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Hanging on black screen at start up

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Morgoth, Nov 16, 2011.

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  1. Morgoth

    Morgoth Thread Starter

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    Hi folks,

    Today I started up my PC and after the windows XP loading screen, I got nothing but a black screen. No response from the PC to keyboard commands or anything, and the monitor was still showing it had a signal. Several reboots and I still had the same problem. Nothing beyond that screen.

    I attempted to start it in safe mode and for some weird reason, it is telling me I haven't 'activated my copy of windows' and gets stuck in a little loop. Even though I clearly HAVE activated my copy of windows, as I've been using this Windows installation for months without a problem. :confused:

    In any case, after the attempt at safe mode, I managed to get the machine to boot normally, but I am guessing it's something of a fluke that it finally managed to start.

    Not sure if it's related, but ever since I installed a new graphics card in my machine, I have been having intermittent problems with the power button. For whatever reason, the power button does not always work, and it sometimes takes several tries to switch on. There appears to be nothing wrong with the power button wiring.

    My PSU is quite new, and is a corsair 650W. It should be enough to power my system. I have a Biostar T560 motherboard, a 4400+ processor, and an Nvidia 460 graphics card. Currently I have 4 hard drives, including one whose windows installation is for some reason borked and is unusably snow yet works fine as a data drive.
     
  2. VictoriaiiCe

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    If you ever tried to download updates from Microsoft, you’ve probably noticed that sometimes your copy of Windows has to be validated before it allows you to start the download.
    Well, you can use that tool independently of downloading an update by going to the following address:
    http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate
    Then click on the Validate link. Make sure that you visit the site using Internet Explorer..
    http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/validate/

    Here are other solutions if you have "activate windows" in accessories in the start menu:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307890
     
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