Power on...screen shows compaq...straight away black out...but power still on.Previously right after PC switched on and compag logo showln, it would show Windows XP loading screen...now just black screen.Tried F8...safe mode/ laste workable configuration and Windows starts normally..didn't work. Could it be a Hard disk problem? By the way mine is a Compaq Presario M2000 with AMD Athlon processor.Please help?
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Re: Not able to open windows
Sounds like a hard Drive problem. A virus actually. The Best thing to do if Safe Mode Failed is the Repair Your system, to do this insert your XP CD and wait until it says 'Press any key to boot CD' Press any key and follow instructions to repair windows. If it works, run a virus scan immediately. If Not, take it itno a computer technitian to look at it if you want the stuff on your Hard Drive, of if you feel you don't care too much just wipe the Hard Drive and Re-Install Windows XP. just do the same thing as repair but instead follow the instructions for Installing XP and choose either Clear or Erase Hard drive if you don't want the info or choose don't clrear or Erase if you really want stuff from your hard drive, But run a Virus scan Immediately asap.
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1st Steve I would remove the hard drive and power up and see if you can enter the bios by tapping either F2 or Del keys. If you can get into the bios then great. Shut down and refit the HDD. Try and enter the bios again and see if the hdd is recognised. If not then the hdd is finished. If it does show then your windows installation is corrupt. Try starting it up with your windows cd in the drive and point the bios startup to see the drive a 1st boot device. If this works then try and perform a repair of windows from the disk.
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I think this might be a common problem caused by windows sleep/hibernate not working (MS never actually got it to work well)
Try holding down the power button for 30 seconds. Wait 10 seconds, then start up again.
If you get the same problem, try tapping the space bar repeatedly...
Otherwise your going to need to boot off a windows disk, and do a re-install/repair.
It seems that someone changed the desktop background color. point the mouse somewhere in the middle of the desktop, (away from any icons) and right click the mouse, a menu will appear with several options. The bottom one says properties. Click that. Once done another (more advanced) menu will appear with several tabs at the top. Click on the second to last tab, labled, "Appearance". Once in this tab. Toward the bottom right side of this screen you will see 2 buttons one atop another labled, "Effects", (on top), and, "Advanced", (below). Click the advanced button. A new window will pop up with the first option being desktop in a drop-down menu. To it's immediate right you will see "color 1" with a drop-down menu directly below it. That is where you will select the new background, (desktop) color. Once you have selected the new color, click OK, then apply on the remaining screen, then OK once the color is set.
remove it again and make sure it inserted/seated correctly..
press power button to boot if nothing happens wait a minute or so and press and hold power button til unit turns off (you will hear this)