OT: Computer Stuck At Advanced Options Screen

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My father has a Emachine W3502 that was working fine yesterday


He turned it off while he went to lunch. When he got back he turned on
the computer and it now goes to the advance options screen (F8
screen). No matter what he clicks on, the computer reboots and goes
right back to the advanced options screen.

Anyone know what the problem might be?

Re: OT: Computer Stuck At Advanced Options Screen

On Sun, 4 Apr 2010 11:04:03 -0700 (PDT), Ron

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Windows failed to finish booting so it will go to that
screen until it does complete booting.

At that screen he has tried to boot to safe mode?  If safe
mode also fails it tends to suggest either operating system
corruption, or hard drive failing.

You could get the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic
utility from their respective website and make a boot floppy
or CD to test the hard drive.  If it fails you might as well
think about RMA return if under warranty or buying a new
drive if not under warranty.

If it passes, or it is not viable to test the drive you
could always do a repair install of windows or format the
drive and do a clean install... if it came with or you can
acquire a windows installation disk.  If it came only with a
restoration disk that too is an option.

The remaining question if you have to format and reinstall
is whether there is any valuable data on the drive.  If so,
you could boot another OS like a Ubuntu LiveCD to access the
data in the same system and save it to a CD or USB
thumbdrive, or you could pull the drive out and mount in
another system, booting that second system's original
operating system/drive and acessing the drive in question to
copy data off.

I suppose there is also the possiblity of some kind of virus
infection, it is another reason to pull the drive, mount in
another system, and scan it.

There are other possiblities like general hardware failure
that makes the system generally instable enough to finish
booting windows, but less often is it seen in a case where
the system manages to get to the same point in the boot
process and that menu you reported, on a consistent basis.
Regardless you might pop the side off the system and inspect
it for fan failures, dust buildup, etc, especially if he's
in a climate where there has been signficant room
temperature increase as spring and summer approach in the
northern hemisphere.

Re: OT: Computer Stuck At Advanced Options Screen

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Again, great advice as usual!

He took a HD out of another computer and put it into the computer that
wouldn't boot (his main computer), and it still went to the AOS.

He figured it was a hardware problem with his main computer (so did

So, he put the original HD back into the main computer, and it went
the the AOS. He then used his recovery disc (the only disc that came
with the Emachine) and used the recovery option.

He's back up and running, and most of his stuff was restored.

My question is, why did the other HD that works perfectly fine on the
other computer also go to the AOS?

I would have also tried the HD from his main computer on the other
computer to see what would have happened, but he just figured it was a
hardware problem on his main computer and didn't bother doing that.


Re: OT: Computer Stuck At Advanced Options Screen

On Mon, 5 Apr 2010 23:40:49 -0700 (PDT), Ron

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Windows 2000 and newer can't boot on a different computer
than installed on if the hardware, particularly the drive
controller, is different.  There are ways around this when
someone is deliberately trying to migrate a windows
installation from one system to another but just moving a
drive it usually won't finish booting.

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I was only suggesting moving a drive so the new host system
could test the moved drive and/or copy off data, with the
host system still booting its original operating system due
to the issue mentioned above.

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