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Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

Q: Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

The problem about which I'm posting is with a Gateway 820gm XP Media Center 2005 PC. Some background information on the state of this PC before the incident:The system's main hard drive died last week (no mystery, I dropped the friggin' thing), so I recently put in a new HD and reinstalled the operating system. After many hours downloading all of the Windows Service Packs and other updates (the most recent of which was the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack), the PC was finally back up and running, and was doing so quite smoothly.I typically leave my PC on overnight and use an alarm clock program to wake myself up. When I awoke to my cell phone alarm instead, I noticed the usual signs of a power outage. (12:00 blink on microwave, stereo, etc.) Naturally, I switched on my computer. Then...The computer began to boot as normal and prompted me for the boot password, which it took as expected. It then continued to the usual Windows splash screen that precedes the Welcome Screen or the Desktop (depending on user settings). However, after the Windows splash screen, my monitors remained blank. After several minutes and, wondering if this was just a display failure, I began to take actions that would normally result in sound output (activating Windows Media Center, keying Shift 5 times for the StickyKeys beep, etc.) No result. I tested the "sleep" button on my keyboard which also yielded no result. I then did a hard reboot. Once more, I entered the boot password and went past that phase just fine. The PC apparently recognized the previous boot failure and directed me to the F8 boot menu. I first tried to boot as normal to see if this was a one-time issue. It was not. Hard reboot. The next time I tried the "Last settings that worked." No go. Hard reboot. The third time around I tried Safe Mode. Safe Mode boots successfully. I did a System Restore to the point just before my recent installation of Microsoft Office 2007 Compatibility Pack. Soft restart. Monitors still remain blank and system remains non-responsive. Hard reboot to F8 menu. Several more reboots to Safe Mode and System Restores to previous settings. No progress.I'm left to wonder if this is a registry/driver/software issue that just coincided with a power outage, or a hardware problem somehow caused by a surge. I'm a bit stumped as to what steps to take to diagnose the problem.Thoughts?

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A: Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

Only a question do you run a battery backup or just a power strip? It is possible that you got hit with a mild surge, only a guess!

Phil

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I see many people have had this problem. I have tried removing the battery, booting in all modes available, restoring factory defaults. Nothing worked!
I did run the self test. It shows drive failure.

Unfortunately, I did not receive the XP disc when I purchased the computer.


Any suggestions?

A:XP will not boot after power outage

OPP'S I posted this same problem on 11/11/11 and could not find it. Well, I did not realize I posted it in the hard drive forum. I intended to post in this forum.
Which forum should I proceed with? Sorry..

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I had a 2 second power outage today and since have not been able to boot my pc. I am given the "windows did not start successfully" screen and then I am prompted to choose safe mode, safe with networking,...ect. I have tried all options for restarting and get the same result with each. Once selecting I see the windows xp screen for about 1 second then it flashes blue and starts over. I am able to enter bios menus on the motherboard however. My system is home built MSI motherboard, 4 gb ram, and running xp. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Kirk
 

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I posted this in the XP forum, but I think it's probably a hardware problem.

Today my power went out and after it came back on and my boyfriend went to boot up his computer, Windows wouldn't load. After the first few startup screens, it goes black and freezes up.

When we put in the Windows installation disk to try and reinstall, it gets stuck at the "Setup is starting Windows" blue screen and won't go any further. The computer will not start in safe mode, either.

It did start up once normally in the midst of all this, but nothing was done differently before or after that time in restarting and it hasn't restarted normally since.

Any words of advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Today we had a brief (3-second) power outage. The computer is plugged into a pretty decent surge protector, but it is not booting Windows now. I have XP SP3.

The computer will boot through the BIOS screens, and then I get the "your computer shut down unexpectedly, would you like to start in Safe Mode, Last Known Good Configuration, etc" menu. If I choose "Start Normally" or "Last Known Good Configuration" the computer will show me the XP splash screen with the little blue status bar moving along. Once that finishes and it goes to where you would usually see the welcome screen, you just see black.

If I choose to boot in safe mode, it boots up and will go into the welcome screen where I can login to XP. Once inside, I see all of my desktop icons and programs, etc. If I try to use my external HD (to copy some not-yet-backed-up files, I get an error saying "H:\ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error."

There's nothing too terribly important on the computer, but a lot of stuff that would be a pain to lose (I'd have to re-rip a bunch of CDs and download a bunch of apps, etc).

I tried a system restore to an earlier restore point, but it didn't fix the problem (although it did say "restore successful" once I got back into Safe Mode again).

Does anyone know of any ideas? It's odd that it will boot into safe mode with no problems, but not into regular mode. Thanks for any ass... Read more

A:Power outage - XP won't boot now

Unit Twentyfive hello and welcome to TSF. See if this will help http://www.techsupportforum.com/f10/...rt-223275.html.

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Today my power went out and after it came back on and my boyfriend went to boot up his computer, Windows wouldn't load. After the first few startup screens, it goes black and freezes up.

When we put in the Windows installation disk to try and reinstall, it gets stuck at the "Setup is starting Windows" blue screen and won't go any further. The computer will not start in safe mode, either.

It did start up once normally in the midst of all this, but nothing was done differently before or after that time in restarting and it hasn't restarted normally since.

Any words of advice on this would be greatly appreciated.
 

