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

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

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

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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 be bootable.[/list][*]OR ... if you wish to use a LIVE flashdrive ...Go to UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads and at the top of the page, click on Download (for Windows) to download the application.Follow the instructions further down the page under the heading Installation & Screenshots.Run the application to download and install the Linux version of choice to your flashdrive.
I suggest that you try one of the following:
Puppy Linux (smallest download file size at 128 MB)Linux Mint 12 Lisa (download file size depends on version)[/list][/list] Boot the problematic machine from the LIVE CD or flashdrive.(You may have to configure the Boot Menu or BIOS Setup Menu to boot first from the optical/CD drive or the flashdrive, which ever you are using.)Choose to run the Linux operating system from the CD or flashdrive without making any changes to your computer.
Do NOT install Linux on your hard drive.When the Linux operating system loads ...
You will be able to navigate to all the files on your HDD.You can backup your files by copying them to a flashdrive or an external hard drive.Before using the internet (if you choose to use Puppy, for example) you may have to:
Configure/set up the internet connectionDownload a favourite browser
(With Linux Mint the foregoing should not be necessary.)[/list]You may find one of the following guides useful:Recover files from Windows XP hard disk using Puppy LinuxRecover files from Windows Vista hard disk using Puppy LinuxRecover files from Windows 7 hard disk using Puppy LinuxThe easiest way to copy files/folders in Puppy is to drag-and-drop from one window to another. To do this open a window showing what you want to copy. Open another window showing the location that you wish to copy to .... and move the windows so that you can conveniently see both at the same time.Now, simply drag the items you wish to copy from one window into the other. Simple.----------------Recent news, November 2011: You may be interested to have a look at the following:The most popular Linux is...No it?s not Fedora, openSUSE, or even Ubuntu. It?s Linux Mint.

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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.

A:BIOS doesn't recognize SATA drive but it boots from it.

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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.)

The last time, it wouldn't start for a couple days and then I tried... Read more

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

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

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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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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

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

Operating System:
Genuine Windows Vista? Home Basic

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


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

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

A:Clean Vista Install. Machine Boots, But Doesn't 'Restart.'

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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Intel 915G P4 3.4, Vista 32, Geforce 6600 512mb, 2 GB RAM DDR2 533 RAM, 600w Cooler Master

My computer was running graphic intensive application and black screened. Just before that I smell something really strange in the room like a permanent marker, hard to describe. Might not be related but who knows.Then boom, black screen freezes to "no signal" from the the monitor.
Now when I restart the computer will not boot. It will let me go to bios, i tried to repair with windows CD, which it allowed me to do, but did not work. It will boot in safe mode. But freezes to black screen no signal after not too much time in safe mode. Before I can reach event viewer.
Any ideas on what this could be? I cant run any diagnostic on the computer because if booted into windows will not be stable for long. I can use the repair process from my windows CD but it doesnt fix.

Any reason to believe this isnt a psu issue?
Also more might be related information:
Had a disk error the other day, reseated connections and fixed.
If memory is removed motherboard will give post code.

A:Vista boots to BIOS but black screens at OS

try another power supply in it

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My laptop froze yesterday and is now booting to bios.

This is what I see

What can I do to fix this?

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hello friends
hope you can help me Iv got aHewlet Packard laptop powered by an intel processor 2800 mhz 256 mb ram when i switch on it boots straight into the bios the little box comes up asking if I want to load default settings yes or no but the keyboard dosnt work at all any ideas

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I have an old Thinkpad (570e) which has a bios older than 1999. When the laptop boots, it boots into the bios screen. Not much of a problem, but then I have to "exit without saving changes", and then the laptop boots again and will then boot the OS (PClinuxOS).

When I had XP on this laptop this did not happen, it was only when I installed linux. I have read that on these older systems, the bios in loaded on a hidden partition on the hd, but I'm not sure.

Anyone know how I can fix this problem?

A:Laptop boots into bios at startup

Sounds like the BIOS battery is dead. Not sure how you change them in lappys, but it gives the symptoms that would point to it.
as far as BIOS on the HD isconcerned, BIOS is mobo contained, no tHD contained. The only time it might get transferred is if BIOS shadowing was enabled, but even then it would only be copied to memory. I would suggest the booting problem is probably completely unrelated to the OS change, just coincidental.

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Yesterday I installed Zemana AntiLogger, and shutdown for the night.

