When my other PC tries to boot up, it has has a difficult time and I wind up hitting some key until it finally gets to the desktop. After that, when I go to open an application, it tries to open multiple windows - usually between 80 to a 100. After I fight with closing each window getting and error each time, the PC runs fine. Needless to say, I haven't rebooted in quite some time.
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Try hitting the F8 key or what ever is the key for safe mode, or try F11 for boot menu, if boot menu shows boot to hard drive.
If these don't work, unplug the PC, then hold the power button until the lights flash or hit again and make sure lights don't flash on.
remove the side cover, touch metal, then remove the little round battery for 5mins, replace, plug in, hit power, not hit the delete key and try to boot into the BIOS, you will need to set the date and time. then move to exit and save changes and exit.
It sounds like you might be trying to boot into a domain or lan. Turn the computer off and turn it back on and watch the screen for which key it says to press to Change the Boot Order or Boot Sequence. Hit that key when you see the message otherwise you will have to restart and try again. Select the Hard Drive as your boot option and let it boot up. If you are successful this is a temporary change and will have to be done each time you boot the computer. See below on how to make it permanent.
If you are successful then you want to turn the system off again and reboot looking at the screen for which key it says to hit to get into the Bios or System Setup. Hit that key when you see the message or you'll have to try again. When the Bios is open tab over to the Boot Sequence or Boot Order and set the dvd/cd as 1st and the Hard Drive as 2nd. This is the normal boot sequence and when you boot just make sure you don't have a music cd or movie video in the dvd/cd drive or you might get an error message if it tries to boot from it. The cd/dvd is first just in case the hard drive fails then you can use a cd to try and make repairs.
Pretty vague help request "can't get back to desktop". Is the computer booting? Is it that your desktop is blank after it boots with no icons being shown on the desktop? Viruses can hide the desktop and other things on the computer. Maybe your boot process has the problem when it tried to display the desktop. Try hitting the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys. Hold down each key as you hit them and don't take your finger off the keys until after you have pressed the DEL (Delete) Key. This will bring up your Task Manager. In the task manager window click the Processes tab and look for explorer.exe. If you see it click explorer.exe to highlight it then click End Process. After you end the process click FILE at the top left corner of the Task Manager Window and click the option New Task (run). When the Create New Task window opens type: explorer.exe and press OK. This will cause your desktop to reappear with icons if windows had a problem displaying it on the boot process.
go to "my computer" and click on the drive (usually "C") and click on explore. the drive storage files will open so that you can choose which ones you want to delete. You can delete one file at a time or hold down the CNTRL Key and keep selecting files but don't try to do too many at once, maybe 10 or 15 at a time, just hit the delete key and they will be gone, realize that once they are gone they are actually in the recycle bin and can be recovered. You will not get your space back until you actually go into the recycle bin and delete the files that are there but once you do this,its final and your files are gone forever (well not exactly, but it would be difficult to get them back).
if you have a drive besides the "C" drive that you want to deltet files on, you can go to the drive and choose "select all files" and then hit the delete key, these will go to into the recycle bin as well and you'll have to detlet them there too to actually recover all your space. Be advised that some files are so large that when you hit the delete key the file won't go to the recycle bin but a diaglog box will open asking you if you want to delete the file.
I'd like to help you, but it is very difficult to diagnose based on your description. We will need to gather more info as we try a few things.
1.Why are you reinstalling?
2.How old is the system?
3.Try the following & let me know the result: turn system back on. When the normal LED indicators are on, press & hold down the power button for 4+ seconds until everything goes off.
4.If step 3 worked, then turn power on & hit bios setup key (f2?).
5.See if HDD is detected.
Hi, The winding noise can be caused due to three components on the computer. The power supply fan, the Processor fan or the harddrive.
You run the built in diganostics to isolate if the fans are making the noise. 1. Restart your computer 2. Tap on the F12 key a couple of times when you see the Dell logo screen 3. High light boot to utlity partision using your down arrow key 4. Hit enter and select diagnostics 5. In the diagnostics menu select customer test and run the test on the fan.
If the test pass you need physically check , opening the chassis and which fan is making the noise and replace the same.
Try hitting the delete key over and over at boot up. If you can get to BIOS, you can disable the splash screen, and also make sure that the boot order is correct. Try to put your hard drive as first boot priority. Also, remove any CD's in the drives.
depends on your operating system and bios i think.
you cant do it any harm...honest...just press f6 or f8 i think as it boots and a screen will show up asking what you want to do next?....read the screen and follow the intructions as there can be a few choices to go for.if you dont get the screen just SOFT restart untill you find the f-key that brings up the boot menu by pressing together CTR,ALT & DELETE at the same time to re-boot and then hold down another choice of f-key untill you hit the boot menu...hope this helps :)