Monitor turns black and doesn't load before XP loading screen

By eric97861 ยท 48 replies
Aug 9, 2010
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  1. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    Download the file and follow the guide I gave you a link to, the guide will show you how to create a bootable usb (since you cannot burn CDs) we will use the bootable USB on the broken system to fix it, for now you either need to create hirens boot CD or create hirens boot usb don't worry bout the next step now, go get some rest we start fresh when you are next ready.

    Good Night
  2. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Ok, I'm on step 4 of that page. I transfer all the files from the Hiren's Boot CD file to the USB drive, right?
  3. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    I have never used the guide but do know it works, I use CDs, many people experience difficulties making a bootable USB, then, the system has to support booting from the stick, have to read the thread again, do we know what make and model notebook you have, going to scroll up.

    Check the instructions very carefully, I am thinking the instructions is assuning you have already made a bootable CD from the ISO you find in the compressed file.

    Most people just use the ISO to make a bootablr CD with lot of goodies on it. The rest of the files are there to customize the content as in getting the latest definition updates for AVs and such as well as including any other program or files one might need then run the make ISO and burn an up-to-date boot CD, Let's concentrate on the ISO you find after you unzip what you downloaded and nothing else.

    You most probably have to right click on that ISO and extract it to a folder (I use 7Zip and WinRAR, both give me option to right click a compressed file including ISOs then I select Extract to "****" 7Zip and WinRAR use the original file name where I put ****, You will have a sub-folder in the same folder as the original file.

    Consider that folder the root of your CD as if you burnt the ISO on to a CD, I bet the person who wrote the guide is talking about that folder which will be identical to a burnt CD content.

    Boy oh boy do I feel stupid and clumsy, got new set of ignition wires also got the distributor cap rotor and plugs, everything went smooth, almost, but me trying to clamp down the cap, put too much force on one of the hoses and broke it, daymn, these things happen right around the time they are closing, American tape "duct tape" to rescue till tomorrow phew ... be outside sweating some more
  4. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    you know what...I'll try to find a computer where I can burn CD's...sorry....i didn't get half of what you said.

    EDIT- oh lol, it seems like this laptop can burn CD's...sorry. So, I have the files and all, do I just burn the folder to the CD?
    Double edit- I burned the CD, I'm not so sure what to do after I use it on my computer so i'll wait
  5. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    You did just burn the ISO after extracting the downloaded file right?

    Now, try to boot with your CD, you do know how right?

    Hiren will give you a menu, choose the Mini XP option, let me know when Hirens Mini XP is loaded and running.
  6. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    yes, of course i extracted it. I'm not THAT stupid. I'll go and put it on my computer now. just turn on the computer and stick the CD in, right?

    edit- I did it and I see the menu. Now, what do I do?
  7. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    Select Mini XP and press Enter
  8. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    k. what next?

    edit- The computer's that okay?
  9. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    In Mini XP double click on My Computer, if not on the Desktop use the Start, I believe there is a file manager ICON somewhere on the Desktop.

    You need to go to the following directory


    Where C is your Local Disk on the broken system

    In that directory "Drivers" click on the Size at the top so files are sorted according to their sizes, so, now either large files are at the top or small files, we are looking for files that are 0KB in size.

    Do you see any files with that size, if yes how many,

    If you do see at least one, delete that file, you can go ahead and delete all files with 0KB size in that directory ONLY IN THAT DIRECTORY.

    After deleting, close what ever you had open, re start the system and boot as usual without the Hiren CD, let us know what happens.
  10. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    alright. thanks.

    EDIT- There are no files with 0 KB...the lowest is 624......
  11. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Should I keep going if there aren't any files with 0KB? Should I Restart the computer without the CD?
  12. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    Just to make sure, you are in the right drive and right folder?
  13. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Yes, C/WINDOWS/system32/drivers
  14. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    Do you see this file in that folder? If yes what is the size?

  15. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Yes, i see it. The file's size is 35,840
  16. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    We are going to create a folder somewhere in your C drive, call it Utilities, then move that file to C:\utilities as in cut and paste, so the file is no longer in that folder.

    Later, you are going to run scandisk and a few anti malware using Hiren's CD but for now right after you moved the file, re-boot.

    Since you reported lag issues and we are not running your installed windows, we have to check your hardware, now it looks more like corruption rather than infection,

    Move the file, re-boot with Hiren's CD out, report back
  17. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Okay......i moved it. And the XP screen came up and loaded, and I can log on to my user account! Not going to yet, I'll see what you have to say before I go on.
  18. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

  19. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    aw, I was hoping for a A-ok and going on with my life. Lol.....alright, i'll do it now :D
  20. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    Your choice, your system should not lag, something with hardware, may be your drive is going south?!
    Running the test is a good burn in test, if your hardware survives the load your system goes under doing the entire test, you are OK.

    This way, you will be sure with hardware and software + you will learn more.

    You can also do that when you can in a VERY near future, doesn't have to be now.
  21. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Yeah, I'll do what I can right now. Well, thanks for everything. You had to wait for my every reply and had to do so much to help me :) thank you so much, I appreciate it! I really do. You are awesome!!!!

    The lagging was also only for the Boot CD, my windows system is fine. I'll do the whole virus scan soon...very soon. thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  22. Sharam

    Sharam TS Rookie Posts: 509

    No problem at all and you are welcome.

    With the lag explained, that leaves infection and /or corruption.

    I'll take your word that you will do the 8 step.

    Back up all your important data before it is too late, you never know.

  23. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    Well, thank you.
  24. eric97861

    eric97861 Topic Starter

    actually doing it right now :)

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