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I had a problem with my pc - I had changed display settings as I changed monitors and when I booted the machine back up, everything was fine till the Windows logo showed and then I got a black screen. I could not do anything or see anything. I could hear my yahoo msg alerts etc. But I could not see the screen to do anything. I think the video card fried. Yet I had a friend look at my computer and his idea of fixing was to first install Windows XP again. He saved my files (as he said he did) Then he put in a used video card. Well I have the PC back and XP is differ version than I had, and all the files he saved, well the programs don't show in Windows programs, most of my files are not here, If I go to my computer I can view the list of all the files on the computer and they are not in any order within any program. To make a long story short, Is there anyway to organize my files back to close to what I had without having to do searches for files (If I remember what they are) and then move to folders? Can someone please help? I am dying without my friend.

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and a fine fix you've gotten..

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yourself into!! Need a couple of things here. Tell us what computer you have. If possible tell us what is in it, i.e. processor, video card, hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM or the like, what version of Windows are you using. Make and model of monitor. What backup software was used to backup files and restore. I know this is a lot of information but what your friend did may have put you in worse condition than before. Otherwise we'd be shooting in the dark and I like my feet. Wink Chances are all that needed to be done was put in that used video card.

and life goes on...


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All the Info You Requested?

In reply to: and a fine fix you've gotten..

Well lets see.. It is a Gateway computer, maxtor 6E030L0 Hard drive I have cdr and such, had windows xp pro, Intel celeron processor 399 MHz 128 Mb of ram. It looks like he installed windows xp pro version 2002 service pack 1. I know which version I had.

I do think also the person I had working on the computer - first thought to fix was to disconnect the battery and put back in - then there was a fatal blue screen... Then he changed video cards and installed the New Windows.

There must be Windows 2000 also - as I see some logos or it in pictures.. But the way everything is loaded -

I was told I have to go to my computer - local disk c
then drive d - and everything is right there - no order - just files...

Can you help please? If I can get some sort of order it would be better than anything.

Also I do have back files from 1 year ago..Can those help me?

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In reply to: All the Info You Requested?

your friend had good intentions I believe he/she created a mess for you. You cannot just backup applications using "copy" and expected them to "fit" right in after reinstalling XP. When applications (most of them anyway) are installed, files are put into the XP environment's directories. Smaller applications can usually get by without putting some of their files into XP directories but larger ones do. Also, the registry entries are now way out of sync. It also sounds like you are running an XP environment without benefit of all the updates. You will have to reinstall your applications and try to find the data files which may or may not work with the fresh install. You should be able to retrieve your favorites files, documents, email and the like OK. Things are just way too out of sync to do much more. Buy a good backup application and use it. It's a hard lesson but at least you know what you can't do in the future. You will also have learned more about how your system works so what has happened to you isn't a total loss. If you have problems with specific applications let us know and we will try to help you. Be sure to put it in this thread tho. Sorry.

and life goes on...


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