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Laptop won't boot

Lap only boots to startup config screen (safe mode/last known good etc. won't go to any of these - just keeps rebooting.) Tried the xp floppy boot disc (on ext. drive) & GET THE SAME RESULT. Don't know how to get to recovery screen (if it has one !)tried F10/11 However,it will go to BIOS screen. I don't have the original disc to reformat the drive & I can't see any support button on the Evesham site to get one. Can you advise, Many Thanks, icebreaker

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  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2007

    Thanks could you send the startup disc for me please. If I insert the disk in external floppy what will it do, will it go to a startup screen or something.

  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2007

    Thanks again, would you know what causes this problem

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2007

    Thanks, I managed to get the recovery console going, did fixboot & the boot sector was corrupt. the rec.said it it repaired the boot sector.I restarted it & the pc was back to square one.
    What can I deduce from this (is the hard drive beyon repair ?)

  • Anonymous Sep 06, 2007

    Sorry, I don't have the original XP home disk to \i386 it, just XP PRO off my other pc's.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2007

    Thanks, the problem still exists even though I used FIX/MBR (after FIXBOOT)as well.I used a windows 98 boot disk to get it going,then I used 6 XP HOME boot disks to get into recovery console.Console comes up with the options Just as the C: prompt and not C:\WINDOWS. However I tried various actions as a test and they seemed to work.

    If I reformatted the drive (if it allows me to !) can I install O/S from WINDOWS XP PRO. disc I already have off my other pc & would I do this as a normal installation of off \i386.
    If it's off \i386 folder, how would I pull it off the disc.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2007

    Thanks, I have an XP PRO cd with serial.How do I create an install disc.step by step instructions please.

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2007

    This is now fixed and XP is up and running again without an OS reinstall.
    Many Thanks for all your help.

  • Anonymous Dec 22, 2007

    acer travelmate series 2310 says we apologize for the inconvenience, but windows did not start successfully. a recent hardware or software change might have caused this.
    if your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose last known good configuration to revert to most recent settings that worked.
    if a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the power or reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose start windows normally.
    safe mode
    safe mode with networking
    safe mode with command prompt
    last known good configuration(your most recent settings that worked)
    start windows normally
    I tried all of these options and it won't boot

  • Shananjoe Oct 11, 2008

    My dad just bought a used Toshiba Satellite A70: A70 Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.06GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB hard drive, DVD-RW multi... PC Notebook. This laptop came without a O/S. We did receive the System Restore DVD but we are having problems. When we try to install the recovery it will only run for about 5 minutes and the laptop shuts down. We restart and it says it is continueing to install windows. Please give me exact directions so that I know I am doing this correctly. We have a copy of Windows 98 with the key code. What am I doing wrong? Please help.


  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    I cant get the laptop to boot from the cd, Can you help

  • Anonymous Dec 10, 2008

    It just won't boot. Similar to the other problem. It just goes.. F2 for set-up, F12 for LAN. But if I just let it run, it shows Windows. And it's not even loading ! It just shows the logo.. And nothing happens. And it shows safe mode, blahh, blah after I enter setup. But nothing helps.. Please, I'm in desperate need of help !

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  • gillwatt26 Dec 26, 2008

    can some 1 help my acer travel mate at start up goes 2 a black screen saying windows could not start cos the following file is missing or corrupt
    please reinstall a copy of the above file
    problem is i dont evenhve a copy and when i f8 it doesnt give me the safe mode options either please help i have 2 use a crappy elonex that i got and thats a pile of poo

  • altimeter Dec 28, 2008

    my netbook only turns on and gets as far as d load page and then it says it could not find the a bootable device...and tells me to insert a bootable device and press any key!??
    it also clicks a bit when i turn it this normal??? please help me,i bought it as a christmas present for my girlfriend and its not workin :(



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Try using a WINDOWS ME edition startup floppy disc. I had good results with this version. I can send if you want. This will allow disc access to investigate the problem. You will still have XP on disc.

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  • Marty marty Sep 06, 2007

    well, you tried the xp floppy disc...same will get a choice screen to select boot only or boot with cd-rom drivers. first boot with out cdrom then run scandisk (off floppy) on c drive to correct errors. then attempt to read c drive and somehow backup all important data because you will lose everything on hard drive after next events to follow. then reboot and run format c then reboot with cdrom drivers and begin installing xp all over. remember, you will lose everything on hard drive. hope you have xp cdrom, also. ready? then reply with email to get floppy files.

  • Marty marty Sep 07, 2007

    by saying "back to square one", do you mean the problem is still bad or do you mean problem is gone?
    I don't believe you need the xp home, except if special cd with oem drivers for this manufacturer laptop. if you feel you can get all drivers, then any xp install disc should work.
    remember to run scandisk if you ever get drive to be recognized again by system. the hd may not be dead yet.

  • Marty marty Sep 07, 2007

    please clarify: "...XP PRO. disc I already have off my other pc" you have the cd or not?
    although it may be possible to install xp via a wired (or wireless) pc-pc connection, I do not recommend it at this point. you should create the cd from the other pc's xp install files (assuming you actually have copied the xp cd onto the other pc hd). about re-formatting drive, be aware that if you want NTFS instaed of FAT32, you must reformat using XP (or 2000) startup disc.



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