PC does not fully boot up- it freezes

  MrPeterson 12:15 29 Aug 2010

I have a DEll desktop running Vista.

When I turn it on I get several bleeps, the fan comes on, and the boot up screen appears on the monitor. The progress bar then freezes half way and nothing further happens.

Suggestions please.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:26 29 Aug 2010

Look up the beep codes to find initial error click here

Not completing Windows boot may mean you need to do a Start up repair Vista.

You need to look at Windows Vista's Repair Your Computer options.

* Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
* System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
* Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
* Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
* Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows Vista installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

Windows Installation Disk

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Vista DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows Vista DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows Vista installation

13/ Once the Vista installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the set of recovery options

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

  MAJ 12:29 29 Aug 2010

The beeps that you hear will give an idication of what the problem is. Listen to their sequence carefully click here and let us know what the sequence is. Also let us know the model of Dell desktop that you have as I don't suppose you remember the BIOS version.

  MrPeterson 12:41 29 Aug 2010

sounds like 1-1-3 NV Ram

prssing F8 at start up does not work

Thanks for your help- appreciate it

  MrPeterson 12:42 29 Aug 2010

oh, and it's a DEll studio. No handbook or disks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:39 29 Aug 2010

Switch off
remove reseat memory modules
do repair as per preinstalled options as above

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