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    Default Any computer gurus on here?

    I was working in Photoshop when the blue screen of death came up on my PC. When I try to restart it, it gives me the option to start in safe mode, or with the last good configuration, or start windows normally. Unfortunately, none of those work. It just looks like it's attempting to start and goes back to the screen with the 3 choices a few seconds later.

    Any ideas? I can't even start it from the system recovery disc.

    Luckily I can still check email occasionally on my sister's computer though... so any suggestions would be welcomed.

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    I'm no windows expert (in fact I try to avoid it like the plague), but my guess is that if you cant start in safe mode, then you might have a real problem. You may need to reinstall your operating system. But wait to see if anybody has better advice before trying that.

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    proverbial hard disc failure maybe ?

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    If you can't start it in safe mode(I had the same problem once) in my case it was a hardware problem. Had to take it in.
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    Sounds like the HD is failing. If you have the windows disk used to install the operating system to begin with, throw that in and use it to run a repair. If the repair fails, the HD is likely unusable for running the OS.

    If this is the case, you will obviously need a new HD... Keep the old one installed, and put your copy of Windows on the new HD. Then you should be able to access the original HD from the fresh install of Windows on the new HD.

    ...This is obviously not the only possible problem, but seems pretty likely.

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    Thanks guys. Last night after I posted this, my computer starting making very ugly noises for no particular reason.

    I tried to reinstall Windows XP and during the process, it encountered a bad block nd wouldn't let me finish. So I think my hard drive is dead Going out to buy another right now.

    Jacob - I like your idea but do you think it's too late for that at this point?

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    HD failure can be really bad news, i hope you can recover your personal files

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH View Post
    Thanks guys. Last night after I posted this, my computer starting making very ugly noises for no particular reason.

    I tried to reinstall Windows XP and during the process, it encountered a bad block nd wouldn't let me finish. So I think my hard drive is dead Going out to buy another right now.

    Jacob - I like your idea but do you think it's too late for that at this point?
    The noises were *probably* from dirt/dust accumulation on the HD scratching the drive. XP, unless you reformatted first (might not have worked either because of the HD errors), will revert when the install fails. That said, you should be able to retrieve the files, or at least the ones not on the ruined portion. Make the old HD a slave drive in your BIOS while installing the new HD, make the new your primary. (You can edit these settings by hitting F8 during startup.

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    Good Luck! Hope you didn't loose your fies. I can't offer any advice, since I only do Windows at work and then I just call IT if I have a problem. There's just too much to know and not enough time. I guess I'm lucky to have excellent support.
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