Program Files\Lavasoft\Ad-Aware\AAWTray.exe
C:\Windows\explorer.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\DellTPad\Apoint.exe
C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe
C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Windows\System32\WLTRAY.EXE
C:\Program Files\Dell\MediaDirect\PCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
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This is a problem that has only just started. I looked up my Bios, and I seem to be running AMIINT 10 Version 1.00.
Anyways, to the actual problem. I left my computer on last night so that I could stay in a game server for a friend/event. I went to bed around 5am, and all was fine. However, just a few hours later, my sister woke me up to say that my computer had begun to beep. Indeed, I heart it - repeated beeps that went on without end. They were two beeps that just repeated over and over again; one being a little higher pitched than the other, but each individual beep being fairly short. I immediately shut off the system, and left it off, assuming maybe that the CPU had just gotten too hot. However, since this was the first time I've ever heard this beeping, I was worried.

Later, I opened up the case. Made sure everything was seated properly, which it seemed to be. The heatsink fan seemed fairly dusty, so I cleaned it a bit. Then I started back up. During start up, the beeping continued, just as it had before. Although abruptly halted as soon as I came to me desktop. Since then, everything seems to be working fine, but I'm still worried; as the beeping seems to be an indication of a serious problem coming my way.

So does anyone have any idea or suggestions about what's wrong? If they can figure out what's wrong?
 

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I have Windows Vista on my laptop and everytime I reboot my computer it takes forever because as soon as my computer boots up 69 processes are running. I use to play computer games back in the day when I had a desktop and for best performance in my games and fast reboots I would only have like 25 processes running when my computer booted. I remember there being some type of program that I was able to run and then I showed someone on a forum the results(which showed which processes were all running on my computer). They were then able to tell me which processes did not need to run at start up so that I could set them not to run. I know how to use msconfig and change my startup configuration, but I do not know which processes I can tell not to startup on boot because I do not want to mess up anything important like my norton and systematic antivirus software. Any advice/help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Too Many Processes Start When My Computer Boots

Hi, My question to anybody who says they have TOO many processes running is to ask, How do you know what is TOO many? What problems are you having and why do you believe processes are to blame? This program will give you more control, it is a professionals tool so be careful do read the help and not just plow in.
http://www.download.com/3001-2094_4-...t=dl-WhatsRunn

The biggest cause of poor performance is Norton, getting rid of it will do your system a world of good.

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Hi,

I'm trying to help a friend with a problem that stumps me. (it's not the first to stump me)

Computer is a 2.5 year old Dell Dimension E521. Power went out in my friends house. When it came up later everything worked fine except the computer. It was plugged into a surge strip.

The computer get through the BIOS and starts into where it would load Vista Home. Then it just sits there forever never moving forward except the animation.

So I try the recovery, safemode, last know good config, etc and the same thing keeps happening.

Then I booted into the utility partition and ran the diagnostics and all was well. To make sure I download and burned a bootable Dell diag disk and ran it again and all hardware check out fine. I also ran the Samsung OEM disk utilities program and that checked out fine.

Next I booted the Vista disk and was going to install over top of the existing installation. Boots fine to the disk and had it start the install, but it goes back into the loop and doesn't move ahead.

Any ideas what I can try, or what direction I should head with it?

Thanks for the input.

Mark
 

A:Hardware boots, but Vista won't start

did you check the ram
 

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The nonstarter is "NIS Time (32bit).exe", which sets my computer clock according to the government Internet time signal.

There must be something in Windows 7 preventing it from starting. It started fine when I was using Windows XP, and I've configured it the same way.

What's weird is that the shortcut in the Startup folder works fine if I doubleclick it. But it won't start on its own when Windows 7 boots.

"NIS Time" has a delay argument, which I've tried both ways: no delay and a one-minute delay. Neither booted at startup.

I tried using Task Scheduler instead of the Startup folder, but that didn't work either.

A:One shortcut in Startup won't start when Windows 7 boots.

Hello Zarfs,

This is due to Windows 7 will not run an elevated (run as administrator) program at startup.

If you like, you could use the tutorial below as a workaround by creating an elevated shortcut that can be placed in your Startup folder instead.

Elevated Program Shortcut without UAC Prompt - Create

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I hav Macrium reflect image backup. It generally works fine. I selected the PE option and this is offerred at start up when the computer boots. Annoyingly the computer boots straight into windows PE rather than to my win7/ drive C.

These are my settings. Add recovery boot menu option/win PE 3.1
I tried 'No menu' and it made no difference.
Any ideas how to turn this start up boot to PE off?

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I am the furthest thing from a computer expert. I have no idea how to diagnose or fix this problem.

I would occasionally experience a BSOD upon starting up my computer. overtime this has turned into the norm when turning on my computer and i can only run in safe mode. my windows vista is not up to date, nor can i update while in safe mode.

