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Computer won't start.

It's not that the battery doesn't work, because the small lightning symbol comes on when i plug the adapter in. when i press the power button, the caps lock and scroll buttons light up as they're supposed to every time you start the computer...but then they keep blinking, and so does the light from the dvd-rom, and the OS itself never starts up. the lights just blink forever until i shut the computer off. nothing loads. please help me out someone because if i lose this computer i lose everything i've ever done for the past 2 years. thanks

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  • tedium Timewanderer Aug 07, 2007

    nothing comes up on the screen at all. no software of any kind boots upon starting the computer. no bios, no windows xp loading screen, no light, nothing. all that turns on are the power light and the two small orange lights beside the scroll and caps lock buttons, and they flicker on and off simultaneously. nothing more.

  • tedium Timewanderer Aug 07, 2007

    but how can i re-install windows if it boots no software, not even BIOS? i don't know if i can save it that way...

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Does anything display on the screen?

Posted on Aug 07, 2007

  • Peter Burns Aug 07, 2007

    I think you should do a repair install.

    * Insert the XP CD and boot to it
    * When you see " To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER", go ahead and press ENTER
    * You will now see an option to repair Windows by pressing "R". Do not select this option - it will only take you to the Recovery Console which is not what we want to do. Instead, choose to continue the installation
    * When you see the license agreement, press F8 to agree
    * On the next screen make sure your current XP installation is selected and then press "R" to repair XP
    * At this point XP will begin to install on top of itself, replacing damaged, missing or altered system files. Follow the instructions on the remaining screens to complete the Repair Install. It will look very much like a normal (new) OS installation.

    If all goes well your repaired XP installation will remain intact, keeping your personalized settings and installed programs as they originally were.

  • Peter Burns Aug 07, 2007

    If you do the repair install like I suggested, this will fix your problem. Don't worry, when you do this you won't lose any of your files, settings, or installed programs. It only replaces the windows OS files.

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