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

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

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 again and it just worked. As if nothing ever happened. I backed everything up on my external hard drive. And now it won't work again.

Any ideas?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
-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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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.
 

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Replace the power supply...
 

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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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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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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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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've never seen this problem before in my life and it has me mortified.

My Sony VAIO starts. It's plugged in normally. The power lights flash, it checks the CD-RW drive, and then remains on with the main power light on and the fan on, but the screen remains black and nothing else happens. Windows XP doesn't load. No Sony logo, no "Operating system not found," nothing. It's like it's had a lobotomy.

I haven't installed anything new, and the notebook has just been sitting around unplugged for a few days. The last thing I used it for was to burn a CD with Windows Media Player. The only change I can think of is that my USB tablet isn't plugged in.

Any suggestions? Thanks, everybody.
 

A:Solved: XP VAIO laptop starts, Windows doesn't, screen doesn't seem to.

If it has a battery installed, try removing that. Then with the laptop power plug UNplugged press and hold the power button for a second or two.

Then plug the power adapter back in WITHOUT replacing the battery and see if you can get a normal start.
 

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Hello TSG,

My girlfriend is having a few difficulties with her 500GB Buffalo External Hard Drive. As of this morning, her Laptop hasn't been able to turn on if the HDD is plugged in, and if she plugs the HDD in while turned on the Laptop doesn't recognise it and Blue Screens after a few minutes.

She hasn't had the Hard Drive long (coming up to a year now) and her Laptop is a Fujitsu Siemens with Windows 7 OS.

She says she doesn't want to reformat (though it sounds more of a power issue to me) if possible, as she has a lot of photographs and work on there she doesn't wish to loose.

If anyone has any idea what's wrong, please let us know!

Thanks a lot!

EDIT -
I just advised her to try plugging the EXT HDD into another plug socket, and low and behold it works again. She said however that when she plugged it in, blue sparks flickered at the socket for a few seconds, which really doesn't sound good...

Any idea if it's the HDD's plug itself going... or is it the sockets in her room? <_> Cheers.
 

A:Solved: Laptop doesn't recognise EXT HDD BSOD's - Doesn't turn on if EXT HDD is plugg

Can you try the external drive on another PC as a test
 

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 Hi everyone, I currently own a T430S, and just recently the FN button on my laptop started to malfunction. It would work sometimes work but most of the times it doesn't register at all(refer to the video). Also I encountered another problem which is my laptop will wake up right away after put into sleep mode. This happens either when I put it into sleep mode or when I close my laptop(please also refer to the video). I have tried to reset my BIOS, tried unplugging my keyboard, but still no luck. Is there a way to fix this issue? This issue really has been bugging me for the past few days. I would appreciate any kind of support! Thank you!

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I tried the Hard reset option. And tried unplugging the adapter and removing the battery. Tried turning on. But it's not all blank.When I press the power button. The LED switches on. Then there is a sound but the screen remains blank.Please help.

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Hey.My laptop dont boots, when I press the power key the power led lights up and hard drive led comes up just for 2 seconds ans goes off but there is no display , It fan is also working.It boots in two conditons:When i take out the battery and ram stick and reinsert them.When I take out the battery and press the power key for 60 seconds.But  when I shut it down and try to turn it on the problem is still there. I have also tried to change the ram stick . And updated the bios .  

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I own a Toshiba Laptop 1135-S1552 Microsoft XP Home Edition.

I turn it on and it boots up normally, but when I click on the ikon to put in my password it automatically goes back to the screensaver and nothing is working. When I press the windows button on the keyboard to try and get some kind of menus that don't work either.

I've tried rebooting using Safe Mode/Networking:When I highlight Safe Mode with Networking and press the enter key it automatically highlights Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition; it instructs me to press F8 again, when I do It highlights Safe Mode with Networking words of windows system 32 is on the full screen. It then goes back to the Windows xp screen in Safe Mode. I try putting in my password again and it tells me that it's loading and saving my settings. I cannot go any further with it. I do have all 3 Recovery and Applications/Drivers CD but it's still not working. The CD rom drive does work, but the discs are not rebooting my system. Can someone please tell me the proper way to do this, I was thinking it's a virus, but am not sure?
Thank You.

