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Re: power drops aprox 1 minute after start
It's the power supply, usually the fan of power supply run once it start normally, Replace the power supply. And try to turn on the unit.
Feel also some part of the mother board if they are hot like the heat sink the power supply casing do it when the power is off.
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guess u were trying to install Win7 over Vista...it does not work that way....Win7 need to be a clean install...that is...it must be installed in a new partition after doing a full low level format....so you will have dual boot at start up...and u chose what u want vista or Win7 to work with for that specific session....
Dual boot helps in many ways...
1 - it helps file management better
2 - it helps to boot from one OS in case the other gives trouble
3 - virus attack are removed from either OS
the best way to getback you system is to
1 download KILLDISK (DOS) utility program, get the DOS version
2 copy it on to a CD
3 get hold of a Win98 CD (bootable)
4 boot from Win98 cd, dont chose to install Win98,
5 press ESC and let Win98 quit installing, it will lead to a drive letter of you CDROM (say D or E as the case may be)
6 insert the CD that has the KILLDISK DOS utility
7 Run the program by typing KILLDISK at the CD drive letter prompt.
8 Read all the options available there...and kill the drive in which you had VistaOS/Win7 (C)...this will make all you C: drive sectors to "0"
i.e. it will wipe your C: drive clean and u can start with a clean slate....
if u r not concerned with the data in you disk...wipe all drives and disks in the PC....a 20GB disk will take aprox 1 hr to finish
for all this u must have the BIOS enabled to boot from CDROM drive...
once killdisk has finished doing the wiping process....
insert the Vista or Xp cd and install either...in the partition option make 3 or more partitions....C, D, E of at least 30 GB min for each...as Win7 will take aprox 18 GB....
in C: drive install Vista or XP as the case may be.....
once done....let the system boot and let it load Vista or XP
once in Desktop you can insert the Win7 cd and install it on the D or E: drive....the CDROM drive letter will change accordingly....when you make the partition....so be carefull to
Delete the OS Command line inside the MSConfig indow by clicking start - run -type msconfig then press enter. On the MS config window click on the boot.ini tab then you will see the command line inside the text box. Leave the first command line from [Boot Loader] till the end of the command line of your Default Operating system.
(Leave this lines)
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
(Delete this line) default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Viz XP Example line Professional" /fastdetect (up to here)
any other command line that says Viz XP -- you may delete it. Click apply button then Restart the computer afterwards and this should fix the issue.
Should you have any other questions just please leave a comment.
If you have a valid Win XP Pro CD and want to install the operating system you'll need to format your hard disk drive. If you have allot of data on you're hard disk drive, (In Win 2000) Suggest you create a second partition within the free space of you're hdd and install windows XP Pro. Boot you're system with the XP CD. Pay close attention to the display screens. Follow the instructions for creating a second partition.
Format the new partition. (Quick). Install windows XP on the new partition. Once completed you can copy your personal data to win XP.
If you choose to keep the win 2000 partition and you do not wish to have a dual boot system than remove/delete the root files from the 2000 partition. These files; Autoexec.bat and Boot.ini. You're new XP Boot.ini should read like this;
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer
Once you're satisfied an no longer need win 2000 use windows diskmgmt.msc from the run command to delete the win 2000 partition.
Win 2000 uses a FAT16 where Win XP uses the FAT NTFS.
Hi there. Try and clear the CMOS, it will be a little plastic coloured jumper next to the motherboard battery like this >>>>>>>
If its there move it over for 30 seconds then put it back. If its not there take the battery out for half an hour. Please make sure you take the power cord from the back of the computer before taking the side panel off to get to the motherboard. Post back if you need to and thanks for using FixYa!!
I think the hard drive has no operating system on it or the MBR :Master Boot Record" is corrupt. Try downloading "Hirens Boot CD" and burn to cd and boot from it. It has a lot of useful Utilities on it for restoring MBR and formatting and partitioning
You don't say which setting you have 'assigned a zero value to', but the default settings are as follows:
Default operating system - Fortunately you couldn't have deleted anything here. Just make sure it is set to the OS of your choice (Chances are there will only be the one).
Time to display list... and time to display recovery... - Both should be 30 seconds (for XP and Vista). By default, both are ticked in XP, only time to display list is ticked in Vista.
If you hit the edit button (XP only) your boot file should look something like this (upper/lower case is not important, neither is the exact order):
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Under the system failure section, tick everything.
Default for XP is small memory dump (64 KB), for Vista kernal memory dump.
Dump directory -
XP default is: %SystemRoot%\Minidump Vista default is: %SystemRoot%\MWMORY.DMP
Do you REALLY promise you'll never do it again??? :-)
Check u're BIOS settings ! There are setting that allow a delayed drive test (for the hard drives that initiate them selfs slower than the motherboard) maybe that is u\re problem. U can also do a BIOS update, and set all the settings on default ...
it can also stay that long if u manually set a disk drive in BIOS, and that disk does not exist ...., or even a faulty dvd unit ....try removing u're dvd and see if it influences the boot up time. ..
I am not really sure of this but I hope it can help you.
As i see it there is only two probable cause of your problem.
First, is maybe you have forgotten that you may have somehow modified the system settings regarding booting or having to standby every 30 minutes. Check in the control panel, Im not sure which icon, but it will surely help you if you would check it. I think power options icon if your using XP.
Next, and I think the most probable cause is virus. Scan your computer with the latest antivirus and make sure it is updated.
One of these two methods should fix your problem.........
go to run and type in MSCONFIG. Then click on the "Boot.ini" tab. First, make sure if using XP Pro that the following is listed:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
- this is the boot.ini information from XP, straight from the Microsoft Web Site. All the information below [operating systems] should be on one line!
If you have a blank boot.ini file, copy and paste this information - if all information is already there, then don't change anything.
Next, click the button that says "check all boot paths". You should get back a message stating that everything is good (the computer checks to make sure the boot.ini file is compatible with Microsoft Operating Systems).
Next, assuming your computer likes the boot.ini file that is in there (and it should), then click the button that says "set as default". By doing this, you have now created a new (modified) boot.ini file that is a carbon copy of the original.
Click apply. You will be prompted to restart. Before doing so, go back to MSCONFIG and in the general tab you will see that "use modified boot.ini" should now be checked.
During reboot, you should not get the invalid boot.ini message (at least I didn't). What you will get is a message (after reachign the desktop) stating that you are not using the defaults or something like that and do you wish to go back into MSCONFIG to restore the default settings. Since your new boot.ini file is exactly the same as your original, click no and check the box to hide that irritating message.
Or you can try this method....
right click on my computer go to properties then click the advanced tab then cilck settings under start up and recovery under system startup then click edit and paste
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect