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Hi i need adive on my computer not starting up!

By Liamallen2530
Nov 13, 2004
  1. Hiya everyone im new to this site but am wondering if any one could give me advice on how to get my computer working.
    I started to restore my computer to an earlier date and it froze, so i turned it off by the button and when it turned back on again it goes through all the usual screens before loading up the desktop, but then starts again and goes through them all again. This just keep happening and ther is no way i can get it to go on to my desktop.
    I was just wondering if anyone knew what i shud do to fix my problem please. Any help would be very much appriciated. Thanx ;)
     
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    Can you boot into safe mode? Tapping the F8 key just before the windows loading screen appears will bring up a menu of start up options scroll to and select safe mode.

    If you can get into safe mode you can do another system restore if you wish.

    Also you may want to have a look at the following thread www.techspot.com/vb/topic8356.html

    Hope this helps Regards Howard

    :wave: :wave:
     
  3. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    More help needed please!

    Hi thanks for the advice it is very much appriciated. :eek:

    Ive tried the method you suggested of going into safe mode but as i get onto the screen that enables me to select safe mode, I press the up and down arrows and nothing happens, it wont let me select anything. Do you know why this is please?

    Also I have looked at the thread posted on the link you gave me but i am not able to boot up windows as my cd drive stopped working a few months ago so i placed another drive in underneath it. So when i try booting up the cd it tries booting from my 1st cd drive which does not work.

    Do you have any more advice on what i can do please, i am really stuck on what to do and really need to get it fixed? :confused:
     
  4. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

    Are you running XP?
    and are you using a USB Keyboard / mouse?
    Ihad a similar experience while using XP's system restore.
    I don't think the USB drivers were functional after the aborted
    restore.... I tried using a PS2 Kboard and it let me use the "up/down"
    arrows to select safe mode....... and re-run the restore.
     
  5. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    If you go into your bios settings usually by pressing either the F1 or delete key you can select which cd drive to boot from.

    I.E I would set my boot order like this drive E(cd) drive 0(hard drive)drive A(floppy)

    Regards Howard :grinthumb
     
  6. Gunny

    Gunny TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Your normal boot device, usually your C: hard drive, should be last in the boot sequence. The main purpose of having your CD and the Floppy before it in the boot sequence is to enable you to boot from them if you are having trouble booting normally from your C: hard drive.
     
  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Well said Gunny.

    Regards Howard
    :grinthumb
     
  8. Gunny

    Gunny TS Rookie Posts: 66

    Briefly off topic:

    Hi Howard. I've crossed paths with you several times but never said Hi. Good to meet you. :D

    PS: I don't like the Big Grin smiley - it is too toothy!
     
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Nice to meet you too mate.

    I`ll see what i can doo about the toothy smilie lol.

    Regards Howard [​IMG]
     
  10. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx

    Thank you both for your help on how to solve my problem.
    I have tried changing my boot sequence but this stil does not seem to work.
    I am currently trying to get hold of a ps2 keyboard to try instead of my USB keyboard. Hopefully this will work.

    :eek:
     
  11. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    More help please...

    Hi, I have got hold of a PS2 keyboard and it works and lets me select safe mode BUT as it starts to load up safe mode the same problem accurs and my computer restarts itself again and does not go onto safemode.
    Has anyone got anymore suggestions on what i can do please?
    Any help is very much appriciated. Thank You :confused:
     
  12. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

    sorry to hear that the keyboard didn't help. It looks like your baest bet
    is going to be to "repair" the instalation.
    You will need your XP CD and you will need to change the BIOS to get the
    machine to boot from CD. Pop the CD into the CD Drive, re-boot and select
    the Repair option and follow the prompts from there..... if this fails, it looks
    like you may have to re-install from scratch...but don't give up yet.
    There are lots of folks on the BB that could help. :D
     
  13. you say mate. are you english or australian by any chance?
     
  14. Ya from the sounds of it that sounds like the only option you have, that or reformatting but don't think you want to do that.

    I notice the 2 times i did repair a while back my system seem to run a bit slower ha ha ha why is that? Does anyone else notice that? is there anyway to get it back to normal when that happens (theres a way to do everything ha ha ha guess what i mean is does anyone happen to know)? Don't stress to much on the question because none of my computers are in this spot now just was wondering.
     
  15. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Well once you repair your install you need to go to windows update and get all the relevant updates again, as the repair restores all the original files, which most are probably outdated.
     
  16. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanx agen

    This may sound stupid but how do I install from scratch???
    please?
     
  17. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    No such thing as a stupid question. You can simply put in the CD and choose install and from there let the CD do the work, just make sure you choose to delete a partition and create a new one.
     
  18. Mudshark

    Mudshark TS Rookie Posts: 101

    If you go the full install route... just try and get a copy of the drivers for the
    hardware on the PC. Like the graphics, sound and network cards as well
    as chipset drivers. Fortunately XP does a pretty good job of ID'ing hardware
    and has a pretty extensive driver database so you'll probably be good until
    you get network connection working again, then you can download the latest
    drivers again.
    Re-install is painful, I hope you don't have to go that route....but it's good
    practice :D (sorry about the teeth Gunny :) )
     
  19. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes I`m English

    Regards Howard
    :grinthumb
     
  20. dadecamp

    dadecamp TS Rookie Posts: 30

    :eek: Don't do a full install yet, just do a "repair". Liamallen2530 only had a restore point failure.


    Boot to the XP cdrom and start the install process. When it comes to the screen asking if you want to install or repair, select install. Then it goes to the license screen where you have to push the F8 key. Push it, then it will come to another screen asking you if you want to install or repair. Choose repair and this will reinstall XP and retain your computer settings, programs and file. Try this first.

    Make sure to go to microsoft xp update after this to get all the current updates.

    As far as the cd drive that doesn't work, why don't you just remove it from your computer? It's not doing any good in there if it don't work. :giddy:
     
  21. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Booting from my CD drive does not work :mad:

    I have tried booting my XP disc to re-install it but it does not boot up. Is this because it is a cd re-writer and not just a normal drive???? :confused:
     
  22. mindspin

    mindspin TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Have you set the option in the BIOS to make booting from a CD available?
     
  23. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yes I've tired booting from D E & F and neither work :mad: ?????
     
  24. mindspin

    mindspin TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Are you sure your cd is bootable?
     
  25. Liamallen2530

    Liamallen2530 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think so, It should be, its the Windows XP disc I recieved with my computer????
     
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