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My emachine loads up PCI device listing and cant exit.

Computer wont boot and before it was just a black screen with a mouse and now its stuck asking to start recovery but never works.

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You can also try doing a destructive recovery from your recovery drive when you first start your computer and see the manufacture logo such as dell, HP ect... Press ether F10 or F11 to start the recovery drive if you have one. once their find something that says the advanced options from their state destructive recovery warning doing a destructive recovery delete all user data and restores the operating system and programs that the manufactured gave you your computer will look exactly how was when you first got it click next in the recovery menu the hard drive will be reformatted repartitioned and the operating system will be reinstalled hope this helps for a problem if you have any questions just comment

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You may have to get a copy of windows xp and boot to it and reformat the hard drive and then reinstall windows. I hope this helps.

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First of all your recovery disk didn't work and so it keep asking you for it.
Here’s what to do. Boot from your windows disc and choose Recovery Console when the Welcome to Setup screen appears (Press R to Repair the installation using the Recovery Console.) (Not the repair option on the installation/setup options screen).
If you do not have a standard US keyboard setup, e.g. You are in the UK with a UK setup, watch the grey strip at the bottom of the screen when the recovery console begins to load, which will ask you to press F5 (I think) and choose your keyboard language. If you don’t do this, your admin password, particularly if it contains non-alphanumerical characters may not be recognised. You will be taken to a black screen, which will ask which operating you wish to log in to. If you only have one, press ‘1’ and enter. If you have more than one, choose the operating system you wish log into and type in the appropriate number, followed by enter.
You will then be asked for the administrator password. If you do not have one press enter. If you do type it in and press enter.
You will be taken to a command prompt. Type in ‘chkdsk /r’ without the quotes. Note there is a space between the K and the forward slash. If you get the error message ‘Autochk.exe cannot be found’ or some other error in relation to a missing ‘autochk.exe’ file, then do the following at command prompt:
Type:CD C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32
Now try the ‘CHKDSK /r’ command again.
This may take quite some time. It will check the disk and file system for errors and try to repair them.
You will get a report at the end telling you if errors were found and if they were fixed-.
Sometimes you get a message saying the chkdsk could not run because the disc contains unrecoverable errors or something similar.

The next step is to reboot. If chkdsk ran and corrected your errors, you may well be able to boot back into your o/s.

If chkdsk was not successful and you still cannot boot or could not run chkdsk the next step is the same.

Follow the instructions above and go back into recovery console.
This time at the command prompt type ‘fixboot’, again without the quotes and enter.

You may get a message along the lines of are you sure; this may make your data unrecoverable. You have to make that decision. I personally have never known this happen, and my philosophical view is my data is currently unreadable (note: not unrecoverable) and I am prepared to take the chance. Are you?

Then you have two choices. Reboot to see if this works. If it does, all well and good. If not, or if you choose not to reboot (not critical, but not recommended), at the command prompt in recovery console type ‘fixmbr’, again without the quotes. You may get a similar warning to the ‘fixboot’ command. My advice is the same, but you much choose whether to take the risk or not. Restart.
Hopefully you will now have access to your pc and files.
These are the steps I take when encountering this and similar problems. I have found them to be 99.9% effective- in other words, they only failed me once and in that situation I believe the hard drive to have been defective and replaced it.
Without warranty, at your own risk.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009

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