I get the same BSOD eveytime. The error code is...
0x0000008E (0x829F5C19, 0xA388991C, 0x00000000)

Can anyone please help me???

A:BSOD upon every start up, only boots in safe mode

You will want to turn on Driver Verifier in safe mode, then restart the PC into normal mode and let it crash, then return to safe mode and send us all your minidumps as well as a JCGriff Report as instructed here.

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I have a really weird problem: If I turn off my comp, (Intel Pentium 4, CPU 1.60 GHz, XP Pro),
it does not want to boot up,all I hear is the fan starting over and over again and see the CD-Rom light blinking with it. Reboots fine once running, but i never know what I've done to get it going....can take hours....so I never turn it off anymore. .....Thing is....I have a DSL modem....and when the comp is off...it interferes with this modem......and turns the 'enet' light off on the modem.......any ideas would be greatly appreciated

Thanks
 

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Sony Vaio with WinXP, SP2. When I start the computer it hangs before the Windows screen. I turn it off by pushing the power button, restart and then it boots properly.

Suggestions are welcome!

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Hi:

I hope someone can help me, i don?t know what else can i do.

When i start the Laptop (Acer Aspire) seems to boot well, sends the Acer

logo and then appears the windows loading, but suddenly it simply reboots

(i?ve heard and small click on the laptop) and if i let her go, it will do

it again and again.
I?ve tried to start it in safe mode and it starts well, but if try do it

in a normal way, it will restart and restart...

Also I?ve tried running on repair mode, same result. Reinstalling windows

and when i pass from the language/zone window, it restarts again (no

matter what i do, the laptop restarts around this point and i does not let

me reinstall windows)

Also, i?ve try using an a boot usb and same results.

Some guys told me that could be the hard drive, but i?ve tested another

two and and the result is the same.


I don?t know what else can i do.

Please Help me

Thank you very much

A:Lap Acer Boots but when start windows reboot all over again

Sounds like you cannot get far enough to even safe boot (F8). Can you take the drive out and use it as an external drive to another PC? On the second PC you could check the file system and software to make sure everything is "ok", no viruses or integrity problems. You could also copy off files as a backup.

You say you tried another hard drive. If you put in a known working hard drive and are still seeing the problem, perhaps this is a hardware (motherboard) issue not a software issue.

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I am working on a desktop running Windows XP Home ed. sp3. It powers on, runs through the boot sequence but as soon as the Windows desktop loads, the machine powers down. I have opened the case blown out every nook and cranny, pulled the heatsink off, cleaned the bottom of the heat sink and the top of the cpu and applied a new thin layer of heat tranfer compound. All of the fans work and I just do not know what to try next.

A:XP fails to start, boots up, but shuts down at desktop

Does it boot to safe mode?

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Hello, odd one here, system boots to the above BSOD, I looked over the Farbar log and unable to locate the zero access trojan, tested all hardware to verify it would good (memtest, dells built in diag, intel SSD toolbox for the SSD).
Please tell me I'm blind and it's zero access and not a corrupt windows update
I'm unable to copy the log here as it's too long, I will attach it to the topic, thanks a ton in advance for looking over it!

 FRST.txt   210.5KB
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A:System boots to c0000135 can't start because %hs is missing

Hello and welcome to BleepingComputer. I am The Dark Knight and will be assisting you. Please ask questions if anything is unclear.
 
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I am using XP Embedded for the first time and I built an image and included everything from the Software section in the Image Designer.

I also ran TAP.EXE on the machine that was to get the image and imported the settings into the designer.

When the computer boots it looks normal and I get the sign on screen, then I select Administrator and it logs on and goes to a black screen with a command prompt

C:\windows\system32:

I can type commands, like CONTROL and bring up the control panel, or EXPLORER and bring up the Explorer to see the files and drives, but I can not get to the normal start screen that has the start button and task bar and icons, like my documents, my computer, recycle bin, etc.

Can anyone help ? What am I missing in my image ?

Thanks

Bill
 

A:XPe boots to command prompt, no start screen

logonui.exe by the look of it. If it isn't in System32, expand a copy from i386.

 

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Hi,

Had a problem with a virus and all sorted bar one problem. The PC boots up fine applications run excel word firefox etc but none of the services will run. So have no printers internet connection etc. Went into my computer, manage, services and tried to start them from there but none will. Have I deleted a default registry key or something to do with winlogon so no services run? It seems so close to be fully operational don't really want to reload the whole hard disk. Device manager tells me everything is OK and all drivers are there. It seems to be a services startup problem. I was rather hoping xp would recreate a default key to make all the services work! Silly me! Hoping this is a straightforward fix. Thanks in advance for suggestions - apart from I should have been more careful. Cheers

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