I have a question regarding a freezing bootup. I'm fixing someone's Lenovo 3000 j110, running windows xp sp2, which was working prior to thanksgiving, but when they returned it freezes at the "lenovo" bootup screen. I'll get the one beep indicating that all the hardware has passed POST, but when it goes to the OS bootup, it freezes, so here's what I've done thus far:
Attempted to boot from XP cd to do a repair...problem: booting from cd only leads to a blinking cursor on a blank screen or just a blank screen itself
Checked BIOS: All devices are recognized, including cd-rom drive, I even changed the bootup order to cd > floppy > hdd, etc...still no luck. Attempting f12 to specify boot device doesn't help either - simply put, I can't seem to boot from cd drive.
I tried to boot from a bootable flash drive, this had the same results as well. It was recognized in bios, set as primary boot device, f12'd, etc...leads only to a blank screen.
One exception: I was able to boot off flash drive ONCE (I repeated the procedure, but it didn't boot a 2nd time), got to the XP cd and it began to load it's setup software....then froze half way through, so I had to reboot. Haven't been able to get back.