Laptop boots..appears to be loading XP..asks for login info...loads personal settings..then stops with a blank desktop screen. No icons..nothing further happens..mouse works..control+alt+del brings up the login/logoff box and allows you to log-off, shutdown, etc.
I tried changing the bios to boot from disk and get the same exact result with booting from the disk. I can't boot to "safe" mode..or to a DOS prompt...
What can, or can I even do anything for remedy this?
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You can try with Free Boot Managers and Multi-Boot Loaders you can find lot of free stuff available in online. So download and follow the instructions.
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press fn button and with up-arrow increase brightness ,,, in windows open display settings by right clicking on the desktop (intel or nvidia properties ) acer 4320 could have nvidia or intel ... increase the brightness and the contrast or load the default settings ,,, use external monitor if need ...
Take a windows XP CD, Switch on your PC and go to "BIOS" menu and select "Boot From CD/DVD" whichever is applicable for your pc. Now insert the Win Xp disc i drive and start PC, Boot the Pc From CD Drive and you shall get the Blue screen of windows Installation. Restart the PC by hard pressing the power button for 30 secs. Now you will be able to login to windows.
1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order. 2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will need to press enter to setup Windows XP. 3. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install, press ENTER. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R". 4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations. 5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read the fix at the end of this post. 6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
If you don't have an option to repair, try this:
1. Boot with XP CD. 2. Press R to load the Recovery Console. 3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed. 4. Type bootcfg 5. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP installation. 6. Try the repair install again.
If the Repair is still not an option, try the following:
1. Boot with XP CD. 2. Press R to load the Recovery Console. 3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed. 4. If the CD letter is K: give these commands
The user settings are corrupted. Try to boot in Safe Mode and in there disable all programs that are loaded at boot.
If you can't boot in Safe Mode then the corruption is too great to fix, you will have to reinstall. If you need to recover/backup your files then , before reinstalling, boot with a Linux Live-CD and copy them.
try to boot in "Last good known configuration settings" by restarting your pc and then press F8 before windows appear and then select the boot option i mention above. if this not work since you said that it can't boot to safe mode, your other option is to repair the windows or else reformat it. when you repair the windows you must have windows xp home edition cd installer, you load it to your cd/dvd rom and then restart your pc and press F2 or DEL button before windows appear in order to go to setup bios settings. in bios settings, you choose boot order setup and setup first priority to cd/dvd and press F10 by saving the changes and then press any key when you see the prompt so that it can boot up to windows xp home cd installer and then follow screen instruction that you arrive to windows repair option.
first go into the bios f2
set the boot record to boot from cd first
also on new computers it will say hit f 11 12
for boot order selection, but this has to be done fast before it tries to pick up on hard drive
if the cd player works ok
you should see "press any key to boot from cd" first, is the start of erasing your hard drive
You may need to put your model number in gateways website and download the drivers to a thumb drive or burn to a cd before attempting this.
The fastest resolution to this problem is to take a respective windows disk (make sure you check your key on the side of the tower and see if it says xp home or xp professional) whichever you have get a windows disk the same as this and boot from the windows disk first it will ask you if you want to boot from cd press any key do so. then it will load drivers. it will then ask you if you want to load the recovery console or if you want to install windows, press what key it says for installing windows. it will then check for previous versions of windows xp on the computer. eventually it will pop-up with a license agreement, press F8 to accept. then if you used the appropriate disc (XP or PRO) it will then ask if you want to repair the previous installation of windows. press r for repair. it will then begin the repair copying files then rebooting. do not remove the disc and do not hit a key when it asks if you want to boot from the cd rom at this point. it will do it's thing for about 2-5 minutes. at this point it will ask for a license key which you will type in from your key located on the outside of the case. hit enter it will continue, if it has a question about network settings tell it to use defualt. if any other pop-ups appear between now and reboot cancel the pop-up. it will reboot and again do not boot from the cd let it time out, and done you will be in windows xp. install all drivers needed and run automatic updates if auto updates do not work google: automatic update repair batch file. there are a few out there that will auto clear the cache for updates. after running it for a while and a couple more reboots then updates will function properly.