Help laptop wont boot

Discussion in 'Windows XP General' started by SS, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. SS

    SS Guest

    My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    downloaded and installed a few.
    tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    laoding for 30 minutes)
    I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
    minutes on restart with a blank screen

    desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
    need to sort.
    If you can possibly help please follow this post

    I will update tomorrow (uk)

    I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer and
    probably me thats messed up.

    thanks
     
    SS, Apr 18, 2009
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  2. SS

    Big_Al Guest

    SS said this on 4/18/2009 6:35 PM:
    > My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    > I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    > downloaded and installed a few.
    > tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    > laoding for 30 minutes)
    > I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    > I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
    > minutes on restart with a blank screen
    >
    > desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
    > need to sort.
    > If you can possibly help please follow this post
    >
    > I will update tomorrow (uk)
    >
    > I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer and
    > probably me thats messed up.
    >
    > thanks
    >
    >

    Sorry, no help except to say, that most people don't suggest updating
    drivers on a routine basis. The drivers that came with your PC are
    probably all you will ever need. My Dell Laptop is 3 years old and
    I've never upgraded any drivers. If they worked day one, unless you
    change hardware, I see no need to update drivers.

    My humble opinion however. Take it with a grain of salt.
     
    Big_Al, Apr 19, 2009
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  3. "SS" <> wrote in message
    news:WAsGl.36728$2...

    > My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    > I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    > downloaded and installed a few.
    > tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    > laoding for 30 minutes)
    > I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    > I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
    > minutes on restart with a blank screen


    1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
    2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
    date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
    had System Restore configured to save good boot data.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
    Don Phillipson, Apr 19, 2009
    #3
  4. SS

    SS Guest

    "Don Phillipson" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "SS" <> wrote in message
    > news:WAsGl.36728$2...
    >
    >> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    >> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    >> downloaded and installed a few.
    >> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    >> laoding for 30 minutes)
    >> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    >> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
    >> 30
    >> minutes on restart with a blank screen

    >
    > 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
    > 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
    > date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
    > had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
    >
    > --
    > Don Phillipson
    > Carlsbad Springs
    > (Ottawa, Canada)
    >

    Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a few
    hours and did not restore.
    Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.


    >
     
    SS, Apr 19, 2009
    #4
  5. SS

    Paul Guest

    SS wrote:
    > "Don Phillipson" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> "SS" <> wrote in message
    >> news:WAsGl.36728$2...
    >>
    >>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    >>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    >>> downloaded and installed a few.
    >>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    >>> laoding for 30 minutes)
    >>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    >>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
    >>> 30
    >>> minutes on restart with a blank screen

    >> 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
    >> 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
    >> date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
    >> had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Don Phillipson
    >> Carlsbad Springs
    >> (Ottawa, Canada)
    >>

    > Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a few
    > hours and did not restore.
    > Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.
    >


    Is "Safe Mode" still working ?

    Did Drivermax attempt to update your graphics driver ?

    Laptop graphics drivers are a little different than desktop
    video cards. Desktop video cards are generally all similar
    and based on a reference design (while some cards have small
    differences, the differences are not enough to prevent an
    image on the screen). Thus, a graphics driver downloaded from
    ATI or Nvidia, will work most of the time, and work as well
    as the driver that came in the desktop video card box.

    But as far as I know, not all aspects of the video hardware
    in a laptop, are covered by Plug N' Play. The graphics driver
    the laptop manufacturer offers for download, is the correct
    one for the flavor of LCD panel installed in the laptop.
    The laptop manufacturer is the first place you look for a
    driver. So you want to go to Dell/HP/Acer/Gateway for
    that. Going to ATI/Nvidia/Intel or some other GPU chip
    manufacturer, won't give nearly as good results. That might
    be a reason to get a black screen - the graphics output
    isn't going to the LCD any more.

