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Windows XP Vaio

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  1. Damien69

    Damien69 Thread Starter

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    My Vaio laptop running windows XP won't start up unless it's in Safe Mode. If I attempt to start in Normal Mode it just doesn't do anything & the usual options are garbled when I press F8. Also there seems to be a strange square in the majority of the screen too. How do I rectify this annoying issue? Don't want to use Safe Mode forever. Thanks.
     
  2. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor

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    Hi and welcome.

    Try Safe mode with command prompt.
    Log on as administrator.
    Type.
    %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

    This should launch System Restore.
    Choose a date prior to the problem.


    If no luck
    Click the Start button > Run > Type
    msconfig

    Click on the Start up tab.
    Untick all entries Except your Anti-virus program.

    Apply > Ok > Reboot your Pc.

    The System Configuration Utility box appear on retstart - saying changes have been made.
    Tick the box on the lower left and then OK.

    Let us know if that helps.
     
  3. Damien69

    Damien69 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I tried both methods without success. The restore method said there was no restore point and the msconfig just kept looping to a crashed start up and displaying a blue screen msg: A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage.

    Technical information:
    *** stop: 0x00000008E (0xC0000005.0x8052B930.0xF5CAF504.0x00000000

    Thanks for your help.
     
  4. blues_harp28

    blues_harp28 Trusted Advisor

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    Check and post
    TSG System Information Utility - found here.
    http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Valuable_links

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    Run a Mem Test.
    http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
    http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

    Download the ISO file from one of the links above to your desktop.
    Then burn the ISO to a Cd.
    Start the Pc using the Cd and run the memory test overnight or for at least 8 passes.

    It is best to run a full scan on individual Ram sticks if you can.
    Or run the test but if any errors are shown - then remove all sticks of Ram and test each Ram stick one at a time.

    Guide to using Memtest86+
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic207910.html
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    You can also run the Mem test from a USB stick
    http://www.memtest.org/#downiso
    Scroll down to [Download (Pre-built & ISOs]
    Download -Auto-installer for USB Key (Win 9x/2k/xp/7) *NEW!*

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    http://helpdesk.oneonta.edu/resnet/training/win_memory_laptop.htm

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbyerrormessage/a/stop0x0000008e.htm
     
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