A:Power Outage... can't boot

See: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

This article has helped many persons.
 

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Quick and simple description. BTW, I'm not very computer savvy.
Power outage dumps my desktop (ASUS running Windows 8.1)
Power on, goes through initial boot up, cannot make it to login/desktop.
Power to monitor and video card fine.
Can get to BIOS and Windows 8 Troubleshooting screen. Troubleshooting says I need to free up disk space on C before it can repair.
Monitor goes blank but responds(wakes up) to mouse wiggle and key stroke.Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks
P.S. Ignore my screen name. Apparently "Eric" is already taken.

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I have a home built system with an ASUS P4b266 Motherboard, 160 Gig Seagate Hard drive as main drive with Western Digital 60 Gig backup drive. Came home after a power outage and could not get computer to boot past the post test.

By changing the boot sequence to boot from the backup drive I was able to boot to windows and ran check disk on main drive as well as all the Seagate diagnostics from the Seagate web site. All tests show nothing wrong with the drive. I am able to view the drive contents in windows explorer and copy files from it to the backup drive.

I have tried using an XP boot disk but get an error message saying system 32 \hal.dll missing or corrupt. I tried copying the hal.dll from my good drive to the bad one but still get the same error. When I try booting from the Windows XP disk to do a repair install I also get error message saying the file system is too corrupt and the disk must be reformatted.

I have reached the conclusion that my answer is to buy a new hard drive do a clean install of Windows and transfer as much data as I need from the problem drive. At that point I can reformat the bad drive. Not looking forward to this as it will take a lot of time to reinstall everything so I'm just wondering if anyone has any other ideas to try. It seems strange that the drive checks out OK and I'm able to view it in Explorer.

Any and all ideas would be most appreciated.
 

A:Windows XP won't boot after power outage

if you use ntfs your file system would be able to find the file's fragments,m try a 3rd party software.
 

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my computer wont boot anymore after a power outage in my house, it just stays on the motherboard logo boot screen and doesnt do anything else, my computer is custom built...any help?? btw if i posted in the wrong section please move it to the right one....
 

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Hi Folks,
My neighborhood just had a power outage. It flicked off and on a few times and stayed off a couple of hours.
When my system came back on, it wouldn't boot...and gave me an error I don't recollect.

So I reboot. This time the familiar "Your system did not shut down properly" dialog comes up. I choose to start windows normally. It appears to work. The little loading bar appears and scrolls by a few times then freezes. I try Safe mode, safe mode w/ networking and start w/ last succesful settings. All freeze up before getting into windows

Reboot. I try to repair with the windows cd. It begins loading the windows files and then locks up.

Reboot. I try to run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. It gets to about 9% and stops. Can't hit escape as usual to kill the test. I had let it sit for hours before trying to cancel.

So I'm stuck. Luckily I had just made a full system backup via Vistas backup tool a week ago...and I would happily reformat and restore, but can't get any access to the OS.

Maybe there was some hardware damage?...How would I know?
Thanks for any and all help!!!!!

This a home built system.
If it helps:
OS Vista 64bit
MB ASUS MAXIMUS EXTREME
CPU INTEL|C2E QX9650
PSU PCPWR&COOL|S75QB
2x 4GB OCZ PC3-12800 EB DDR3
 

A:Power Outage - Vista won't boot

Power outages result in power surges. Collapsing fields can result in voltage spikes that are typically several hundreds of volts. Was the machine protected?

Try memory diagnostics first since the DVD will not complete loading.

MemScope (Floppy and CD images.)
Roadkil's RAM Test
Microsoft Memory Test (floppy or CD ISO image)
Memtest86

If you have enough memory sticks, you can test them by removing one at a time and see if the problem disappears.

If you are running Vista, tap F8 on boot and choose the memory diagnostic, or if you can boot up, go to Start > Search and type:

mdsched.exe

Choose to run a memory diagnostic on next boot. Or, you can boot from the DVD and run it from there.
 

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Hi there. My daughter's computer is taking a very long time (5=10 min) to boot-up and or I get the blue screen of death. She told me they had a storm related power outage. She has a Dell Dimension 2300 with 256 mb ram. Its a P/4 running W/XP home. It was plugged into a $5. power strip. I have done the following. Tried a new 350 watt Antec psu, but that didn't help. Next I took the H/D out of her machine and put it in a new computer and the H/D worked fine. I then took the H/D from the new computer and tried it in my daughters computer and it took a long time to boot. I'm guessing now its either the motherboard or the CPU or both. Any ideas as to how I can narrow it down more or fix it?
Thanks alot Jim
 

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Woke up this morning and turned on the machine, right after getting to the desktop the power at my place momentarily dropped and my pc rebooted. Now it get to a screen saying normal startup or startup repair options to select. I'm running x64 ult in a UEFI RAID 0 setup on two ssds. I dont have the same disk for my current os load but I did find one from a couple years ago but I'm not sure how to go about this repair. Tried sfc /scannow but it just says incompatible partition. Do I need to boot up with the UEFI cdrom?

I tried doing the UEFI cdrom but it says "this version of system recovery options is not compatible with the version of Windows you're trying to repair"

A:PC won't boot without BSOD after power outage.

We see nothing but problems with RAID here since Win7 release, then with UEFI it complicates it even more.