A:My laptop boots up but, I cannot log in

To the screensaver? You can or can't boot to the desktop?
Are you are stuck in the log on / log off loop? Here's some articles....

http://windowsxp.mvps.org/peboot.htm
http://www.ledfrog.com/2009/05/fix-w...nlog-off-loop/

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Hey.My laptop dont boots, when I press the power key the power led lights up and hard drive led comes up just for 2 seconds ans goes off but there is no display , It fan is also working.It boots in two conditons:When i take out the battery and ram stick and reinsert them.When I take out the battery and press the power key for 60 seconds.But  when I shut it down and try to turn it on the problem is still there. I have also tried to change the ram stick . And updated the bios .  

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Hi - I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 that is booting VERY slowly and seems to run slow intermittently even after the boot process stabilizes.

Below is my DDS.txt, and attached are my zipped attach.txt and ark.txt logs. Note that I had to run GMER with only Sections and quick scan selected, as the full scan caused a BSOD with an APC_INDEX_MISMATCH error (STOP).

Thank-you!

Dr. AC

DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64
Internet Explorer: 11.0.9600.17728 BrowserJavaVersion: 11.31.2
Run by BH and TC at 8:45:46 on 2015-04-18
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 6.1.7601.1.1252.1.1033.18.7991.5906 [GMT -4:00]
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AV: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {B7ECF8CD-0188-6703-DBA4-AA65C6ACFB0A}
SP: Microsoft Security Essentials *Enabled/Updated* {0C8D1929-27B2-688D-E114-9117BD2BB1B7}
SP: Windows Defender *Disabled/Outdated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}
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============== Running Processes ===============
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C:\Windows\system32\lsm.exe
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSS
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k GPSvcGroup
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k NetworkService
C:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork
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A:Laptop boots S L O W L Y

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I'm not seeing any sign of infection in your logs. We'll see what our tools turn up.

Please note that these fixes are not instantaneous. Most infections require more than one round to properly eradicate.

Please stay with me until given the 'all clear' even if symptoms seemingly abate.

Kindly follow my instructions and please do no fixing on your own or running of scanners unless requested by a helper.

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If there are any personal files, pics, etc. on your computer you cannot live without, back them up now just as a precaution.

Emergency Backup Procedure - Tech Support Forum

Also, if you haven't done so already, create a system repair disc. It's really easy and quick.

Create a system repair disc

You can also download recovery software if you don't have an installation DVD:

Microsoft Software Recovery

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Hello, i am having a really though time with my laptop. It does not boot the hdd, i have tried 2. It does not boot any kind of windows recovery media(CD or pen). It boots HBCD though. I have tried cmos clearing and other things but nothing has helped. Im really desperate. It is a acer aspire and the current hdd has windows 10.
Thanks for any help.
 

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Hey everyone, I'm in dire need of some help with my PC. The computer turns on fine, and boots up (can hear the windows start up tune) but I can't see anything on the monitor. Here's the details:

I was playing a computer game on friday, and during that it crashed. I have no idea if this is when things started or not, but I restarted and it was fine.

On sunday I had another crash, only the screen flickered once or twice and there were green pixel lines going from top to bottom of the monitor , about 2 inches apart in a perfect pattern. When I restarted, there were no graphics on the monitor. The light was flashing indicating it was on power saving mode.

I took the computer apart, unplugged everything, and put it all back together, and for whatever reason it worked fine for about 6 hours.

The next day I turned the computer on, and it loaded fine, but shortly after there was the return of the green pixel lines, with the added addition of the top left corner of the screen being filled with green pixelated triangles in a perfect pattern. These were flickering furiosly.

