We recently formatted the hard drive on my partners 6 year old laptop after trouble with a trojan horse, and reinstalled windows 2000. Booting the pc up it gets as far as the white scrolling bar then there is a brief sort of flash on the screen and everything stops.There is occasionall hard drive activity, but nothing else happens on screen I can boot the pc up in safe mode and access windows from there but it refuses to boot properly into windows. Any ideas on what could be wrong.
If you boot to safe mode then right click My Computer icon on your desktop choose properties then on the advanced tab select "Startup and Recovery" un-ticking "Automatically reboot" will let you see the error message that flashes up on the screen
If as Fruit Bat suggests it turns out to be a graphics problem from the safe mode menu if you choose "Enable VGA Mode" should get you to a desktop in normal mode, from there you will be able to make adjustments or install updated drivers
I've managed to get windows xp to load correctly. But now there is excessive hard drive activity that makes acessing anything impossible. It takes minutes to open anything. I booted again into safe mode but can still hear the hard drive clicking and whirring away like mad Any more ideas ???
there is 256mb ram It was working ok until a few days ago when we got a trojan on it. I've formatted the hard drive-twice-and reinstalled windows xp as i say the pc will boot into windows normally but there is this excessive hard drive activity and i cannot open anything without the proverbial long wait