January 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm #30738January 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm #30739
Thanks so much dak.Really appreciate, all these instructions.Will study carefully first. Get back, some time tomorrow.I am a bit nervous, but will give it my best shot.January 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm #30740
From the screen shot if you go to the boot.ini tab there are more option to change the booting but you will have to go back and change it like before…So I did not mention this….Another thing I thought of was that there possibly could be a setting in the actual bios to enable or disable boot options? I have seen this before, however I couldn't tell you on which bios it was. I will check mine....brbJanuary 2, 2009 at 7:59 am #30741
Hi Guys,A lot has happened today.I printed out the instructions, from dak, to fix my Safe Boot problem, and turned the PC off.Started it up this afternoon, and the New Hard Drive, gave a screeching noise, and I couldn't boot into Windows at all.In desperation,I rang a Techie, and he came, and he couldnt even get into Windows either.The Computer is 4 weeks old, and the Seagate H/Drive, has packed it in.Not buying that brand anymore.He has taken the Tower away, and also going to fit 2 X1GIG Corsair Ram Sticks as he said 2x1 Gigs are faster than 1 x2GIG stick.I am also getting Windows XP Professional loaded,as he said it is more stable than XP Home.I have most of my Documents on the 500 GIG second Drive,so glad I decided to get a second H/Drive,as back up.This is an expense I hadn't budgeted for. :'(I am sure, your Instructions would have worked,dak, and thankyou also Mitz, for helping me on your New Years Day.Much appreciated.The instructions will be handy,as one never knows,maybe' I will need them in the future.January 2, 2009 at 9:04 am #30742
And this happened before you tried my advice? omg i am thankful for that lol.. I'd now recommend that if you are a little nervous about changing the boot file, that you suggest to the techies that you had the f8 problem before and could they ensure its not the case this time. Its ironic that you have done all in your power to protect your files, and now you have had a hard disk failure!Having said that, the instructions are valid and if you follow them correctly, you would learn something, which is always a good thing 🙂I'd debate whether Pro is more stable than Home, I personally doubt there is much difference. Pro is certainly a better option though, especially if you want to network the computer. Pro has distinct advantages in security and networking.I'll make use of your disaster as a way of pointing out to everyone... BACK UP YOUR FILES. You were fortunate your files were on the second disk... This is one of the reasons I am a big fan of RAID. A RAID mirror is an identical copy of the first disk, so if your main drive dies, ( I did point out that even new components can be faulty or fail.. !! ) you have an identical drive to fall back on. Perhaps you should speak to your techie regarding a RAID array while you have this opportunity, and seek his advice as to whether its a good option for you.If I only had 2 drives, I would still create a striped RAID0 array though, for the speed benefits. Thats because I regularly back up my files onto disc anyway, but if you feel you cant trust yourself to develop good backup habits, then a RAID1 mirror is a very good idea instead.. In a perfect world, you'd go for 4 hard drives and have both!2x1GB RAM is faster than a single 2GB stick, but the difference is insignificant unless you are doing very high demand stuff like video editing, or you get a kick out of high benchmark scores like gamers do. 99.9% of users would never notice the difference.Seagate does have a good name, but I confess I have had 2 Seagate drives die on me in the last couple years, and I dont use them anymore either. I currently used Samsung and I am very happy with them. I think its just luck of the draw though.You are most welcome to any assistance we can offer. Thats the purpose of this forum, so we can all help each other understand the mysteries of the digital age 🙂
January 2, 2009 at 10:17 pm #30743
Sorry to here about your computer DSTM and I think it may be better to not do any drastic settings changes when you get it back. Considering this problem is just annoying you and not an actual problem as yet..We can hold off and find a few more solutions. Let us know if you have the problem when the computer returns from the shop…I feel that dak has the correct answer here, however it is not something to mess with..one mistake and your computer will not boot...January 3, 2009 at 2:22 am #30744
I hope to get it back today,Mitz.I didn't expect this,so soon,for the H/D to fail.Everybody has been a great help,and I am optimistic,as to your Site's success,Mitz,with such dedicated Techies.on hand to help us Guys.Will update, when I know something.January 5, 2009 at 4:50 am #30745
Hi Guys,A lot has happened today.I printed out the instructions, from dak, to fix my Safe Boot problem, and turned the PC off.Started it up this afternoon, and the New Hard Drive, gave a screeching noise, and I couldn't boot into Windows at all.In desperation,I rang a Techie, and he came, and he couldnt even get into Windows either.The Computer is 4 weeks old, and the Seagate H/Drive, has packed it in.Not buying that brand anymore.He has taken the Tower away, and also going to fit 2 X1GIG Corsair Ram Sticks as he said 2x1 Gigs are faster than 1 x2GIG stick.I am also getting Windows XP Professional loaded,as he said it is more stable than XP Home.I have most of my Documents on the 500 GIG second Drive,so glad I decided to get a second H/Drive,as back up.This is an expense I hadn't budgeted for. :'(I am sure, your Instructions would have worked,dak, and thankyou also Mitz, for helping me on your New Years Day.Much appreciated.The instructions will be handy,as one never knows,maybe' I will need them in the future.
