Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
  1. #1
    bring on the trumpets.... upthealbion1970's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    newhaven
    Posts
    8,315

    Computer help sought please


    0 Not allowed!
    Hi, my old desktop refuses to start up with this message:

    It is a dell with a pentium4, has windows xp and despite its slowness has always fired up. Bought it second hand about 6 years ago.

    Any assistance greatly recieved

    And yes I've turned if off and on again

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
    you are under arrest for killing the quattro

    • North Stand Chat

      advertising
      Join Date: Jul 2003
      Posts: Lots

        


    • #2
      Members supaseagull's Avatar
      Join Date
      Feb 2004
      Location
      The United Kingdom of Mile Oak
      Posts
      9,651

      A member of the Giles Stille appreciation society
    • #3
      bring on the trumpets.... upthealbion1970's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 2009
      Location
      newhaven
      Posts
      8,315

      Computer help sought please


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by supaseagull View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Thanks, but that might as well be written in Greek. I should have put that I'm the least computer literate person I know


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
      you are under arrest for killing the quattro
    • #4
      A. Virgo, Football Genius
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Posts
      27,472


      0 Not allowed!
      assuming you dont have a CDROM, floppy or USB plugged in that its trying to boot from, that means your hard disk is knackered. not completely, enough that the bit that needs to be read to start is knackered.

      if you dont have nay confidence or aptitude for computers, its the computer shop for this one. it is fixable.
      Daily Mail readers are living in a perpetual hell, expecting their homes to be overrun at any minute by hoodie wearing, skunk smoking, muslim, transgender, asylum seekers.
    • #5
      Members
      Join Date
      Jun 2013
      Location
      Hove (actually!)
      Posts
      82


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by upthealbion1970 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Thanks, but that might as well be written in Greek. I should have put that I'm the least computer literate person I know
      Make sure you haven't got a USB memory stick or a bootable PC in the PC when you start the PC.

      If you have neither, then it is likely that your hard disk drive has become corrupted. It may be possible to recover this is you have the original CDs with Windows on it (or can find someone with a copy). http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe...drntdetect.htm

      Do you have anything important on the PC i.e. music, documents or photos? You have them backed up to an external disk right? No,
      probably not
      If your hard disk has been corrupted and you manage to get it back working, buy an external disk drive and back any important stuff up.

      PCs fail - hopefully you haven't lost anything important. If you have, it's a painful way to learn to back up your PC.
    • #6
      Members
      Join Date
      Nov 2011
      Posts
      7,242


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by upthealbion1970 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      Hi, my old desktop refuses to start up with this message:

      It is a dell with a pentium4, has windows xp and despite its slowness has always fired up. Bought it second hand about 6 years ago.

      Any assistance greatly recieved

      And yes I've turned if off and on again

      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
      Can you here the Hard Drive power up when you turn on the machine?
      If you do and it makes a clunking noise it might be game over.

      I don't how competent you are, but one way to get data off your hard drive if it is not knackered is to boot a Linux Live CD.
      You can boot Linux and run the operating system off the DVD. It should find and mount your windows drive on the desktop. Plug in your USB drive, and should be able to drag the files over.
    • #7
      Members
      Join Date
      Nov 2004
      Location
      Telford
      Posts
      6,545


      0 Not allowed!
      NTLDR is the o/s loader
      If you put your Win XP cd in and boot from that, re-running install will detect the presence of your C: drive installation and repair / correct the missing loader file and you're sorted ....
    • #8
      Members GreersElbow's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 2012
      Location
      A Northern Outpost
      Posts
      4,935


      0 Not allowed!
      http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318728

      In all honesty, upgrade. You can get some fairly decent laptops these days for about £400, just try and find one that does Win7.
      Quote Originally Posted by BensGrandad View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      As I said I dont know just assumed
    • #9
      bring on the trumpets.... upthealbion1970's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 2009
      Location
      newhaven
      Posts
      8,315

      Computer help sought please


      0 Not allowed!
      Thanks for the replies folks, I can hear something spinning up and there's no klunking sounds. Much as I'd love to upgrade I can't afford it (the joys of being a carer), and no I've never backed any of my stuff up
      I didn't get any discs with it when I bought it, and I'm not competent with this type of thing at all
      Will have to wait to get some funds together for a trip to a computer shop so no pies at the Amex for a while for me!
      If anyone has any recommendations for somewhere reliable and not stupidly expensive near newhaven I'd really appreciate it.

      Thanks again


      Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk 2
      you are under arrest for killing the quattro
    • #10
      Panic! At The Amex Tom Hark, Preston Park's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jul 2003
      Location
      BN1
      Posts
      57,405


      0 Not allowed!
      Quote Originally Posted by upthealbion1970 View Post
      This quote is hidden because you are ignoring this member. Show Quote
      And yes I've turned if off and on again
      Then I'm afraid I can be of no assistance on this occasion
      Buy The Ticket,Take The Ride - Hunter S. Thompson

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •