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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Richard Adams, Feb 12, 2007.

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  1. Richard Adams

    Richard Adams Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm on of these people that leaves my computer on over night. Every morning, I expect to come down and switch my computer screens on to see my beautiful desktop as always. But this morning, no such thing happened. Instead, I was horrified to see this screen:

    We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

    If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

    If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

    Safe Mode
    Safe Mode with Networking
    Safe Mode with Command Prompt
    Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
    Start Windows Normally

    Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.

    Seconds until Windows starts: 30


    The thing is, I've searched a lot about this issue and everyone seems to have caused it by installing a new motherboard, a new this or that. I did nothing to provoke this... Nothing!

    I have tried booting via all methods above, as well as the CD to find that none of them work. I've tried repairing the installation... it just freezes. Is my only option left to do a complete wipe of my hard disk and installation of XP?

    Please say there's another way!

    Any help offered is much appreciated.

    Richard.
     
  2. bonk

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    Try re-seating the memory and Video Card and blowing the slots out........
     
  3. Richard Adams

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    Hey bonk,

    Thanks for the suggestion. After posting this message I spoke to a friend who suggested a similar fix. I've tried it, but no dice.

    Any other suggestions are greatly welcomed.

    Richard.
     
  4. bonk

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    Try removing or shortening out using the jumpers on the board the Cmos battery for a couple of minutes
     
  5. bonk

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    If no dice remove everything hooked up to the PC except the monitor....remove everything off the board except the video card, memory and main hard drive and see if it starts up.


    If that doesn't work try a repair install if you have the full operating system on CD


    Here's a link if you need it for Repair Install

    How to Repair Install XP
     
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