Today laptop would not load the Keyboard or Touchpad drivers (Driver Code 32), checked Device Manager which showed all drivers were enabled. But neither worked.

Used OneKey Recovery to restore system image to an earlier date.

OneKey Recovery completed and NumLock lights appears on LED on laptop chassis. The system reboots but it loads into BIOS only.

Exiting the BIOS reboots the computer and back to BIOS. Infinite loop.

I guess OneKey Recovery damaged something to allow Windows to boot?

A:Laptop boots into BIOS only after using AOMEI OneKey Recovery

Remove the power cord, remove the battery, hold the power button for 10 seconds, reinsert everything... (hard reset)
Reply with results (check the boot order just in case)

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First of all, thanks anyone for your help. I've come here twice over the last few years and gotten awesome help both times.

My parents laptop is having a problem I can not fix.

It's running Vista, I'm not sure which version.

Unfortunately my parents arent very computer savvy, so weren't helpful as to what caused the issue.

When I turn on the laptop it boots straight in "Startup Repair" window, "Startup repair is checking your system from problems" . This is the only window. The rest of the screen is blue. No task bar or start button or anything. After it runs, a new window pops up "Microsoft windows" which says "startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically. Sending more information can help Ms create solutions" Two options "send info or dont." Under the see problem details drop down it gives:

"problem event name: startup repair V2"
"auto fallover" and mentions "corrupt file" twice.

I click "dont send info" and it goes back to the startup repair. When i click the finish button, the computer turns off.

When I restart/reboot:

If I press F10, I get to "PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility" in which I ran "Hard disk self test" under the Diagnostics tab. It said everything on the hard disk was fine.

If I press F8 I get to "Advanced Boot Options"

Whether I select "repair your computer" "safe mode" "last known g... Read more

A:Laptop w Vista only boots into "Startup Repair" infinitely

Ok I got to a login window and picked user "owner" and entered the password.

It took my to the "System Recovery Options" window. I tried to restore it to a previous point, but "no restore points have been created..."

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Asus M50Sv - a1
· OS - Vista Home Premium 32bit installed OEM· I have the license on the bottom of my computer, but they installed OS· purchased in July, 2008 (yes, really) - this is the Original OS install, but I've cut the bloat, etc. to a large extent· CPU - Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 2.5gHz· GeForce 9500M GS
I was sitting on the desktop, no programs actively running and got BSOD. reboot, click log in, BSOD. boot normally, click log in, BSOD. Rinse, repeat. Boot safe mode fine. Try startup repair - no problems detected. SFC /scannow says it found problems but couldn't repair all. I looked at the log but saw no record of any files that weren't repaired. Did Memtest via windows disk, checked OK. Chkdsk ran okay. reinstalled graphics drivers with option for clean install - no change (did this in safe mode just for fun). I'm running out of cheap tricks...
First off, I followed the tips in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/551137/blue-screen-death-on-startup-but-fine-in-safe-mode/ but my problem persists. Booting with all NON-Microsoft service disabled made the BSOD take longer to appear, but it did occur still, so i didn't proceed.
I've attached the sysnative file collection, but the PerfMon (performance monitor report) failed. It says "Error: An error occured [sic] while attempting to generate the report. The system cannot find the path specified." I typed "perfmon /report" when in cmd.exe as admin to achieve this ... Read more

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running a Windows Vista network. no problems with 3 wirless computers running Windows XP. and no problems printing remotely using the desktop running Vista. new Dell laptop is running Vista and trying to add a printer, it doesn't see any of the printers. At first it didn't show the wired desktop on the laptop under the network. On the wired desktop under network, It showed the laptop as a music sign and not a computer icon. We deleted the workgroup name and retyped it and changed it to a private computer. have disabled both firewalls. The laptop is running Trend Internet Securioty. It then found the wired desktop on the laptop. But it still doesn't see any of the printers that are connected to the wired desktop.Tried to find the printers by typing in \\192.168.100 under the run command. It said it couldn't recognize the wired DNS address 192.168.100. That is the ipconfig address from cmd and then ipconfig from the wired Dell laptop.

What do we need to do to have the laptop see the printers?

