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Windows XP black screen after boot-up (hard drive issue?)

by hypnotoad521 / December 16, 2007 6:48 AM PST

{Note: This topic is about the Windows XP O/S}
I have had my Toshiba M45 notebook for almost 2 years, and it's been fine up till now. Yesterday, I started up my notebook as usual and logged in through the XP login screen, but after my desktop had loaded and I tried to open Internet Explorer, the whole thing just froze and I had to do hold the power button down to get it to shut off. I tried again a few times, and the same thing happened (it froze every time I tried to execute a command from the desktop). Also, after the first time, for some reason my desktop changed from my picture to an error message that said "active desktop is disabled". This morning, I decided to try again, but this time something much more serious happened: after the initial Toshiba boot-up screen (before the Windows XP loading screen), a command line came up saying "Operating system not found" along with some other things and it wouldn't go any farther. I did a hard shut down and tried again, but this time, after the initial Toshiba screen, the screen just went black and didn't even display any white command messages. I checked in the BIOS and it detects a hard drive, but I really don't know what to do from here. Please help =\

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 16, 2007 7:26 AM PST

But usually reloading the OS is the only option for these since we don't have a real XP CD to perform repairs. Tell about the SAFE MODE boot.


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hey proffit
by mementh / December 16, 2007 12:33 PM PST
In reply to: Try SAFE MODE.

would you not say this sounds like a drive that is dieing?

first the drive goes into PIO mode because the electronics are failing.. then it finally dies?

I would recomend using knoppix or some other "temporary" operating system to see if you can get into the computer.. if you can't access the drive then... its gone

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Ask this of HypnoToad.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 17, 2007 1:03 AM PST
In reply to: hey proffit

Let's see what they think. Also a disk diagnostic is easy and a fast way to dismiss this item.


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by Dango517 / December 16, 2007 1:02 PM PST
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ummm if your talking disk checking/recovery..
by mementh / December 16, 2007 2:05 PM PST
In reply to: Maybe

there is only one.. spinright

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(NT) There are many applictions and utilities here for many uses
by Dango517 / December 16, 2007 2:14 PM PST

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