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PC won't boot!?

By xaqfox ·
I just installed WinME, now my computer will not boot up. It goes through POST and detects my drives, but then when it's done there, the screen goes blank accept a small cursor in the upper left corner and nothing else happens.

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by ped In reply to PC won't boot!?

if sounds like a irq problem.

have you tried pressing the f8 key to bootup in safe mode?

if that doesn't work then i would remove all device (ie. sound card, modem, nic, etc..) and only boot with the video card

if that work then i would add each device one at a time after rebooting each time.

if none of these work then check you bios.

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by xaqfox In reply to PC won't boot!?

Did all of that,removed everything, changed power supply,etc, just now got done switching out the motherboard still nothing, the computer doesn't even get to the point where I can press F8 unfortunatly. The only thing I can think of now is the boot sector on the hard drive, I'll go ahead and test that one now. Oh well, at least I've got plenty of spare parts to try literally everything, much better than having to go out and buy the stuff now.

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by xaqfox In reply to PC won't boot!?

...and yes everything is firmly mounted inside, now i'm checking P/S. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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by roland63 In reply to PC won't boot!?

Assuming your pc meets WinME minimum system requirements, I'd say the next thing to do is remove everything from inside and leave only the HD, floppy drive, ram, and video card.

Reinstall ME and boot up from that point. Add additional toys (sound, modem, etc) one at the time REBOOTING between installs to make sure you tackle the problem as soon as you experiece the problem again.

Make sure you have the very latest drivers for all your toys before you begin this whole process.

Good luck.

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by xaqfox In reply to PC won't boot!?

As just mentioned unfortunately I can't even get it to boot from floppy, to get a command prompt. I miss DOS so badly!

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by roland63 In reply to PC won't boot!?

If your pc detects your drives on bootup, you should still be able to get into your bios.

I have a suspicion the boot sequence is out of whack.

Check and make sure its set to A,C meaning check in the A drive first then the C (hard drive).

Good luck.

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by xaqfox In reply to PC won't boot!?

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by BuffaloDan In reply to PC won't boot!?

Willing to bet it is not a defective hardware problem, I will assume that this machine was working before WinME was installed.....

First, simplify simplify simplify

Reduce the installed hardware to it's simplest configuration.

If possible, verify that your hardware is compatible with WinME at:
"Windowsupdate.microsoft.com"

Verify that the harddrive is Virus free,

Avoid HDD Bios overlay utilities, such as MaxBlast or EZBios (these affect the boot sector)

Update the system board Bios if possible.
(Assuming you have verified that your bios supports WInME, not all bios does...)

The problem as described, indicates that something is interfering with the reading of the boot sector, WinME is far less tolerant than Win9x, thus greater attention needs to be paid to "Hardware,Firmware,Software" compatibility.

When all else fails, return the computer to it's last known good configuration, and when troubleshooting perplexing problems such as this, try to keep extensive notes of your progress.

Good Luck,

Dan

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by xaqfox In reply to PC won't boot!?

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by cdobbin In reply to PC won't boot!?

I am having the same problem with my PC at work, I know I have bad sectors on my drive and I beleive this to be the cause. I am getting the exact same symptom as you, cursor up in the top left corner.If I trun it off and on a few times it will eventually boot.
I would say you have a hardware problem with the drive or your partition and/or master boot record got corrupted somehow.
Are you able to boot off a floppy and access the drive, if so try running scandisk, maybe even run f-disk and viewthe partition information to make sure nothing hooky went on, you could also run fdisk /mbr to reinitialize the master boot record.
As the other posts said to, it could'nt hurt to run a virus scan but given that this happened after install I would be surprised if that was the problem.
Hope this helps.

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