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Windows will not boot, message displayed onscreen is "-."


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#1 Zareidriel

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:21 AM

The topic says it all. I simply restarted my computer about an hour ago, and upon restart, after displaying the opening ram check, etc, the very next thing the monitor displays is:

A completely blank screen, with the characters

-.

Dash, dot, and nothing else. The rest is black. I can usually find answers to my own computer issues, but "-." is not searchable in search engines, so I'm having trouble.

Anyone have any idea what this is?

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:38 AM

Hi Zareidriel, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Can you use the F8 key at the startup to enter the advance boot options?

If you can, see if you can boot into Safe Mode. If you can try doing a System Restore.

Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore.

When this opens make sure that "Restore my computer to an earlier time" is chosen, and click on Next>.

The dates appearing in bold are the dates that you can restore to, click on the date that you want and then click Next> to start the System Restore. This may take a long time to complete, and when it is done it will restart your computer. When the computer restarts and you have logged on as the administrator a Restoration Complete page will appear, click on OK to complete the process.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:44 AM

No, thev -. appears immediately after the first page of startup information. F8 does not work, though the delete-based BIOS menu does.

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:54 AM

Do you have the installation disk for the operating system?

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