Use this tag for questions where a computer fails to successfully load ("boot up") the operating system.

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Acer Revo R3600 Won't POST

I powered off my Revo this afternoon to change the power strip, plugged in a second USB hard drive and booted it up, only to find the machine won't POST. It's been running happily as an HTPC for at ...
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UNetbootin installation of Ubuntu Server fails and restarts computer

I tried to install Ubuntu Server from a flash drive using UNetbootin, because my optical disc drive is broken. When I created the bootable drive using UNetbootin, there was no problem. When I tried ...
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Windows 2000 Pro repair, does not fix, cannot clean install

I have a client machine (windows 2000 Pro) that fails to start up. The startup screen appears and the loading bar reaches 100% (full) then the system reboots. Starting in safe mode does no better.. ...
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HD prevents me from booting Live CD

Short version: BSOD on Windows last night, cannot boot to Win or a live Linux CD, moving HD to another comp won't boot. Update: Had a little success attaching hd to other comps via USB (or plugging ...
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Windows 7 - Disk Read Error, Boot Disk not mounting

Some background first (a little long): A while ago, my desktop got stuck at the "logging off" screen (prior to shutdown, the machine was sluggish and I suspected some process making trouble). I ...
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Laptop does not boot?

I'm not very savvy when it comes to laptops. I have two identical laptops, old school Dell Latitude D410's. One works just fine, and the other does not boot at all. I have tried various things ...
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Troubleshooting Computer Failure

I'm usually pretty good at this but I'm a bit confused. I'm on the internet and my computer turns off randomly. Okay, just turn it back on. Boots into bios just fine. No errors or warning signs. ...
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Server died in power outage - now won't boot

I've recently set up Ubuntu Server on an old machine I had around the house. It worked really well and I even got it hooked up to a domain I had, but as I was only toying around with the idea of ...
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How do I restore Windows 7 Master Boot Disk Record without CD Drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Restore Win 7 MBR without Recovery/Install Disc This is how to restore Windows 7 MBR (relies on CD Drive). But I need to do this with a netbook, how do I restore the MBR ...
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64bit Dell stuck at login/splash screen

System: Dell Inspiron 1110 64bit, Windows 7. Problem: When booting it'll reach the login/splash screen. Well almost, it shows the blue windows 7 splash screen image, the mouse (with loading symbol ...
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4 memory modules of the same kind not working?

I am trying to install 2 extra pairs of 2GB on my server, the motherboard is a GA-EP41-UD3L which is said to support up to 8GB and has 4 memory slots. I have 4 memories of 2 GB being all of it: ...
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Laptop would not boot up suddenly w/out first opening dvd-drive? ('Cannot find operataing system' error mssg)

My MS Vista 64 Sony VAIO laptop suddenly gives an error when I try to boot up: Cannot find operating system' or some such wording. I hear a clicking sound which sounds like it's coming from the dvd ...
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BSOD -> Disk Boot Failure -> Normal Start

Just finished putting together a new PC and am having a very unwelcome issue at startup. While this doesn't happend ever time, it happens most of the time. Computer is running normally Reboot ...
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Computer (Usually) Fails to Start, Clock Resets, Then is Great

Perhaps 3 years ago I built a nice gaming rig from new parts. About 2.5 years ago, it started to have trouble booting up and continues to have troubles to this day. Typically, the first time it is ...
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Windows XP failed to boot in dual boot system

The problem is this: I have a 320gb HDD splitted in 4 partitions. When I first installed Windows XP I formatted the HDD in 3 (Windows system partition, Media partition and another one I left for ...
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Toshiba Equium A110-252 laptop won't boot Windows

I have a Toshiba Equium A110-252 laptop (XP Pro) which stopped booting a couple of weeks ago. The symptoms are that the laptop would display its DOS Toshiba splash screen, then the Windows (XP) boot ...
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My Macbook Pro doesn't boot up

My Macbook Pro suddenly stopped booting up properly. The following images are the images of the boot logs of the normal bootup and my bootup. I kind of know that it's not a hard drive problem because ...
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Windows 7 install corrupt after update

How do I fix a corrupt Windows 7 installation by hooking it up to a brand new Windows 7 install? Installed some Windows 7 yesterday, mostly just optional fixes and it installed an update to my ...
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Windows 7 boot failure after update

Installed some windows 7 updates today, mostly just optional fixes and it installed an update to my IntelliType or IntelliPoint drivers (Keyboard & Mouse). It asked to reboot, computer gets to ...
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Getting “DISK BOOT FAILURE” error when trying to install Windows XP over Ubuntu

I had Windows 7 installed on my system for a few months. But I started having some problems while connecting to internet. I got my hands on Ubuntu Ultimate, so I tried linux for last one month or so. ...
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HDD from Mid-2009 MacBook Pro works OUTSIDE laptop, but not INSIDE

Leading up to the problem: I was working late one night on a Keynote presentation. My battery ran out, and the computer did that hibernation thing it does when there's no battery power. I got my ...
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Beep codes - 2 short; 4 long

I'm getting these beep codes - (2 short, pause, 4 short, long pause) - repeating. I couldn't find the meaning of these codes on the internet, the PC model is Omron NSA-CPU01-E. Does anyone know what ...
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What would cause a machine not to output a graphics signal?

I've got a PC which I built myself some time ago. It was working fine. Then we moved house - the PC was moved by the movers. After the move it worked a few times. At one point, it refused to come ...
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“Windows could not connect to the System Event Notification Service service”

Yesterday, everything was fine. I didn't install anything, add any device or changed any setting that I can recall. I shut the system off cleanly and went to sleep. Obviously, that means my fully ...
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My computer stays stuck on the acer screen

I have an Acer Aspire 5532. The night before it began to have problems i just shut the lid for sleep mode. The next day i go to turn it on, and the black Acer screen comes up but it freezes there. I ...
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Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter

Question: How can a running system suddenly reboot and show the message: Disk Boot Failure - Insert System Disk and Press Enter instead of booting the OS? It doesn't seem to be caused by a defective ...
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How do I fix a boot process that broke because of a failed hard drive? (Windows 7)

I used Windows XP for years, before I was able to get my hands on Windows 7 RC, which I bought a new HDD for, and setup to dual-boot. About a month ago, Windows XP started acting funny, and I thought ...