Windows XP Home Edition won't boot

Packard bell / N/A
April 16, 2009 at 03:01:20
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition
Hi everyone

I turn on my computer and it starts OK but then the screen goes black and it beeps once then restarts the computer even before it starts windows.

I would really like some help and I've already tried starting it in safe mode but it doesn't work!!!

Thanks all.


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#1
April 16, 2009 at 13:20:35
Then your choice is to try to fix it with a live cd, copy off data with live cd and then reload xp.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
April 17, 2009 at 01:28:46
Hi

Where can I get a live cd?


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#3
April 17, 2009 at 01:54:18
If you are not able to boot in Safe Mode that means it may be the problem with hardware. You should change RAM and check.
You should also check Power supply of the computer.

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#4
April 17, 2009 at 02:11:30
This is not the first time I've had this problem because last time I was able to fix it with safe mode.

I'm pretty sure the RAM is working but I'll check again and the power supply is fine.


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#5
April 17, 2009 at 03:11:19
You should repair windows operating system with the help of windows disc.

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#6
April 17, 2009 at 03:16:27
Where can I get a Windows disk?

I didn't recieve any disks with my PC or any else of that kind...


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#7
April 17, 2009 at 03:47:50
You were supposed to make your own set of disks when you first got the computer. You may still be able to if you can get it running again.

How is it you know your RAM and power supply are OK?

A common cause of your problem is a failed drive in the system. Could be the CD drive. Watch the POST screens at startup to verify that ALL the drives and other hardware are being properly configured by the BIOS.

If you don't SEE any POST screens before the black screen then boot into the BIOS (setup) and disable fast boot and any logos.


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#8
April 17, 2009 at 04:03:04
When we got the computer no-one or no thing told us to make any disks but I did make some booting floppy disks with the help of my windows 98 for a windows xp but my windows xp dosn't have a drive for floppy disks so they're not that much help... I even tried copying the files form the floppy disks onto rewritable cds but that didn't work either.

Other all the drives and hardware are being configurated sucessfully in the POST screens.


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#9
April 17, 2009 at 05:25:21
Have you tried booting into Windows Safe Mode by using F8 at start up. Once in there you can go to Device Manager to see if you have any hardware with a problem.

I am not familiar with Packard Bell because that brand hasn't been sold in the USA for years. Did you get the computer brand new? Did it originally come with WinXP pre-installed?


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#10
April 17, 2009 at 05:31:41
I have tried a number of times to strat in safe mode and I even tried all other modes.

Yes, I got the computer brand new with windows XP pre-installed on it. And also I live in France so I bought it here.


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#11
April 17, 2009 at 05:43:36
Do you have a manual for the computer? Most OEM computers that come with Windows pre-installed have a hidden partition on the hard drive that contains all the files needed to restore the computer to the factory state.

Your manual should explain how to perform that restore. The procedure usually involves certain keystrokes at start up.

If you have person data that you need to copy you will need to access the files and copy BEFORE restoring to factory state. There are two methods available to you. First one is to remove the hard drive and install as a slave on a compatible computer. If the drive itself is not the problem then you should be able to access the files for copy.

The second method is to use a live CD to access the hard drive while it is in place. Knoppix is one such live CD OS. Knoppix installs to and runs from one CDR or DVDR. You can download for free but you will need a fast internet connection and a computer that can burn an ISO CDR.

Below is a link to download Knoppix.

If using the slave drive method you will need a computer that can read NTFS file format ( 2000/XP/Vista) and you may need to take owership of the files/folder. To learn how to do that look at the second link below.

http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421


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#12
April 17, 2009 at 08:42:38
The thing is I'm not very comfortable removing drives and hardware from the computer as it is a shared computer and it has important files and folders on it and if I lose them then It won't be very good...

I looked in the manual for my computer and it has a Packard Bell system restore program that I can run at startup so I ran the restore program it started restoring but then it it said:"run error 76 path not found" I click OK and then it restarts the computer Nothing else I can do...

I looked at that program "Knopix" and I noticed that it is for Linux. Is there one for Windows?

Anyway, if I can't do anything about it, on monday I am going to take the computer to a professienel technicien. I hope he can sort it out.