You do have SP1 installed correct? If so then try the latest Win7 installer provided in Steps 1 with tool to burn or write to disk or flash stick in Step 2 of Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Report back results of running Startup Repair. It should offer to automate System Restore but if not run it manually from System Recovery Options.

I'd also consider reinstalling to a single HD following the steps in tutorial above to assure a perfect install, with added steps here for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

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I've seen people post similar issues but no real idea what the actual problem is that's causing it.
This happened about a month ago when the power went out and I couldn't find a way around it so I had to format and start all over again. The Power went out and now Windows won't boot again. When I try to boot it I get the blue screen message "Your PC needs to be repaired. The boot configuration data file is missing some required information: File:\Boot\BCD error code: 0xc0000034"
It then says I need to use my windows media to repair it. So I put in the USB and attempt the repair which it says it can't do. It also won't refresh or reset. Seems to again be leaving me with the only option of formatting. I can't keep doing this each time the power goes out. Is there a reason this will keep happening?
It never used to happen with a power outage before with the same Windows installed, only difference I can think of was that I am using a SSD now to run Windows and before that it didn't happen. Is it possible that now when I install Windows it isn't installing it properly and is instead installing it without whatever this bit of data is that is needed in case of unexpected shut downs? It's a legit copy of Windows that I got with the PC when I bought it so I would assume there shouldn't be any problems when you install it?

A:Windows won't boot after power outage

In addition to this.. I tried to format and now it won't even let me do that. I get an error stating "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration, installation cannot proceed"

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My Dell Optiplex 780 will not boot up since the power flashed off then on while I was transferring video files to an external hard drive! JUST two minutes prior I set a Moving Star IDE External Enclosure to optimize for performance, and then I dragged about 40 GB of video files, two minutes later, Lights all out, Thunder Crash, lights back on, it gets stuck at the "Windows did not shut down successfully" message, I cannot even select "start Windows Normally", "Safe Mode", or anything because now the keyboard won't work! It was only light raining outside, the loud thunder crash was surprising as there was no evidence that it was going to happen. Now I cannot get into my computer to do anything let alone continue moving files! Help!!

A:Computer won't boot after power outage!!

You may have to begin a process called "test build, bench build, etc." Remove all outside the chassis devices. Carefully remove the cover and remove everything right down to the remaining motherboard and power supply. From another computer, download and print the beep codes for your specific make and model; and perhaps download and print a quick-list of all the steps involved from beginning with motherboard and power supply [just those two items] and adding back one item at a time.
And, for later, after the test/bench build is completed, for the restore of OS and data partitions -- if needed -- I hope you have current full image backups on external media somewhere.

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Hello,
I am having an issue with booting up my custom built desktop, but first I'll give a chain of events to help you better understand the situation.

I was surfing the web, when a power outage hit for about 15 seconds or so. Everything is plugged into a surge strip built for a computer. When the power came back on, I waited for a bit, then powered it up. The post logo and whatnot appeared as usual, and prompted the unexpected shutdown screen, I selected normal startup. It went to the win 7 startup with the "fireflies", but right when the fireflies showed up, it freezed for a quarter second and blue screened, then auto restarted. Ran startup repair after the reboot, and it said it could not repair the computer automatically, article 1 in the next post. Did a memory diagnostic, no problems. Tried to boot in safe mode, same BSOD, the safe mode stopping at a certain file immediately before blue screening, as shown in article 4 below. Then tried a restore point, tried 6 different restore points, and none of them worked giving an error code shown in article 3. I stopped the auto reset, to catch the blue screen code, and it is article 2 below.

I wanted to see if anyone had any insight to my situation. I can reformat and start fresh, but want to see if there is a better way. A surge strip should protect against a power outage, right? Never had a problem on a force shut down before. If anyone can help me figure out how to get my machine starting again, I would be eternal... Read more

A:BSOD after power outage, won't boot

Article 1: attached

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Hello,
My Mom's Dell desktop computer with Windows 10 installed won't boot after a power outage. When turned on it goes to the Dell logo screen and says "Diagnosing your PC" then it goes to an "Automatic Repair" screen that says "restart" and "advanced options"  choosing "restart" just starts the whole diagnosing your computer process again. and nothing she tried in the "advanced options" menu worked either. No matter what we try we're back to square one. She doesn't have any discs or a USB for repair at this time. I don't think anything was backed up either, but at this point she just wants to be able to use her computer again so saving her files would be nice but it's not necessary if we have to reinstall the OS. I was just hoping I could get step by step instructions on what to do and how to help her?
I hope I gave enough information. Thanks for your time!

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Hello,

We had a power outage some time last night. Now my system will not boot. When trying to start the system I get the following:

Verifying DMI Pool Data..............
Boot from CD:
Boot from CD:

Disk error
Press any key to continue

WHen I hit enter I get:
DISK BOOT FALIURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

When I put in the recovery disk that came with the system I am told I will lose all information on the disk. I have a great deal of data that I need to recover from this disk. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Scott
 

A:Power Outage - now system will not boot

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Some electrical men were working outside the other day when they suddenly turned off our power. The computer was on and fully booted when this happened. Now when I turn it on, it asks if I want to start it in safe mode or revert the settings, etc. Whichever option I choose (I tried them all), windows starts to boot, but then before it's finished, the computer restarts and does the same thing over again. Sometimes it asked me to insert a boot disk...the only disk that came with my harddrive is a floppy (my computer was built by a friend and has a soltek harddrive and no floppy drive). What happened and what can I do to fix it? Please remember that I'm no computer expert (I know a little bit, but not much). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

-Crystal

A:I Had A Power Outage The Day And Now Windows Won't Boot.

you might try this, as soon as you start your computer ,tap F8 repeatedlyif you get a screen that gives you options , choose "command prompt only"or how ever they worded it for yours . at the prompt type scanreg/fixand hit enter, after it finishes completely you can either do the same withtyping scandisk or turn it off and see if it starts first if not restart F8 and do the scandisk then.

