only boots up in safe mode

March 6, 2012 at 07:08:02
Specs: Windows Vista
My computer only starts up in safe mode. how can i find out what the problem is?

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#1
March 6, 2012 at 12:55:17
Event logs may help but Vista and Windows 7 put a lot of info there. It is sometimes hard to find.

One can also boot to a Vista DVD and use it's repair tools in an attempt to fix or use restore point to a time when it worked.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#2
March 6, 2012 at 13:31:34
thanks for your reply, but i am computer illiterate. can you be a little more specific?

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#3
March 6, 2012 at 14:24:52
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#4
March 6, 2012 at 16:59:01
Which way do you want to attempt? Do you want to try and look at event logs for clues or do you want to try repair features?

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#5
March 6, 2012 at 17:50:02
i apologize but just realized that the windows system is windows 7 and not vista. i do appreciate the help!!

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#6
March 7, 2012 at 09:50:20
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...

Googling is quicker than waiting for an answer....


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#7
March 7, 2012 at 12:43:30
it is the same for both in this case.

A Pit Bull is like a gun you can pet. And there is no safety on it.


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#8
March 7, 2012 at 14:30:56
First thing I would try is .. when you get to the boot menu .. before getting to safe mode is try " Last Known Good" from the menu. Will fix a few things.



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#9
March 7, 2012 at 20:12:50
Personally, I would:
First, run Malwarebytes while in safe mode.
Second, download and install the latest drivers for all of your hardware.
Third, If the graphics have ever been changed (added or replaced graphics card if a desktop), I would make sure that the power supply has enough 'juice' to power the system with the graphics card. In safe mode the graphics are running on a minimal VGA driver that is not using the full functionality of the card so it will draw less current in safe mode. If the power was marginally enough before, a deterioration to the power supply's overtaxed components will be actually reducing the available power and making the problem worse.
Fourth, I would run Memtest86 to evaluate the memory and the hard drive mfg's utility to evaluate the hard drive for problems.
Other possibilities so if you would include system specs and mention any recent problems that may have come up recently, there may be other things to look into.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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