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Laptop will not boot up OS

After the initial vaio screen, it will go to the OS choices menu screen. it has not started up in any of the choice modes. it will go to a blank dark screen. I wiggled and reinstalled the memory and still no luck. I tapped F8 and went to the advanced options menu, same result with the exception of directory services restore mode which says "Microsoft Windows Version 5.1 Service Pack 3 , 1gb Memory, the system is booting in safe mode, service repair"
I will greatly appreciate any advice/help. God Bless.

Willie

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  • ecsracing Sep 04, 2008

    Thank you very much for such great info, but unfortunately I bought the laptop with pre installed OS, I have no back up recovery cd. The store I purchased it closed down. What could be, if any another option?

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Hello again, once I press 1 and ENTER it is asking me for admin password, which i do not have. Thanks you again for the info, I will keep at it, God Bless.

Willie

Posted on Sep 05, 2008

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Try running the Recovery Concole using your Windows installaiton CD (assuming you're running Windows XP).

Insert the CD and as the computer boots, look for the prompt that asks you to press any key to boot from the CD. Press any key on the keyboard and you will be taken to the Windows Setup screen.

Press 'r' to enter repair mode.

You should see this:

The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to exit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows Installation would you like to log on to
(To cancel, press ENTER)?


Hit 1 and press Enter.

You will then be at a C:\ prompt. Type chkdsk -r and hit enter.

This will scan your harddrive for errors and fix any errors you may have.

Take out the CD and reboot the computer, see if it works now.

Here is a link to more detailed informaiton about using the Recovery Console to help resolve you boot issues:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

Posted on Sep 04, 2008

  • Matthew Rodela
    Matthew Rodela Sep 05, 2008

    If you can borrow someone else's computer that has a CD burner, you can download this file:

    http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/file...

    And burn it to a CD. Then, use it like you would the XP CD. The file is a copy of ONLY the recovery console. I have verified that it is safe and I have used it in the past.


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