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#1 Carz n Compz

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 03:49 PM

For the last few days my computer has been booting up funny. I get past the "Windows XP" boot screen but then I get to a totally black screen. There is NOTHING on the screen. 5 minutes later I windows XP starts and I see the "Welcome" screen and then my desktop. I am not sure what is going on here. BTW: I did an Adware and Virus scan and nothing comes up. This is a problem with BOOTING, not programs loading when windows starts.

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Posted 28 September 2005 - 07:04 PM

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Does this happen when you boot into Safe Mode?
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Posted 29 September 2005 - 03:50 PM

:thumbsup: to BC Carz Compz.
Does this happen when you boot into Safe Mode?

Sorry it took so long to respond but I just checked and yes it does the same hanging even when I set it to boot into safe mode.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 03:59 PM

If other won't come up with a fix, i'd go the easy way and reinstall Windows.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 05:52 PM

Hi there,

No need for extremes yet :thumbsup:

Please do the following:

Go to recovery console,
and do a checkdisk.

To go to recovery console:
*Boot up from WinXP CD
*When the setup is loaded, press "r" to enter recovery console
*Press 1 for the setup number then hit ENTER
*Enter the Administrative password

To do a check disk:
*At the screen type this: "chkdsk X: /F" where "X" is your drive letter.

Boot normally and if that hasn't solved the issue, please run a scan with Panda and post up the log:

Panda ActiveScan
http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan
Make sure you tick Disinfect automatically under Scan Options


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#6 Carz n Compz

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:33 PM

How do I boot from the CD? It is Windows XP Home UPDATE.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 06:38 PM

The Elder Geek's Clean Install Procedure with Illustrative Screen Captures has instructions on:

Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition - Upgrade Version
System: Personal Computer


There is other good info on that site. You may be able to troubleshoot this though, rather than trying to reinstall.

Edited by Leurgy, 29 September 2005 - 06:44 PM.

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#8 Carz n Compz

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 09:10 PM

I am not ready for a format/clean install YET. Please instrut me on how to do what Happy Shiner suggested.

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Posted 29 September 2005 - 11:53 PM

See:

How to Perform a Windows XP Repair Install

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:47 AM

You may also be able to get some info on why its hanging by using your Event Viewer accessable by going to "Start">"Programs"> "Administration tools"> "Event Viewer".

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 01:19 PM

Hi there :thumbsup:

Don't worry :flowers:

We can do this a simpler way for now. Please do the following:
Do a Disk Check
Go to properties of your C: (ALT + Click / Right-click)
Go to the "tools" tab.
At the first section, the "Error-checking" section, Click "Check Now"
Check both boxes and click start.
Click Yes at the prompt.
Reboot your computer.

Let it run through the check.

Then log into your account and do the following:

Start > Run > copy and paste in:
sfc /scannow
Click 'OK'
You will need your XP/2000*Grinler disk. If you don't have it and instead only have a recovery CD, there is a work around. View the following link for a tutorial:

http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html

sfc - system file checker, retrieves the correct version of the file from %Systemroot%\System32\Dllcache or the Windows installation source files, and then replaces the incorrect file.

If you want to see what was replaced, right click My Computer > manage, expand event viewer > system.


Then, just to ensure that malware is not the culprit, please run the Panda scan as I advised in my previous post and put the log up for me. Let me know if you have any problems :trumpet:

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:13 PM

I would run the fixmbr command from the XP Recovery Console.

XP RepairUsing FIXMBR Command - http://www.tech-recipes.com/windows_instal...on_tips483.html

Using Fixmbr - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 05:32 PM

Hi there,

My view at this point is that there are other options to try before a repair. That should be done at a later stage when other options haven't solved the issue. Whilst Windows repair appears to be an easy option, doing so will remove all Windows updates, not to mention open the possibility of losing data. It may be that a repair may be the only solution....but other steps should be tried before that time...and frankly those that have talked of reinstall and reformat (as some have in this thread) are being premature. Exhaust the other options first. This problem is one where others with similar problems, but more severe, have been fixed in simpler and more palatable ways then 'repair'...reinstall'...'reformat'. At this time I have seen nothing that suggests to me that this is an extreme problem. Time may tell otherwise, but don't jump to extreme solutions as your first stop...start simple...then move up....often you'll find you can crack the nut without a sledgehammer :thumbsup:

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Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:41 PM

For the last few days my computer has been booting up funny. I get past the "Windows XP" boot screen but then I get to a totally black screen. There is NOTHING on the screen. 5 minutes later I windows XP starts and I see the "Welcome" screen and then my desktop. I am not sure what is going on here. BTW: I did an Adware and Virus scan and nothing comes up. This is a problem with BOOTING, not programs loading when windows starts.

Any help is wanted.
Thanks

Have you tried MicroSoft AntiSpyware Beta, or Spybot S&D?
Also what programs have you installed lately?
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Posted 30 September 2005 - 10:00 PM

Ok: I have done what HappyShiner suggested: I did a scan-disc and then a system file checker check. Both worked fine. I did a Panda scan and it came up clean. I dont understand how to get into the XP recovery console. Can someone please explain that to me.




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