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#23872 10-Jul-2008 15:24
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I have a machine running XP Pro and it used to run fine for the last... well, at least 2 and a half years. Now is booting up, I get the black screen showing Windows logo and the progress bar, but when the time comes for the desktop to show up, the screen switches into sleep mode, like the pc is switching into power saving mode.

The boot sequence still goes ahead I assume, as the HDD makes the usual noise for some time ( up to 1 min) and then nothing. I do not have another screen to test. Video card is an old FX5200, I did not try the integrated graphics yet (it just occured to me it might be the video card, but that boots up OK).

When booting from floppy, there is a:, there is c: with some files loaded there by the boot sequence and that's all, no other HDDs (I have 2x80Gb), no cd drive, no nothing... I have keyboard control and I can go into the BIOS.

I will re-install XP if is required, but before that I need to recover the data stored on the HDDs !!!!!! Could be the MBR damaged? If that's the case, I think is not too much I can do, right? Should I put the c: HDD in another computer and try to save data from it ? (not to boot from it).




mobo Intel DH55PJ, RAM: 4GB RAM, Nova-T 500 HD + Avermedia Trinity tuner card, Geforce 520 video, 120GB SSD Sandisk + 640 WD + 1000SG, Win7 Home Prem 64-bit, Media Portal 1.15.0; BTC 9019URF Cordless Keyboard, Panasonic 55" (HDMI cable), HTPC Case Silverstone Grandia GD05B.


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  #146531 11-Jul-2008 01:22
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Have you tried booting in Safe Mode?
It sounds like it could just be the graphics card driver or Windows has been set to too high a res for your screen.

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