XP wont load

  roygbiv 21:41 12 Jun 2011

OK, reinstalled XP, worked fine. later in the day the screen went blank-black with white line (about 2cm in width about 5cms from bottom of screen). now it wont even boot from the win XP disc. its a medion PC.

  woodchip 21:58 12 Jun 2011

it looks like the graphics card as stopped working

  roygbiv 22:07 12 Jun 2011


the PC was left turned on (as it was) and to my surprise it has started to work AGAIN !!!


  woodchip 22:30 12 Jun 2011

If its a Desktop PC I would reseat the Graphics card

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 23:10 12 Jun 2011

Sure it wasn't in sleep or hibernate?

  roygbiv 16:06 16 Jun 2011

seems like the white band on the bottom of the screen was a simple status bar ?. After it completes (approx 30 mins) windows bliss appears !

reinstall software requires restart that happens to make the REBOOT sequence start the LONG process, of starting. meanwhile we have the black screen (with the white band)

HELP !!! Patio window is within throwing distance of the PC !

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:36 16 Jun 2011

What happens if you reboot without reinstalling.

Long wait usually only happens first time after an install as windows sorts drivers for all the kit it finds in your machine.

  roygbiv 16:40 16 Jun 2011

same procedure happens !!

Thanks for swift reply

  woodchip 16:59 16 Jun 2011

You have too many processors starting at boot and your Anti-Virus may be doing scans. Go to Run and type

MSCONFIG then go to Startup Tab after pressing Enter key, check all that's got a tick to see what is starting at boot

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:08 16 Jun 2011

Bad install missing or corrupt windows files

Start - run - type

sfc /scannow

press OK

Let windows find and replace bad files you will probably need to have the XP cd in the drive.

  roygbiv 20:06 16 Jun 2011

Thanks OK, done that still the same black screen for a long time (maybe a few seconds quicker)

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