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I think my computer hit a Brick wall doin about 90

I closed all the programs I had running and shut it down to reboot it and after the splash screen it went straight to black screen with blinking cursor in top left corner.
the only thing it will let me do is go to the BIOS screen and the harddrive IS showing up there.
Does this mean I need to reformat again?
Gawd I hope not I've got awesome tunes that I'd hate to lose.

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  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Jul 31, 2009

    no luck with removing power cord

  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Jul 31, 2009

    cant get it to go into safemode

  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Jul 31, 2009

    yes i am running xp. i even tried using my windows disk and nothing happens... any help would be greatly appreciated

  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Jul 31, 2009

    it will not go into safe mode

  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Jul 31, 2009

    TRIED RUNNING SYSTEM DISK....DID NOT WORK

  • s_s_m_o_k_i_
    s_s_m_o_k_i_ Aug 03, 2009

    tried the repair also with no luck.
    have copied all non os files and reformatted.
    thank's anyway

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Are you running XP? Then you can repair your OS. Even with Vista or Win98 you can get it up and running again without formatting. If you want help, just ask.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009

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    Piyal Perera Aug 03, 2009

    Insert XP CD. Go to BIOS and set to boot from CD. Let the computer boot from XP CD (You have to press a key when it says 'Press any key to boot from CD').


    Select the current partition and try to install on it. When it says there's an existing XP installation, press 'R' to repair.


    After repairing Windows willl start normally.

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    Piyal Perera Aug 11, 2009

    Boot with the XP CD and don't try to repair on the first screen. Try to install on the C: drive (or whatever drive you had your WinXP installation) and when it says there is an existing installation, ask to repair by pressing 'R'.


    If this doesn't work, you can format the hard disk and then run a file/data recovery software. Do this immediately after installing the OS, before installing any other software.


    If you can't install the OS, or even use the CD to format the HDD, that means your MBR (Master Boot Record) is damaged in an unusual way. You may have to remove partitions with a Linux CD.

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Try starting the OS in Safemode. you could do this by pressing F8 function key, while the windows trys to start

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Turn off the computer
at the power supply pull out the AC cable
stay 10-15 seconds
put back the AC cable
start your computer

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    Robert Nyilas Jul 31, 2009

    you can go safe mode to but try to select last known good configuration after you pressed F8 key

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    Robert Nyilas Jul 31, 2009

    boot from xp boot cd

    Then enter into recovery console mode ( Press R at the first time when asking what to do)

    run chkdsk c: /p /r (scan your disk)

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