Today this is even easier than 6 years ago. We boot up that LIVE CD to see if the machine works from that and if need be reclaim our files off to USB drives.
What we do next depends on what happens with this test.
Hello and thanks in advance for anyone that can help with this,
I have an older (early 2000's) Gateway PC with Windows XP.
Last night we had kind a power outage and it was kind of a weird one where the power slowly turned off over the course of 2 seconds. My PC and all equipment are plugged into a good surge protector.
When the power came back on I tried to restart the computer and it immediately turns on and everything at first appears normal as it goes to the black screen with the giant Gateway logo......unfortunately that's basically where it ends.
It lingers on the Gateway Logo screen for about a minute and then it goes to a blank screen where the cursor blinks in the upper left hand corner a few times and then that is it. The screen stays blank and the computer goes fairly quiet (as if it's not trying to load anything anymore). The green light does stay on on the front of the PC and the PC definitely still has power.
So it appears that it's not loading windows or not attempting to load windows (or maybe the harddrive is damaged?)
I was able to start the computer and get to the BIOS screen but I have no idea what to do once in BIOS. Also I did start the computer with the Windows XP CD and after getting to the install screen and pressing R to do a Repair....... it does the reinstall/repair but after the computer restarts it goes right back to the blank screen.
The only other weird thing I noticed is now to power down the computer I only briefly have to touch the power button and it shuts off fast. I used to have to hold the button down for a few seconds to power it down.
Anybody have any ideas of what is going wrong?
Thanks again for all of your help in advance