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Won't Finish Boot Process


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#1 randyrayd

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Posted 22 May 2007 - 07:17 AM

My OS is Win2K Pro and when attempting to boot yesterday my computer hung on the Go Back app and would go no further. During several subsequent attempts I got far enough in the boot process to get an error saying my keyboard wouldn’t work. Using a third keyboard I somehow got a full boot with my Windows CD and quickly ran a virus scan showing no infection and thought everything was okay, took out the CD and changed the boot sequence back.

Now I’m stuck on the Go Back screen again. While in BIOS I discovered it said the year was 2002 and thought that was why Go Back hung but reset the clock and still nothing works. I can’t boot to safe mode (only beeps when I tap the keyboard), now the windows CD will not boot the machine. I’ve tried to do a reinstall, but am told two small partitions are too small (no option for changing their size) and for some reason can’t install on the primary partition, just a note saying I can’t, nothing else. I can only get to Set-Up and BIOS. I’ve tried burning different boot disks to CD (no floppy drive)
on another computer but only get “Retry Boot” when using them.

Various times I can get far enough to get Go Back to load then try to revert, but
just get a “Wait” notice from the app and nothing further.

No sounds when booting unless I tap F5 or F8, sometimes F12 beeps every time I tap. Of course I haven’t backed up my documents and WAB, etc. so I’m trying not to delete partitions and start over.

Any ideas before I use a sledgehammer? I’m at work but will check on the other computer when I get home. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Randall

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Posted 23 May 2007 - 07:11 AM

I had to format and reinstall. I finally got to safe mode. The "press F8 for troubleshooting" finally popped up after many, many attempts and I got in safe mode and got most of my documents, Favs, and WAB backed up. When I tried (and tried, and tried) to reinstall windows I was told it couldn't be found.

Now I've got days of reinstalling apps to look forward to. I have to install my wireless first to get driver updates....my appearance is that of safe mode.

A word to the procrastinators like me. Do your backups more timely.

Randall




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