I tried restarting my computer, and again I got no graphics posted to the monitor. However the computer booted up fine, and I heard the start up tune, and 5 minutes later I shut it down by pressing the "Power Off" button on my keyboard.

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A:Graphics card doesn't post any graphics to my monitor, computer boots up fine

Its usually just the graphics cards, they do fail especially if they overheat - then video card fan not speeding up might have been the problem - most are dynamic and should actually speed up under load. Depending on the manufacturer of your 8800GTX you might be able to get it replaced under warranty if they have a 3 year or greater warranty.
 

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Hi,
I am using Compaq Pressario P4 PC with ?Windows XP Home edition? Operating System installed on it. The issue that I am facing is as follows:
- One day, audio was not working with PC. My hard disk drive was close to full, so, I thought of uninstalling couple of unnecessary programs. While doing so, I stopped uninstallation in middle by pressing back button, then, uninstallation process hanged. After that I also tried rollback of soundMAX digital audio driver and again I selected back button and this also hanged. Please note that I had inserted the restore CD in upper CD drive to search the audio driver file. Then, I started the computer through hard reset. After that first it went in restore mode, exited that, Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner and nothing would happen after that.
- Then I called one PC technician for data recovery from my hard drive. He took my hardrive out of the PC and connected it via USB adaptor to my laptop. The hard drive could be detected and we started data copying from hard drive to laptop. However after every 3-4 minutes, hard drive used to hang and then we had to take out the hard drive cable, again reconnect. This we repeated multiple times to recover the important data from my hard drive.
- After that, hard drive was re-inserted in the PC. Since, after restart PC was not booting up (Windows Logo came and after that there was just a blinking cursor at top left corner ... Read more

A:PC doesn't boot in normal mode even after OS reinstallation,though,boots in safe mode

Yes, the hard drive may have become faulty and unreliable and therfore will soon fail completely. For confirmation, test it with the drive maker's diagnostic software for DOS.
The links are here: Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools

In Safe Mode, no third-party drivers are loaded. In Normal Mode, all those extra drivers being accessed on an already flakey drive is causing it to crash.

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Hi guys, I hope someone can help me. So today I upgraded the ram and ssd in my hp laptop dv6 7XXXez from 2012. Now it only boots after reseating ram and hard resetting the laptop. When it boots, it runs just fine. I can even restart it without problems, but after a shutdown, I have to reseat the ram again and do a hard reset. This kinda sucks. I can't find people with the same problem. Maybe you guys can help me?What I tried so far:resetted the bios (it's also the newest version there is)tried the old ram and hddwithout a hdd/ssddriver updateswindows 7 vs windows 10

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hello! I am having some issue's with my laptop , it is a sony vaio VGN-AR605E. I recently threw on Windows 7 and got it working nicely bout a month ago to be exact.Everything was working fine till i droped my laptop from my table and the computer opened up right in the HD area.My laptop was on ( in sleep mode) so i woke it up and saw that it came to.Then I tried doing some commands and it was slow so i decided to shut it down.Upon rebooting it hangs up at the Windows screen.I decided to try booting in with last known good config which did the same thing and on safe mode it hangs up after about the first 15-20 files.After this I tried my CD and let it try to repair itself, though it gave me no solution. Now I just tried to run a chkdsk /r in the recovery command prompt and it says process 1 out of 5 then "File record xxxxxx unreadable" and then just stays at 9%. Is there anyway to fix this, maybe just reformat and do a clean install or do you think the HDD is damaged in an important sector and I just have to buy a new HD?

A:laptop boots but freezes mid-way

Yes, it sounds like that hard drive is dead. I've killed two or three myself. Nothing but a replacement will help you, to be blunt.

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I do not know what happened to my laptop, but as I turned it on, it would start up as usual, but shuts off, and reboots over and over again.
May someone help me out?
 

A:Laptop boots for a while, then restarts.

