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#1 cafejose

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 08:43 PM

... but the computer starts into Windows anyway.

 

What does it mean when you startup your computer, the screen becomes black and you see quick rolling text near the top for a few seconds, but the computer continues on and goes into Windows and goes to your desktop, and from here, everything seems to work normally?

 

This happened during the up-part of a restart after doing a manual Windows Update for Windows Vista.



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 04:26 AM

It depends on what the quick rolling text is.

Could it be that you BIOS got switched from a graphical mode (a picture) to the text mode that shows the steps that the computer is taking to boot up?

 

What's the make and model of the computer?


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Posted 17 October 2016 - 09:06 PM

Could it be that you BIOS got switched from a graphical mode (a picture) to the text mode that shows the steps that the computer is taking to boot up?

 

I would not know how to answer that, and i'm not sure exactly what that means.

 

 

The occurrence was something I never saw before.  The computer is 8 years old.  I was spending a session catching up on missing Windows Updates for October 2016 using individual Windows Update Standalone Installers.  I have no idea if the update for internet explorer (kb....1492-x...) was the reason or not, but the restart after installing it was when the strange occurrence occurred.

 

 

Toshiba Satellite Laptop, P305

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 05:55 AM

The point of this line of questioning is to determine approximately where the problem is.

As this is a Toshiba, do you see anything related to "Toshiba"  in the quick rolling text?

 

My suspicion here is that there is a hardware problem - most likely either the hard drive or the motherboard.

Unfortunately, the repair capabilities of Vista are rather limited - even if you were able to get to the point where you could use them.

 

What happens when you rapidly tap the F12 key immediately on starting the computer?

Do you get a menu that allows you to choose different boot options?

If so, try these free, bootable diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html

 

Do you have the recovery disks that came with the Toshiba?

They may be needed for recovery.

If you don't have them, is the Windows Product key sticker (on the bottom of the case) visible and readable?  If so, ensure that you copy the product key down as you may need it in the future.


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Posted 18 October 2016 - 04:54 PM

usasma,

 

thanks for the advice.

Too late to answer your questions because the event of seeing the fast scrolling text event already happened.  The computer continues to function normally and has shown no functionality problems since the event.  Some of the suggestions you made, I cannot do because the event already happened.  I will try the F12 boot option, but I will just make note of  "carrona" for maybe later.

 

The fast rolling text which rapidly displayed for several seconds (each line-full) only displayed very briefly, and they appeared to be directory paths including "Registry" paths.  As said, after this part of the event, computer continued on its own to go into Windows and displayed the normal desktop.  

 

I have been slowly making a transition from Windows Vista (the Toshiba laptop) to Windows 10 (new laptop), so one day, I will not rely much on the current Vista machine.  I try to keep important files and documents stored on usb-flash drives.



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Posted 19 October 2016 - 07:21 AM

This sounds like an update process that occasionally shows up on screens.

If it isn't causing problems right now, then I wouldn't worry about it.

Just in case, try this:

 

Could you be infected?  It's possible that malware has corrupted your current protection, so please try a couple of these, independent scans (from this link: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA15-286A ).  This is in case your current protection is compromised by malware and giving false results:

           F-Secure
           https://www.f-secure.com/en/web/home_global/online-scanner (link is external)

           McAfee
           http://www.mcafee.com/uk/downloads/free-tools/stinger.aspx (link is external)

           Microsoft
           http://www.microsoft.com/security/scanner/en-us/default.aspx (link is external)

           Sophos
           https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/virus-removal-tool.aspx (link is external)

           Trend Micro
           http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ (link is external)

    The above are examples only and do not constitute an exhaustive list. The U.S. Government does not endorse or support any particular product or vendor.
If you do find infections, I'd suggest posting over in the Am I Infected forum to ensure that all the bad stuff has been removed:  http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/103/am-i-infected-what-do-i-do/
Please read the pinned topics at the top of the forum for instructions on how to post there.

 

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