UPDATE.New Years Resolution.Don't ring any Techies to come to your home.The Techie replaced the Hard/Drive with the same brand and loaded Windows,at no cost,yet his final bill was excessive I thought.Found out they didn't use the Kingston Chip as Conracted,instead used Strontium Hynix.Also they were to put a Palit R78O but fitted a Palit R61S.R61S is older.The Heatsink was gray instead of pink and the GPU,was dated 7mths ago. Got it back and failed to fire up 2 out of 10 times.Hes suspects a small red cable with black ends may be faulty as well.He used the one off the DVD Burner.You guys would know what cable he is talking about.He also managed to lose all my backup data off the second drive.I ran recuva and couldnt retrieve any,so that's history. 80 GIGS in total.Was all there in folders 4 days ago.He denied taking the Data and said he scaned the second drive,thats all.I was having problems with the old Computer with IE7. I asked him to take a quick look.Came out and said it's fixed after 20 mins.Charged me $120 and left.Went in and found he had installed IE8 Beta without my consent and changed every view to his personal liking.That annoyed me greatly.IE8 kept wanting to close,for some reason.Also he uninstalled 3 programs,without consulting me.So Guys I have learnt a valuable lesson from this unpleasant experience.Next time, I will put one together myself, with you Guys advice, as to what components, suit my needs.EDIT.The only thing I can't put back,the way I had it, is the Task Bar Icons are Huge,and the Task Bar is twice as high as previous.There is a fix,but can't remember how to reduce the Icons and make the Task Bar smaller.Thanks.January 5, 2009 at 7:17 am #30746
Right click on your desktop and select 'Properties'.Click on the 'Appearance' Tab.Click on the 'Advanced' Button.Expand the 'Item' panel and select anything you want to change.Options will become available for each item where applicable.Click OK when finished to save changes and close any opened windows.These instructions are for changing appearance details in Windows XP.
January 5, 2009 at 12:03 pm #30747
Thanks dak. All sorted now. Much appreciated. 🙂January 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm #30748
That guy sounds like a bit of a dodgy techie… Presuming you don't know what parts he is putting into the computer…. And changing all your settings…what an idiot.. The computer is obviously put together wrong and therefore it could blow anything at anytime…Don't want to worry you..but I would demand my money back!!!!! Hope he's not your friend.... ;DJanuary 6, 2009 at 3:55 am #30749
Hi Mitz,My new Years resolution, is if I can't fix my PC, with the aid of you Guys,it won't get fixed.I bought 2 New Computers,so I would have trouble free Computing,and it wasn't to be.I won't be calling any Techie, for a long time.I am really annoyed,because my Movies, were on the second Drive,before he took it away.These were all legitimate movies, from the 30/40/50's, which I transfered from the old PC.I rang himJanuary 6, 2009 at 7:26 am #30750
A huge boo and hiss to the tech who is such a poop!!!March 19, 2009 at 4:00 am #30751
OK, i know this topic is old and really holds no relevance, but for future knowledge i would like to point out that in the picture you posted the selection of “Diagnostic startup” it would have booted into safe mode, and when you were done with the maintenance you needed to do, you could have gone back to MSCONFIG and changed it back to normal startupJust a little advice for any person in the future whom has this problemHave fun!April 26, 2013 at 7:19 am #30752
Safe mode is a troubleshooting option for Windows that starts your computer in a limited state. Only the basic files and drivers necessary to run Windows are started. The words “Safe Mode” appear in the corners of the display to identify which Windows mode you are using. If an existing problem does not reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and basic device drivers as possible causes.If you don't know the cause of the problem, you can use the process of elimination to help you find the problem. Try starting all of the programs you commonly use, including the programs in your Start up folder, one by one, to see if a program might be the cause of the problem.
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