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I currently don't have my laptop with me so I'm unsure of my model or anything related to hardware.The short of the issue that has shown up is that my laptop no longer boots, instead it goes to an avg watchdog command prompt installation, which at the end of its installation softlocks my laptop.I have gone into HP recovery, and gotten no results from it. I have attempted to wipe my hard drive from the BIOS but the option to reformat the hard disk is greyed out. I'm in college now and this has severely impacted my ability to complete work and email my professors, any information would be greatly appreciated. At this point I would like to wipe the hard drive and reinstall an old operating system I have just so it becomes functional.All HP recovery attempts lead to a freeze at 100% completion and then reverts to its previous state of inoperability.

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My laptop boots up but has no display. In troubleshooting this issue I found that when I plug my cord to the laptop the light that confirms the cord is attached does not come on. The laptop power light does come on but when I plug the cord to it, it won't respond and there is no display. In the past when I used my laptop without plugging it up and it fades out (it is still on but you get no response because it does not have enough power so the display doesn't show) that is what is going on. I don't know how to fix it. Do you know how I can get this fixed.

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My laptop suddenly crashed. And after that when I press power button then Power button blinks. When i press windows + B and then press power then caps lock blinks twice. And sometimes thrice too. I tried to boot but sometimes when it boots it crashes with error and blue screen and sometimes doesn't boot at all. Tried to remove battery and restart. Nothing helped. Tried to check memory pressing F2 but system hanged on 4% and some portions of screen blurring and disturbing. Sometimes hangs on bios menu. Sometimes doesn't power up at all

A:Laptop sometimes boots but then crashes.

Error code on blue screen includes - bad system config info, system service exception, irql not less or equal, kmode exception not handled

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In short: I can't boot my laptop.
It will ONLY boot when I stick a Rescue USBstick in it, it then shows the normal bootmenu.

Longer description of the problem: After moving/resizing the partitions, the laptop didn't boot anymore.

Setup is four partitions:
1-Vista (original partition when I bought it)
2-WinXP
3-W7
4-Recovery partition for Vista (doesn't work now. Never tested it when thing ran smoothly, actually)

My goal was: I wanted to switch from vista to w7, but i mucked about with the partitions and I guess I damaged the bootloader and/or the mbr??? (what's the difference between these 2?)

Situation before: It was a triple boot system. Each OS was installed on it's own partition.

Situation After: I can only boot with the rescue boot usb attached to the laptop. I get the same bootmenu with 3 OSes as I always did.
Funny thing: The rescue-USB does NOT offer it's own extensive boot options (it's the well-known H?????15.2.iso) AT ALL. (not promoting anything here, hence the &quot;?????&quot. It just shows me the old bootmenu. It almost seems as if it repaired my boot menu, but on the usb, not on the HDD.

I did too, muck about with the Vista Rescue ISO too.

MY Question: How do I get my normal boot menu back, without having to use an USB??
Hardware: HP Pavilion DV2, 298 GB HDD
specs: HP Pavilion dv2 Laptop specs
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A:laptop only boots with usb stick

This little goodie should brings members in flocks to help.
Do you know what forum you are on?






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Please DO NOT give NON-ANSWERS like: get a new laptop, a new HDD, do a format, and all of those "ashtrays-are-full?-get-a-new-car" type of trollings. Thanks!


You have a nice day.

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Have a friend's laptop. It was only able to boot with the UBCD4win. Ran all the virus removal tools from the boot cd, which it did find viruses, etc. and remove them. Was able to get the machine in good enough repair by using the UBCD4win to access the recovery partition. Ran the recovery and all seems to be working fine. What are the chances that there are still gremlins lurking in the background?

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a million.

K

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My new Asus laptop does not crash anymore as per my previous thread but most of the times boots twice and only after a shutdown. So I press the power ON button, type my password and then the login screen comes on, I type my login password, hit enter and the screen and lights (hdd, power, wireless) go blank like there is no power and she restarts. I do the same process and now its ok.

