System refuses to do anything beyond first Dell screen when booting. No Setup menu, no boot menu, nothing, just blinking horizontal cursor. Began occurring after installing Windows Updates. Diagnostic lights indicate possible error with expansion card (VisionTek Radeon 9200 SE 256 mb PCI) but I tried each different slot, then using on board graphics port, still nothing.
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Re: System cannot boot
This is not really odd one of the drive is creating a faliure or the printer is the culprit
disconnect all the drives and see it should go the screen that says no boot device found
than connect one by one
and you will find the culprit drive
before doing this try disconnecting the usb devices and start the computer
if this works disable the usb emulation from the bios it would be under onboard devices
and regards the other issues listed in the same query
the guy with c and d ember
remove the memory cards and put it again
if u have a dimension 2400 remove the cpu heatsink and put it back
Huh that is odd, you might want to try f8ing the start up and running "Last know good configuration that worked" or you could try booting it in safe mode. You also might try reformating the drive you installed the updates too. Another thing that can cuase it is your RAM you might try booting with only one stick of RAM in. Try thoughs and let me know what you found out
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For some reason it seems that explorer.exe isn't start. I would start by rebooting into safemode. After the bios boot screen, but before the windows loading screen repeatedly press F8 to bring up a menu. Try safe mode with networking first and run an anti-virus scanner. Usually virii and other malware tend to do this.
Yes, this sounds like the traditional black screen issue, but it's
different! This machine is a Dell Dimension 3000 with XP. System won't
boot. After Blue Dell BIOS splash screen with F2 & F12 options, it
just goes black. There will ultimately be a white cursor in the upper
left hand corner. I can edit BIOS with F2, I can get in to the boot
menu with F12, but I can't do anything after that. I can even get in to
the Safe Mode menu (F8), but it never boots.
Turn on the machine, press F12 once the Dell splash screen is displayed, the boot menu will show up. From the Boot Menu, use up-down arrow keys on the keyboard and highlight the CD/DVD/CD-RW and press Enter.You will see another menu, select "Boot from Cd-Rom" and press enter to select it. The system will boot up from the CD-Rom. Please note that this settings is only for one time boot, once the system is restarted, the boot sequence will be restored to the previous saved settings. If you wish to set it from the Bios, enter the Bios settings by hitting F2 or Delete (should be shown at the bottom of the Dell splash screen) while you see the Dell Splash Screen. In the Bios settings menu, go to Boot options and make the changes with the boot sequence.
The screen locked up because something - most likely a virus - has deleted a critical file and the entire pc just froze. Now the entire Windows is corrupted so the pc can't start and the only way to fix that is to reinstall. And next time use a better antivirus.
If it is not getting into Safe Mode means that the HDD is not being read. Either the BIOS settings are wrong (enter BIOS by pressing F2 at boot up and set boot sequence to 1. CD drive and 2. HDD) or the HDD is corrupt. In that case it should have made some attempt at booting. Or it should have at least told you that there is no system on the HDD. So, I feel your best bet would be to enter BIOS and set it to beet from the HDD. Also check is the BIOS is registering the HDD.
1.Try to boot your computer in Safe mode and run a full system virus scan with your anti-virus software, this may fix the problem. The system will boot in safe mode only if its not a major damage to the file. If the system is not booting in safe mode, then perform system restore. Click start>all programs>Accessories>System tools>System Restore. Restore computer to a date where it was working fine. 2.In case the system refuses to boot up at all, then it is recommended to run a repair setup of windows Xp. To run repair setup, boot the computer with Windows Xp bootable CD and on installation screen, press R for repair setup. For detailed steps see http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/installxpcdrepair/indexfullpage.htm
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When you start your system and before your Dell screen shows, Press either the F2 or F10 screen. This should get you a System Bios setup screen. In this screen, see if there is an entry for your Hard drive and CDROM drive.
If you can get that far comment back and I'll check back here until our email system is working again. The fact that your computer is not responding to your CDROM is not a very good sign and your computer may have been starting to fail with the first of errors you received and is now at complete risk.