Solved: Windows XP not booting

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Suddenly my Dell Dimension 9150 with Windows XP Media Center edition will not boot up. I just get a black screen which has the Dell logo and says hit F2 for setup or F12 for boot menu.
F2 just gives me a blinking cursor in the upper left on a black screen. It blinks forever.
F12 gets it stuck on that same Dell bios? screen
I even tried F8 to enter safe mode or to use Last Known Good Configuration, but nothing happens and it just gets stuck on that same Dell bios? screen
After any of these, I just hold down the power button to force a shut down. Sometimes (not sure after which) it shows a screen as it shuts down saying Auto Detect - Analog Input and Entering Power Save. I haven't ever noticed that message appearing before.
 
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Sounds like you graphics card has problems, do you have another one you can try?

saying Auto Detect - Analog Input and Entering Power Save
Those are messages the monitor is generating, normal in most cases.

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jdjd

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I am just a home user and I have no extra graphics card
 
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With the 9150 stuck at the Dell logo screen, check the diagnostic lights,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim9150/en/sm/adtshoot.htm#wp1054184




If this does not reveal anything, you will need to download the Dell diagnostics ISO image, make the CD and boot from it and run the extended tests.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...typeid=-1&dateid=-1&formatid=-1&fileid=176977


How to burn an iso image

Download ImgBurn from one of the "mirror" links on this page, install the software on a working XP pc.
http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download


The read here on how to burn that ISO (image file) you downloaded from Dell

http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61


If any of this fails to help you, you may need to take it to a reputable PC repair shop for diagnosis.


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Cool. It is working now. I unplugged and replugged in most cables on the back of the pc and it booted right up!
Thanks for your reply
 
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