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Two days ago I was very pleased with this forum in helping me resolve a BSOD issue. Unfortunately, that night there was a power outage. I've never had issues with power outages until now. My computer is plugged into a surge protector. I can't boot from either of my HDDs. I go into BIOS and check the boot order, nothing is wrong. When F12ing to choose what to boot, I choose Hard disk and it recognizes both my Seagate and Western Digital Hard drives. So, I'm not sure it's a hardware issue.

I put in my Windows 7 CD to try to repair it. It boots up fine. However when I choose to repair windows it doesn't recognize the windows 7 partition on my WD640 drive. Windows says if it doesn't recognize the drive with windows 7, then press the drivers button to install drivers for your Hard drive. I click it and I can see my other Seagate drive and all its files along with any other plugged in drives except my WD640gb drive with windows. Install drivers for my HD? That's where I get lost. I've never needed drivers for it.. or was there a CD. Am I misunderstanding what it means? Is everything on that drive erased? Can a power outage do that? Please, any help would be amazing.

Is there anyway to check if the data is corrupted? Like if it not gone. If I were to just get another HD or SSD and install windows on it, could I still use my 640 gb for storage?

A:Cannot boot from HDDs after Power Outage

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Sirus804


Two days ago I was very pleased with this forum in helping me resolve a BSOD issue. Unfortunately, that night there was a power outage. I've never had issues with power outages until now. My computer is plugged into a surge protector. I can't boot from either of my HDDs. I go into BIOS and check the boot order, nothing is wrong. When F12ing to choose what to boot, I choose Hard disk and it recognizes both my Seagate and Western Digital Hard drives. So, I'm not sure it's a hardware issue.

I put in my Windows 7 CD to try to repair it. It boots up fine. However when I choose to repair windows it doesn't recognize the windows 7 partition on my WD640 drive. Windows says if it doesn't recognize the drive with windows 7, then press the drivers button to install drivers for your Hard drive. I click it and I can see my other Seagate drive and all its files along with any other plugged in drives except my WD640gb drive with windows. Install drivers for my HD? That's where I get lost. I've never needed drivers for it.. or was there a CD. Am I misunderstanding what it means? Is everything on that drive erased? Can a power outage do that? Please, any help would be amazing.

Is there anyway to check if the data is corrupted? Like if it not gone. If I were to just get another HD or SSD and install windows on it, could I still use my 640 gb for storage?


The first thing I would do is run Checkdisk. How to use... Read more

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Yeah my PC is seriously screwed up now. Tried using my windows disc to repair it. It just gets errors on whatever I try to use. (System restore etc). I found a crash dump and used of the repair tools to analyze it and it said the CI.DLL was bad (code integrity something I think) I also get non_paged_pool bsods or something like that amongst many others. Here is a picture of one.

A:Different BSOD on every boot after power outage.

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Windows XP

I experienced a power outage and now I am still able to boot in normal mode, but it asks me to activate windows which I can't do at the moment. Anyway, the real problem is that I cannot boot in safe mode. I select Safe Mode, it displays the list of driver files as usual, then it automatically reboots in normal mode. Please help me boot in safe mode.

Possibly irrelevant - it would also not boot from CD until after I reset the CMOS by replacing the battery on the motherboard.

A:Can't boot in safe mode after power outage

very strange. do you set the right date?

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Windows XP

I experienced a power outage and now I am still able to boot in normal mode, but it asks me to activate windows which I can't do at the moment. Anyway, the real problem is that I cannot boot in safe mode. I select Safe Mode, it displays the list of driver files as usual, then it automatically reboots in normal mode. Please help me boot in safe mode.

Possibly irrelevant - it would also not boot from CD until after I reset the CMOS by replacing the battery on the motherboard.
 

A:Can't boot in safe mode after power outage

So it reboots then boots to normal mode?
 

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Win 7

There was a quick power outage and the computer was forced off. I rebooted and now after the windows logo there is a gray screen that remains a very long period of time before the desktop appears. I am able to move the mouse but that is the only functionality I have.

Any ideas? Is a re-install nessesary?

A:Power Outage - Then gray screen on boot?

Try a Repair install. Look at the tutorials for it. Startup Repair.

That power outage may of also been a Power surge when it came back on. You really need to get a UPS (Battery Backup system).

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Hi all. I had the power go out on me shortly after the defrag started. The power went out halfway through defragging the boot files. I am using Raxco's PerfectDisk v8 and I use their Smart-placement method of defragging. When I was able to restart, I get to the boot screen and that's as far as it goes. I am unable to boot into safe mode. I have been searching the net for an answer to this to no avail. I have also been searching for a way to defrag from a boot disk. Haven't found that either. Maybe I'm not using the right search terms. I'm trying to avoid complete reinstall of everything. Any help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance. -James

A:Power outage at beginning of defrag. Can't boot now.

you can try a repair using your xp disk might want to put your harddrive in another pc as a slave drive and save all you data files first another option is to buy a new harddrive and install it as the primary drive and position your current harddrive as the slave drive or secondary drive....and do a clean install of windows on you brand new harddrive. wht kind of harddrive is it an eide or sata?

