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First - re-seat the hard disk and reboot the computer. If the computer does not boot up then reboot and go into the BIOS configuration to see if the BIOS detects the hard drive. If it doesn't detect the hard drive then it could be faulty. Then the hard drive needs to be replaced in the computer/laptop, Windows installed and the computer or laptop's device drivers plus your programs etc. to get a functioning computer/laptop again.
Step 1: Shut down your PC completely. Step 2: Turn on the Power button. Step 3: As soon as you turn it on start hitting the F8 key on your keyboard until you get to a black screen called "Windows Advanced option". (If you don't get to that that screen but you end up reaching the blue screen than that means you have delayed in hitting the F8 key. start again from step 1.) Step 4: As soon as you reach "Windows Advanced option" use your down arrow keys to choose an option called "Safe Mode". Step 5: Select that and HIT ENTER. Step 6: If you able to login then try accessing System Restore. Step 7: Click on Start and then click on All Programs. Step 8: Choose Accessories and then System Tools and System Restore. Step 9: Run the wizard by choosing "Restore My computer to an Earlier stage" Step 10: Choose a date displayed in Bold in the calender. Step 11: Your computer would reboot and wait until the restoration completes.
Here are a couple of tips that I've collected that may address your problem.
Go to start>run>then
type in "cmd" without the quotes. this will bring up the command
prompt. next type in the following command: "shutdown -s" without the
quotes again. This should tell your system to shutdown your computer entirely. Next Try doing this. Hold down
"ctrl" and left click "shutdown". This skips some windows
XP shutdown procedure and should do the trick. And, finally http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=831431 You cannot log off, restart, or shut down
your Windows XP-based computerThis article talks about an
issue with Norton 2003 incompatibility.
Would appreciate any feedback as to which of these worked for you. Thanks much! Ron-
If your Usb port works, then the mobo is working, so possible graphics problem.
Try booting up in safe mode(normally pressing F8) on boot up then highlight 'start windows in safe mode', to see if Windows will load with only minimal drivers, if so restart again, pressing F8 again, but this time highlight 'start windows with last known good configuration'
Doing any of these 2 things can be done in any order, either last known good config first or safe mode.