vista wont boot

  wappa 14:02 24 Nov 2010

hi, hope u can help, toshiba satellite with vista wont boot, toshiba screen goes on then goes off and have a cursor at top left of monitor and keeps flashing, can access bios and boot menu, have tried recovery disc but no joy, no system restore point and says "limited diagnostic state", can access command prompt and run a chkdsk and that seems good, any suggestions greatly appeiciated

  Seth Haniel 14:24 24 Nov 2010

will it go into safe mode keep tapping F8 as you boot up ??

  wappa 15:24 24 Nov 2010

thanks for the reply seth, it wont let me access F8 safe mode on startup, only lets me access bios,regards paul

  Alan-Petrie 15:34 24 Nov 2010

have you tried resetting the bios?

  wappa 15:41 24 Nov 2010

aint sure what i do there alan, any tips?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:43 24 Nov 2010

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 F8 doesn't work then try using F5 key.
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

  wappa 17:23 24 Nov 2010

cheers for that fruit bat, have tried them all and still no joy, system restore says no restore point and limited diagnostic state, F8 safe mode doesnt work,,

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:33 24 Nov 2010


  wappa 17:39 24 Nov 2010

tried that also, when i tap f5 it bleeps annoyingly

  wappa 17:39 24 Nov 2010

it recognises vista is there on the recovery also

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:57 24 Nov 2010

Click start, run, type msconfig, hit ok, then click on general tab, and select normal startup, click apply reastart, and that should fix the problem.

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