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Turned off computer, went away: now black screen on reboot


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I have XP Pro. I turned off an unplugged the computer and went away for christmas...brought the hard drive upsairs to store. Then brought eveything back down to the home office, plugged everything back in, turned it on, and now, when I boot up, the screen goes black after showing the Microsoft XP logo for a few seconds. What happened and what do I do???
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SYMPTOMS

When you start your computer, the Microsoft Windows XP startup screen appears, and then the computer may restart. The Windows XP logon screen does not appear.

CAUSE

This issue may occur if the Kernel32.dll file is missing or damaged.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, use the Windows Recovery Console to extract a new copy of the Kernel32.dll file from the original Windows XP CD.

To do this, follow these steps:

1. Start the Recovery Console. If you do not have the Recovery Console installed, start it from the Windows XP CD.

To do this, follow these steps:

a. Insert the Windows XP CD, and then restart the computer. If you are prompted, select any options that are required to start from the CD.

b. When the text-based part of the Setup program starts, follow the instructions that appear on your screen. To select the repair or recover option, press R.

c. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you must access from the recovery console.

d. When you are prompted, type the Administrator password.

2. At the command prompt, type cd system32, and then press ENTER.

3. Type ren kernel32.dll kernel32.old, and then press ENTER.

4. Type map, and then press ENTER.

5. Note the drive letter that is assigned to the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD. It is appears in a format that is similar to the following format:

D: \Device\CdRom0

6. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:

expand drive\i386\kernel32.dl_

Where drive is the drive letter of the CD-ROM drive that contains the Windows XP CD). For example, type:

Expand d:\i386\kernel32.dl_

Note Include the underscore character after the "L" in Kernel32.dl_.

You receive the following message: Kernel32.dll

1 file(s) expanded.

7. Type exit. The computer restarts.

8. Remove the Windows XP CD, and then start the computer as you regularly do.

This can have happened when the PC was moved

You may be able to use system restore

Start the System Restore tool at a command prompt

Look for a system checkpoint which is before the problem arose to restore from

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a command prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:


%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

A description of the Safe mode boot options in Windows XP


http://support.micro....com/kb/315222/

Another option is loose components which are not seated properly
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This is too confusing for me. I don't have a seperate XP disk as it was installed with the Sony and is embedded in a whole bunch of system recovery disks. My guess is that XP has a system restore or recovery ferature that may work? I can start up in safe mode and follow instructions from there???
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Which model Sony have you got
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I have a Sony Viao Desktop PCV-1112, which is a P4, 3.0 ghz, with 1GB of RAM.
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Can you check the model number against this please

http://esupport.sony...pl?mdl=PCV-1112
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