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Dell Dimension 4600 stalls during boot

Computer starts up, the WinXP display comes on, then it dies & all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor. I've already tried to hit F2 and F12, to go into boot menu or setup. Neither one worked. Also tried putting a diagnostics cd in the cd drive, but it never ran. Any other suggestions?

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  • jeri roth May 26, 2009

    It turns out the problem was a major virus infestation. (It's my teenage son's pc & we don't want to know where he goes on the internet.) Long story short, I wound up having to reinstall Windows because some of the files infected were OS system files & I couldn't clean them.

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Turn the computer's power on.
Immediately put the original Windows XP CD into the drive.
Tell the computer to boot from the CD (not from the hard-drive).
Does it start to boot from the CD?
Do you get as far as the "repair/install" boot-screen?
If so, your basic hardware is OK, and turn your computer off,
rather than choosing "repair" or "install".
Then, it's probably either the hard-drive that is failing,
or the installed copy of Windows XP is fuddle-duddle-ucked up, so that it cannot finish the "Windows startup" processing.

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