black screen freeze

March 2, 2009 at 05:58:52
Specs: Windows XP, 512 mb or somekind
i have been on a 3 week holiday and have returned home to find that my computer doesn't boot up properly. and found my brother has been on my computer, i dont noe wat he has done on it but this is the problem. As i turn on the computer, at the start it shows the drives and all that with the black screen and white txt, but after that its suppose to go through another page like that(blak background white txt), but for some odd reason it just freezes at a black screen and no txt or anything shows. can someone plz help me? i really hope i dont have to reformat my computer because it has my whole life on it

i noe i have a crappy computer but it actually worked pretty well before it got stuffed but i dunno wat my brother did to it but i cant even get into safe mode, as i thought it was infected by virus, the furthest i could go is press DEL when that first page shows up and i can set the options for my computer


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#1
March 2, 2009 at 06:20:00
you may have to try a repair install:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/...
you will need either an Xp Pro or an XP home install disc for this. It has to be the same kind as you have installed, you can't mix & match.

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#2
March 2, 2009 at 08:22:05
Failing power supplies are common and can cause your symptoms.
Check your PS.
See response 4 in this:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...

Try this first BEFORE you try doing a Repair "install" - if your computer is having problems reading the ram, running a Repair "install" will TRASH your existing Windows installation because you won't be able to complete it sucessfully:

A common thing that can happen with ram, even ram that worked fine previously, is the ram has, or has developed, a poor connection in it's slot(s).
This usually happens a long time after the ram was installed, but it can happen with new ram, or after moving the computer case from one place to another, and I've had even new modules that needed to have their contacts cleaned.

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:
http://www.computing.net/hardware/w...


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#3
March 2, 2009 at 10:22:08
>>>Try this first BEFORE you try doing a Repair "install" - if your computer is having problems reading the ram, running a Repair "install" will TRASH your existing Windows installation because you won't be able to complete it sucessfully:<<<

That's a new one to me.

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#4
March 2, 2009 at 10:57:54
XpUser4Real

Any memory errors while writing to the hard drive can corrupt the data.

At any rate it is always a good idea to try eliminating hardware issues prior to repairing software. The reasons are obvious.

A repair install may well be the best course of action. However, the OP doesn't really know what caused the current condition and the brother may not be forthcoming.

Lilray

Depending on ONE copy of your personal files is foolish. Once this issue is resolved promise yourself you will maintain backups.


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#5
March 2, 2009 at 13:03:49
If there are no ram errors before you get to the stage where you can start it, it's obvious when you run it that the Repair "install" procedure deletes a lot of something at or near the beginning of Setup - I would think probably at least some settings and maybe some regsitry entries - and it probably re-makes whatever is essential of that data later on in Setup . If you get any ram errors before Setup completes, in the worst cases that may black screen and reboot the computer, or it may more likely cause problems reading files from the CD, or if there is a problem otherwise with the CD drive reading the files from the CD, and you have to skip loading files from the CD, or if you quit Setup before it is finished, you will probably NOT have the choice of doing the Repair "install" the next time you try and thereafter, after you have fixed whatever caused the problem you were having. The second Repair option will probably no longer be available.

That happened to me when I neglected to test the ram on someone else's computer before I ran the Repair "install".
In that case I didn't know someone had installed a ram module that was producing a relatively small amount of ram errors because it wasn't 100% compatible with the mboard chipset when another compatible ram module was already present, but if the ram worked fine previously, the most likely thing is there's a poor connection in the ram slots.

Sometimes you may have tiny amounts of ram errors that don't cause a problem with the initial loading of files from the CD or with partitioning and formatting the drive, but then you DO get errors loading files from the CD during Setup that can't be worked around.


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