    Paul
     
    Paul, Apr 19, 2009
    #5
  6. SS

    SS Guest

    "Paul" <> wrote in message
    news:gsf9g1$2vd$...
    > SS wrote:
    >> "Don Phillipson" <> wrote in message
    >> news:...
    >>> "SS" <> wrote in message
    >>> news:WAsGl.36728$2...
    >>>
    >>>> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    >>>> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    >>>> downloaded and installed a few.
    >>>> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    >>>> laoding for 30 minutes)
    >>>> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    >>>> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
    >>>> 30
    >>>> minutes on restart with a blank screen
    >>> 1. Start in Safe Mode if you can (usually key F8 during reboot).
    >>> 2. And then run System Restore to restart as of a recent
    >>> date BEFORE you used Drivermax. This works only if you
    >>> had System Restore configured to save good boot data.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Don Phillipson
    >>> Carlsbad Springs
    >>> (Ottawa, Canada)
    >>>

    >> Doesn`t look as if system restore is going to work had it running for a
    >> few hours and did not restore.
    >> Also tried `last known good cofiguration` no joy.
    >>

    >
    > Is "Safe Mode" still working ?
    >
    > Did Drivermax attempt to update your graphics driver ?
    >
    > Laptop graphics drivers are a little different than desktop
    > video cards. Desktop video cards are generally all similar
    > and based on a reference design (while some cards have small
    > differences, the differences are not enough to prevent an
    > image on the screen). Thus, a graphics driver downloaded from
    > ATI or Nvidia, will work most of the time, and work as well
    > as the driver that came in the desktop video card box.
    >
    > But as far as I know, not all aspects of the video hardware
    > in a laptop, are covered by Plug N' Play. The graphics driver
    > the laptop manufacturer offers for download, is the correct
    > one for the flavor of LCD panel installed in the laptop.
    > The laptop manufacturer is the first place you look for a
    > driver. So you want to go to Dell/HP/Acer/Gateway for
    > that. Going to ATI/Nvidia/Intel or some other GPU chip
    > manufacturer, won't give nearly as good results. That might
    > be a reason to get a black screen - the graphics output
    > isn't going to the LCD any more.
    >
    > Paul


    It still works in safe mode, I think graphics was one of the drivers.
    Its a Dell laptop so will go and look for graphic driver.>
     
    SS, Apr 19, 2009
    #6
  7. SS

    Randem Guest

    Of course you know by now that was not a wise thing to do. There is no
    reason to update your laptop drivers by using anyone other than the
    manufacturer of that laptop. Dell has a comprehensive update area on their
    site for your laptop and you should not use DriverMax or anyone else to do
    the job that Dell have already done so well.

    --
    Randem Systems
    Your Installation Specialist
    The Top Inno Setup Script Generator
    http://www.randem.com/innoscript.html
    Disk Read Error Press Ctl+Alt+Del to Restart
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    "SS" <> wrote in message
    news:WAsGl.36728$2...
    > My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    > I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    > downloaded and installed a few.
    > tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    > laoding for 30 minutes)
    > I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    > I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx 30
    > minutes on restart with a blank screen
    >
    > desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
    > need to sort.
    > If you can possibly help please follow this post
    >
    > I will update tomorrow (uk)
    >
    > I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer
    > and probably me thats messed up.
    >
    > thanks
    >
     
    Randem, Apr 19, 2009
    #7
  8. SS

    SS Guest

    Point taken, we live & learn.


    "Randem" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Of course you know by now that was not a wise thing to do. There is no
    > reason to update your laptop drivers by using anyone other than the
    > manufacturer of that laptop. Dell has a comprehensive update area on their
    > site for your laptop and you should not use DriverMax or anyone else to do
    > the job that Dell have already done so well.
    >
    > --
    > Randem Systems
    > Your Installation Specialist
    > The Top Inno Setup Script Generator
    > http://www.randem.com/innoscript.html
    > Disk Read Error Press Ctl+Alt+Del to Restart
    > http://www.randem.com/discus/messages/9402/9406.html?1236319938
    >
    >
    >
    > "SS" <> wrote in message
    > news:WAsGl.36728$2...
    >> My laptop (winxp home) was working ok.
    >> I used Drivermax to update my drivers.
    >> downloaded and installed a few.
    >> tried to reboot laptop and so far the screen stays blank.(black) (been
    >> laoding for 30 minutes)
    >> I did try safe mode and I can get in to that.
    >> I am currently trying system restore and it has been running for approx
    >> 30 minutes on restart with a blank screen
    >>
    >> desperately will need help as going abroad with laptop in 3 days time and
    >> need to sort.
    >> If you can possibly help please follow this post
    >>
    >> I will update tomorrow (uk)
    >>
    >> I will appreciate any help on this as I am not too clever with computer
    >> and probably me thats messed up.
    >>
    >> thanks
    >>

    >
    >
     
    SS, Apr 19, 2009
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