My computer just shut down on me yesterday and now when I try to turn it on a screen comes up that asks me some options like, start windows normally, and return to previously remembered settings. everything I have tried won't work. HELP ME!!!
Hey thanks solution #2, it worked. So when my computer wouIdn't boot up properly i would reset my computer to get into the safe mode menu, then i kept trying to do system restores on my computer but they wouldn't work because I would keep reseting my computer to get to the Safe mode, safe mode with networking, start windows normally screen.
So then i tried to do what you said once i started in safe mode and got the log in screen. I clicked the shut down button and actually safely shut down my computer. Waited about ten seconds to turn on my computer again and it loaded and booted properly. Thanks!!!
2 options: 1 - do you have your XP CD.? (you need the admin password for this if it has one.) if so boot the pc up with this in the cd drive. select R - reapair option. this will take you into recovery consul (dos screen) select the Operating system you need to fix. When you get to a dos prompt, do a chkdsk on your boot drive. This may fix any issues that have arrisen.
then reboot pc when done(remove cd) if succesful you may have a working pc again.
Option 2 Your going to need a mates PC for this. do a search on google for hirens bootcd v9.6.
down load it. Create the ISO. put this CD in your poorly machine and select the the ERD option (think it's erd 2005 or 6 at the moment) let it boot up, bypass the network config settings When fully up it will (hopefully if your drive isn't totaly stuffed) ask you which operating system to use. Select the one you need (usualy only one displayed) you will the be able to either do a restore on your PC (do a restart without cd in to see if worked) or, in a dos window prompt do a Chkdsk.
If either of these work then bobs your uncle you have a pc again.
If not I'm sure some of the other guys on here can suggest more options.
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Step 1: Most people who own an eMachine computer will find that they will need to reset the computer at some point. It is a fact that PCs are more prone to viruses and malware than Macintosh computers. Sometimes the only way to restore an eMachine is to simply reset it. Fortunately, it is not a difficult process to reset an eMachine computer.
Turn off the computer. If the computer is in a state that it can be properly shut down, follow the normal shutdown process. On the other hand, if the computer is not reacting to anything, simply pull the cord from the wall. Restart the computer. Plug the computer back into the wall and press the Power button. Wait for the eMachine to reach the screen that reads "Press F11 to start recovery." Once this screen appears, press the F11 key on the keyboard multiple times to make sure that it registers. If the recovery screen does not come up, you will need to turn the computer off and back on again and attempt to press the F11 button again when the prompt appears. Select the proper option. After the recovery screen appears, there will be a list of recovery options. Scroll to the option that says "Full System Restore (with Backup)." Choosing this option will copy all of the contents of the hard disk to the c:\\My Backup directory. This will ensure that important files that have been created on the computer will not be deleted. However, the applications on the computer will need to be reinstalled. Allow the system restore to run its course. Depending on the age and effectiveness of the eMachine computer, it is possible this process could take up to 45 minutes. When the system restore is complete, the computer will restart itself. Reinstall applications. Any of the files created on the computer should be saved. However, the applications that created them need to be reinstalled. b>
OverheatingWhen the CPU overheats then it will shut down (i.e. thermaloverload) and won't boot up again until it has cooled down. If this is theproblem is not fixed then the CPU will eventually fail. A faulty fan causes the problem or the fan and heat sink assembly are cloggedwith dust. Check the CPU fan to see if it spins freely, if not replace the fan. If the fan and heat sink is clogged with dust the remove the dust and make surethe vents are clear and dust free. Use a small brush and can of compressed airto do this.
Try and start it in safe mode. Rebbot the computer and as soon as soon as the computer starts to boot hit F8 several times this should bring it up in safe mode. If you get the compputer up in safe mode try to restore to a different date.
Start wile pressing the F8 or TAB key and select the last time your computer worked properly, otherwise try to start in safe mode and restore it the previous day. If this does not rectify it or u are unable to even get there, best option is to Insert your OS CD and boot from CD ROM. Select install, but on the same partion that your OS is loaded on. The screen will display that another version of windows already exist. DO NOT SELECT AUTO REPAIR but go ahead untill u reach the option to repair by pressing the "R" key, do so and follow the instructions on the screen. This will not cause any loss of Data or programs installed other than correct the SYSTEM FILES of WINDOWS. Hopefully one of the above should work....sodeep
Try booting up the computer pressing whatever key the Dell needs to boot into BIOS (F10, Delete key, F1...pay attention to the screen) and leave the computer on for about 15min. See if it cuts off then. If it does its more than likely your power supply. If it doesn't then its not hardware related.
Mine has crashed. So has yours. It has crashed. You must try to boot it with a boot disc made for the operating system. As its 8 years old the manufacturer wont sell you a boot disk but you can buy a boot disk for the correct version ofwindows