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Hello! My apartment building suffered a complete power outage 4 days ago while I was using it. The power resumed 3 hours later, But I haven't been able to log on since.
Normally, I turn on my PC and about 30 seconds later, a window appears asking for my password. After entering it, the PC proceeds to my desktop. Now, when I turn on the PC, it leads me to a blue screen with a mouse cursor at the center (which I can move), but there's nothing at all to click on.
When I tap F8 during the boot process and choose any option from the "Advanced Boot Options" window, I still can't start my computer normally.
Here are the "Advanced Boot Options" I tried, after consulting with my slightly more PC-savvy brother:
1 Repair Your Computer - After I see my usual black screen with the words "Microsoft Corporation" appearing under green bars that scroll from left to right for about 15 seconds, a blue screen appears with the mouse cursor at the center (which I can move), but there's nothing at all to click on.
2 Safe Mode - While the PC displays several boot files from top to bottom, it pauses on "Loaded: \windows\system32\drivers\disk.sys" for about 20 seconds, then proceeds to a black screen with the words "Safe Mode" in all 4 corners and the mouse cursor at the center (which I can move), but there's nothing at all to click on.
3 Safe Mode with Networking - see 'Safe Mode' above.
4 Safe Mode with Command Prompt - see 'Safe Mode' above.
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A:Cannot boot up Windows Vista after power outage - HELP!

Greetings, Your system is 32 bit if this is your PC. Let's start with what is working: You have power, You have USB (mouse and keyboard function), You have video, and You were able to retrieve files from the HDD. The processor, RAM, and HDD may be okay. I would say you probably have a corrupted MBR and system files caused by the abrupt shutdown due to loss of power. I would start by trying an operating system installation. I would reset the BIOS to defaults before reinstalling the operating system. You would need a Vista install or repair disc in order to attempt a repair. You cannot download Win Vista from Digital River anymore. Restore Disks has a recovery kit for the PC I have linked to. Big disclaimer, there is no guarantee this will work. But you have to start somewhere. Cheers!  

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Hey everyone,I need urgent help with my laptop.First, today I've been using my laptop - Lenovo G500s with Windows 7 x64 and then electricity in whole city fall out for a moment any my laptop turned off because I am not using laptop with battery inserted at home.Electricity fall off happend before of course, but this time it was different.When I turned on my laptop, it started to make wierd, not very loud noise, like 30 times *beep*, like when the truck is reversing (a bit slower). And I recieved this error:find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /webaoluError 15: File not foundPress any key to continue...
 
So when I press key...
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First 6 opinions return to same error as mentioned above and last two are consoles. After I try to reboot using console command "reboot" it reboots the computer and it stuck at "Lenovo" welcome screen and it stays forever on the screen.I've found a lot of threads of this but always helped Windows Repair from installation disc, but when I enter disc and set CD/DVD mechanic as first (priority) in BIOS, it doesnt load the disc and doesnt even show "press key to boot from disc..." message. The only thing it shows is black background with blinking ( - ) symbol and after while it returns back to the error above.
 
Yes, I bought this laptop without OS (it has MS-DOS I guess).Please, help.
 
Mod's Edit: Additional information added to Subject line for clarity of issue.
 
 

A:G500s - Boot issue after power outage

Hello everyone,
I've posted my issue few posts above, but I managed to boot Windows Installation disc from USB drive (CD/DVD doesn't work).
 
Original issue post here.
 
Everything's going fine, it loads up the installer and I begin installation, but when it prompts me where to install OS there are no choices (partitions) and the field is blank - the setup is asking for some drivers. 
 
What can be problem that the partitions are not showing? Where to get drivers ?
 
Maybe can help, but always when I attempt to reboot system via Windows setup it stuck on "Lenovo" welcome screen and nothing happend for very long time and I must "force shut-off" by pressing and holding power button.
Time for new hdd? 
 
NOTE: Hard disc drive is DETECTED in BIOS. (Using original Seagate 1TB 2,5" - st1000lm014-1ej164)
 
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Hi
I recently suffered a power outage, since then my computer has been very slow to boot up, otherwise it seems OK.
The computer is, I think, an Elite with a Foxconn 945 7MD mainboard.
When the computer is switched on it seem OK till it starts loading Windows (XP professional with all updates and service packs) then the 3 blue dots on the progress bar go into slow motion taking about 25 seconds to move the width of the progress bar. It repeats this three and a half times then kind of hiccups then returns to normal operation and boots up OK from then on.
Can I do anything simple to return to the previous state. (If the solution is complicated I would rather leave well alone and brew tea while waiting for the computer to wake up.
regards
phil
 

A:Solved: Power outage now slow boot

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PC was running great.  Dog tripped over cord and unplugged it while it was running.  Now won't boot.  I had just run a chkdsk and everything was fine...no bad sectors, etc.  Now get error message "Hard Disk Short DST Check: Failed"  Cannot get boot sequence to go to my USB recovery to try to recover.  I suspect damage is to boot sector and not to the actual hard disk.  How can I get the PC to boot from the USB?  Failure ID: 60DPTG-0087D-9XPJXF-60QX03.  Is this drive 'shot' or can it be recovered AND can it be recovered with all my files still intact?  Please advise.  Many thanks.  

