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Laptop/Windows not booting - help!

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My laptop of 4 years (toshiba, windows xp, p4 3ghz), is not booting up!! It turns on and attempts to boot into windows, i get the screen with the windows logo and loading bar thing below, but it st… Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
My laptop of 4 years (toshiba, windows xp, p4 3ghz), is not booting up!!

It turns on and attempts to boot into windows, i get the screen with the windows logo and loading bar thing below, but it stays on that for ages and then eventually on a blank black screen! I've tried rebooting in safe mode to no avail, also the 'last known working config' but that also doesn't work!

Any ideas as I don't fancy taking it to a local shop and being charged an arm and a leg, and I also would prefer to recover any data before rebooting it with recovery cd. (good job i bought the AAO from asda lol)
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
[FONT="Verdana"]Have you had any recent problems with your computer at all and did you install anything on it the last time you were using it?

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#2
Probably hard drives died but couldnt say for sure ,Would be good if you could borrow another hard drive or try booting from the recovery cd but then cancel the installation just to see if it loads,
#3
It did hang a few days ago but nothing out the ordinary. My friend has a hard drive diagnostic cd i guess ill just have to try that. If it has 'died' im guessing i cant recover anything off it?
#4
harj
It did hang a few days ago but nothing out the ordinary. My friend has a hard drive diagnostic cd i guess ill just have to try that. If it has 'died' im guessing i cant recover anything off it?


Probably not without spending a lot of money,Dont write it off yet though could be something else,You could try it in a 2.5" USB caddy approx £5 off ebay
#5
dload an ubuntu cd, boot from that and run ubuntu from the cd then you can have a look at the hard drive,see if all the data is accessible.


http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download
#6
Probably hard drives died but couldnt say for sure ,Would be good if you could borrow another hard drive or try booting from the recovery cd but then cancel the installation just to see if it loads,


Says the bloke with the Linux penguin in his avatar! Never heard so much tosh! If the HDD had died he would not get the Windows Logo and the attempt to boot into the OS. Its more likely to be malware or a driver issue although saying that the OP cannot boot into safe mode says system file corruption to me.

Ok, if you have the windows XP disc shove that in and boot it up like you are going to install XP again. You will come to a blue screen (the first one IIRC) it will give you the option to install XP or repair the current installation. Choose the repair option and follow what it says - you wont lose data and might be able to repair it.

If not then you will be able to retrieve the info on your HDD but will need something like esq3585 mentioned and an external hdd to copy the files to, or someone else to take the hdd from you and to extract it that way. Then its just a matter of reinstalling XP and your drivers / programs etc.
#7
Simon_G
Says the bloke with the Linux penguin in his avatar! Never heard so much tosh :) If the HDD had died he would not get the Windows Logo and the attempt to boot into the OS. Its more likely to be malware or a driver issue although saying that the OP cannot boot into safe mode says system file corruption to me.

Ok, if you have the windows XP disc shove that in and boot it up like you are going to install XP again. You will come to a blue screen (the first one IIRC) it will give you the option to install XP or repair the current installation. Choose the repair option and follow what it says - you wont lose data and might be able to repair it.

And yes you will be able to retrieve the info on your HDD buyt will need something like esq3585 mentioned and an external hdd to copy the files to, or someone else to take the hdd from you and to extract it that way.



I agree, a repair should bring back your OS and get you back in.
This usually happens after installing new hardware or software, it is definetly no the hard drive!
You may have a problem if you do not have your licence details or original discs though....:thumbsup:
#8
i agree get ubuntu,( sounds like either hard drive probs or a nasty virus ) ubuntu is an o/s on its own, but you can still use it to transfer stuff ie to a flashdrive, who knows you mite like using ubuntu, if so you will never get another virus again, plus it free, get a mate to download 8.04 or 8.04 burn the image to cd, it will run straight from the disk so you dont need to install it
#9
Boot up a windows installation disk, go to the recovery console, you will get a dos prompt, type "chkdsk /r", press enter, let it run, reboot, take cd out, hopefully will boot.
#10
i agree get ubuntu,( sounds like either hard drive probs or a nasty virus ) ubuntu is an o/s on its own, but you can still use it to transfer stuff ie to a flashdrive, who knows you mite like using ubuntu, if so you will never get another virus again, plus it free, get a mate to download 8.04 or 8.04 burn the image to cd, it will run straight from the disk so you dont need to install it


And then get a manual to learn how to use it, in fact get a few... :)

I like Linux for many reasons, but prefer Windows for its ease of use. In fact Im a Mac guy really, but Im forced to use Windows cause the rest of the world uses it
#11
Just out of interest how long are you leaving it before deciding its 'dead' - if its just upgraded the Windows service pack, it can appear to hang on a blank screen for several minutes before it finished booting up...
#12
My computer does this all the time if the wireless thingy (I don't know what it is called) is plugged into it. I have to remove this and it boots fine. Mine also does this if I've accidentally left a CD or DVD in it. I have to switch it off, unplug the thingy/remove the cd/dvd then switch it back on again and press the start button. Just thoughts in case it's something this simple (cos mine always is).
#13
Cheers for all the input guys, may try repairing the windows installation.

Quick question though, I only have the recovery discs from the laptop which is a norton ghost image that is simply re-applied when recovering. If I were to use somebody else's XP installation disk but use my CD key, would this work?

Cheers
#14
harj
Cheers for all the input guys, may try repairing the windows installation.

Quick question though, I only have the recovery discs from the laptop which is a norton ghost image that is simply re-applied when recovering. If I were to use somebody else's XP installation disk but use my CD key, would this work?

Cheers


will only depend if your licence is OEM or not and likewise your pals..They would have to be the same install..
#15
harj
Cheers for all the input guys, may try repairing the windows installation.

Quick question though, I only have the recovery discs from the laptop which is a norton ghost image that is simply re-applied when recovering. If I were to use somebody else's XP installation disk but use my CD key, would this work?

Cheers


for the kind of repair such as chkdsk you won't need a key and any disk will do,
a repair install however will need to be the right version(and pref service pack) and you will need the licence key off your coa(sticker on machine)
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have you left an sd card in the sd card slot? i just had the same problem tonight, laptop wouldnt boot. sat for an hour with that windows logo and the bar, until i removed the sd card i had in it. then it immediately booted up as normal.
#17
a repair install however will need to be the right version(and pref service pack) and you will need the licence key off your coa(sticker on machine)


You can repair it without installing it though, thus negating the need for the cd key.
What is being described here is an over-write, which is where you basically copy XP onto XP without formatting first.
#18
maddogb
for the kind of repair such as chkdsk you won't need a key and any disk will do,
a repair install however will need to be the right version(and pref service pack) and you will need the licence key off your coa(sticker on machine)


+1
#19
shanecr
have you left an sd card in the sd card slot? i just had the same problem tonight, laptop wouldnt boot. sat for an hour with that windows logo and the bar, until i removed the sd card i had in it. then it immediately booted up as normal.


omg this was the actual problem, my sister had put her sd card in there from digi camera and i didn't notice it, took it out and it worked first time!

lifesaver!!
#20
harj
omg this was the actual problem, my sister had put her sd card in there from digi camera and i didn't notice it, took it out and it worked first time!

lifesaver!!


:thumbsup:

Its usually some so simple you overlook it. like i did lol.

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