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TOO FAST error message screen

by not dead yet / March 5, 2010 12:32 AM PST

Lenovo SL400 with XP SP3: Booting into Windows, stopped partway, blue screen with eror message flashed on less than 1 second. I absolutely couldn't do anything but wipe everything and restore to factory settings. Since I still don't know what caused this (no new software, or hardware), what can I do to slow the screen down if the horrid event happens again? msconfig or something? There must be a simple way? THX!

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You might try the Pause/Break key
by Steven Haninger / March 5, 2010 2:28 AM PST

I can't say it will work but you can't do much more. You might check event viewer if you can bet the PC to restart or it might have created a memory dump file if set up to do so. Those files, however, aren't for the everyday user but more valuable to the software developer in determining problems with code.

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FAST error screen
by not dead yet / March 5, 2010 3:33 AM PST

Thanks. I was trying Fn+F11 (Pause) -- no go. Of course, when I wiped out everything, so went any messages. Event viewer is my constant companion now -- problems at log off/shutdown and startup, but error messages there not dire and hoping to figure them out. Eventually.

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If you hit F8
by Jimmy Greystone / March 5, 2010 2:33 AM PST

If you hit F8 during the boot process, before Windows starts loading, there should be an option to disable rebooting on an error. That should let you see everything about the BSOD message.

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too FAST error screen
by not dead yet / March 5, 2010 3:57 AM PST
In reply to: If you hit F8

Well, thanks for your input. I went thru dozens of options @ bootup. Lenovo has a Rescue & Recovery (not much good) which gives various options, but keys allowed are circular (F1 for BIOS setup, F11 for R&R), bringing back to the same place in a vicious cycle. Safe mode didn't work any better - partway thru loading: same blue flash error screen, back to the R&R screen. Options tried with no success: go to BIOS setup utility - startup - boot mode - Diagnostics - nothing helped. Since event viewer logs weren't available -- zip. System Test -- zip. Did get a notice of a "trouble ticket" located on Z:\ but what good was that with no access to hard drive until wiped. I could modify win.ini or boot.ini in msconfig but need precise advice on what to change. Oh misery!.

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