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1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order. 2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will need to press enter to setup Windows XP. 3. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install, press ENTER. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R". 4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations. 5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. After the reboot read the fix at the end of this post. 6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot. Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears. Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.
If you don't have an option to repair, try this:
1. Boot with XP CD. 2. Press R to load the Recovery Console. 3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed. 4. Type bootcfg 5. This should fix any boot.ini errors causing setup not to see the XP installation. 6. Try the repair install again.
If the Repair is still not an option, try the following:
1. Boot with XP CD. 2. Press R to load the Recovery Console. 3. Login to the Recovery Console using your Admin password if needed. 4. If the CD letter is K: give these commands
This really does need looking at by a technician, and its hard to work out the exact cause from what you say, the fact it happened after the windows update restart may just be coincidence.
I'd first try videoing the laptop screen while it starts up, so you can try to pause on the message to read what it says.
otherwise you'll have to go through the normal diagnostics to see what part has gone wrong, whether it be the hard drive, the memory, or the motherboard.
Firstly let me say that some warrenties will be void if you open the equipment up, so be careful if it is in warrenty then go through them first. With no beep codes to diagnose from, I'd say everything points to a motherboard issue. But before we go with that as the issue you must ensure its not a memory or hard drive issue. First you must always make sure its off with the battery out before you touch any components such as memory or hard drives. Take all the memory out of the laptop (under one of the plastic covers on the bottom) and then try turning it on, if you get beeps now then you know it has faulty memory. If you have more than one stick of memory then try with one then the other and in different slots. Also try booting without the hard drive in, see what happens then. Finally if after all this you realise it is a motherboard issue then you'll need specialist help to fix it. Use a company that charges fairly (should be around £55+vat for a simple motherboard issue) and also ensure they operate on a no-fix no-fee and give you 3 months warranty. If you don't want to carry out these steps then use a reputable technician, like us at MCSLondon:), and they should be able to sort it our for you fairly.
If you are turning off your computer by pressing the front panel power button, it is probably just putting Windows to sleep but not shutting the computer off. If your computer has Windows Vista, the default is to hibernate and not shut down even if you shut down through Vista. The "power save" message you see is coming from the monitor, which is letting you know it isn't getting a signal from the computer anymore but the power is still on. Windows will start up again from sleep mode if someone or something moves the mouse or presses a key.
The solution is to make sure the computer is actually shut down. In Vista you can do this by clicking the arrow near the power icon on the Start menu. This gives you the option of shutting down instead of hibernating. In XP, shut the computer down using the start menu shutdown option instead of the computer power button. Then the power will shut down completely.
Is it possible that you have changed the settings of what buttons do what on your system? E.g. you could have changed the power button to "switch user" instead of "shut down", to check this (in XP) go to "Power Options" (in Control Panel" and then click on the "Advanced tab" at the top, then select "Shut down" from the drop down menu at the bottom of the window.
If this is already set to shut down then maybe you could do a system restore in case another setting has been changed, restore it to before the PC started doing this.
Alternatively try actually choosing "Turn off Computer" from the Log On screen (press Ctrl + L to get to this screen, or choose switch user/log off). If you are using Vista I beleive that there is a shut-down option from the Log In Page there (which again you can access by pressing Ctrl + L on the keyboard.