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Windows Vista won't load past login screen, after many problems.

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#1
Hey there Vista forums,

Hoping you can help me out.

This week, i've been having a lot of issues with Windows Vista. It's been freezing, blue screening, refusing to boot properly, and a list of other issues. I've tried fix after fix, and i feel as though now i've just compounded the problem.

From the start I'd like to say that I am an OEM system builder, and i have my own coppy of a full windows vista 64 bit installation CD.

I run two hard drives, 500gb and 750gb, with windows vista installed on the 500, and nothing but games on the 750.

The issue i have right now is that i cant log in past the welcome screen.

It started with the computer telling me upon startup that it cant load vista, because winload.exe was either missing or corrupt. Some research showed me that it was a common problem, and gave me some things to try as fixes.

So far, i have:

Run Chkdsk
Run Sfc /scannow (it didnt work)
Ran the startup repair from the Vista CD
Tried booting in safe mode
Run more Chkdsks
Run MORE chkdsks
Run more startup repairs (each one yielding different results)

And somehow, i've gotten the computer to turn on, and bring me to the login screen. However, once i log in, It just goes to a black screen with nothing.

I have researched this, too, and tried bringing up Task Manager, and then manually rebooting Explorer.exe

However, explorer.exe, windows explorer, explorer, Explorer, Explorer.exe, and any other term I can think of, is not working, because it says it can not find the program.

So im sitting here staring at a black screen with task Manager.

Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Yard Dog

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#2

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    Emachine ET 1161-05
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640
    Motherboard
    eMachines MCP61PM-GM (Socket AM2 )
    Memory
    2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Acer E181H (1280x768@60Hz) 128MB GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name Acer E181H on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    ST316081 5AS SCSI Disk Device
    PSU
    MCP61PM-GM 9000 NVIDIA Chipset Model MCP61 Chipset Revisio
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    Tower
    Cooling
    Fan Speed 1247 RPM
    Mouse
    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
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    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
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#3
Yard dog:

My bluescreens happened earlier in the week, when i would be using the computer (usually Google Chrome, or a game) They haven't happened in a while though, but i'll still look into posting them when i get the chance.

As for diagnostics: I've run multiple Memory diags in the past, and now, including the Windows Memory test, and Memtest, from the bootable cd, both passing with flying colors, multiple times.

For the sake of it though, i'll post my hardware specs:

AMD X4 3.0 GHz processor,
ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics card
4gb Gskill RAM
500gb Western Digital Caviar Black hard disk drive, with Windows Vista 64-bit full installed
750gb Western Digital Caviar Black hard disk drive
CreAtive Xi-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion series sound blaster sound card.
Gigabyte Motherboard.
 

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Yard Dog

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#4
Well, we have a BSOD squad , they would need the mini dump logs and such to offer their assistance. Good to hear the hardware is good.. now lets check the software.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Emachine ET 1161-05
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 LE-1640
    Motherboard
    eMachines MCP61PM-GM (Socket AM2 )
    Memory
    2.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 387MHz (6-6-6-18)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Acer E181H (1280x768@60Hz) 128MB GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 (
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name Acer E181H on NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Screen Resolution
    1280x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    ST316081 5AS SCSI Disk Device
    PSU
    MCP61PM-GM 9000 NVIDIA Chipset Model MCP61 Chipset Revisio
    Case
    Tower
    Cooling
    Fan Speed 1247 RPM
    Mouse
    PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Keyboard
    Standard PS/2 Keyboard
    Internet Speed
    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1538974261.png
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#5
Please excuse my ignorance, but it seems as though i would need to be on the affected computer, in order to download and run the program. Is there any way i can do this even though the computer won't fully log me in, and I can't control anything?
 

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richc46

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#6
Welcome
Yard Dog has given good advice with the BSOD posting. If you can get us that information, you will be a lot closer to resolving your problem. The BSOD report givesd detail information on the nature of your problem. See is you can get that too us.
Good luck
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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#7
Unfortunately, since i cant get onto my desktop through vista, im not able to run the BSOD capture program. Instead, i will try to run it through an Ubuntu CD (will this work?)

Memtest passed, by the way.
 

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richc46

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#8
If you run via Ubuntu the results may not be valid. If Windows has a problem that must be solved the Ubuntu test is invalid. If the problem is with the computer the Ubuntu test will be valid
Does the computer work in safe mode?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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#9
Currently, no, the computer does not work fully in safe mode (any of the safe modes)

It loads to the login screen and, just like on a normal boot, after i log in, the desktop is black, with no toolbars or icons, just a mouse.
 

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richc46

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#10
If it does not work in safe mode, you may not be able to install Ubuntu.
See if you can go to event viewer. Go to search, type event viewer, go to adminstrative then see what the cause of the problem may be.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT
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#11
Can i do this through the New Task command on the Task Manager? Currently, i have no access to a search bar, start button, or ...well, anything really apart from CTRL - ALT - DEL'ing to bring up the task manager.

Unless you meant to reach it through Ubuntu
 

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richc46

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#13
Give it a try with Ubuntu. It will serve several purposes. If Ubuntu works, we know its a problem with Vista. If Ubuntu works we can also, save your stuff and maybe get to event viewer.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS420
    Memory
    6 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3650 256 MB
    Sound Card
    Intergrated 7.1 Channel Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell SP2009W 20 inch Flat Panel w Webcam
    Hard Drives
    640 gb
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Dell USB 4 button optical
    Keyboard
    Dell USB
    Other Info
    DSL provided by ATT

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