Windows SP2 will not boot up

  Mike-250713 17:50 06 May 2006

The system starts and the Windows splash screen appears. After that the screen goes black and remains that way with only the mouse pointer visible. The pointer responds to the mouse.
I have checked the BIOS and everything there seems to be OK.
I do not have a Windows SP CD as the software was pre loaded and I do not have a recovery CD.
Is there anything I can do to get the system going?
Many thanks for any suggestions.

  De Marcus™ 17:56 06 May 2006

Try 'last known good configuration' ny tapping f8 repeatedly as the system switches on until you get a prompt. You can also choose to boot into safe made to troubleshoot if 'last know good configuration' doesn't work.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:11 06 May 2006

After you boot up to NOTHING, hit CTRL+ALT+DEL...task manager will come up.

Click on New Task and enter...appwiz.cpl



After reboot, reinstall SP2 with other updates.

  Mike-250713 18:28 06 May 2006

I took the F8 approach and tried "Last known good configuration" and "safe mode" Still only black screen with mouse pointer.
In safe mode a heading appeared saying MS Windows Build 2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr. 050301-1519:sp2.
Dont know if this is relavant.
Also tried the Alt Control Delete approach but nothing happened. How do I reinstal the software if I dont have any Windows software?

  De Marcus™ 18:33 06 May 2006

Is this an HP or Compaq machine?

  Mike-250713 19:04 06 May 2006

Its an IBM Aptiva with an Elitegroup 661FX-M replacement motherboard.

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