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Posted: 8/19/2005 5:21:06 AM EDT
Dell, Win XP.
The desktop will load up, but if I click on anything, either nothering happens or the hourglass will appear, then back to the arrow pointer and nothing happens. Trying to run a virus scan or set it back to a different date and can't do it!!

Help this computer idiot out.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:28:47 AM EDT
start up in safe mode
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:33:32 AM EDT

Originally Posted By palmer:


Help this computer idiot out.




Safe mode, eh? I know it's one of those "F" buttons, which one?
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:36:37 AM EDT

Originally Posted By palmer:
Safe mode, eh? I know it's one of those "F" buttons, which one?

F2 or F8. Usually F2. Watch for it during initial boot. You gotta be quick.

Sounds like a corrupted driver or something.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:45:01 AM EDT
Right when the computer is booting up, you can hit like F5 or one of those other F-keys (might have to experiment) to get to the control screen. At that time you can probably load your restore diskette to get the unit running.
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:45:50 AM EDT
Got it, it was F8. I started my computer to an earlier date, now it works fine. Thanks
Link Posted: 8/19/2005 5:49:26 AM EDT
make sure you install all your windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

and have uptodate antivirus
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