Blue screen and can't boot to safe mode
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:28 AM
Posted 05 April 2008 - 09:36 AM
can you get in to your bios...if so set the boot order to the cd drive first...
if you can't boot into safe mode then you will probably have to repair xp...the lowdown is here...
you can slave the hard drive to a working computer to get your data backed up...just to be safe...
OR YOU CAN TRY PUPPY LINUX...
puppy will load and run totally in ram...
get puppy linux...Get puppy-2.16-seamonkey-fulldrivers.iso download it and burn it to cd ...if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...
NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ......in this case its puppy linux
3. Select the ISO file
4. Suggestion ==> Check the option "Fix close"
5. Click on "Start"
make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....puppy will boot and run totally in ram...if your hardware is is good working order you will know...
after you get it running and your at the desktop...you take the puppy linux cd out and then you can use the burner to copy all yor data to cd/dvds
you can also use it to backup your data to a external usb harddrive..just have it hooked to the computer when you boot up with puppy...
quick guide for saving data...music..files on a system that will not boot using puppy Linux..
after you get to puppy desktop..
click on the drives icon...looks like a flash drive...top row..it will list all the drives connected to
click on the red icon for the drive you want to mount...in this case its a flash drive ...puppy will
mount the drive..the drive icon turns green when its mounted...
minimize the drives mounter window..you will need it again in a few minutes..
drag the right edge of it sideways to shrink it to its narrowest size...then drag the window to the
right edge of the screen...
now click on the icon that looks like a filing cabinet (kind of yellow) on the main drive...it should
already be green..
you will see a list of all the folders on the main drive Usually your C: drive..shrink that window to
the narrowest you can..drag that window to the left side of the screen...
at this point you should have 2 windows open on your desktop..the flash drive on the right side..
go back to the folders on the C: drive...click on the documents and settings folder...then your user
name or all users..find the folders that has your data..
drag and drop the folder with the data you want to make copies of to the flash drive window...
your options are to move ..copy ect...JUST COPY..if its to big you will have to open the folder and
drag and drop individual files until the flash drive is full...(I have a 120 GB external USB drive for
big data recovery jobs and a 4 GB flash drive for the smaller jobs)..after you get the files copied to
the flash drive...
Click on the drives mounter you minimized earlier
UNMOUNT THE FLASH DRIVE by clicking on the green icon..you will once in awhile get error messages when
unmounting the drive..ignore them..when the flash drive icon turns red again its safe to remove the
flash drive..trot on over (stroll if you want to look cool) to another computer and plug in the flash
drive and copy all the data files ( I drag and drop) to the other computer..
make sure the other computer can read them...
now delete the data on the flash drive...take it back to the misbehaving computer and plug it in
again..click on the drives icon again and repeat until you have all your data transferred to the working
Posted 11 April 2008 - 11:54 AM
Haven't yet gotten a chance to try using puppy.
Posted 11 April 2008 - 01:19 PM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:12 AM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 10:57 AM
Posted 13 April 2008 - 01:56 PM
Thanks so much for your help.
Posted 14 April 2008 - 07:41 AM
Posted 06 July 2009 - 11:25 PM
Find another machine that works and create a Linux bootable CD with a version of Linux that let's you see the c drive and any USB hard drives or flash drives you attach, and the you can copy the files to the USB drive
I downloaded an image file of a cd bootable version of Linux:
and I burned the ISO onto a cd, using this iso burner:
when you boot with it, you can see the C drive and copy any files... along with lots of other things. You donít have to know Linux itís uses a graphics front end like windows.
Incidentally, With Dell computers control f11 on boot up will get you to the recovery partition and even though the abbreviated boot program doesnít allow you to attach an external drive to copy the c drive files, it does allow you to attach to a network and copy the files.
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