Last night as I was working everything crashed. The only thing on the screen was the internet window I had opened. I couldn't access anything else. Ctrl+Alt+Delete brought up what looked like a batch window, but closed almost instantly. I turned the computer off thinking it had overheated, but now it won't get past the black setup screen. I was wondering if the harddrive broke or something. I'm at a loss. My dad changed workplaces and is working out of state until I graduate and we move, so I doubt this can be fixed anytime soon. :uhm:
sounds like a classic case of HDD failure. if your seeing the boot/bios, your able to power up and see images, but if you can't go beyond that it's your HDD. Are you running SATA or IDE drive? Their actually both very affordable nowadays depending on the size your looking for. You seeing any activity at all on the HDD LED?
What brand HDD? If you have access to another computer, I say go to the manufacturers site and try to find a HDD tester, plug the other one in as a slave and run a diagnostic test. I did it with my Seagate after my Mobo craped out on my lately.
The problem is that I have no idea what brand it is. It was installed at my dad's workplace in February. :uhm: This is as far as it will boot up:
Have you tried hitting it? That usually works for me.
If you can access it... try booting it up in Safe Mode.
He can't access the HDD, so there's no hope of getting as far as Safe Mode.
My initial thought would be a dodgy HDD, or possibly a mobo problem. Try swapping out your drive with a spare one. If that one works, it's time to start looking for other drives. If not, you may have a suspect SATA/IDE controller, port or cable.
this may sound noob, but its worked for me, i dont use sata, but i found out that my comp was doing that same thing, gettin stuck at that window. so i checked the cables, the IDE cables and switched em out with newer ones and it worked. maybe try that?
From what I have heard, it sounds like there was nothing wrong with the hard drive. Windows simply became corrupted. That was my second guess when the crash happened...
Hopefully I'll have it back by tomorrow, this computer is starting to drive me insane.
My one did this. I stuck it in another PC and formatted. Works a treat.
If it is the OS, then it's most likely a trojan that prevents the bootup. I had something that serious before except that when the computer loaded up, it automatically shut down and the only way to save it was to create a rescue disc and reformat it through there.