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Old 05-04-2004, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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when i turn on my computer it asks me if i want to start windows normally, start in safe mode, start in safe mode w/ networking etc.. and when i put normally the screen just goes blank, when i put in safe mode it locks up.. does this mean my HDD is messed up..? or is it something else.. and im running XP..
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when i turn on my computer it asks me if i want to start windows normally, start in safe mode, start in safe mode w/ networking etc.. and when i put normally the screen just goes blank, when i put in safe mode it locks up.. does this mean my HDD is messed up..? or is it something else.. and im running XP..
This could be a few things.

It could be a corrupt video driver

It could be a recently installed program has corrupted your OS.

or a critical device driver, the problem is almost definitely software related.

Did you make any recent changes to your system?
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What I would try to do is a repair off of the xp cdrom. just boot off of it and it will march you though the windows setup. when It asks to set up windows hit r for for the repair function. if you hit enter you will reinstall windows. if you don't want to lose data don't do reintall, of course.

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BTW most hdd problems that are hardware will happen with a loud sound or dip in performance, or will not even detect in the bios. most likely corrupt files.
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make sure boot sector virus detection in bios is disabled. I've heard XP and that feature have problems... usually only during installation, but on occasion...
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