1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

XP startup problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by howzee, Oct 8, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. howzee

    howzee Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    Was shutting down my pc earlier today and the power went out. after the power came back on i turned my computer back on... nothing. It starts up, displays my graphics card info, shows the intel splash screen then goes to a black screen with a single "_". This blinks a few times then disappears and that's where my pc stays.
    I've treid to enter the bios (F8) to start it in safe mode but can't get to it.
    I put my Windows XP cd in, to boot from that, with the following result; same as above excpet after the "_" blinks a few times it says "press any key to boot from cd", i press a key. a few moments of black then "setup will scan your hardware configuration" (or something along those lines), then back to black and there it stays.

    Thanks in advance for any help
     
  2. kniht

    kniht

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    1,763
  3. howzee

    howzee Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2008
    Messages:
    3
    thanks for the link. this sounds like it might help but I can't get it to start in safe mode. pressing F8 during starup doesn't get any reaction from the pc.
     
  4. kniht

    kniht

    Joined:
    May 7, 2006
    Messages:
    1,763
    Power on the computer and tap the F8 key every second or two, but not too fast or you will get a keyboard error. The trick is to catch it before you see Windows start to load. When you succeed, then you will see a "boot menu" of white text on black background.
     
As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/757232

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice