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Computer will not boot except for safe mode

by memorize99 / May 13, 2006 11:06 AM PDT

Im working on a friends computer and it will not start in normal mode. It shows the compaq screen then goes to the Windows ME screen then stays on a black screen after that with the curser in the corner of screen. It will boot into safe mode.

Also when i go into the bios and try to save and exit with f10 it will not let me. It acts like my f10 button doesnt work. It will let me esc but not f10 on anything.

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Bed, Have You Tried?...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 1:05 PM PDT

...simply replacing the CMOS battery? If the battery is completely dead, it's possible the settings aren't being saved as a result and it could be causing the problem. The battery is only about $5 and is easy to replace.

Have you tried swapping it a known "good" keyboard?

If that doesn't fix it, it may be a bad motherboard.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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driver problem?
by memorize99 / May 13, 2006 1:23 PM PDT

Thanks, the keyboard is good. Not sure why i cant get to the desktop without having to go through safemode. Could it be a driver problem when trying to start up?

I get the black screen right after the logo screen comes up and cant get to the desktop.

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Possibly But...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 13, 2006 1:48 PM PDT
In reply to: driver problem?

...I don't believe a driver is what's causing the issue in the BIOS, especially on an older Windows ME machine.. You could certainly download motherboard, video, and audio drivers on a good computer, burn them to a CD, then reinstall them from safe mode, (you might even try flashing the BIOS), but I'd sure try replacing the CMOS battery first if it hasn't been done..

I recently fixed a computer which had a similar problem and replacing the CMOS battery allowed all the start up settings to be "remembered" and everything was hunky dory afterward.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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