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Black Screen, no safe mode

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Itamaram, Sep 3, 2007.

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  1. Itamaram

    Itamaram Thread Starter

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    My old secondary machine is starting to show early signs of death.

    It had restarted itself sometime during the night, and in the morning I've found it showing a black screen with only the windows cursor showing (WinXP pro. SP2 was applied).

    I've restarted it and got the same result. Windows looks like it is loading fine, and everything goes smoothly until we get to the log in prompt. It just doesn't appear.

    I've tried restarting it in safe mode to analyze the problem, but I can't. It restarts itself while loading the files.

    I've tried last good known configuration, and failed. Got as far as I did with normal configuration, only instead of waiting for a non appearing box, I got an error message saying some files are missing, and an auto restart.

    I'm really lost. Any helpful pointers would be appreciated.
     
  2. ozrom1e

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    What is the make of hard drive you have?
     
  3. Itamaram

    Itamaram Thread Starter

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    I can't see whats my primary, but the salve is Maxtor. In other news, if there is a layer of dust in my computer, thicker then 1mm, is that a problem?
     
  4. Itamaram

    Itamaram Thread Starter

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    My computer is now much cleaner on the inside. I still can't see what it my main HD, because I don't have a screwdriver handy (Some components are a bit crowded.)

    Both main and slave are IDE, and are quite old. Makes any difference?
     
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