Gateway laptop wont boot up, any ideas?

Hi, I have a Gateway M520 that will not boot up.  It runs XP.  The problem started when I was messing around on it, running multiple programs, and than the screen went blank and the power light started blinking steadily.  I tried restarting it, but after it got to the XP startup screen and started loading, the screen would go blank, and the power light would blink steadily.  I have reformatted the hard-drive 3 times with kill disk, tried booting up and installing the newest Ubuntu, and re-installing XP, but the screen always goes blank and the power light starts blinking steadily somewhere along the line.  Any help would be appreciated! :D

Asked by salomon1996 6 years ago


Laptop says missing operating system? Answered

My computer crashed and when i try to turn it back on it says missing operating system_ I do not have a recovery disk it is windows XP home is there a way to get a recovery disk off the internet for free? anything is appreciated

Asked by miiwii3 8 years ago



Re: Windows 7 XP mode.?

Is it possible to use Windows 7's XP mode with VirtualBox instead of using the Windows Virtual PC?

Asked by setsuna 7 years ago


Can i run Windows Xp on a server?

I was thinking about buying a server, and i was wondering what operating system i could use. Since a server is basically a computer, can i run windows XP on it? Thanks!

Asked by Sandisk1duo 8 years ago


XP or Vista?

The Spaghedeity has smiled upon me! I'm finally going to get a new computer, a custom Dell.Should I get a Vista or XP? XP is reliable, cheaper and proven, but it's old-ishVista is NEW, cooler, and won't be outdated in a year or two, but its buggyI can't decide :p, any help? Well I wound up getting an Apple iMac 20"

Posted by KentsOkay 10 years ago


How can I print my bookmarks in xp?

I want to print my bookmarks to move them to all my computers, so every computer has the same listings

Asked by maruawe 9 years ago


What are some must have programs for a netbook? Answered

Its running windows xp home by the way.

Asked by thejrb 9 years ago


how do i get out of guest in xp pro with auto log in enabled? I m stuck

I  enabled auto log in from contol usrspassword2 but forgot to re enable admin acct so now im am stuck in guest HELP

Asked by tonygirl 8 years ago


changing the segmented green progress bar in xp

How can someone change the unattractive segmented green progress bar in windows xp to the solid green progress bar in Vista.The solid green color looks much better than the thin white vertical line that is in each of the green segements of the xp progress bar [ie. the loading indicator status bar]. WWW.projectcode.com has a written text program for changing it and includes an explanation for each line of the program.There is also a free download of the source code but the adobe 8 reader on my computer says it is unable to open the files.Does anyone know of any other links that offer the program?

Posted by robertbob 9 years ago


XP Drivers

I bought a Compaq Presario F700 Notebook PC but it came with vista. i gave it a try but did not like it. so i bought windows xp PRO i installed and there wasn't any problems. but i need some drivers which i could not find. if you can help me please do so. in the picture you can see that i am missing some drivers but i cant seem to find them if you need more information please feel free to contact me.

Posted by chrischavez 9 years ago


xp on aspire 5515 and i closed the screen to do something and when i came back it wouldn't turn on, any fixes?

Green power light is on, the charge light is on, but nothing happens, i thought it might just be the screen, but when i hooked up my computer monitor to it , still nothing. any ideas?

Asked by timmyg52 9 years ago



I have a question about the XP professional OS

This is my question: The other day, well Friday actually, I was at work and accidentally hit the Down arrow key (beside the numeric pad) while I had been pressing down Ctl & Alt. The entire screen flipped upsidedown ! What POSSIBLE use could this be to anyone? It is cool if you have someone else that uses the same computer and you want to really freak them out, but I have not been able to discover any real purpose for this. Anyone else have a clue? Although the image I have put here is NOT my own, it is certainly equivalent.

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


Dual boot

I am looking towards creating a dual boot scenario on my computer (XP, and Ubuntu) and I am in need of a bit of assistance. Some background and foundation: Present OS = XP SP2The main partition is NTFS, however the "backup" partition is FAT(16 or 32, I am not sure)Now, to my main question: I realize I can partition this further so I can have a dual boot situation, but I am worried about losses that may occur. I haven't had much time lately to read up on the process, but I have seen warnings about loss of data files, etc. and my being cautious to a fault, I haven't proceeded any further in my quest. So, what precautions should I take, and what is going to be the process I need to follow to get to where I want to be?

Posted by Goodhart 10 years ago


sound is "jittery."?

Whenever i watch videos or listen to music the sound and image freezes then jumps for a split second, every 4 or 5 seconds.... do i need a new card of somesort or what because it gets irritating

Asked by redsuit09 8 years ago


PSP XP

Learn to install a Windows XP on a PSP.

