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carnt get past the boot menu screen on vista


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djmarzy

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Heyy. Just wondering if any 1 can help me get past this. I turn my computer on but carnt seem to get past the boot screen. I havnt a clue what's happend I am now using my mobile phone to post this becausw I have no other way of getting onto the net.

This is what it says.

Booting "windows vista"

Acpi
Vista loader 2.1.2

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That's all it does I have waited for hours for it to change but nothing happens.
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hi djmarzy,

Seems like the startup of your computer is not going as smooth as it should :-)
Can you try the following (you need the vista DVD):

  • Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
  • Press a key when you are prompted.
  • Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
  • Click Repair your computer..
  • Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. (if no Vista operating system is listed, click Next anyway)
  • Try an automatic repair by clicking startup repair.
  • If that doesn't work, redo steps 1 through 5 and in the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
  • Type bootrec.exe /FixMbr hit enter, now type bootrec.exe /FixBoot (Mind the SPACES and don't forget the ENTER in between).
  • Restart your computer without the vista DVD and see if it boots normally now.
Hope to help,

Mythio

Edited by Mythio, 02 December 2010 - 01:59 PM.

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djmarzy

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Hi Mythio. The pc I have is passed down from a familly member an came with no cds.
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Hi djmarzy,

You can follow the information on the following link to make a Vista Repair disc as replacement for the Vista DVD.

How to Make a Windows Vista Repair Disk

Hope to help,

Mythio
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djmarzy

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Thanks for that. I will have ask a friend to do that for me as the only computer in the house is the 1 with the problem.
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Hi djmarzy,

Your welcome

Without a CD/DVD and without being able to get past the boot process, there is not much else to try.
Hope your friend can help you, and let us know how it goes :-)

Mythio
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Hi. I got the back up disc made.
I have put it into the drive but it does not seem to be being read. I have tryed changing the settings to boot from disc 1st but still nothing.
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Hi djmarzy,

Do you get a message similar to: Press any key to boot from cd ?
If so you have to press a key to start from the windows DVD.

Else, can you hear that your DVD drive is trying to read your DVD?
If it is, but its still not showing anything it might be a problem with the DVD. Try it out in a computer that does work to see if it loads then.

Hope to help,

Mythio
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djmarzy

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Hi mythio. No I don't get no kind of message like that I have tryed to put an old windown xp disc in just to see if it would read that, but it didn't read that either.
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Hi djmarzy,

It looks like the computer is not distributing power any more to the peripheral devices of your computer (laptop).
This means things like the hard drive, DVD drive, etc are not getting any power, which explains why it doesn't read DVD's.

Get into the BIOS (during startup press either F2, F8, DEL or whatever other key your computer uses. You will see a message like "Press *** to enter setup", press that key)
In the bios look for the ACPI setting and enable it (or disable it if it is enabled). See if that helps by saving the settings and exiting the BIOS (Usually F10 key). The computer will reboot.
If there is no ACPI setting look for any "power management" setting and tell me what it is set to.

Is it a laptop or computer we are dealing with?
If changing the ACPI setting doesnt help, give me as much information about the computer as possible (Brand, type, motherboard (if not a laptop))

Hope to help,

Mythio
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