Re-installed XP Pro + SP2 + SP3 - but have black screen
DELL LATITUDE D510
After reinstalling XP Pro base and then SP2 I encountered a black screen on re-boot. I booted to safe mode, installed all the Dell 510 drivers re-booted, but still had the black screen. I booted to safe mode, installed SP3 but still have black screen.
I do get the XP start-up screen, but then it goes balck with only the cursor showing.
Please can you suggest a recovery from this?
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Does this computer have a Celeron processor in it? First see if you can Ctrl-Alt-Del and run from a command prompt "explorer.exe" (without the quotes). If you cant, try to go to safe mode. If you can access the computer in safe mode, uninstall all service packs until its working again. If safe mode is not an option, reinstall Windows. Google "celeron service pack fix" and download. Install it first then try the service packs again.
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Yes, you either have some corrupt or missing boot or system files. Run the Check Disk Utility.
To run the check disk utility you will need a repair disc ora operating system disc. Put the disc in the cd drive and boot fromit. You want to get to the Dos Command Prompt (Black screen with whiteletters) and type the following command: chkdsk /r Check disk will run well over an hour or two and you will notice thepercentages going from high to low, this is normal. Let it run tocompletion. Then reboot machine.
If check disk fails to solve your problem you might have to reinstall windows.Try doing a Repair Install that way you don't loose your data, documents,music, pictures, videos or programs.
In windows xp you get to the dos command prompt by selecting R for repair whenthe options appear.
In Vista and Windows 7 you want to get to the recoveryconsole and look down at the bottom of the window for the Dos Command.
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I just experienced the same problem you did concerning the partmgr.sys blue screen error. I am installing Windows XP Pro SP2 on a pretty old Dell Latitude LS (upgrading it from Win 2000). The XP installation disk gives me the option to format in NTFS, FAT, and both formats in a "quick" mode. I usually do not recommend using the quick mode, however, after trying both NTFS and FAT and receiving the blue screen, I decided to try NTFS (quick). That has allowed me to actually get further into the installation, so you may want to try that.
The latest service for XP is SP3.
You need to download SP2 from Microsoft (SP2 which includes SP1).
Then you need to install SP2 and after SP2 is installed you need to download SP3 to install.
SP3 is approx 350Mb so if you have a friend who has it on a CD, then borrow it and install it using the CD.