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My wife told me the power went off in the house yesterday morning for about 15-20 seconds. Naturally, my machine shut down. When I got home in the evening, I turned it on, the keyboard flashed, the CD and CD-RW drives lit, then the Dell splash screen came on....and that was it! No hard drive whirring, no completion of the boot sequence (I thought). I tried unplugging it, and powering on again, but it always stopped at the Dell splash screen.

Then I took a phone call, did a couple of minor things, and when I came back about 10 minutes later, there was the XP "Choose a User" screen. So, i chose my administrator name, ran my "Tuneup Utiilities 2007" registry cleaner [it works fine for my needs for 4+ years] - no surprises found. Then went to "System Restore" and chose a point two days back and restarted. Same thing happened, took almost 10 minutes for it to (sneakily) boot past the Dell splash screen, finished the "System Restore" sequence, and seems to run fine. The only anomalies are this long and weird boot time, and the icon on the taskbar for "OK to remove this device" for my USB printer is no longer on the taskbar. And no, I do not have the MS Windows XP original disks, they were trashed in a fire.

And I'm not really complaining, since I have not lost data (which is backed up anyway), and everything seems to be working fine. But I wonder if there are any "restore" or "check and fix"-type command... Read more

A:Solved: Very delayed boot as result of power outage

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Hey everyone.

I have an Acer Aspire 6920 laptop, it is fairly old but had no problems (besides a broken DC jack and depleted battery) prior to this.

There was a power outage one night and I turned off my laptop by holding down the power button, because the battery was completely depleted and it would have just died anyway.
When the power came back on, I went to turn on my laptop and nothing. The screen does not come on at all, nor does it show on an external monitor. The hdd light does not flash, but the fan starts up and the lights for the charger and battery also show. One thing to note is that it will power up, shut down, then about a minute later powers up again on it's own.
My external usb mouse and keyboard don't respond when plugged in, and neither does the built in keyboard (i.e. pressing num lock, caps lock etc.)

I've tried just about everything in my ability to fix it, taking the battery out and removing the power supply, and holding the power button for x amount of seconds. Nothing has helped.
I can't afford to get it repaired so I have to do it myself, so I'm asking for any help possible.

Thank you in advance.
 

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Hey everyone,I need urgent help with my laptop.

First, today I've been using my laptop - Lenovo G500s with Windows 7 x64 and then electricity in whole city fall out for a moment any my laptop turned off because I am not using laptop with battery inserted at home.

Electricity fall off happend before of course, but this time it was different.

When I turned on my laptop, it started to make wierd, not very loud noise, like 30 times *beep*, like when the truck is reversing (a bit slower). And I recieved this error:

find --set-root --ignore-floppies --ignore-cd /webaolu
Error 15: File not found
Press any key to continue...

So when I press key...


First 6 opinions return to same error as mentioned above and last two are consoles. After I try to reboot using console command "reboot" it reboots the computer and it stuck at "Lenovo" welcome screen and it stays forever on the screen.

I've found a lot of threads of this but always helped Windows Repair from installation disc, but when I enter disc and set CD/DVD mechanic as first (priority) in BIOS, it doesnt load the disc and doesnt even show "press key to boot from disc..." message.
The only thing it shows is black background with blinking ( - ) symbol and after while it returns back to the error above.

Yes, I bought this laptop without OS (it has MS-DOS I guess).

But I managed to boot Windows Installation disc from USB drive. Everything's going fine, it loads up the insta... Read more

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After a power outage, my laptop and sister's phone would not connect nor recognize our router. We turned off the router and rebooted it, after which her phone connects but my laptop still would not connect at all. I tried manually setting up the network on the laptop, the network still won't pop up anymore.
 

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I'm suddenly experiencing this problem. I'm unable to boot my laptop from my battery. But if I connect the power chord, I'm able to start it. There is no problem with restart, hibernate and other options on battery though. I've also installed batterycare to check the battery condition. It shows no problem with battery condition. Can anyone help me out with this problem?

A:Unable to boot from battery power

Do you have access to a digital multimeter my friend as it will show you if the thing is ok on voltage or not .

Having said that it might e holding a voltage but no current capabilities - how old is it? as Lithium batteries degrade from the day they are manufactured mate. On average that can be around three years. I personally would not rely on the battery health readout an actual check is best.

By he way depending on the make and contact set up check out too if there is any debris down inside those slots either in the battery (usual) or the machine.

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Hi,

My Windows 7 laptop recently suffered a power loss during shutdown (I've been running it without the battery since the battery could only provide about 10 minutes of power anyway). Upon turning on the laptop the next day, the computer automatically entered Windows Vista system recovery mode, and restarting the computer again didn't help. The laptop was running Windows 7 Pro, upgraded from an OEM installation of Windows Vista Ultimate.

