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My computer wont start up

My computer when it starts up , it usually tells me to press f1 to continue then goes through the Windows XP loading screen after that goes to the ' Your disk is dirty ' scan thing , then after that it goes to login screen , but at the login screen , you cant see ANY text whatsoever. If i type any text in , it comes up with black vertical lines instead , and when errors come up , it doesnt show anything , just shows an empty error box . Is there any suggestions you can help me with?

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Reformat your computer. seems its a virus problem!
error box without any message indicates that the message display is being block by the virus!
try the press
CTRL+ALT+DEL
if the TASK MANAGER window did not appear on your screen, there's definitely viruses that had surpassed your antivirus!

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Try this start your computer,press the F8 key once or twice a screen will appear chose the (last Good know configuration when you computer started normally) it should come to another screen saying (windows XP) press enter, and see if it boots to your desk top, if not restart your computer Press the F8 key again right away and chose (Safe Mode) you should see a bunch of white font sentences loading which would probably be the name of your drivers and end up on the safe mode desktop, once you get to the desk top it will tell you your in safe mode hit OK once your on the desk top go into start up/programs/accessories/system tools/system restore, choose System Restore, restore your computer back to an earlier date when you can remember it works fine, if that doesn't do it you could try to restart you computer, hit F8 again a few times and choose in able VGA and seen if that works, if not you might have a hardware problem or corrupted drivers/software/operating system etc. or try to go into safe mode and save what ever you need to save on floppy/compact disc/external hard drive etc. before you format which you don't really want to do unless you really have too.

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First try pressing F2 at start up to see if you can get to setup. Also pressing F12 may get you a boot menu. If cd is already set as first boot you may get a chance to boot from a Windows cd. The idea here is to get to a minimal Windows configuration like setup or safe mode (F8) to see if this is a hardware or operating system fault. Two common issues with eMachines are power supply problems where repetitive reboots can actually fry the motherboard or if the PC has a few years use the CMOS battery. Steve Medley

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Note: If you install a fresh copy, all data on that partition will be lost!

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Remember to run Windows Update! (install critical updates first)

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Most Dell, Toshiba, Gateway, Sony & HP systems will press F2.

Compaq users will usually have to press F10.

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When you enter the BIOS setup, you need to change the boot order. The CDROM should be setup before the Hard Drive. Each BIOS is different, but here is an example:

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