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Large white smiley face on bootup screen

March 19, 2011 at 12:16:23
Specs: Windows 7, Turion64x2
When I boot my computer, before windows loads it goes right to a large white smiley face in the upper left had corner and also shows a blinking curser. I can do nothing put power off my computer.

Things you should know: my computer is protected by TrueCrypt encryption. and I run Vista

The chain of events is as follows:

I turned on my computer and installed windows updates. I restart my computer but abort the boot halfway through because I wanted to change the graphics card settings in the BIOS. My computer restarts and I go into the BIOS only to find that I have already changed the setting to how I like, but I also notice something called AMD Virtualization which I enable. I then exist the BIOS and continue the boot. I am prompted to either start the computer as usual or start up windows recovery as I had powered down incorrectly. I chose to go with the recover and it starts to do its thing. I get tired of waiting so I cancel it. It stops and my computer restarts, but now it goes straight to the smiley face.

Things I have tried, but have failed me:

1) returned all setting to default in BIOS
2) tried starting in safe mode, but I can't even get the option to appear.
3) put in recovery/utility disk for vista, but my operating system won't even show up for me to choose.
4)Tried booting into a trial version of ubuntu linux so that I could see if my files where still accessible, but it encounters and error.

My hypothesis:

TrueCrypt did something when I aborted the recovery and now I am f---ed

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March 19, 2011 at 13:20:21

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March 19, 2011 at 13:39:16
This is not likely to solve all your problems, but it may allow you to boot.
The default settings in your bios may be *incompatible* with your PC.. even if it doesn't make much sense on the face of it..after all , what manufacturer would be so f** stupid to do that?.
Well, quite a few, in my unpleasant experience..
As long as you can get in the bios , just try different settings and don't assume that the default settings will even let you could be one simple thing tho.. if you don't know what something is *Do some research, and find out!*
Eventually, you'll get it booting and loading windows again..
Doccus Rockus Maximus

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