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Solved: When I turn on my computer it doesn't even begin to load (BIOS?)

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by EternallyPierced, Oct 28, 2008.

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  1. EternallyPierced

    EternallyPierced Thread Starter

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    When I turn on my computer it doesn't even begin to load. This is immediately on the screen:
    R423SE P/N 113-A32102-104 BR#9174 Rel9.4.1.26
    When I googled it this came up: http://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/...
    I tried taking the bios battery out but that didn't do anything. I also checked out the old card out for damage or dust and reinserted just to make sure it was snug but nothing happened. This isn't the actually the main problem I was having at first but I can't fix the main problem without getting past this.

    This is how it all started:

    Well originally it wouldn't load past the Windows XP Logo Screen. It would freeze up and was I forced to hold the power button down until it shut off. I tried safe mode, last known working configuration, even VGA mode and it still hung every time. Well I did some research and the symptoms seemed to point to either bad memory, a bad video card or a dying PSU. Well I tried switching out the memory and that didn't do anything. The PSU is actually in it's own case under the motherboad and all the drives, so I figured it would be easier to check the graphics card first. So I took out the ATI Radeon X800 and tried putting in an ATI Radeon X1150 (I think). Well after did that it wouldn't even get past the Dell startup screen so I took it out and put the other back in. That's when I started getting this funky message. At one point it said there had been previous failed attempts to boot and there was a problem with/at (lthr) or something like that, then wouldn't go any farther. Now it's just stuck showing that video card information. Thanks in advance for your time help!

    Sincerely,
    Matt
     
  2. EternallyPierced

    EternallyPierced Thread Starter

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    Somebody please help me! I really am in desperate need of it. Thank you!
     
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    EternallyPierced Thread Starter

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    Now, after removing the card and the cmos battery unplugging it and replugging it the Dell screen appears but it freezes there. Any ideas?
     
  4. mt2002

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    Do you have onboard video? If so, take the card out and reset the BIOS. Reboot (but keep the card out) and see if it works using onboard video.

    If you are unable to get it working still, I recommend swapping memory.
     
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    EternallyPierced Thread Starter

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    The memory was the problem, as soon as took one of the sticks out everything "started" to load. Now that I'm over that hurdle, I'm back to where I started. It keeps hanging after the XP logo disappears right beore the log in screen, it does the same thing in safe mode. It was originally giving me the blue screen of death but after running scandisk it fixed a bunch of these files. Now it hangs after the logo. I've plugged the hard drive into another computer and it does the same thing. Thanks for the help!
     
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    Because you had to manually turn the power off without waiting for Windows, you may have minor filesystem corruption. If that is the case, you can try running chkdsk /r from the recovery console which can be accessed from the Windows CD.
     
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