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Why is test mode on my computer screen?

All i know is that my computer failed to start and it then gave me the option to fix it .It first failed and asked if I wanted to restore my computer to an earlier date.I chose not to and clicked on fix it again.That time it fixed it as my computer started but it now has the words "test mode" in all four corners of the screen at top and bottom.

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Check your boot order, If you find it is on test mode or similar wording, change boot order to hard drive and restart your computer. Dell has a test mode that runs a full test of the computer system when something has gone wrong, I'am hoping this will fix the problem.

Posted on Apr 03, 2012

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SOURCE: Have IBM Thinkpad 2645 which refuses to start. Error 163 appears

try replacing the cmos battery

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SOURCE: Acer Aspire 5920 will not start up either in safe mode or normal

IF YOU DON'T NEED ANYTHING ON YOUR PC YOU CAN FORMAT IT WITH YOUR WINDOWS OR RECOVERY CD
SOUNDS LIKE YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY LOST FILES
LET ME KNOW HOW THIS WORKS

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Acer Aspire 5920 start up problem

if it is only 10months old I suggest you call them and get it fixed under warranty. you have a year from date of purchase. if no warranty just buy the disc if you didnt make the backups when it told you to. When i get these problems its usaully a hard drive but that is what i have experienced

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

Anonymous

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SOURCE: Operating system not found

try rebooting hitting f8 and go to last know good setting that work,
if that does not fix the problem, run the restore disk, or windows
repair disk,

Posted on Aug 17, 2010

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SOURCE: I own a Gateway nv7802u

Check and see if the hard drive came loose check the bios to see if it is recognized..It is saying there is nothing with an O/S on it and when you put the disk in it does not register a hard drive to restore..Check the hard drive and start the computer up and see if you can cancel the restore and start the laptop up regular..

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