I proceeded with startup repair, but the repair utility wasn't able to recognize any operating systems on my disk. Proceeding with the repair anyway, startup repair reports that the problem could not be automatically repaired. After that, I've tried the following:Run chkdsk /f from the command prompt under the System Recovery Options window.After claiming that a few sectors were unreadable, chkdsk reports that it encountered an unexpected error

Connect the laptop harddrive to another computer as a secondary drive and run chkdsk /fchkdsk identifies the supposedly unreadable sectors and proceeds to stage 2 and sometimes stage 3, but eventually encounters an unexpected error nonetheless
While attempting to repair the affected sectors, chkdsk reports that there is insufficient space to recover the lost data
The data partition on the harddrive appears to be readable in explorer, but the former system partition appears to be unreadable.

Put the harddrive back into the laptop and perform startup repair from Windows 7 installation diskStartup ... Read more

A:Unable to Boot After Power Loss

Try pulling out the CMOS battery for 2 minutes then reinstall. That might get you going.

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Win 7x64
Acer-5251
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

A:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

Quote:
He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.


What type of Windows DVD was used?

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Hi, I have a Compaq laptop that will not boot/load into OS. Im asked to "Enter Administrator Password or Power on Password. After three failed attempts, I get: "System disabled" with this code: 86252385. If i reboot the computer i can try three more times before another System disabled message occurs again. Can you help med with this?













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Installed NPE and my system is basically stuck in an infinite loop. Can't pick start windows normally or start in safe mode (regardless of choice it just generates an infinite loop where I can't exit this screen).
 
Tried following instructions (downloading MBRfix and fixlist.txt into a USB and plugged that USB into the affected computer at bootup) here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/479411/cant-boot-apparent-norton-power-eraser-issue/ to no avail. Appreciate any advice you folks can render. Thanks. 

A:Unable to boot up Windows XP after running Norton Power Eraser

Merged topics.  Topic title was: Bestwebnutfunblack: How to remove this? ~ OB I believe my PC is infected with "Bestwebnutfunblack". Please advise how I can remove this?

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Good Day All,
I am running NT 4.0 Workstaion and has been running well until 4 days ago. On boot, I get to Log in, then loads wallpaper, and Procomm Remote and thats it, no task bar, no desktop icons.

The Windows button on Keyboard has no effect, I cannot seem to access anything. When I use Control+Alt+Delete, it shows only Explorer and RapidRemote-Host (Procomm) running.

HELP!!!

Oh, not that this is tough enough, my CD Drive had died a couple weeks earlier, I have setup my servers CD to share so I can now access a CD Drive.

Any suggestions are Very Welcome!!
Thanks for your time

Bill
 

A:NT4.0 incomplete Boot

does your keyboard have the windows key on it? hit it to see if it envokes the toolbar. if not use ctrl/esc and see if you get it.
 

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XP Home. System seems to boot OK but after boot appears to have finished when any desktop shortcut icon is double clicked instead of programme launching the programmes properties box appears. Restart does not always clear the problem, boot only fully successful one in 5 or 6 restarts. Full virus scan, Spybot and AdAware all run and any problems found fixed. Did have a puper.dr trojan some weeks ago but it was immediately cleaned but is it still lurking somewhere? HJT log below, any assistance appreciated.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 10:40:28, on 03/11/2006
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.5730.0011)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\System32\GEARSec.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\LckFldService.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcdetect.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcshield.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\agent\mctskshd.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\mcafee.com\vso\OasClnt.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsshld.exe
c:\program files\mcafee.com\agent\mcagent.exe
c:\progra~1\mcafee.com\vso\mcvsescn.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_06\bin\jusched.exe
C:\DAVID\Acrobat 7 Pro\Distillr\Acrotray.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe
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I suddenly started having problems on my Compaq Evo 610c laptop yesterday April 22. It froze while using Outlook and Internet Explorer; using task manager the process running had the image name System and the user name System. This process was using nearly 100% of the CPU continuously. Since then I can only boot fully in safe mode networking. Trying to boot normally results in the same hung process; the monitor shows up to the background picture and no further but the CPU seem to be working non-stop.
I can?t figure out what is causing this but maybe coincidentally a colleague using a similar machine started having a problem yesterday with what I suspect are the same symptoms

XP SP2 installed a couple weeks ago; CheckPoint vpn client and a a few popular MicroSoft application.
 

A:Incomplete XP boot

I found the perfect solution here:
http://forums.techguy.org/t355752.html
Thanks to Bert Kinney
 

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I was using my computer suddenly power supply went,,,when i started again my computer it gave me an error" windows needs Startup repair",, after "windows starting logo" i could see only Black/Blue Screen with mouse pointer can move on it...
I tried to repair by windows 7 DVD...but after inserting DVD...an option come "press any key to boot from CD/DVD" then i pressed anykey then a message "windows loading files" appeared ,,, then
"windows starting " logo appeared....then after that i can see only black screen with mouse pointer.
even i am unable to install a new copy of window beacuse it is unable to boot..
i saw settings in boot menu and all are set to default.

A:Statup Error Due to power loss,unable to boot from CD/DVD, Black Scree

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Falak


I was using my computer suddenly power supply went,,,when i started again my computer it gave me an error" windows needs Startup repair",, after "windows starting logo" i could see only Black/Blue Screen with mouse pointer can move on it...
I tried to repair by windows 7 DVD...but after inserting DVD...an option come "press any key to boot from CD/DVD" then i pressed anykey then a message "windows loading files" appeared ,,, then
"windows starting " logo appeared....then after that i can see only black screen with mouse pointer.
even i am unable to install a new copy of window beacuse it is unable to boot..
i saw settings in boot menu and all are set to default.


