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el_watto

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my computer refuses to load the operating system... i have tried pressing F8, F9 and F10 and all i get is a blank screen....in short i cant get passed the bios. it happened after I tried to abort an accidental restart. sometimes i can deliberately stop a restart by opening a program- i guess its just my tempermental pc...

am i completely screwed? :tazz:
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i also dont have any of my installation disks... not that i think that would make much difference
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so you see bios, then nothing if you don't hit a key?

tap f8 ONCE EVERY second when you see the bios hardware detection phase...hitting it too many times will lock up the machine.
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yeah thanks, but im afraid that didnt work either... I've got a bad feeling about the hard drives- i suspect it could be virus related or something to do with bad clusters. either way i cant load the operating system. I have two very small hard drives- about 2gb each and i've tried swopping the jumper settings but no result.
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much more likely a bad registry (corrupt)


No windows Xp disk?
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no but im sure i can get hold of some somewhere... bad registry- what does that mean?
i have been advised to format the disks on someone elses computer and put the operating system on them again from scratch
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