Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Santa Cruz Mountains Bay Area California
    Posts
    31
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I haven't seen the PC yet, but I though I would start asking questions.

    In the last few days a Vista PC has started crashing on startup. It won't even go into safe mode.

    It had been doing this several months ago and I had them do a repair which seemed to work, but now its started again and its worse now because they could get to safe mode before.

    Any suggestions where to start looking? All my PC's are Win 7 or XP, so I don't have a Vista to look at.

  2. Get our unique weekly Newsletter with tips and techniques, how to's and critical updates on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows XP, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google, etc. Join our 480,000 subscribers!

    Excel 2013: The Missing Manual

    + Get this BONUS — free!

    Get the most of Excel! Learn about new features, basics of creating a new spreadsheet and using the infamous Ribbon in the first chapter of Excel 2013: The Missing Manual - Subscribe and download Chapter 1 for free!

  3. #2
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,625
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 930 Times in 851 Posts
    I would start by reinstalling the OS. Sometimes this is less time consuming than trying to T/S when a PC is in this condition. Can you get into the BIOS at boot? Perhaps something will show up there. Be advised that this could easily be a hardware failure as well. If the reinstall fails then I would suspect a failed device. I've seen power supplies, hard drives, CPUs, RAM, MB, any number of things cause significant problems.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  4. #3
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    5,435
    Thanks
    128
    Thanked 495 Times in 455 Posts
    It had been doing this several months ago and I had them do a repair which seemed to work, but now its started again and its worse now because they could get to safe mode before.
    Elaborate more on this "repair".
    In the last few days a Vista PC has started crashing on startup. It won't even go into safe mode.
    Described the crash in more details please; Blue screen, black screen, no boot, ocassional boot. Error messages?
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
    Motherboard: DX58SO2*Chipset: X58 Express/Intel ICH10*BIOS: SOX5820J.86A.0888.2012.0129.2203*Processor: Intel Core i7 CPU X 990
    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •