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Startup stops at XP load screen

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by NJ Neurosis, Mar 18, 2006.

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  1. NJ Neurosis

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    My computer will turn on just fine, showing the BIOS screens and all the normal stuff, but once it gets to the Windows XP load screen, the monitor goes black and stays that way. What's weird is that the monitor is showing black, like my video card is sending a blank black screen where the logo and the load bars should be. However, this is all secondary to the fact that my computer won't startup at all. I've had a hard drive fail on me before, and there's no messages about not being able to read the drive, or a drive not existing, or corruption, etc. Is there anyway I can get it working again, or at least long enough to back everything up before a system restore/ new computer purchase? Thanks for your help.
     
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    have you tried to get into safe mode
    tap F8 as it boots
     
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    hit f8 as it's booting and see if it will load in safe mode?
     
  4. NJ Neurosis

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    Yeah, when I tap F8 it gives me a selection of where to boot from, and whenever I select my HDD, the problem persists. I've tried running windows off the CD, but it takes me to a blue windows setup screen. Is my HDD trashed?
     
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    have you tried last known configuration
     
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    It doesn't give me that option. I know that screen, and it doesn't pop up. Everything basically goes black after the motherboard and everything boot up. I just tried running off the CD again, and I hit R to repair and it brought me to DOS screen. I'm running CHKDSK now, but anyother ideas?
     
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    post results of checkdisk - also try a boot disk and see if you can read the HDD
     
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    Also, HELP is telling me that there's a FIXBOOT function, which allows me to write a "new bootsctor to partition C:" I don't know what this means. Is this an option that I should pursue, or am I going off on a tangent?
     
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    CHKDSK ran fine and brought up available disk space, etc.
     
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    it could be a corrupt bootsector - although I have only tried that once and it failed to help me.
    i wonder if the graphics/video card has a problem

    are you able to boot off a bootdisk and see if the data is still on the HDD and then see how you might get that off
     
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