Hi Falak and welcome to Seven Forums.

did you try to boot into safe mode?

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Win10Pro64au - Greetings. My PC was working fine until yesterday. Today upon boot, it hung on the login screen (no password required) for about 25 seconds, displaying "preparing windows." (I have "verbose status" enabled.) When the desktop appeared, it was incomplete, as was the start menu. My sense is that programs that run for "all users" started, but nothing from my own user account. After about 10 minutes, the programs that are in my "startup" folder suddenly started, although much is still missing from the start menu. Overall, the machine does seem to be working once the desktop appears.

Booting into safe mode gives similar results. I tried to restore to the last restore point of a few days ago, but Windows said the restore failed, and nothing would be changed. I ran the repair tool from the installation disk, but it reported that it couldn't repair the problem and offered to reinstall Windows. Checkdisk reports no errors on any partition. I tried to log in under the administrator account created automatically by windows during installation. It hung similarly on "preparing windows" for the same 25 seconds, and then the screen went black. Only ctrl-alt-del seemed to work at that point.

I'm hoping someone can help me solve this, otherwise, I foresee a complete reinstallation of Windows. This is a home built machine that I started about a month ago, and I sure don't feel like starting over again. T... Read more

A:long and incomplete boot

There are a few things you can try from safe mode since you can get there. One is to go into startup and eliminate everything except for Antivirus program and see if that helps. I also think from a cmd prompt you can run "chkdsk /r" which wouold clear up any hard drive corruption which has to be there.

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Win10Pro64au - Greetings. My PC was working fine until yesterday. Today upon boot, it hung on the login screen (no password required) for about 25 seconds, displaying "preparing windows." (I have "verbose status" enabled.) When the desktop appeared, it was incomplete, as was the start menu. My sense is that programs that run for "all users" started, but nothing from my own user account. After about 10 minutes, the programs that are in my "startup" folder suddenly started, although much is still missing from the start menu. Overall, the machine does seem to be working once the desktop appears.

Booting into safe mode gives similar results. I tried to restore to the last restore point of a few days ago, but Windows said the restore failed, and nothing would be changed. I ran the repair tool from the installation disk, but it reported that it couldn't repair the problem and offered to reinstall Windows. Checkdisk reports no errors on any partition. I tried to log in under the administrator account created automatically by windows during installation. It hung similarly on "preparing windows" for the same 25 seconds, and then the screen went black. Only ctrl-alt-del seemed to work at that point.

I'm hoping someone can help me solve this, otherwise, I foresee a complete reinstallation of Windows. This is a home built machine that I started about a month ago, and I sure don't feel like starting over again. T... Read more

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Boot-up ceases prior to desktop display. Attempted to reinstall windows, but ended up with 2nd WIN2K boot option, which works fine as basic O/S.
Ran CHKDISK on C: drive. After initially correcting multiple errors, drive is now OK. I have original WIN2K Pro install disk, but not all drivers for peripherals- help me repair original install, please.
 

A:Incomplete Boot-up in WIN2K Pro

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I turned my laptop on last night, I heard the "whir" and an almost immediate crash. Apparently, my toddler had unplugged it and I did not notice. <sigh> This original battery lasts only a few minutes, long enough for me to turn it off in a power outage, but not long enough to start up completely. Now, it loops. It will not boot in safe or normal mode, will not return to previous configurations, nothing. I know it's a registry issue (BTDT years ago).

We've had a lot of Murphy's Law around here lately. This morning I found the "new" battery that disappeared about a year ago (2 months after I bought it). Ah, the joys of children. Sure do wish I had found that 12 hours earlier...

Everything is on an external hard drive except my Quicken bookkeeping. I haven't backed it up in a few weeks. But it's enough bookkeeping since then that I don't want to have to redo it. I know I could slave that computer to get other types of files, but can I get into Quicken that way? I don't know enough about that.

I've read 14,000 thing about this today (including http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic138692.html), and I have come to the following conclusions:
-I need to go back to the last System Restore point, but I can't get to that.
-Because I can't do System Restore point, I need to use the Recovery Console.

Problem: I don't have the Win XP Pro disks to use the Recovery Console. At one point in the previ... Read more

A:Boot loop after incomplete startup

Can you get into safe mode at al?

Just after the POST screen hit F8.

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Good Morning

I am running Windows XP SP2 in a VM on a MAC using parallels program ...
I recently picked up a virus that got through my zone alarm defense...

In the process of trying to rid the OS of the virus I have made matters worse...

Here is the problem....

Windows will boot in normal, selective or safe mode but it will not boot comepletely...
The desktop graphic appears but none of the desktop icons or menu bars appear .

I can use CNTRL ALT DELETE to call up the windows task manager and can use msconfig command to move between the 3 modes and
it (WTM) will respond to other commands such as starting up firefox, restart, shutdown etc...

The restore function had two restore points which I tried both of and now I have no restore points left to use...

I would like to get my OS back to booting up correctly in each of these modes before I tackle the system32/monger virus again...

Any ideas from the group will be appreciated

Tom

A:Windows Xp In Vm Incomplete Boot Up In All Modes

Moved to the Am I Infected forum

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