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I need some help here. I have 2 partitioned drives on the same hard drive (C: & E. I was transferring some video files from my C: to E:. My comp just suddenly froze and i hit the power button which immediately turned my comp off.
Now when i turned it back on, after the bios loading screen, the screen just turns blank. Theres still a video connection because the monitor is still on. The hard drive seems to still be showing up in the bios.
I've tried booting in safe mode, but it wouldn't let me into the safe mode options.
I've also tried inserting the vista cd and booted off that, but after that green loading bar, it turns blank (still with video connection).
I've also tried taking out the hard drive and plugging it into my other comp as a 2ndary drive running vista too. For that, it gets the the green loading bar, but then turns blank. But when i remove that 2ndary drive out, vista boots back up normally.
So im guessing something is wrong with the hard drive.

I really need some help here cause i need some files off that hard drive.

It doesn't matter if i reinstall windows vista, but i just need to be able to read the hard drive and copy some important files.

I'm using Windows vista 32bit, western digital sata 320gb hard drive(1 with the problem), evga 650i mobo.

Any help or recommendations would be great

A:comp doesn't start vista anymore! or anything! after bios

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Hi everyone,

This is my first post here and I'm glad to have found this forum with so many helpful people. I am typing this from my iPhone since I'm having troubles with my laptop, so sorry in advance for bad typing.

So recently my gpu failed (8800 GTX M) and I ordered a replacement. After I replaced the faulty card the laptop was running beautifully for 2 days. Today while playing call of duty the game crashed with A directx error. Thinking it was just a random thing I restarted the laptop And it wouldn't boot up anymore. Not even the Dell splash screen appears anymore.

Shocked I disassmbled the whole laptop and put it back together. After this the Dell splash screen appeared again, only once though. Now I'm back at a black screen with nothing loading at all. I am super frustrated right now, and have no idea what itmight be.
Hope someone can help,

A:Laptop doesn't even load bios anymore

Does the laptop have integrated graphics?

If so remove the graphics card and see if you get the splash screen.

Odds are it has something to do with the new card.


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3 year old Sahara Notebook 2gb Ram, Intel Core Duo T2250 Processor. 1.7 GHZ, ATI xpress 200M graphics card. Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

Hasn't given me problems for the last few months, until recently.
What happened. I was in school studying, shut down the laptop, took a 15 minute walk to my student residence. When I tried to start the laptop. It showed nothing on the screen, not even the BIOS screen.
Thought it was a faulty screen, I connected it to another monitor and even a projector. Nothing still showed on them.
When I insert a Win 7 Installation disk in the DVD drive, I can here it humming but still no display. The fan too is working plus the power on and charging lights are working to
Help me please?
Is it the BIOS or? Can it be flashed?
I'lL appreciate all the help. Thanks

A:Laptop doesn't show the BIOS or anything else after pressing start

Try resetting the Ram, HD Drive & DVD Drive.

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Anyone else seeing this?  I'm connected to a Onlink Pro dock.  After upgrading to the latest BIOS version I am no longer able to put the system to sleep by closing the laptop.  The monitors connected to my dock continue to display and the laptop does not enter sleep mode.  

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When I turn on my computer yestereday it loaded the post screen briefly than went directly into BIOS setup. When I exit the bios setup the screen goes black flickers than goes back into BIOS setup. BIOS recognized hard drives and cd roms, and boot sequence was correct. I decided to deal with it tomorrow or today.. When i turned it on today it booted to my 2nd harddrive (which also has an OS installed) went into bios booted from my main harddrive and the computer worked fine for about 20 min. I was browsing the web and microsoft outlook kept trying to open eventually everytime i closed it pop right back up couldnt access taskmanager keyboard couldnt type however i could manuever with the arrow keys. Powered down and when i rebooted had the same problem as before.. wont get past bios setup. I have tried reseting the CMOS jumpers but that didnt have any affect. tried booting with soley; each hard drive (separately), cd rom, and with each stick of memory. All running into the same issue. Any ideas?

Home built...
Windows XP Pro SP3
ASRock K10N78M Micro ATX motherboard
AMD Athlon 5600X2
WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
XFX Geforce 9800GT 512MB
1TB Samsung HD
500GB Western Digital HD
Liteon DVDRW
Creative X-Fi XtremeGamer
Antec TruePower Trio 650 Watt

A:Boots Directly To Bios setup, exiting cycles back to Bios

Have you tried another keyboard?

