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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Re: Start up problem
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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Click on 'Start' at the bottom left of your screen
Click on 'Run' - should be on the right side of the Start menu towards the bottom.
A box will appear at the bottom of the 'Start' menu. Enter "msconfig" (without quotation marks), and press the Return/Enter Key.
A new window will open with several tabs. Click on the BOOT.INI tab to open that, and click in the square box first on list by /SAFEBOOT. There are three variants of safe mode. For now, choose 'Minimal' (click in the circle by that word). Now move to bottom right of the MSCONFIG window and click on the 'OK' button. Now the window will close, but next time you Restart/Start your computer it will be in Safe Mode (font will different, and it will say 'Safe Mode' at the four corners of the screen).
It sounds like you're describing the BIOS screen. This is an image that appears whenever the computer first starts up, and only lasts for a second or two, after which Windows begins to start up. Unfortunately, it's not possible to stop the screen from displaying; it's an important part of the boot process and allows technicians to enter diagnostic screens if necessary.
Try to boot up into safe mode and see if you can get in there. If so then go into the system tools folder in the start menu or by going into the windows icon. You would go into accessories and then system tools and then go into system restore.
In the system restore choose the last good known date that is bolded when the computer was working properly. After you click on the date to choose it go ahead and let it restore. It will need to reboot, once it does if it goes back in then your good. At that point I would suggest turning off automatic updates for windows.
If you can't get into safe mode, then your going to need to reinstall windows cause the operating system is corrupted.
they must have put it fully factory, you need to get your cd to start up before the hard drive does so you can use windows utility on to format and partition it , you may need to go into the setup (bios) and change the boot sequence to cd/dvd rom before the hard drive and run windows setup utility to install the OS on your new harddrive
Someone uses your computer and create a user accout. Please check this.
Follow this simple solution:
1. Restart your computer
2. Press F8
3. Select to start your computer in SAFE MODE
4. Press Yes whenever you ask something
5. Go to Start-Setttings-Control Panel-User Accounts
6.Change everything, the user name and password
Start your computer and tap the F8 key as soon as the computer begins to power-up. Keep tapping until you come to the Safe Mode screen. When the screen alerts you to the fact that you have chosen Safe Mode, click OK.
When you get to the desktop go to the control panel and launch System Properties. Go to Hardware and Device manager. Click the arrow next to the Display Adapter. Point at the adapter, right click and chooser Properties. Click the Driver Tab. Roll back the video driver to previous driver.
If indeed you have installed a new driver that is not compatible with your video card, then rolling it back to the original may very well take care of this problem.
Most of the time you simply need to go into safemode once then you should be able to get back into Windows normally. You get into safemode by pressing F8 before Windows starts but after the HP logo screen when you start the computer. You may have to try a few times to get the timing right.