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I Can't Get My Computer Out Of Safe Mode ...


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#1 wendyth2

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:03 AM

Hi,

I started my computer up today and it's in safe mode, why I don't know.

I can't get it out of there. I tried to boot it up in normal mode
but it didn't work. What can I do to get it back to normal? I'm running windows 2000.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:05 AM

Do you still have windows 2000 cd?

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:13 AM

Hi,

No, the computer was given to me by a friend. I didn't
receive any disks.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 04:22 AM

OK first we have to see what the problem caused. Go to MY Computer select your HDD rightclick propperties hardware and see what brand your HD is. If you're not sure please post whatever you see overhere. What we are going to do is run a few hard disk tests to see whether it is still ok.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:22 AM

FUJITSU MPD3043AT SCSI DISK DEVICE

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:36 AM

This is a 4GB HDD. How much space you still have left?

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 06:59 AM

There's 790 MB left of space.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:03 AM

I assume this is s "space problem " Please follow these steps :
Please follow these steps :

• Defrag your system. Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when a file is opened. Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on the hard disk so that each occupies a single space on the disk. This speeds up reading and writing to the disk. Read "The Importance of Disk Defragmentation" for instructions.

• Check for disk errors by running CHKDSK. CHKDSK can be run from the Recovery Console, the command prompt or through the Windows GUI.
To run chkdsk from the Win XP GUI see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the command prompt see these instructions.
To run chkdsk from the Recovery Console see these instructions.
The problem with running CHKDSK from Win XP is that it will not check files that are being used by Windows. Using chkdsk in the Recovery Console with the /r switch is a way to resolve this.

• Check for damaged, altered or missing critical system files by running the System File Checker. If SFC discovers that a protected file has been damaged, altered or missing, it restores the correct version of the file from the cache folder. You must be logged on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to run sfc and it may ask you to insert your XP Installation CD so have it available.

• Clean up your hard drive by removing unused programs and transferring old data, pictures, music files to a CD or an external hard drive. When you have moved/saved the files you want to keep, run Disk Cleanup and let it scan your system for files to remove. "Don’t clean out the Prefetch folder" - This is a common myth that will not improve performance.

• Check for any unnecessary running services. If you have a typical installation, many services are configured as "automatic"; that is, they start automatically when the system starts or when the service is called for the first time. Use "Black Viper's Services Configuration" to help fine tune this area.

• Check for any unnecessary applications loading at startup when Windows boots with MSConfig. Some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable. If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search one of the following Startup Databases:
Startup Programs Database
StartupList Index

Note: MSConfig.exe is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager which allows you to enable/disable auto-start programs, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable startup programs.

A better alternative is to use a startup manager. If you have have Spybot S&D 1.4 installed, launch it, go to Mode and select Advanced. Then go to Tools, select System Startups. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel, Autoruns and Starter by CodeStuff.

• Remove any third party "Memory Manager" or "Optimizer". Windows XP memory management was designed to make the best use of Ram and these memory management utilities defeat that purpose. They push applications out of RAM into the pagefile, creating holes in the RAM and by doing so, slow down your computer.

• Disable some visual effects. While visual embellishments that may be attractive, they don’t do anything else for you. Disabling some of them frees up system resources and makes the operating system perform better. Right click My Computer, choose > Properties > Advanced, click on "Settings" under performance...UNcheck all the visual effects, except for the last three. Click "Apply", then "OK", then "OK" again. Then right click your desktop and choose > Properties > Appearance > "Effects...Uncheck the first two boxes and hit "OK".

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:17 AM

I see you have posted a HJT log in the forum. You should not make any changes to your system until after you have been helped.

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Posted 08 February 2007 - 07:38 AM

Hi,

Yes I posted a HJT log but it's from a different computer. This computer is running windows 2000 not XP.

I have to get to bed ... I'll do it tomorrow.

Thank you,

good night,

Wendy

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Posted 09 February 2007 - 07:38 PM

Fozzie,

Hi, I'm running Windows 2000 on the computer that's in safe mode not Windows XP
I can't do the things you said to do ... nothing happens.

Wendy

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 08:19 AM

Hi Wendy

I've had trouble with Windows 2000 over the years as well. You have two options:

A. Find another machine, stick your hard drive from your machine in it and do what Fozzie said about the space thing.

B. Borrow a Windows 2000 cd from someone, boot off of the CD and press R to go into recovery console when setup has loaded all its files to memory. Once you're there, type in the administrator password, probably none and press enter. Type in chkdsk /r and press enter. Reboot your PC now. That should solve a few issues and it may just boot normally.

I could suggest you get a bigger hard drive, but you probably wanna keep your data huh?

Well I have one more option, download the ultimatebootcd from www.ultimatebootcd.com and use the hard disk tools, may take some time but they work!




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