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Made the huge mistake of updating BIOS. Had small MOBO usb prob, and for some reason thought a BIOS update would do something. Wasn't too worried because Gigabyte touts Dual BIOS pretty strong.

Anyway, tried updating BIOS, then system would not boot, so the Backup BIOS didn't kick in. btw, the MOBO is a Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro.

So I copied the backup bios to a floppy and used the floppy to fix the main bios. OK, now computer would boot, but would freeze up after the desktop icons appear. Actually would sometimes work for a few minutes, but always froze up.

Boots OK to safe mode, even to the point of getting online, so I downloaded the old bios from Gigabyte, put them on floppy and used that to update the main bios. Same result.

Also did a system restore from XP Pro Safe Mode (because XP wrongly states that this can be undone; didn't find out that System Restore done from safe mode cannot be undone until I tried to undo!).

My tech support (ABS Computer; they rule) thinks that the BIOS is now fine, that some windows files are corrupt and a re-install will fix problem and mobo is probably fine as well. I'll buy that.

anyone have any miracle suggestions before i re-install? Is a repair install worth a shot? Really not looking forward to re-installing all my software and putting all my data back where it belongs to get my email hist., bookmarks, etc. back.

thanks - I will now write the following 500 times: LEAVE THE BIOS ALONE! even with Dual BIOS

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Hi i would like some help!!!!!

my laptop screen stops working when login to windows (when in normal boot mode). So when i boot in safe mode it does work!

also i don't know when it stop working in vista since i normally always work with my tv, you see and rarely switch back to my laptop screen.

so what i have tried so far:
reinstalled the VGA drivers
checked with search & destroy, ad-aware and comodo virus scanner.
updated everything
let windows repair it-self
did a system restore to a earlier date but the only one i had was from 4 days before i noticed the problem(so not very useful )
cleaned out my start up programs
also did a Cclean of my browsers and reg
also uninstalled some programs i didn't use or didn't know why they were on it anyway .

intel core 2 duo t7500
intel 965m chip
4gb ram
vista 64x ultimate
if you want more specs ask...

so can some help me out please, i have ran out off idea's what to do about it....

A:Laptop screen doesn't work in vista 64x

Model Number Please?

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Hi, everyone. I click the power button on my Windows Vista Inspiron 1520 and the power light comes on, and the fan starts up, but the screen remains dark as if it's not on and none of the keyboard's keys work. The laptop crashed about two times about every half hour it was on; there would be a fullscreen of distorted image, and I would have to press the power button to restart.

After about 2-3 crashes, it won't turn on anymore.

Can someone tell me why this happened? Could it have been a virus, or maybe it's a power problem within the laptop? What could be the main cause of something like this?


A:Windows Vista Laptop Doesn't Start

You could try using a system recovery disc and run startup repair. Here's a link to free system recovery disc if you don't have one:
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Note: they are posted as .torrent files, so you'll need to get the .iso files. Follow the instructions on the site.

Once you have your recovery disc, put it in and restart the computer. If it doesn't read your disc you may have to change the boot order on your computer so that it reads the CD/DVD drive before starting Windows. This article http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/change-bo… has some good instructions. Once you boot the disc, choose startup repair or one of the other options if that doesn't work.

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Laptop in question: HP Pavilion DV2000, running Windows Vista Home (I think 32-bit).Today, I was using my laptop, running on battery power only. Unfortunately, the battery no longer locks. I moved the laptop and the battery fell out. Naturally, as was not plugged in to an external power source, my laptop shut off.Upon re-inserting the battery (and plugging in the laptop to an external power source for good measure), I received the "Windows Error Recovery" screen, presenting me with: Safe ModeSafe Mode with NetworkingSafe Mode with Command PromptStart Windows NormallyI tried "Start Windows Normally", and after a loading screen (Microsoft Corporation at bottom), then the screen went black. I could see the mouse on screen, yet Vista would not boot up.I manually shut down my computer and this time selected "Safe Mode": same thing, loading screen, then screen goes black with mouse, Vista does not load.I then hit "F7" to get to the "Advanced Boot Options":Repair your computerSafe modeSafe mode with networkingSafe mode with command promptEnable boot loggingEnable low resolution video (640 ? 480)Last Known Good Configuration (advanced)Directory services restore modeDebugging modeDisable automatic restart on system failureDisable Driver Signature EnforcementStart Windows normallyI tried the options in bold and the same thing happened each time: loading screen, then screen goes black with mouse, Vista does not load.The "Repair your... Read more

