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Unusual Problem with XP Startup


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Davidgojr

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Hello,

I have a Dell Dimension 8300 with an Intel Pentium 4 Processor. This morning, I noticed that the power had briefly gone out in my area since the clocks in my house were blinking. My computer is plugged into a high-grade surge protector so I wasn't too concerned. When I went to turn on my computer, the Windows XP loading screen came up as normal before going to the user login screen. I noticed that as soon as it got to this screen, the screen began to flash to dark whenever I moved the mouse rapidly. I attempted to login to my username as normal and the computer began to move very slowly. The initial login chime sounded broken up and slow. At this point the monitor blacked out completely and the system stopped responding. To turn the computer off, I had to depress my power button for 3 seconds.

I tried restarting the computer several times and encountered almost the same problem each time I attempted to login. The initial XP loading screen always came up as normal. Sometimes the computer monitor would black out before even reaching the login screen.

I then started up the computer in safe mode with networking. In this case, the screen did not flash to dark screens whatsoever and everything ran fine. My computer could logon to the internet and I had no problems accessing files on my hard-drive. I then restarted the machine to try the normal non-safe mode login and the problem continued to occur as before.

I continued by bringing up the computer again in safe mode with networking but this time I used system restore. I selected a restore point that was a few days old restarted my machine. The problems continued and each time the situation ended with a dark screen and a non-responsive machine.

Does anyone know what might have caused this problem and how I can fix it? Do you suspect that this is just a software problem with Windows or a hardware problem? This has been a very frustrating situation to pin down. I also ran an extensive scan using scandisk but the problem remained after the scan.

Please help!

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Since this problem began, I've noted that the XP login screen doesn't seem to even come up any more unless it is in safe mode. Could a faulty graphics or video card be the culprit?
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poweroutages are very harmful to a computer

windows does not stand a chance to close safely

maybe this problem of yours will rectify itself or you need your xp cd

you can do a repair and not lose any data you have

in the mean time do chkdsk

go to my computer open >>right click on cdrive>>properties>>then tools tab>>check now>>put check mark in both boxes>> then click start then your prompt to start on next start..... cliick yes

this takes about 1 hour 30 minutes so let run its 5 stages

Edited by rushin1nd, 15 December 2006 - 12:21 AM.

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I actually did run check disk with both check-boxes checked earlier. I had mistakenly called it scandisk in my first post. When I instructed it to run, it required me to restart my computer. I allowed the scan to complete (after running for a couple of hours) but I never saw the results because the screen had gone dark again before I returned.

Edited by Davidgojr, 15 December 2006 - 11:27 AM.

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I now have an additional complication to add to the horror show that has been this problem. I opened up my computer to double check that everything was attached properly. (ie: Nothing had come loose due to vibrations) Upon turning my computer back on, I discovered that my USB mouse was no longer being recognized by the computer. The optical mouse is clearly drawing power but the pointer doesn't move at all when I move the mouse.

Here are some other items of interest: 1) When I could see the login screen, if I moved my cursor quickly the screen would briefly flicker at times or simply go to dark briefly as mentioned before. Also, during one of the times before the screen went dark for good, I thought I saw the yellow "It is now safe to turn of your computer" message. It's difficult to say for sure since what I saw only appeared for around a tenth of a second.

I do have my original XP Professsional CD that came with my computer (Dell) but I'm not sure what the procedure is for doing a repair in my particular situation. Could anyone please enlighten me? What are the risks for attempting this?

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