Windows XP failure Black screen of death Windows XP just doesn't boot up
Posted 07 December 2010 - 04:36 PM
Posted 08 December 2010 - 03:22 PM
You have to keep tapping F8 as soon as you turn on the PC until the menu appears. Then first try "Last known good configuration" from the menu.
If that fails, bring up the menu again and choose "Safe Mode". If it starts in Safe Mode it's very probably a device driver issue - a bad or 'buggy' driver.
If you can recall the last driver you installed (or the last device you installed whose software installed one or more drivers) that will be the most suspect cause. Remove that device software & it's drivers while you're in Safe Mode. Then try starting Windows normally.
Posted 08 December 2010 - 04:19 PM
Posted 10 December 2010 - 07:41 AM
Posted 10 December 2010 - 02:32 PM
Windows repair is one process which I never use. It took me some failures, like you had, to abandon this unreliable process completely.
The boot problem you had should have been dealt by running the chkdsk /r command in Recovery Console. I doubt if it will work after the failed repair but no harm trying. Boot to Boot Menu by tapping F8 as soon as you press the power switch and make CD drive first priority boot device. Reboot with XP CD in the drive , press any key when asked to do so and let drivers be loaded. When given the option press the R key to start Recovery Console. When asked "what installation ...." press 1. When asked for password type your administrator password or, if you don't have one, press Enter. When seeing c:\windows_ type chkdsk /r and press Enter. Let the process run to the end without interruption even if it takes few hours, even if you see that the percent of the process done drops down to a lower level.
I hope this will help.