|Even if there is something wrong with the data on the hard drive because the computer got it's AC power switched off or removed before Windows was shut down properly, you should ALWAYS have video while booting the computer BEFORE Windows is supposed to load. |
If nothing happens at all when you press the power switch on the computer, there is something else wrong.
- make sure the AC source is actually on - e.g. if it's connected to a power bar.
- if you live in the UK or Hong Kong, or possibly some places in Europe, there may be a tiny fuse in the plug end of the power cord to the PS that may have blown - open up the compartment it's in to see if it has blown.
- if this is a desktop computer, if the PS has a power switch on it, make sure it's in the right position - the side with the line symbol should be toggled so it's nearest the PS / case.
If that's already correct, you could also try switching it off for, say, 5 minutes, then switching it on, or disconnect the AC power to the power supply for at least 5 minutes - some power supplies require that because they have been tripped into an off state by the AC power event.
If you DO have video while booting the computer BEFORE Windows is supposed to load, describe what are you seeing.
If Windows is attempting to load but it won't load properly, you probably WILL need a Windows CD of the same family (XP), or possibly one of the same version (Home or Pro) .
You could try loading the Recovery Console from any XP CD you boot the computer from first, then running CHKDSK /R - that often fixes a problem like yours.
For more info,
see response 11 in this:
starting at, scroll down to "If that won't work....."
An alternative is, you could remove the hard drive and connect it to another working computer that has Windows on it, such that you're not booting that computer from your drive, and run CHKDSK /R on your drive on that computer.
The drive letter for your drive's C partition will NOT be C on the other computer - Windows will assign the first drive letter available alphabetically to it
You nned to specfiy that drive letter when you run CHKDSK.
e.g. if that partition was assigned G, type
CHKDSK /R G: after you have typed CMD at Start - Run.
If that doesn't fix the problem, it can probably be fixed by running the Repair installation of Windows procedure, often incorrectly called a Repair install, but that requires an XP CD that is the same version - Home or Pro, as on the hard drive.
For detailed info about that,
See Response 1: