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My compaq laptop is starting up in safemode menu and the tries to boot but comes back to the same screen

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Try reinstalling your OS (windows xp or whatever you are using) at bootup.

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Hi When I boot it up , the acer emblem comes up then the screen goes black with a small cursor flashing in the top left hand corner

If you are having just a blingking cursor on boot up you must check if there is a disc inside the disc tray, or kindly check as well if there is a USB flash drive plug in on your computer and if there is any please remove them while your computer boots up as your computer might boot from it and it may cause just blingking cursor.

If there is no disc or USB flash drive installed, what you can try is to boot your computer in safemode and perform a system restore. Atleast restore back your computer 2 to 3 days back before this problem happen.

To perform safemode:

- turn off computer
- press the power the botton and after 2 sec tap F8 repeteadly until you see all the safemode options
- select safemode with networking/safemode use the arrow keys to highlight it then press enter
- computer will automatically boot into safemode desktop.

To perform system restore:

- click start > all programs > accessories > system tools > system restore
- click next then select desired date then follow the on screen instructions
- once system restore is done it will automatically restart and boot your computer in normal mode.

Cheers . . .

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Locked out of compaq presario internet pc i forgot my password and cannot get into my computer the computer runs windows millenium edition

power the computer off.

turn it back on - tap f8 to access the boot menu

select safemode

choose administrator

once windows boots up open users under the control panel - reset your password

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Booting problem operating system not open due to compusec application

Please do the following:
> go to the advanced boot menu by tapping on F8 right after pushing power button until you get to the advance menu screen
> you can either try to select last known good configuration or safemode by using up and down arrows to highlight then press enter
> if you select last known good configurations then system able to boot to windows then you can just uninstall the compusec apps
> if still could not boot after selecting last known good, enter Advance boot menu again and select Safemode or safemode with networking, then if you are able to boot windows again remove the apps that have a problem
> if all has been done but still having issues, i would advise to get help with backing up files from harddrive and restore system to default just like the first time you got it
> most laptops have one key recovery so check if your have

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Try booting into safemode(F8),by tapping the key during boot and choose safemode.Make sure you have another mouse you can plug into the USB port,you may have to turn off the pointing device(onboard mouse) and use an external mouse,or you may want to uninstall the pointing device while in safemode then restart the computer and let new drivers load,it may just be corrupted drivers,please let me know how you make out,or if you have any other questions,will be glad to help anyway I can:)

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My lenovo t60 screen goes black 15 seconds after

Hi, try to boot into safemode, turn your system on then keep on tapping F8 to get the windows advance Menu screen, select safemode.

In the safemode windows go to Control panel and check your power options, you will see what time frame your system has for the LCD when turning off.

If this does not fix the issue, try booting into safemode with networking for you to be able to go online in safemode try updating your BIOS from your Manufacturers Website, Updating your bios may fix the issue.

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Screen goes black after booting up and I can only see the pointer

Hi there! try this things first,

boot to safemode,. You'll need to turn the computer off,.
then when you turn it on tap f8 continuesly, advance boot menu will come up, then after that, choose safemode,. when your successful in logging in safemode, go to ms config, if your using xp type msconfig in the RUN, if vista or win 7 then type it
in the search bar in the start button, you'll need to type it in one word, then after that another window will come up look for the startup tab, then click on it, then click on disable all,, then apply,. then go to the
services tab, put a check first in the box in the lower left side that says hide all microsoft items, when you have done that click disable all, then apply then click ok, then restart your computer,.
If that fixes your issue then a software in the start up is
causing the problem,
not if you can't access safemode, run the diagnotics, you will find it in the boot menu then run diagnostics if it fails contact your tech support and they'll know what to do, but if it passes without an error then the
next step will be OSRI or operating system reinstallation, before proceeding with this back files.

hope this helps!

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Tturn on your computer, then, before the windows boot screen appears, press the F8 key, this should bring up the start options , if it does not, turn off , turn back on and try again.
On the start options use the up/down arrows on keyboard to select "last known good configuration", press the enter key. Windows should start as normal if it does not do the process again but instead select "safemode" .

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The hp 6735s laptop wont start up?

Have you tried to start in fail safe mode? try push f8 before vista screen and after bios screen. choose safemode. does it start ?

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Start menu keeps flashing on/off,dell laptop.

Hi rayo49,

Try booting in safemode. restart your computer and tap F8 repeatedly at boot up. select safemode and select windows xp.

If it does the same thing in safemode check the windows key on your keyboard. it may be stuck.
If it does not. try using system restore. start>all programs> accessories> system tools> system restore. rsetore computer to a few days back or before the problem begun

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- If the system can still boot to safemode w/ networking try to download some third party tools to check if the system is infected of virus.
- If the system wont even boot to safemode or freeze under safemode try to do windows repair.
- If this will not help you, try to back-up data using a third party vendor and do clean reinstall or you can also try running diagnostic test to check hardware issue.

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