I have set the "Hybrid Shutdown" future from the power features to OFF and that provided some improvement. With this feature ON when I press the power ON button, the boot process runs for a few seconds and then it re starts and then its ok. (it still double boots but I dont get to the login screen)

I'm looking to find out if there are any additional settings to fix this problem. Besides the above the laptop runs very good
 

A:Solved: New Laptop Boots Twice

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My Laptop boots, my desktop wallpaper is replaced with just black, the icons for downloaded programs (e.g. chrome) are still there but clicking on them doesn't do anything. I can't use the windows bar in the bottom left so its difficult to access anything. Through the folders on my desktop i can access file explorer (the task manager lists it as windows explorer though) and by going to This PC and right clicking and clicking properties I can access my control panel. I've tried rolling the system back to my last updates but after a couple hours of waiting for the rollback to finish the laptop reboots and tells me that it didn't work as it was blocked by my antivirus (which I don't have). Everything which I have altered in the past day (since it was last working correctly) I have put back to its default. The only thing that has changed is that I uninstalled McAfee, I'm aware McAfee is quite intrusive and doesn't take kindly to being uninstalled, could that have caused a problem? Any suggestions for solutions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
 

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Hey everyone!

First, I'd like to start out by saying that I know little to nothing about computers but decided to check out some online help to see if this was something that I could easily fix before I take it to the Geek Squad.

So I have an HP Pavilion dv2000 laptop running windows vista. If it makes a difference, It has an AMD Turion X2 processor.

I am writing this from the computer which is currently running in safe mode with networking enabled. This is the only way my computer will fully boot up.

If I attempt a normal startup, everything will go as it normally does until around the time I reach the login screen. Shortly after that, the screen turns black. No beeps or any other sound or indication that anything has changed, just the screen going black.

If I am fast enough, I can click my profile icon and start to type my password but the screen usually goes black before I can finish.

This morning, however, I was quick enough to type my password and hit enter. There was my desktop and everything seemed normal until I tried to open my internet browser, then it turned black.

So what's up with my computer and is it easily fixable?

Thanks!

A:HP laptop boots up but then goes black!

Sound like you may have a driver issue.

While in Safe Mode uninstall the graphics driver.

Attempt to boot into Normal mode. If successful install the latest graphics driver for your laptop.

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I have a Dell Inspiron N4010
http://www.pcworld.com/product/552981/inspiron-14r-notebook.html

I was playing a game, and talking on skype, which I've done many times. First the game crashes which didn't surprise me since the server was laggy, but then skype crashes, and my call goes off. The entire laptop froze, cursor stuck, no keys work, nothing. I wait a few minutes then when nothing works I did the hold power to turn off. I first thought it was windows being windows. I turn it back on to see the usual command prompt -esque window with the normal boot text, but then at the bottom I something that horrified me:

Operating system not found.

I turned the laptop off when nothing works, tried going to boot options but froze there, then when I reboot the laptop a few times to see the error, the 5th or so reboot it starts windows, 7 home premium, and is so far working fine. I ran Malware Bytes and not a single threat is found. Any ideas?
 

A:Laptop Crashes, says there's no OS but then boots my OS

How old is the laptop?
 

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Suddenly, my laptop started to have problems booting. When I press the power button, it starts to power up, but quits after a few seconds (3-5). I can hear the drvies/fans start to spin up, and then it just powers off. The initial screen displays for about .5 seconds -too fast to read any messages.
I have it configured to boot from a CD/DVD, so I tried that, but it didn't work either - UNTIL - I removed the hard drive itself. Now I can boot fine from a bootable CD (typically a LINUX Live CD). I even replaced the HD with a new one, but its doing the same thing with the new drive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. The laptop is an older HP zt1000, long since out of warrantee. Thanks.
 

A:Laptop only boots from CD/DVD with HD removed

Can you at least hit f8 and see the menu where you can choose safe mode or does it even allow you to get into the bios.
 

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