pc is black on start up

  DrLector 20:44 02 Sep 2004
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hi
on my second pc (xp) when i turn it on it starts as normal,but only the backround comes up and stays that way for ages there are no files or anything can it be a virus ?
any idears
thanks

  spanneress 20:49 02 Sep 2004

"it starts as normal,but only the backround comes up"

Eeerr..what do you mean that it starts as normal then? DOes the post screen come up and not the welcome page then login? Or does it go through all 3 of the above then go to black screen? Is the curser flashing in the top right hand corner?

"and stays that way for ages there are no files or anything" For ages? So what happens next? Do you re-boot or does it shut down?

Could you provide a few more details please! DOes it see the hard disk? Do you get a message re the operating system?

  stalion 20:51 02 Sep 2004

can you boot in to safe mode press f8 continually on boot up if so run a scan in safe mode click here

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