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[Resolved] Big Trouble! Can't Boot to Windows!

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by Galleherjazz, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. Galleherjazz

    Galleherjazz Thread Starter

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    Here is the problem:

    I was installing a program (Camedia Master 4.0) on a friend's Compaq computer with Millenium. After doing this, I decided to clean up her startup menu. I was precipitous in deleting tons of stuff, including what I was told were important Compaq startup prompts. When I rebooted, all I got was the Compaq title screen and a blinking cursor. I tried booting with F8, then with the Delete key, then F2, then F10 (to get into Compaq's bios). Nothing worked. ODDLY, however, suddenly after waiting a long time, Windows ME did boot! So I restored what I thought were the offending files and rebooted. Again, I got just the Compaq title screen and a blinking cursor.
    I called a Compaq tech line (at great expense!) and they told me to retry several of the keys I had already tried. I did a further variety of things, all in vain. Suddenly, when I was about at my wit's end, I got into the bios. It was set to boot first from CD rom, then floppy, then C drive. I changed the bios to boot first from the C drive. But, upon restart, AGAIN, just the title window and the blinking cursor. Again, after a long wait, Windows booted. This time the cursor and keyboard didn't work. I rebooted, and this time, again after a LONG wait, I got everything to work! I was excited! I put back all the startup items! And I restored the computer to an earlier point. At the end of the restore, it automatically restarted and, darn, there was the Compaq title screen and the blinking cursor.

    What can I do to get this sucker to reboot properly? I am hoping that in the morning Windows Me will once again mount. This time I'm going to try reinstalling ME from the CD. I worry, however, that upon the reboot, the same thing will occur.

    What is wrong and WHAT CAN I DO? I am not a professional at this, but I feel obligated to fix my friends PC, since everything was in apple pie order till I meddled with the startup! I don't relish hiring some young techie to come and charge me a small fortune to set things right. Please, gang, can you help?

    With desperation and hope!
     
  2. Jtoast

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    open a dos box ( start, run, type "command" without the quotes.

    type "scanreg /restore" without the quotes. (notice the space between the "g" in scanreg and the "/". it must be there.


    then hit enter and choose a date from before you borked the system and then reboot.
     
  3. Galleherjazz

    Galleherjazz Thread Starter

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    After a sleepless night, reading your suggestions and calling my techie genius, he consulted with a Compaq technician and they started dismantalling the hardware. It turns out, we think, that a UCB2 hub stacker might have been the offender. I had just purchased one for my friend. It turns out that I had not rebooted once since installing it, and I THOUGHT that the problem was due to my unchecking items in msconfig startup, but my friend thinks that because I had OVERLOOKED other UCB ports, that the computer balked at the hub--causing the impossibility of booting up. Through the process of elimination, we found the problem. Of course, I had done a recover, and Norton was screwed up, etc., so I reinstalled ME and now all is well, except I can get no sound...and will post another thread about that.
    Thanks for being a great forum.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    I assume that's USB2, but what is a "hub stacker" ?
     
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