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Strange start up problems with Windows XP Prof.

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by caarlyon, Apr 20, 2010.

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  1. caarlyon

    caarlyon Thread Starter

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    Hi I have been living with this problem for some time but it is annoying and I was hoping someone could help me get rid of it.

    I am not sure how to describe it. Simplest seems best.
    When I push the button to turn on the computer it lights up and makes a few slight noises as if it is going to boot and then it stalls. Nothing happens. I then turn it off manually and try again. The second time (occasionally it takes even another try) the first thing I get is a black screen with an Energy Star logo in the top right hand corner, and Phoenix-Award BIOS v6 .00PG on the left. Then a page of information about cache size, System BIOS shadow status etc. (None of which I am familiar with). I have to press F2 to continue.
    Then I am taken to another black screen which is asking me to select the operating system.
    If I press ENTER (or even if I don't after a few seconds) it will then start loading Windows.

    Can anyone tell me why this is happening and if it can be fixed? Thank you for any help you can give me.
     
  2. Bernardo

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    I might think that it may be time to replace the cmos battery on the motherboard. It's a watch type looking battery. Easy to do. Costs about $4. If it doesn't fix it, a cheap attempt to verify.

    Per chance is the system mainting its time and date?
     
  3. caarlyon

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    Hi Bernardo Yes, it is maintaining time and date. It is fine once it gets going. Thanks for the suggestion about the battery. Didn't even know there was a battery!!
     
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