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WINDOWS XP WONT BOOT/ONLY BOOTS TO A BLACK SCREEN


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#1 jamesb9898

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:33 AM

Hi,

Last night I was on my Dell Inspiron E1705 laptop and it started running slow and wouldn't start so I manually turned it off; upon restarting the "Dell" logo pops up just fine followed by the blue line containing www.dell.com and then I see "PBR 2...done" quickly flash and I am greeted with this window:

Please select operating system to start:

Microsoft Windows Recovery Console
do not select this [debugger enabled]
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.
Press ENTER to choose.

For troubleshooting and advanced startup options for Windows, press F8.


If I donít touch anything it will automatically select "Windows XP Media Center Edition" within a second or two and boot to a completely black screen. I tried selecting "Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" which ultimately leads to this:

Microsoft Windows XP™ Recovery Console.
The Recovery Console provides system repair and recovery functionality.
Type EXIT to quit the Recovery Console and restart the computer.

1: C:\WINDOWS

Which Windows installation would you like to log onto
<To cancel, press ENTER>?


I also tried hitting F8 and booting up in safe mode but it always sends me back to the "Please select operating system to start:" only difference being "Safe Mode" is illuminated in blue on the bottom right corner.

I don't know what else to try....please help!

Thanks,
Brian

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 07:42 AM

I would exercise the Recovery Console option, try to run the chkdsk /r command.

Type 1 where it asks for O/S and hit Enter.

Hit Enter at the password line.

At the next line...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter.

Louis

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 12:10 PM

Louis,

I ran checkdisk as you said and the results said one error was found and corrected but unfortunately upon restarting nothing has changed.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 03:40 PM

A quick search...indicates it may be a failing hard drive.

http://search.dell.com/results.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen&cat=sup&k=loading+PBR2&rpp=12&p=1&rf=all&nk=f&ira=False&~srd=False&ipsys=False&advsrch=False&~ck=tab

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