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I went to Bootdisc and thier help got my system up and running. 2 Days later I booted up and nothing, no BIOS, won't even read a Floppy or CD. All I get is a Black Screen. Could this be a System Board problem or am I overlooking something?
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If you can boot from CDrom or floppy, you may be able to restore the partition information using a DOS utility. Easus has a program you can download and write to CD (given you have another machine) and use that to boot the machine and restore the partitions. Unless you went hog-wild in erasing, everything is still there and recoverable. Well, almost everything. There are other programs, such as those on sourceforge.net, that can restore erased partitions and others that can restore erased files.
If you have the OS CD, or DVD from Toshiba, boot that... If there was a hidden 'restore' partition, you may be able to access them from BIOS.
First try rolling back the driver installs in device manager. Right click the Device, properties, driver tab, roll back driver.
If no go, next try a system restore to before the drivers were installed.
If still no help, go to download.com and download Advanced System Care and run it, see if it helps with system performance.
of course make sure you have an up to date antivirus program running on the system.
If all that fails, then you can backup you data and try a PCRESTORE (Control Key Plus F11 Key at boot) or if that is not available, reinstall WIndows Manually
Did you remember to enter the BIOS setup and change the boot drive so the system would look to the (optical) drive in which you have put your XP disk?
In most cases, you must tell the system where to look for boot files and with a new hard drive, there are no files to find.
If you don't have any malware defense installed yet, and can again get it up and running enough to go on line, I would recommend all of the following:
- AVG Free Grisoft Home Page
- Spybot S&D Spybot Home page
- AdAware Lavasoft Home Page
Basic versions are either free or ask for donations.
I'll look for the maker of your bios later today to find the flash utility.... boot disc has the program to make a bios update disc which is what you want. sorry about the delay as i have some prior commitments i have to look after.
It depends on what operating system your using, if it's windows XP then you should be able to press 'control' 'alt' and 'delete' twice when it comes up with the logon screen. This will then give you the option to log into an account called administrator. This will either have no password, or have the same password that you originally used to setup the account. From here you should be able to either change the password of the other account or, create a new account.
Failing that you can hang your son upside down from a window untill he remembers.