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#1 patsbroonzsox

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:06 PM

Ok, my computer is custom built on a soyo kt880 dragon 2 board(raid 0), running windows xp pro, bfg geforce 7800gs oc, dial-up connection.

When I startup my computer everything is fine until windows attempts to load. Then a black screen comes up with a message about a recent hardware/software change possibly causing the problem and the options of starting in safe mode, safe mode with networking, safe mode with command prompt, last known good configuration, and start windows normally.

Over time I tried all six options all with the same result; the windows load screen appears, then soon as it reaches the point where the green loading bar should start moving, it switches to an unreadable blue screen for a millisecond, then restarts. I let it go for a whole night and I awoke the next morning to see it still going thru the same loop.

The person who built my computer installed xp pro on it without providing me with any OS disks. So in essence I'm just looking at what my options are for a recovery with losing as little info as possible. Regrettably I didnt make a backup disk or anything, and other sites provide only recovery info for computers that can load windows.

I'm very glad there are resources and helpful people available. Thanks for your time! Much <3!

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:08 PM

Can you get into safe mode?

Did the computer ever load correctly?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:11 PM

Can you get into safe mode?

Did the computer ever load correctly?


No, and no. Every option from the black screen just takes me to the blue screen and restarts my comp.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:13 PM

So the person that built the computer for you gave you a computer that he didn't make sure worked before giving it to you?

You don't hear any system beeps when you first turn on the power? What size is your power supply?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:18 PM

So the person that built the computer for you gave you a computer that he didn't make sure worked before giving it to you?

You don't hear any system beeps when you first turn on the power? What size is your power supply?


I got it back in Dec. '05, and it worked great up until a week ago. It beeps at the beginning of every restart, and my power supply is an Hp-350W.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:21 PM

Silly question, but did you make ANY changes at all a week ago? Even any MS updates?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:27 PM

Silly question, but did you make ANY changes at all a week ago? Even any MS updates?


I did attempt to download my gfx (bfg gedorce 7800gs oc)card's newest forceware update due to Diablo 2 freezing but the download was cancelled because my connection was either timed out or disconnected (unreliable dialup). Possibly the game freezing and my system problems are related.. hmm.. they happened less than 2 weeks apart.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:30 PM

You are probably going to need the OS disk to boot into the recovery console and run some scans. Someone with a little more knowledge in this area should be able to help you. Hang in there.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:32 PM

Did one of the boot choices mention something about VGA or some other video mode? If it did, and that choice didn't work - then it's not likely to be your video card drivers.

I'd suggest trying to read the blue screen - but without recovery disks there's not much that you can do about this.

You can download a copy of BartPE or the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD) to see if you can recover some of your data - but the end result is that you're going to need a copy of Windows in order to get the computer working again.
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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:36 PM

You are probably going to need the OS disk to boot into the recovery console and run some scans. Someone with a little more knowledge in this area should be able to help you. Hang in there.


Do I need the exact disks used to install Windows on my cpu or will others work?

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 01:43 PM

Any XP CD (Home or Pro depending on what you have) will work as you are not putting in the key at this point. Or you can try the methods suggested above by Usasma.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:00 PM

Ok, I'll check those out. Thanks a lot for your help! :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 02:03 PM

Let us know what happens, or if you need further help.

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Posted 21 May 2007 - 06:28 PM

Let us know what happens, or if you need further help.


I downloaded BartPE, copied it to disk and put it in my computer but it didn't run anything. It did run a Gateway recovery disk which wasn't compatible with my computer (just to see what would happen) but for some reason this one didn't work. I'm no computer pro, so I assume I missed a step somewhere.

Edit: I tried switching around boot devices to boot from cd-rom but nothing happened.

Edited by patsbroonzsox, 21 May 2007 - 07:59 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2007 - 05:24 PM

Ok, I messed with my bios a bit and i got my computer to display a black screen after the windows loading screens that has a white box and shows all kinds of info like dxdiag would. What is this screen??

Another question, I somehow got my command prompt up one time, i dont know how but if anyone knows, that would be useful since I might be able to get my burned copy of bartPE to actually run from there.




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