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Computer wont boot past Bios Screen

February 28, 2005 at 18:06:01
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 2.6ghz/512mb

Hi, I used my computer a couple of nights ago & turned it off & went to bed, then I went to use it the next day & it started up with a humming noise(it's in my spare room so one had even been in the room never mind touched it since I last turned it off, It got to the blue Windows screen then it went black & I left it & returned 5/10mins later & it was still black So I restarted it & I was getting error messages, So I used HDD Regenerator & it repaired some corrupt sectors,So again I tried to load it by using normal & then safe mode but even that didn't work, So the first screen comes up F2 Setup & F11 Boot then it goes to this screen next.

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Then it quickly changes to this

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& it sticks at this screen permanently, I've tried leaving it on for hours but it doesn't change. I'm not a techie, So don't really understand all this stuff but does anyone have any idea how to get around it so that I can get to the desktop to save some important files that I haven't backed up.


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#1
February 28, 2005 at 18:30:04

What file system is your OS? NTFS or FAT32?

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#2
February 28, 2005 at 18:32:54

99.9% sure it'S NTFS

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#3
February 28, 2005 at 19:19:03

I think that your HDD has failed.

What HDD is it? There may be a PC DOS prgram from the vendor that would allow you to test it.


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#4
February 28, 2005 at 23:11:49

sounds as if you have tried to change the boot screen, or a program has tried to do so.

the files its looking for ARE photos, on an internet account.and you cant open that file until windows has loaded,

try an xp repair,stick in the xp cd and do the normal install, when it sees that there is an operating system,hit repair.

alternatively try to open in safemode with prompt, and with the xpcd in the drive, type SFC /scannow

alternatively try to open in safemode with prompt, and with the xpcd in the drive, type
FIXBOOT /enter / yes
fix MBR /enter/ yes

hope this helps


i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#5
March 1, 2005 at 03:13:42

Badboy it's a Hitachi Deskstar Hard Drive & I found a Dos prog & already tried it, I didn't understand half of the info but managed to get to the scan page & tried the basic scan which revelaed nothing & so done an advanced one which found some corrupt sectors but when I tried to repair them from the disk, I got this screen

Test Results, Device Not Found Disposition code=0x20

This was when I tried HDD Regenerator.

princecorum, When you say

"the files its looking for ARE photos, on an internet account.and you cant open that file until windows has loaded"

I don't understand what you mean, The computer won't go past the boot screen doesn't have Internet access, Since it's my main one that I do all the work on, I am using the one downstairs(this one that ha sbroadband & is what I use for general purpose activities.)

As for trying to change the boot screen,It honestly wasn't me as I don't have a clue about how to do it.

I tried to put in the windows xp pro cd yesterday, Once it's in the tray it a black screen comes up & in white writing something about scanning computer hardware then after a few hours it still was stuck on this screen.

So could you please tell me exactly how to go about entering the instructions below, from when I turn on the PC.

"alternatively try to open in safemode with prompt, and with the xpcd in the drive, type SFC /scannow

alternatively try to open in safemode with prompt, and with the xpcd in the drive, type
FIXBOOT /enter / yes
fix MBR /enter/ yes"

Thanks James..



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#6
March 1, 2005 at 03:59:26

Get a w98se boot disk here:

www.bootdisk.com

How many HDs?

M2


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#7
March 1, 2005 at 05:38:47

take out the hard drive, change the jumper to slave, and set it in the 2nd computer,on the same ide as your main hard drive.

you should be then able to make any repairs, run chkdsk /f , defrag or even reinstall.

(most likely C:\windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe - the boot screen) that this file is changed or damaged, do u use themexp. or style xp?


i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#8
March 1, 2005 at 06:03:28

sorry,
safe mode, generally you press f8 during the boot process, that will give you a choice of different ways to reboot,
safemode/with networking/command prompt
last know good configuration (this is a good one to try)


i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#9
March 1, 2005 at 12:08:02

james,
Corrupted sectors are you worst enemy. I currently work with IBM hard drives everyday (which are if fact made by hitachi), and after running the DFT (in the advanced mode), and make sure you take ATA support only on the first screen, say exit when it asks you if you want to repair the sectors. (I believe you press "R" for return). It should give you a diposition code. 0x70 is defective device. Every time we get a 0x70, we send the drive to IBM global services (which is the same building as Hitachi Global services), they replace them. I would find out if you have a warranty on the drive, and get a replacement. If you dont have a warranty, i would buy another drive, and migrate as much of the data from the drive as you can(while you have it set up as a slave). Never ever ever buy a hitachi or IBM hard drive. They are the worst drives possible, and nothing but a liablity to you and you data.

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#10
March 3, 2005 at 16:46:05

Thanks for the info guys.

spinemangler, I really could have done with that info a year ago(LOL)when purchasing it, I thought Hitachi/Ibm were supposed to be decent brands,Suppose again it shows you what I know.

I tried the safe mode attempt princecorum but no luck unfortunately.

I tried again with my Windows XP Pro CD & to my amazement the Blue windows setup screen came up, I tried a repair but unfortunately Repair wasn't one of the options listed, So out of curiosity I rebooted & this time the screen went black & the keyboard froze.

So I've tried the 6 floppy boot disks, HDD Regenerator, I also got a friend to try & make me a boot disk from their windows xp but that also didn't work.

So the way I see it is I only have these choices available,

Attempt a total re-install & lose everything, scrap it & buy a new hard drive, I was also thinking since I have an external hard drive that I just bought last week for my work. So I was thinking of copying everything from my other pc that I'm currently using(Windows XP Home)to the hard drive & boot it from the F: Drive, I done a test with my External Dvd Burner & my motherboard allows me to boot from an external source, This will be my last attempt.

So what I've done was rather than buying an external blank usb 2 case, then taking the hard rive out & plugging it in to this pc & back as much stuff as I can, The cost would be almost £30(around $60) for a blank case, Instead I found a seller from Hong Kong who sells IDE to Usb converters, I simply take my hard drive from the broken machine upstairs, Plug the IDE Cable in along with the power supply into a wall socket then I plug the other USB End in to this machine downstairs & with a bit of luck I can get all my much needed data off it & onto a few dvd's, or if I'm having problems then I'll try one of those file recovery programs.

The price was only £10 including p&p(around $18), So less than a third of the price for that of an external case. So I'll let you all know how it turns out one way or another.

Thanks Again for all help received I really appreciate it, James..


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