A:Laptop Battery Falls Out, Now Vista Doesn't Boot

The nVidia stuff is related to your video drivers - and video drivers are a common (but not the only) cause of the black screen event.I'd suggest going back to the Repair your Computer screen and choose the Startup Repair option (figure 9 in this link: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/ ) And let Startup Repair do it's thing.If that's not successful, then go back in and choose System Restore. And restore your system back to a time before you made the MSCONFIG changes. FWIW - this is one of the reasons that we don't recommend the use of MSCONFIG for anything but troubleshooting. For permanent modification of startup entries I recommend this free program: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx

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Hello members of the Tech Guy forum. I've encountered a problem with my Windows Vista Inspiron 1420. I started it up earlier today, but after a restart, the screen just loads the loading screen, and then goes to a blank dark screen. It's on because I see the light on the screen as low as it is, but it just doesn't take me to the login screen.

It is essential I fix this computer without completely restoring it; can someone please provide me any solutions for this horrid problem?

Thank you.

A:Laptop Windows Vista Inspiron 1420 Doesn't Start

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I just got my HP laptop a brand new Windows Vista installed, but the guy who installed it didn't have time to go over all the details, and I was supposed to register it myself. I didn't think it would be a big deal, but when I tried to connect to the internet... I couldn't. I thought it I had just turned off the wireless adapter and pressed the button ... but nothing happened. The biggest surprise was when I opened the "Menage network connections" menu and there was nothing (there used to be a Wireless and a Broadcom network adapter icons). I tried installing some wireless drivers ... but again nothing.
Can you please help me, because I'm running out of ideas

A:Solved: Reinstalled Vista laptop doesn't detect any network

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I'm still trying to fix my sister's laptop (more out of sheer determination at this point). I gave up on trying to fix the black screen problem and on trying to get to her files, and did a full Factory Restore... Vista booted up perfectly after that...and then I tred to get online.

Here's what I know: The wireless adapter is enabled (when I press "F2" a little icon pops up with an antenna with waves coming off of it, so I know it's on). When I run the connection utility, it says "Windows cannot find any networks", but my network is fully operational and I am connected to it on my computer, laptop, cell phone, playstation, and tivo, so I know the signal is working. I ran a diagnostic on the adapter and it passed everything, so from that I can see that the computer recognizes it and it is functioning. I also tried to update the driver but still had no luck.

Any other ideas? I'm still floating with the idea of wiping vista and using my OEM CD to install XP, but I want to make sure the thing is functioning properly first. Any suggestions are appreciated.

A:Dell laptop w/ Vista doesn't recognize wireless network

Hi liguy,

OK, on the laptop:

1. In Network and Sharing Center, is Network Discovery turned on?

2. In Manage Network Connections, are there any other connections shown besides your wireless? Any with a red X; if so, disable it.

3. If the above is all OK, open a command window (Start, Run, type Cmd in Open: Box and click OK). In the command window type ipconfig /all (space between g and /, no space after /), right click on window, click on select all, right click on window icon at top left, select edit > copy, and paste result in your reply.

Please let us know one way or another.


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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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A:PC boots, XP doesn't load

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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

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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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
-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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I have 3 computers on a network over a linksys WRT54G router. A netbook running XP, an HP laptop running Vista Home Premium SP2, and a MAC running OS 10.5.8. All 3 show on all computer network locations and I can access files between each of them EXCEPT the HP Laptop under VISTA to the MAC. For that connection, VISTA wants a user name and password and I enter the same (and only user) name that I have on the MAC and I get the message that Windows cannot find that machine and asks me to check the user name/password. I use that same user/password combo when accessing the MAC from the XP Netbook, it works fine. What can I do in VISTA to get to the MAC. I know that the user name/password I am using is the only one that exists on the MAC. I also have 2 printers attached and they both work fine on all 3 computers.

A:Solved: Vista Laptop doesn't recognize password to access MAC on network

have a read here and see if this helps

Here’s how you can get your Windows 7 PC to share printers and files with XP and Vista PCs--and even a Mac

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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

A:Erratic behaviour -- sometimes boots, sometimes doesn't

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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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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.


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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:

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

Regards. . .



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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.


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'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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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?

And why doesn't the seagate tools fix the errors? (knowing that it fixed some bad sectors just past w... Read more

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.

