Booting Vista Home Premium


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species8350

Hi,

I can't boot Vista Home Premium. According to the diagnostics there is no problem. But all I get is a black screen and no messages. When I try to boot into any other mode, for example Safe Mode, I get the same black screen.

This machine has only 512MB of RAM, is this the reason Vista will not boot?

If not any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks.

Ps. I have tried using the original installation disk for repairs, but again there appears to be no problem.
 
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Big Harley Gage

species8350 said:
Hi,

I can't boot Vista Home Premium. According to the diagnostics there is no
problem. But all I get is a black screen and no messages. When I try to
boot into any other mode, for example Safe Mode, I get the same black
screen.

This machine has only 512MB of RAM, is this the reason Vista will not
boot?

If not any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks.

Ps. I have tried using the original installation disk for repairs, but
again there appears to be no problem.

YOU, Sir, are a LOSER!!!
 
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species8350

"species8350" wrote in message








Did it used to boot with 512M? Some of what you say sounds like an old

installation has stopped working but this question sounds like a new

installation that's never worked.



What do you see before the black screen? Apparently you're at least getting

to where you can tell it to select safe mode over normal mode for boot.

What happens between that selection and the black screen? Does hard disk

activity continue after the screen goes black?



- Bill

Thanks for responding.

I had a problem with the hardware and needed to remove a memory module.

Vista used to work with 1GB of RAM. I have never got it to boot with 512MB, but I think that it ought to function, although slowly.

When I boot from the hard disk I get the loading logo, I can't really describe it well - repeated green bars that repeat horizontally. After these bars appeared Vista used to load (with 1 GB of RAM). But now I just get a black screen

It is almost as if the boot loader is not working.

Happy Christmas.

A
 
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MLD

species8350 said:
Hi,

I can't boot Vista Home Premium. According to the diagnostics there is no
problem. But all I get is a black screen and no messages. When I try to
boot into any other mode, for example Safe Mode, I get the same black
screen.

This machine has only 512MB of RAM, is this the reason Vista will not
boot?

If not any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks.

Ps. I have tried using the original installation disk for repairs, but
again there appears to be no problem.

This may sound stupid--Is your monitor turned on? Is it plugged in and/or
connected to a working outlet?
Friend called a few days ago with the same problem--black
screen---Apparently, while cleaning around the top of the desk, must have
Inadvertently pushed the monitor off/on button.
MLD
 
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Joh. Roest von Klinckerhofen

MLD said:
This may sound stupid--Is your monitor turned on? Is it plugged in and/or
connected to a working outlet?
Friend called a few days ago with the same problem--black
screen---Apparently, while cleaning around the top of the desk, must have
Inadvertently pushed the monitor off/on button.
MLD
......do you have electricity where you live?
 
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species8350

"species8350" wrote in message

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What version of Vista? When you get to the screen where you choose to go to

safe mode there should also be an option to go to the command line. Does

that work? And again, there are options somewhere in there to boot with

logging. It will send a line of text to the screen for each driver it

loads. You may be able to figure out where the problem is from what it

tried to load just before it goes south.



Also, I one reduced my Vista machine from 2G to 1G and had some problems

booting. I'm trying to remember what the deal was, but I do remember that I

had to go into command mode and change something to get it to boot.



You might also try removing and reinstalling the DIMMs you left in the

machine. I've found that sometimes working on old machines doing one thing

disturbs something else that's been there for years and it stops working.



- Bill

Thanks for replying.

I do not think there is a logging function on my setup

The Dimms are well seated.
 
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species8350

"species8350" wrote in message








This may sound stupid--Is your monitor turned on? Is it plugged in and/or

connected to a working outlet?

Friend called a few days ago with the same problem--black

screen---Apparently, while cleaning around the top of the desk, must have

Inadvertently pushed the monitor off/on button.

MLD

The monitor is on.
 
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MLD

Joh. Roest von Klinckerhofen said:
.....do you have electricity where you live?

Don't leave me hanging---What is your point?--
If the answeer is yes, then what. If the answer is no, then what?
MLD
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Thanks for responding.

I had a problem with the hardware and needed to remove a memory module.

Vista used to work with 1GB of RAM. I have never got it to boot with 512MB, but I think that it ought to function, although slowly.

When I boot from the hard disk I get the loading logo, I can't really describe it well - repeated green bars that repeat horizontally. After these bars appeared Vista used to load (with 1 GB of RAM). But now I just get a black screen

It is almost as if the boot loader is not working.

Happy Christmas.

A

(Boy, your newsreader sure messes with line formats!)

Many kinds of motherboards need their RAM sticks to be installed in
pairs, and on some motherboards that don't require that, if only one
slot of a pair has RAM, it must be a specific slot, e.g., slot 1, not
slot 2 - or vice versa.
 
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Bob F

Gene said:
(Boy, your newsreader sure messes with line formats!)

Many kinds of motherboards need their RAM sticks to be installed in
pairs, and on some motherboards that don't require that, if only one
slot of a pair has RAM, it must be a specific slot, e.g., slot 1, not
slot 2 - or vice versa.

The obvious solution to me is to replace the missing RAM.
 
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