Startup stutter

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Barrie, Sep 1, 2007.

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    Barrie Guest

    During start up with Vista Home Premium, the monitor hangs with a flashing
    cursor in the top left corner as though in the command window. Then, if I
    reboot a normal startup occurs.

    I have checked startup programs, eliminating all but the essentials and
    restoring them in groups of three. There has been no sign of the problem at
    any stage of that process. Thus, it is as though something has been left
    there during the last time the computer was used.

    I have tried turning off the power switch for the computer after shut down,
    just in case. This does not change things.

    Does anyone have any thoughts to add to my blasphemous ones? :)
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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  2. Hello Barrie,

    Check the boot options for the drives in BIOS. Is it set to harddisk?

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers
    no rights.
    Meinolf Weber, Sep 1, 2007
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    pinp1986 Guest

    Is there a printer hooked up? I had the cursor on the top left and it
    wouldn't boot. Had to unplug the printer and reboot
    pinp1986, Sep 1, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    No, it is set to one of the optical drives first and then the boot drive. In
    the absence of a boot disk in the ROM drive it should surely be OK. Also, if
    that was the problem, would the re-boot not be equally vulnerable?
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    Certainly there is a printer hooked up but it was ever thus. i.e. this is a
    new event with the same hardware hookup. I am trying to distinguish between
    the startup sequences in reboot and hard boot but cannot remember all the
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    This is a reply to myself in the hope that it will ring a bell for someone.
    The essential difference between pressing the restart button and doing a full
    power down is that the latter turns all the attached hardware off, including
    the spinning of the hard drives. I wonder if my boot drive (which is only a
    few months old) is having trouble starting up?
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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    La Poste Guest

    Greeting from (old) Europe as your old Rummy used to say...
    It seems to me, from previous readings and browsing on the web, that this
    flashing cursor gives you a short period of time to intervene in the startup
    process, ie press the F2 or F8 or F4 key.
    No room for blasphemous thoughts.
    Relax, and take it easy with a glass of crispy, herbal tasting, cold French
    Best of luck.
    Bill G. is not guilty for once!
    La Poste, Sep 1, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    There is no "short period of time" about this. If I do nothing it stays
    there blinking. Maybe I should try a few function keys but that does not
    sound right to me?

    Bonne chance!
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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    Barrie Guest

    I should have added that, as I live close to the Napa and Sonoma valleys, I
    can sample our own chardonnays, some from vineyards that are French-owned. :)
    Barrie, Sep 1, 2007
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    La Poste Guest

    Cheers Barrie!

    La Poste, Sep 1, 2007
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