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walker96

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I was using Oldtimer's TFC but it wasn't responding so I shut down my laptop using the power button. Now every time I boot up I just get a blank screen. There is no cursor, no startup sound, nothing. I can't do anything with it.

How do I fix this?
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Windows XP? You are going to have to get into BIOS Setup on your computer to set the CD/DVD drive as the first bootable device, so you can then boot your XP CD, unless it provides the ability to press a Fn key at boot time to bring up the boot selection menu. If it does, use that.

How you do this varies with each manufacturer. Normally you press F1, F2, F10 or Del when you see the manufacturers logo. Often there is a clue somewhere on the screen when you boot normally telling you what key to press. Some computers (most newer ones) have a key you can press (often F12) to bring up the Boot Menu from where you can select the CD/DVD drive to boot from.

If you don't have an XP CD, download and run ARCDC by Artellos. It will download the required files from the Microsoft Web site and create a .iso file. It will also offer to burn the iso image to a CD for you. If you don't do it then, there is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do it at a later time. If you're unsure how to do this, you can follow the tutorial here: How to Burn an ISO File

Boot the CD and at the first opportunity, enter R to start the Recovery Console.

Next, choose which XP installation you want to login to. Normally this will be 1.
Lastly you will be asked for the Administrator password. Just press the Enter key as the Administrator does not have a password (unless you gave it one, then you would enter it).

From the command prompt, enter: chkdsk /r
Allow it to complete undisturbed. It can take an hour or more depending on the size of the hard drive.

Remove the CD, type exit and the computer will reboot. Hopefully that will have fixed the problem (corrupted file system).
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Sorry, posted in wrong thread.

Edited by Nedklaw, 01 June 2011 - 06:30 PM.

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Yes, windows XP. I can't get into the BIOS setup. No matter what key I press the screen is just blank. I can turn my laptop on but it's like the screen is turned off.
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Do you have, or can you borrow and external monitor to try, see if anything shows up when it's connected?

It really sounds like a power problem though, if you are not getting any indications of the computer booting up. Can you hear the fan start or feel air flow by the vents?

Did you try it with the power pack connected and disconnected?
Remove the battery, connect the power pack and see what happens.
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I connected it to my desktop computer's screen but the same thing happened. Nothing showed up on the other screen.
I can hear the fan start up when I turn it on.
I've removed the battery and then put it back in but the same thing happens.
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