I have a new to me/used computer that I know works, because before this issue everything was fine. When i put in the Windows XP download cd, halfway through i get an error message, so i figured that i'll take the HD out of my other computer which i use every day & just use the other HD as a slave for music, pictures, etc.
When i hook the new to me HD up as a slave, everything's fine on my current computer. But when I hook up my current HD with Windows XP on it, i get the "Safe Mode / Last Known Good Configuration / Start Windows Normally.. etc" screen.
When I click ANY of these, it gives me the little white windows loading bar & then restarts back to that same screen. I know that neither of the HDs or the RAM is corrupt & I'm completely at a loss.
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Step 1: Des Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer You could select the option start at last known configuration that worked this will tell you if and what file has been corrupted or missing then you will know if its a hardware issue You might use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs If it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer. Use the system restore to restore your system to an earlier time click start all programs accessories system tools you should see your system restore option if it is a hardware issue the system restore might not work Manual restore points that you specify with the System. Configuration utility Installation restore points that occur before you install a program or a service you can use the system checkpoints or the installation restore points to restore your computer's settings to a date when it operated correctly. This may also help determine the cause of the configuration error.
To perform a system restore, follow these steps: 1.Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK. 2.On the General tab, click Launch System Restore. 3.Select Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next. 4.Calendar dates in bold are possible restore points. Click the most recent one to view system restore information. 5.Select a system checkpoint or an installation restore point, and then click Next. 6.Close all other programs. 7.To start the system restore, click Next. 8.Your computer restarts. Repeat steps 1 through 8 until you fix your configuration issue.
It certainly does sound like a driver. I would just go on a driver
update quest myself. Head over to nvidia and get the lastest Unified
platform (nforce) driver at http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp if you are using a nvidia sound card.
Try restarting the computer on safe mode with networking ( You can goto safe mode with networking by - restart your computer and start pressing the F8 button repeatedly till you get the new boot options menu) and then restore the computer to an earlier date to which the computer was working fine.
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Do you have a virus on the computer. Try going to safe mode with networking and restore your computer to an earlier date to which it worked fine.( You can goto safe mode with networking by - restart your computer and start pressing the F8 button repeatedly till you get the new boot options menu)
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I had issues installing SP1 as well. I fixed it by restarting my computer and pressing F2 when the computer is booting up (Before that windows 7 loading pops up) and booting into SAFE MODE WITH NETWORKING. I then updated my computer in safe mode and everything seemed to work out okay.
If that still doesnt work, try downloading the SP1 first:
And then try to install it from safe mode.
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When a desktop computer continuously restarts, it is typically an issue with the computer's power supply not being able to put out enough power to boot up the computer. (It takes more power to start the computer and get everything loaded than it does to keep it running.)
Usually this is caused by a faulty power supply, and the easiest solution is to replace it. New power supplies can be purchased for $30-$50... just make sure you get one that is compatible with your computer.
However, if you're having power issues as well, you might want to check the outlet where your computer is plugged into if you have a voltmeter or multimeter. If the voltage coming in isn't within the standard range (about 120 volts, plus or minus a few) the power supply won't be able to work correctly.
Your surge protector might also have been fried. Try plugging your computer directly into the wall outlet (bypassing the surge protector) and see if that makes a difference.
Hi, Restart your computer. Immediately after the screen goes blank for the first time, press the F8 key repeatedly. The Windows Advanced Options menu appears. If the menu does not appear, restart your computer and try again. Use the cursor keys on your keyboard (your mouse will not work) to select Last Known Good Configuration, and then press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start. If you recently installed new hardware, shut down your computer and disconnect the hardware. Then, restart Windows XP and troubleshoot your hardware to get it working properly. Restart your computer and press F8 again. This time, choose Safe Mode and press ENTER. Windows XP attempts to start in Safe Mode, which does not automatically start programs and hardware, and displays very primitive graphics. If Windows XP starts successfully in Safe Mode, you can remove any programs or updates you have recently installed. Then, restart your computer normally. Good luck! And Thanks.
Remove the hard drive from the laptop and install it into a desktop computer as a "slave".
If the hard drive is a SATA type, you will need a desktop that has SATA hook ups. If the hard drive is IDE, you will need a very cheap adapter (under $10) to convert the pins to what a desktop computer can use. The link below is where I would buy it if you can not find a local computer shop that has one for sale.
Once it is in a desktop, you can access it and grab any files you want/need very easily.
Once you have your files backed up, reinstall windows after you reinstall the hard drive back into the laptop.
If you poked around for a few hours, you might get lucky and find what is causing your blank desktop, but the odds are that you are having more than one problem causing all your issues. A reinstall would fix them all and give you a working computer again with no problems/lag.
If you don't see the message on start up "Press any key to boot from cd" Then you need to change the boot order.
Start the PC and hit delete a number of times. This will take you into the bios screen. (Set up screen)
You will have a tab called "Boot Priority" or "Boot order". Make sure that CD/DVD drive has 1st priority. Save & exit & your done. Upon restart if you have a disc in the drive you will get the option to press any key to boot from CD/DVD. By default, most motherboards are set to boot from floppy & then Hard drive so in most cases you will need to enter setup & change the boot order.