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I noticed the following problem posted by Bulletproof and I have the exaxct same problem.

I was working with the PC and there was a power drop and then a surge during an electrical storm.

I then sufferd the same fate as below. I have not seen any replies to this posting other than try another keyboard. After I switched off the PC and tried to re-boot; the screen remained blank and there was nothing fromthe PC other than the fan noise. The green light on the monitor pulsates with an annoying regularity but fails to stay on and fails to illuminate the screen.

I replaced the power supply unit. Still no response.

If I change the motherboard and processor which can be obtained fairly cheaply would i have to re-install windows? I ask this because |I bought the PC from Q-Tech who did not supply me with a disc for loading windows XP.

This is the posting which reflects my problem.

"I was using my computer the other day when it froze. I just though it was a random windows thing so I rebooted. Then it froze again. When I rebooted a third time the Bios screen scrolled like usual. However instead of the Windows XP and loading bar screen a screen that said this came up:

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Windows did not start successfully. A recent hardware or software change might have caused this.

If your computer stopped responding, restarted unexpectedly, or was automatically shut down to protect your files and folders, choose Last Known Good Configuration to revert to the most recent settings that worked.

If a previous startup attempt was interrupted due to a power failure or because the Power or Reset button was pressed, or if you aren't sure what caused the problem, choose Start Windows Normally.

Safe Mode
Safe Mode with Networking
Safe Mode with Command Prompt

Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)

Start Windows Normally

Use the up and down arrow keys to move the highlight to your choice.
Seconds until Windows starts: 30

As if that isn't bad enough I can't use my arrow keys to start XP in safe mode. I've seen this problem posted before but those people could always boot into safe mode. Also, when starting up it beeps before it shows the bios screen (thats normal), and when the "Seconds until Windows starts" timer reaches 0 nothing happens. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

This post has been edited by bulletproof: Today, 01:19 PM
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Unless you buy a VERY, VERY similar motherboard, your OS will not function if you drop a new motherboard in....same model, same equipment.

Even then, it may not work, but it might...had limited success.

If you had a XP cd, you can run a repair, the VERY FIRST TIME YOU BOOT WITH THE NEW MOTHERBOARD, and that will get you up, but if Windows tries to load, it's too late
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seems to me the Q Tech place where you bought the computer should have provided a licensed oem windows install cd. I suggest you ask them about this.
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