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Windows Won't Load After Power Failure

I was running McAfee VirusScan this morning when we experienced a brief power interruption of a second or two. The computer went down and upon restart, Windows would not reload. I could only turn off the computer by removing the power cord. After doing so, the computer restarted and Windows reloaded OK.
However, I have experienced intermittent problems with Windows reloading since this event. Windows will reload OK one time but not the next. When it doesn't reload, I am stuck looking at a blank screen. Any ideas would be appreciated.

Windows XP Home
Version 5.1.2600 SP2 Build 2600
Intel Pentium II
256 MB RAM Installed
70 MB RAM Free

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By Windows not loading

In reply to: Windows Won't Load After Power Failure

please explain what the computer,s actions are. Does the power turn on all the fans run, the LEDS illuminate and the boot screens show, and then when time for windows to install the system hangs?? Really a blank screen or is there a cursor blinking in the corner.

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The power does indeed turn on, all fans are running, the LEDS are illuminated. However, when it is time for Windows to load the system hangs at a blank screen. There is no cursor blinking in the corner.

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Sounds like

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That power failure did more damage than you think. There are two ways you can go from here.

1 Can you get into the Safemode setup?

2 If not, is the BIOS detecting your hard drive(s)?

If the answer to 1 is yes, it may be possible to go for a Repair option, if the answer to 2 is no, then you've had something fried.

See if the hard drive will work on another computer, and you could also look at the onboard RAM and CPU in addition to your PSU, also look at the mobo.

In fact, if the answer to 2 is no, then it looks like you are in for serious spending!

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NO# 2?

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I thought he can still load the windows after the "power failure". but it is not as smooth as before: sometimes the windows loads, and sometimes not.

my opinion: it is time for you to get a new computer. if not, then try to repair/install the windows again.

PII is way.......... back in the days.


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Thanks for the help

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Thanks for trying to help me. The BIOS does recognize the hard drive. I shall attempt the repair option this weekend to see if that helps. I realize this is an old computer but it is serving as a backup to my primary computer. I would like to keep it running if possible. Thanks again!!!!

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