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#13
April 17, 2009 at 15:50:00
Download Knoppix. It isn't FOR Linux, It is Linux. It can read your drive and you should be able to copy your personal data using Knoppix.

You boot to the CDR that you make and it can access all your hardware. CD/DVD writer, flash drives, USB external drives, etc.


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#14
April 18, 2009 at 10:50:36
I've downloaded Knoppix and tried to make the disk but when it starts making it, it stops and says: An error has been produced error code 310953-34-00000000
I am doing this with a Windows Vista Toshiba Satellite and making the disc with with Toshiba disc creator.

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#15
April 18, 2009 at 11:02:56
are there any errors when you try getting into safe mode or does the PC just hang there?

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#16
April 18, 2009 at 11:07:13
It just restarts strait after I press enter when selecting safe mode

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#17
April 18, 2009 at 11:07:40
I have no experience with Vista or the burning program but there is most likely something going on with your burner or the burning program. Use a different computer to create the disk or order Knoppix already on CDR.

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#18
April 18, 2009 at 11:09:53
Do you think windows 98 would work? Thats the only other computer I've got...
I can just drag and drop Knoppix onto a cdr, would that work?

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#19
April 18, 2009 at 11:17:47
Win98 would work if you have a burner and burning program installed on it. You can tranfer the download to the Win98 computer if it isn't connected to a faster internet connection.

Do you have Roxio or Nero on any of your computers?


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#20
April 18, 2009 at 11:22:30
I think I've got Roxio on Windows 98 and I am definetly sure that I've got another one that is called "DirectCD".

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#21
April 18, 2009 at 11:37:57
DirectCD is a packet writer. That isn't going to work for you but you may be able to use Roxio CD creator.

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#22
April 18, 2009 at 12:34:25
For some reason, my win98 doesn't want to detect Knoppix which I put on a cdr and as the computer is not connected to the internet I can't download it.

What do I do?


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#23
April 18, 2009 at 14:06:55
How did you put Knoppix on a CDR? As a data file? Open My Computer while the CDR is inserted and right click on that drive. Choose explore and then copy and paste the Knoppix download to the desktop. Double click on the file and Roxio should start.

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#24
April 19, 2009 at 07:29:39
It won't detect Knoppix at all...
Yes I put Knoppix in the CDR as a data file.

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#25
April 19, 2009 at 07:32:40
you need to burn as an iso.

Deepburner free can do this

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#26
April 19, 2009 at 08:38:35
clive

I was asking the OP how they got the Knoppix download to the Win98 computer. Now I am thinking like you are that the OP is trying to boot to the data CDR.

xtraveno already has some version of Roxio. That should be able to make the CD too. I believe the download is self extracting and opens any available burning program. Should be a simple task. However I think the OP may be overwhelmed.


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#27
April 19, 2009 at 09:31:48
I have downloaded Deepburner it worked perfectly for making the iso image disc but I have a problem booting it on my WinXP. It starts loading but then says: Invalid or corrupt kernel image.
after that it has "boot:" where I can write in stuff I wrote in "ISOLINUX" and then it said "Image checksum error , sorry...
"Boot failed: press a key to retry..."
I press a key and then it restarts.

Otherwise can anyone recomend me another booting program. Thanks.


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#28
April 19, 2009 at 11:13:24
where is says boot type boot

I think it might be a corrupt download.

or try disketernals

http://www.diskinternals.com/downlo...

or erd commander

http://www.fullandfree.info/softwar...

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#29
April 19, 2009 at 11:16:34
I tried that but then it says kernel image not found.

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#30
April 19, 2009 at 12:48:55
try the links for bootable cd's

Before posting try google. Backup. Use anti virus software.


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#31
April 19, 2009 at 16:54:26
burn it at the slowest speed possible. also are you using a cdr or a cdrw?

larry


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#32
April 23, 2009 at 10:24:45
It's OK, my technicien has sorted it all out (with my help and your help).

Thank you everyone.


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#33
April 23, 2009 at 21:44:51
mmm - Interesting saga; perhaps you can/will tell us all what the problem was; and how fixed/resolved?

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