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Computer Won't Start!

Today when I tried to use my laptop, I started it up but it would show the XP start screen with the little green bar going across the bottom and then the screen would go black. Then the whole process would start up, I waited for five minutes to no avail and turned off my laptop. Is there a way to get it to work?

I don't have that laptop's specific system restore CD but I have older system restore cd's (both systems are XP home).

Does anyone know what to do? Is it possible to use those other CD's?

Thank you.

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Re: Computer Won't Start!

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Just a word of warning. Using the CDs that don't belong to that laptop will cause too many issues. Don't do that.

Instead, why not boot up SAFE MODE and use System Restore back one day?


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When I push F8 and select Safe Mode, I have the grey bar on the bottom fill up and then it goes back to looping the startup screen.

One time it wrote multi(0)disk...(0)paritition(2)/WINDOWS... over the entire screen and I couldn't catch the rest, then it flashed something with the word FATAL in it before it restarted.

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Any new parts in there?

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Some find such fun when they add a stick of ram. More clues please.

But even then the hardware side of me would unplug the AC supply, the battery and reseat the memory sticks in the laptop, put the battery back in and boot just with the battery. Here's why. When we boot most laptops with the battery, the CPU slows down and if there is an issue with the hardware we may get lucky. If not, back on AC power.

As it stands, without the proper restore CDs, you could use the machine if you had a KNOPPIX boot CD.


If you can't get to SAFE MODE, then you need to use the recovery CD to repair the OS. Of course that will fail if some hardware issue is in play.

I forget to ask this all the time, but you did unplug any USB, ethernet, printer and all that and try SAFE MODE? Or let it try to boot?


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Re: Any new parts in there?

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Nothing was plugged in to the computer at the time - no USB, no AC, nothing.

I haven't installed any hardware.

The last thing I have done was install file recovery program - the recovery program couldn't recover the file so I uninstalled it, after that I installed a game demo.

Which recovery CD should I use though as my newest laptop required that I make it myself (it would take 9 CD-R's or a DVD and 1 CD) but I was going to do that today when this problem came up.

What would I use KNOPPIX for, it sounds interesting, but how would I make it a permanent fix so I don't have to rely on it?

Thank you so much though for the help so far Happy

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That sounds like you can make it a warranty issue.

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But first, about Knoppix. It allows a person to "get into" the machine and save their files. Or use the internet, write a paper and more. It's an OS on a CD with common applications a person may need.

Next your comment "no USB, no AC, nothing" makes me wonder if the battery has just discharged too far. There was another posting where they were hoping to use the laptop without the AC adapter and the battery was... dead. Try AC power.

As to the subject, if the maachine didn't work long enough to make the restore CDs then its time to call HP or other and ask them what to do next.


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Re: That sounds like you can make it a warranty issue.

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I have Nero 6, what form of a bootable CD do I make for Knoppix - floppy emulation, hard drive emulation, or no emulation?


I'll probably end using the warranty thing and have them deal with it though.

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