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Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-13, 23:43 PM

Computer Starts, does its normal POST once windows starts, it has its little loading bar(GUI boot enable) then it just goes to a blank screen(though the screen is back lit), the Wifi icon blinks from time to time, however there is no hdd activity,   From where I have to hold the power button down for 10sec to cut the power.   Once starting again it says unexpected shutdown detected and does a countdown then moves on the window loading, then the screen just goes blank again(its still back lit)

 

I can boot just fine into Windows Safe Mode, normal, command prompt and Network. However all diagnostics run all come up all systems Green.

 

 

Any Advice?

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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-14, 1:37 AM
maybe a corrupt boot file? I'm not sure if this method will work for your OS, but this is something I found that might help.

Enter Windows XP Recovery Console. The Recovery Console is an advanced diagnostic mode of Windows XP with special tools that will allow you to restore the boot.ini file.

When you reach the command line (detailed in Step 6 in the link above), type the following command and then press Enter.

bootcfg /rebuild
The bootcfg utility will scan your hard drives for any Windows XP installations and then display the results. Follow the remaining steps to add your Windows XP installation to the boot.ini file.

The first prompt asks Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All).

Type Y in response to this question and press Enter.

The next prompt asks you to Enter Load Identifier:.

This is the name of the operating system. For example, type Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition and press Enter.

The final prompt asks you to Enter OS Load options:.

Type /Fastdetect here and press Enter.

Take out the Windows XP CD, type exit and then press Enter to restart your PC.

Assuming that a missing or corrupt boot.ini file was your only issue, Windows XP should now start normally.
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Intel® Core™2 Duo T9400 2.53 GHz__Windows 7 Professional__3GB Memory__160GB, 7200RPM Hard Drive__14.1” WXGA+TFT-CFL__ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 3470--
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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-14, 2:01 AM

Uninstall video card driver under safe mode and reboot.

 

Look what happen.

 

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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-14, 3:31 AM

@Dillonreese:  oops sorry Failed to say its windows Vista pro(64bit) not XP however, the boot thing(whatever replaced the boot.ini) could still be bad, there is a way to rebuild this, I'll look into it.

 

 

@IPnaSh No go, pulled the drivers for both cards(the Intel and the ATI) and rebooted, still locked up after the Windows loading GUI with a black screen.

 

Also, booting into low res settings do not work either.

 

I Have Remote Desktop Setup, and running used to be, if I rebooted or cold booted, I could connect from another system without having to first log on locally first.  However even with the blank screen I can not log in, so, windows is locking up and not getting to that point.  Also I noticed that the WIndows Energy logo thing, is also not displaying.

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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-14, 5:22 AM

If you have an external hard drive, boot up in safe mode and back up your date, then do a clean install of the OS. That may seem drastic to start from scratch but it will save you the headache of trying to narrow down the problem.

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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-15, 2:48 AM

True, however when "odd" things like this happen, I want to know how to fix them, and if at all possible the cause.

 

however if the "scorched earth" methid is the only way to go I'll take it.

 

Might just go out and buy Win7 Ult

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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-15, 16:57 PM
if your a student and have a .edu email. you can get win 7 pro for 30 bucks from microsoft
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Re: Booting Issues on a T400 2764-CTO (again)

2010-08-21, 22:52 PM

Well I can get it to boot into normal windows now but its very very annoying.

 

When i start it locks up where it normaly does, then I have to power it off, and boot off of a recovery disk, then repair the startup, this takes form 10min to 2hours depending on whatever tests the startup recovery feels like running, most of the time it fixes the errors and windows boots just fine.   However I'm not liking this taking of 2hours to get up and working.

 

Startup recoverly does mention that a recent device driver install could be causing startup to fall, however I'm at a bit of a lose as nothing has been added nor any drivers updated.

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