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Windows Won't Load?


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#1 onionizer

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Posted 01 February 2006 - 02:54 PM

HI,
I was installing some software and my computer crashed, so I turned the power off at the mains.
When I switched it back on windows doesn't load.. All I get is a screen telling me the name of my motherboard, and processor speed etc..
I fear the worst.
Any help?
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Posted 01 February 2006 - 04:19 PM

What exactly is the last message on your screen? Are you coming up to C:\ or does the computer want to go into setup?

If you can enter your bios setup, usually hitting f2 or del., it should tell you if it sees your ram and your hard drive. If these appear normal, then something went awry with windows and there are ways to repair that damage.

If it says it doesn't have a hard drive or all the ram it should have, then you are probably looking at hardware problems. That is a different problem, the worst case being a dead hard drive, which will probably cost you your files.

When it crashed you were just installing a program, there wasn't a power blackout or surge was there? This is more likely to cause hardware failure, but sometimes things happen that appear to relate to something else but may not be.

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Posted 02 February 2006 - 04:50 AM

Hi,
thanks for the reply.
The exact reply is :
Award medallion BIOS v6.0 blah blah copyright blah
ASUS A7V8X-X ACPI BIOS revision1006
AMD Athlon XP 2600
Memory test : 524288K ok.

does that tell u enough? the keyboard doesnt work at all. So f2 or del is ineffective.. there is just a flashing - like its waiting to load or get a command... does that help you?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 12:46 AM

hi can anyone else help with this?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 01:10 AM

Try removing the motherboard battery for one minute, reinstall it and boot. This will reset the BIOS.
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 02:08 AM

hi can anyone else help with this?
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Try checking to see if your keyboard is causing the problem by taking it to a friends house and test it on their system. Your bios may haulting because of a bad keyboard and not set to give the beep error code for it. Please let us know how that went and we will go on tho the next step...Hope this helps.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:34 AM


hi can anyone else help with this?
cheers

Try checking to see if your keyboard is causing the problem by taking it to a friends house and test it on their system. Your bios may haulting because of a bad keyboard and not set to give the beep error code for it. Please let us know how that went and we will go on tho the next step...Hope this helps.

Hi thanks,
At least when I unplug the keyboard, I get a message saying
keyboard error no keyboard present, press F1 or DEL to enter set up.
After pressing DEL I get into BIOS, but not sure where to go from here.
I'll peruse the options and get back to you.
once again thanks

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 06:47 AM

Ok so having got into what i think is bios, when i exit i just get taken back to the original screen...

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 01:15 PM

Hi. I think your computer is not detecting your hard disk. There is a possibility of a bad drive. Although, you don't mention the brand of your PC; I've found that in some cheap white boxes, sometimes the power connectios loose proper contact and cause the hard drive to malfunction. Try to reconnect tighter your power and IDE cables.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 03:36 PM

When you were in the BOS did you have a hard drive listed as Primary Master?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:12 PM

When you were in the BOS did you have a hard drive listed as Primary Master?

Yes I'm looking at it now, it says ;; Primary master.

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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:21 PM

Now that your keyboard is somewhat functional, can you boot to the Boot Menu and slect Safe Mode?
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Posted 03 February 2006 - 04:42 PM

You need to reset the CMOS, Shut down>Unplug Power Cord>Open the case and look for a 3 pin Jumper bottom right side of the battery>Remove the Battery>Move the jumper to pins 1 & 2 (1 being the bottom pin)>Wait 30 sec.>Move the jumper back to pins 2 & 3>Install the Battery>Plug back in and start.
You will need to enter the BIOS and reset your clock and any personal settings you have made.
If you do not have any personal settings then set the defaults (follow instruction on the BIOS page) after resetting your clock.

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Posted 06 February 2006 - 05:09 AM

Ok
Thanks evryone for all the suggestions. Luckily I didn't have to venture into the mysterious depths of the inside of my computer. I got into BIOS and selected primary master and then hit the F10 button to save and exit. Not sure what I did but it did the job.
Bit of a fluke I reckon.
Anyone know what I did?
Thanks agin for all the help




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