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Start up problem

Everytime I start up my hp pavillion a800n the hp screen comes on but then instead of going to the windows log in screen the screen goes grey with a white blinking line at the top left hand corner. How do I get my computer to start properly?!

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From the moment you switch your machine on you should hear a beep, just keep tapping the F8 key and you should load to a black screen with white lettering.
In the black screen use the keyboard arrows to move up the screen and select Safe Mode.
IF your machine will boot into safe mode right click on My Compter, in the Window that opens select System Restore in the tabs at the top, now follow the instructions to restore your machine to a date and time back before this problem started.

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Probably u deleted some files from windows ...

after booting press F8, (or F5 ..i donlt rememdber) and then select go to safe mode! If it works than try and see what is missing, and back up u;re data.

If it doesn't work than u;ll have to reinstall u;re windows ...

Posted on Aug 08, 2008

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    does it get by the BIOS tests ?!or it get;s stuck there ?! i think so if F5 F8 doesent work... If u dont know if it passed BIOS tests u can test a linux live cd
    (ubuntu for example)and see if it works(the comp must be set to boot
    from CDrom).

    if it doesn't pass BIOS then reset the BIOS, and see if it works.

    Also try removing and reinserting all the comp;s components (harddrive, memory ...etc...) maybe there is a faulty connection somewhere.

    if it still wont work then there is a hardware issue ! try removing from components ... the hard drive ... see if anything happens ...the memories .. .(some beeps should be heard, if not than the motherboard is most probably faulty )

    .....do these things and then give more info if it still wont work ...

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