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Chris F
12-29-2011, 06:23 PM
I need help! My daughters computer she does her home school work on will not boot. It beeps than goes black and goes to a screen to start windows normally or in safe mode. Neither of these work. When the timer ends it beeps and starts all over again.

She has a half a school year of work on that computer. Is it dead? Can it be fixed? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is an old dell with XP. Not sure on the processor.

It did originally had an error message about hardware/softward addition has caused an issue but now that does not even come up.

Thanks in advance either way guys and gals

rockdawg21
12-29-2011, 06:29 PM
It's likely that you have some sort of hardware failure. The other day, my computer acted the same way and was a hard drive failure.

Open your BIOS and check to see if your hard drive is still detected, that's likely the culprit.

Chris F
12-29-2011, 06:34 PM
It's likely that you have some sort of hardware failure. The other day, my computer acted the same way and was a hard drive failure.

Open your BIOS and check to see if your hard drive is still detected, that's likely the culprit.

How? I am an idiot when it comes to technology my man. :)

rockdawg21
12-29-2011, 07:29 PM
How? I am an idiot when it comes to technology my man. :)
When you first boot the computer, you should have something that may flash very quickly saying "set up". Usually, you can just try hitting the F2, F8, or F12 button repeatedly once you start the computer. Start with F2, If it fails, restart, and try a different button.

Chris F
12-29-2011, 07:50 PM
I did and I guess it is detected. Not sure what to look for but everything look ok

Play The Man
12-29-2011, 09:18 PM
I did and I guess it is detected. Not sure what to look for but everything look ok

If I am understanding your post correctly, it is now functioning. If that is the case, please learn a lesson and back up all your daughter's work on something - CD, thumb drive, back-up hard drive, Carbonite, etc. so she doesn't lose it in the future.

TENNESSEAN
12-29-2011, 09:45 PM
windows live has skydrive! she can save her work there and open it from any computer anywhere.

its cool cause it saves original word and excell docs without having to convert them. she can edit and save her work from a library computer then open it back up at home. I just started using it to keep personal docs off of my company computer. its been working good for me. i've even started loading files from my thumb there.

adamt
12-29-2011, 10:32 PM
does she have anything important on there?


things can be gotten off of hard drives if necessary, but it will have to be by a pro


my opinion is that you need to recover your system. basically it wipes the hard drive clean and reinstalls windows, it will be in called windows recovery or something like that, but you will lose all your music, pictures, programs that have been downloaded, documents, favorites, contacts and such, but the computer will act like a new one, like out of the store box new

Chris F
12-29-2011, 10:48 PM
No PTM it is still not working. I did as RD said and as far as I can tell the harddrive is detected. But no it will still NOT boot.

As for backing things up. It is a computer based program and you cannot save it onto a disk because it is copy written and the program does all the grading and such for you. If we cannot get it up and running she will have no real proof what she did and it will mess up transcripts for the future. Or she will have to do the whole thing over again.

As for getting the info off the hard drive that is expensive and with me out of work not an option. She may just skip to the next grade and work on my computer. Since she read at a college level she probably could skip it all anyway. I just really wanted her to learn it even if it bores her.

So does anyone know a way to boot it up or is it dead? :cry:

Chris F
12-29-2011, 10:49 PM
does she have anything important on there?


things can be gotten off of hard drives if necessary, but it will have to be by a pro


my opinion is that you need to recover your system. basically it wipes the hard drive clean and reinstalls windows, it will be in called windows recovery or something like that, but you will lose all your music, pictures, programs that have been downloaded, documents, favorites, contacts and such, but the computer will act like a new one, like out of the store box new

It was given to us. We have no disk in which to recover. That was my original thought as well. Thanks for trying all of you.

County Mike
12-29-2011, 11:32 PM
Sounds like it might also be a registry error. You need a boot disk to see if you can at least get it up with minimum abilities. That would let you explore the hard drive. Ask around for a windows boot disk (or if you have another computer, you might be able to make one.) Does her computer even accept floppy disks? Many today do not but they can be booted with a thumb drive if configured correctly.

adamt
12-30-2011, 02:17 AM
so what state are you in again? what program are you using for your schoolwork? do you still have the cd to reinstall the program?

Chris F
12-30-2011, 03:51 AM
Sounds like it might also be a registry error. You need a boot disk to see if you can at least get it up with minimum abilities. That would let you explore the hard drive. Ask around for a windows boot disk (or if you have another computer, you might be able to make one.) Does her computer even accept floppy disks? Many today do not but they can be booted with a thumb drive if configured correctly.

Thanks Mike someone else suggested that, Can you tell me how to make another disk from my computer. Her machine takes floppy mine does not.

Chris F
12-30-2011, 03:52 AM
so what state are you in again? what program are you using for your schoolwork? do you still have the cd to reinstall the program?

I live in OK, we use Switched on School House, We use XP, No CD

County Mike
12-30-2011, 12:35 PM
Thanks Mike someone else suggested that, Can you tell me how to make another disk from my computer. Her machine takes floppy mine does not.

Since your machine does not take floppies, you might have to make a bootable thumb drive (USB drive). Hopefully, her computer is configured to boot from the thumb drive before it tries to boot from the hard drive. As for making the bootable drive, I'd say google or check microsoft's website. There should be an option on there to make a bare bones boot drive.

If the problem is registry and not a bad hard drive, at least you'll be able to copy files off the hard drive and might possibly be able to repair the registry file. The process is a little advanced to explain across messages and might require a trip to a professional. If you decide to hire a pro, chances are they'll have a boot disk already.

adamt
12-30-2011, 01:20 PM
well if you wanted to ship it to iowa, i would take a look at it for you, otherwise, i am not much help, but feel free to send it to me.....


however, i do know there are some really good forums with alot of really geeky geeks, that are better suited for across online support... they may be of some use

huan
01-04-2012, 02:42 AM
how close are you to ft. smith?

Chris F
01-04-2012, 03:08 AM
how close are you to ft. smith?

hour and half maybe.