Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Paul Pedersen, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. I ran the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor on a friend's computer that was
    running XP Pro. (Which computer WAS working fine.)

    While the test was running, I got a black screen crash. Now the computer
    won't run. Sometimes it starts, then freezes, sometimes it looks like it
    starts but there's all kinds of flashing, moving junk in the Windows login
    screen (video is on the mobo), sometimes it won't boot at all.

    Now what???

    Looks like my friend lost a computer, and I lost a friend.

    I suppose this means that computer is not compatible with Vista...
    Paul Pedersen, Mar 1, 2008
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  2. If you can still bring up the Advanced Boot Options Screen (start the
    computer and tap F8 frequently), choose Last Known Good Configuration.

    You may have simply had the rotten luck to be the one running something when
    a component failed.
    Colin Barnhorst, Mar 1, 2008
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  3. Paul Pedersen

    Onsokumaru Guest

    Certainly sounds like it.

    To the OP, tell your friend then program came from microsoft, so if anyone
    is to blame it is them...

    Onsokumaru, Mar 1, 2008
  4. Paul Pedersen

    Holz Guest

    For those of you who want to upgrade, here is a free guide with a
    fallback plan
    Holz, Mar 1, 2008
  5. Paul Pedersen

    Holz Guest

    On a side not, why not run in-place repair?
    Stick the XP cd in, boot from the CD and select repair the SECOND time
    you get an option, after setup detects your XP. Hope for luck.
    Holz, Mar 1, 2008
  6. Paul Pedersen

    Xenomorph Guest

    Fix it!
    Xenomorph, Mar 1, 2008
  7. Paul Pedersen

    Jay Guest

    Loosely translated means....
    As a noob I have absolutely no idea what the problem could be.
    As a noob I strive to find people who I can give pointless/unhelpful answers
    If I do this often enough I may pick up enough knowledge to know where the
    caps lock key is or how to insert a DVD.

    Jay, Mar 1, 2008
  8. Good advice. Fixing other people's computers has cost me hundreds of hours
    of work over the years.
    Paul Pedersen, Mar 2, 2008

  9. The problem seems to have been bad RAM. I upgraded it last week, and it
    worked fine for a while.

    As a word of warning, don't buy RAM on EBay. Or at the very least, get an
    ironclad (and believable!) lifetime warranty.

    I have bought RAM on EBay about half a dozen times over the last year or so,
    and almost half of it has gone bad. Maybe they get it by dumpster diving at
    the manufacturer's, then sell it as new.
    Paul Pedersen, Mar 2, 2008
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