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Able to log in, but desktop won't load (even in safe mode)


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Painezor

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In either safe mode or a 'normal' boot, when I log into vista I just get either a blue screen (pale blue, with the mouse cursor .. not the BSOD) in normal mode, or the black screen with the version information in white text in safe mode.

And nothing else.

Ctrl-alt-delete does nothing.
Ctrl-shift-esc does nothing.
Alt-F4 does nothing.
Spam left and right clicking do.. you guessed it, nothing.

Basically right now my laptop is being an expensive paper weight.

Things I can't do:
- Reinstall vista (Vista installation disk was not provided with laptop)
- Safe mode 'administrator' account (it's just not there)
- *anything* while logged into vista.

Things I *might* be able to do:
- Use a boot CD (I have an external plug-and-play CD drive lying around the house somewhere)
- Use a flash drive (I have a 4gb one sat in my room right now)
- Hook up another laptop running vista home premium using an Ethernet cable... for all the good it'll do.

The laptop was made by a company named "Rock", however their website is no help at all -- I know a lot of OEM retailers have built in 'repair' functionality, however I highly doubt this laptop has one.
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Hello,
Here are instructions for recovery of Vista.
Have you tried last known good configuration?
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Following the instructions linked above did not help -- the screen consisted of the following options:

- safe mode
- safe mode with networking
- safe mode with command prompt

- enable boot logging
- enable low-resolution video (640x480)
- last known good configuratoin (advanced)
- directory services restore mode
- debugging mode
- disable automatic restart on system failure
- disable driver signature enforcement

- start windows normally

Selecting "last known good configuration" did not help at all, I run into the same errors, as the "boot" is successful, it's just nothing aside from the desktop background loads after the login screen
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Follow the instructions here and create a 'Recovery Disc':
http://www.vistax64....overy-disc.html
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Burned the CD off, unfortunately the laptop isn't happy about the idea of booting from an external USB CD Drive and isn't detecting it.
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