A:XP boots up incorrectly and doesn't load files

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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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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?

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.

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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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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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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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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I am trying to update the bios on a friends vista machine, which will not boot, even into safe mode. I can get to the command prompt via 'repair your computer' or the compaq system recovery option. I have placed the bios patch on a cd and can execute it from the command prompt, however it gets half way through the install and says something like 'you need admin access to do this operation (flash bios)' . I have tried various bootable tools to unlock the administrator account but even logging into the admin option on the restore package I get this error.

Compaq recovery allows you to back files up to a usb drive, but doesnt recognise my maxtor 300gb or pen drives.

Please help,

it would be so easy to do in xp, but im lost on vista

thanks in advance,


A:Vista x64 hp/compaq v6500 Laptop bios nightmare

I don't know how you could solve this, but I thought I'd post a bit of advice.

Sell the V6500 and buy an ASUS

You see, I had a V6500, and it literally fell apart, line on screen, battery didnt fully charge, keyboard broke. And I was so delicate with it all.

So go out there, sell that, and buy an asus x50rl, its what I did and I've never looked back.

Josh Brown

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Hi agian all,

I recently purchased a Advent 9517 laptop with vista on from pc world, when i boot and press F2 I get the bios screen up but there are no options in there for cpu tempature or memory options.. is there a way of accessing this information, reason being laptop has shut down a few times due to overheating and i wish to check the shut down temps to compare to logs.
Many thanks

A:help accessing full bios on advent vista laptop

Hello rs2ooo16valve

Have you tried removing the CMOS battery and then clearing CMOS with the
jumper set to clear for about 30 seconds, and then put it back the way it

Clearing the CMOS can be done a few ways. The most common way is to use the jumper on the motherboard. This jumper has two settings. Normal and Clear. Moving the jumper to the Clear setting will erase the settings stored in CMOS. It does not remove the BIOS itself, only the user defined settings within the CMOS. When you clear the CMOS you will most likely see the error message "CMOS Checksum Error" on the next reboot. You can enter the BIOS setup at this point or before and reconfigure the settings.

Another method is to remove the CMOS battery from the system. Removing the battery is usually the second method as it may take anywhere from 15 minutes to 8 hours in order for the CMOS to loss the settings. Once the CMOS is clear, you should know by the "BIOS checksum error, press F1 to continue ", or "CMOS Checksum Error - Defaults Loaded" message at bootup.

You may also be able to clear the CMOS in some cases by forcing a system configuration change. Changing hardware, such as adding or removing a few SIMM's may cause a CMOS error and allow you to proceed to the BIOS setup.

On a few systems it may be possible to clear the CMOS by pressing the Ins key during the power up of the system. Holding the Key down may clear the CMOS and restore the defaults. This may or m... Read more

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pc boots into bios but under boot up devices it doesnt see my cd player or floppy when you go into boot up devices it doesnt list any ??? this is on a dell 4300 system

A:pc boots into bios but

Did this just happen one day when you booted up the PC like normal or did you remove/install new components inside? If you did, recheck all the wiring for the drives and make sure they are fully seated.

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Hi all

My pc will not load into windows any longer, and it also will not load to a DOS prompt, but I can however get it to boot into the BIOS. I was just wondering if this is harddrive related or if possibly it is just that i need to reload windows. Please help!! Thank you all for you time!

A:PC only boots to BIOS

Its hard to tell what your issue is. You can try a Repair Install:

Set the computer to boot from cd first in the BIOS
Place the xp cd in cdrom and reboot
Boot from the xp cd and choose install
Ignore the first repair option and continue with install
When windows finds the previous installation and offers to repair
then do the repair
If you have xp sp2 installed it needs to be incorporated into your xp disk or it will not offer the repair option only the clean install

How to perform a Repair Installation of Windows XP

If that doesnt resolve your issue do a format/install.

You can however check the integrity of the hard drive by using the manufacturers diagnostic utility. Go here http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

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I'm putting together an Athlon XP 2500. The mother board I'm using is KX400-8k. The problems is I couldn't boots it and there is a beeping sound every 4 second or so. I'm sure the sound card and monitor are fine. I checked everything but no luck. Any sugesstion? please help. Thanks alot.

A:Bios won't boots

Correction: The motherboard is KX400-8X not KX400-8K. Sorry

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