Posted by Xecuter3 11 years ago


run leopard on xp?

Can i run leopard on my dual core XP amd machine and how

Asked by 10cats 8 years ago



Linux Theme Gets Scarily Close to XP

Well, heres a kool little topic on lifehacker, i want to try it. BTW, if you look at the second comment i replied t it, lol

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago


Why does Windows XP keep booting and crashing?

Whenever I try to turn on my Windows XP computer, it runs for a few seconds through the booting process, shows the "blue screen of death" and crashes and tries to restart. I need the computer to work so what can I do to fix this?

Asked by shadowninja31 8 years ago


Making Microtek ScanMaker 3600 Works in XP Pro !

I am moving my old scanner Microtek ScanMaker 3600 over to a new PC which runs XP Pro. However, the software (ScanWizard 5) doesn't "see" the scanner, although the PC "sees" it ! I have been fiddling with this thing for over 2 days now and still no result. The scanner does work. The XP Pro OS on the new PC "sees" the scanner, it's only the software that refuse to see it. I suspect it has something to do with the TWAIN driver on the XP. How to hack the stuffs??

Posted by penang 9 years ago


xp modem driver for acer aspire 5720

I downgraded this laptop from Vista to XP. I have gotten all the drivers except the modem driver. I have downloaded every driver possible from the acer website with no luck if anyone has done this conversion successfully I would appreciate know what modem driver you used thanks

Posted by pcbuilder48 9 years ago


I just installed windows xp pro on my system but some internet sites will not load. What do I do?

I literally installed windows xp pro sp2 on my desktop last night. The next thing I did was install the driver for the wireless adapter. That is it, nothing else is on the computer. Then when I go to certain internet sites the browser either freezes, slows way down, or will only show part of the page. What do I do?

Asked by galaxyman7 8 years ago


Make partie of my c drive with windows xp Plz help noob guide

I want to make a partie of my c drive so i can install a second OS on my computer but i cant figure out how to do it without uninstaling my windows blabla please help cuz i want full 4 gb ram support but dont want to uninstall wxp

Asked by la-main 8 years ago


Upgraded to XP

I gave Microsoft until SP1 for vista, I tried to like it, but lets count the annoyances. SLOW, even with all the twaddle turned off. 2 minutes to boot, five before wireless would connect. Disk copy at a snails pace. 12 minutes to write a one gig usb 2.0 jump drive 10 gig restore partition. 10 gig win sxs folder being repeatedly told "you need permission to do that" on my explicative deleted computer even after turning UAC off. Enoughs enough Now I'm running XP Fast 45 seconds from power on to connected to the network 7 gigs total install 2 minutes to copy one gig to a jumpdrive. Make the upgrade, it's worth it.

Posted by Tool Using Animal 10 years ago


Question about upgrading Windows XP to Windows Vista? Answered

I am trying to upgrade a Windows XP Pro system with Service pack 3 to a Vista Ultimate system with the end goal of then upgrading to Win 7. Again the intention is to do an upgrade, not a clean install. This particular OS started life as a Win 95 system. Was upgraded to Win 98 then 98 second edition and then finally to XP. It has run on multiple motherboards and processors and many many hard drives. But I have hit a snag. Vista ultimate will not give the option of upgrading. And by the way, this IS the upgrade version. It says so on the box and on the DVD.  The option to upgrade is there but it is grayed out and a note says that it needs to do a clean install. If I wanted to do that I would skip Vista and go right to 7 to start with. So something is causing the install process to not want to make the upgrade. I am thinking it might be the service pack 3 of XP since the SP3 came out after Vista did. But I can't find any information about it. After all this is more than 10 years in the past.  I am of course working off a clone drive so I can experiment and would just uninstall SP3 to try it but the uninstall is not available.  As far as I can figure a repair was done using a SP3 disk of XP and that eliminated the uninstall. Now I can try doing a repair with a SP2 disk of XP in order to roll it back to SP2  but that might cause it to become unbootable and if not would for certain cause it to need to be activated again, which now will not happen over the internet but requires that you call somebody in India and read long strings of numbers back and forth to each other. I would hate to go through all of that and discover that it still will not upgrade. So the question is: is anyone familiar with this upgrade process and is there a way to force the upgrade option? By the way, I have both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions of Vista and the XP is a 32 bit version. So that should not be the problem.  Any thoughts about this?

Asked by Vyger 1 year ago


MS Win XP puter freezing upon boot up. How can I fix? :(

I have a home made PC that is about 4 years old that runs Microsoft XP, usually anyway.  I purchased it from the guy that built it.  All was wonderful until last week when it froze upon boot up right at the welcome screen.  All I can do now is a safe boot or shut her off.  I have no idea how to fix this problem.  I have seen lots of stuff online about how common this used to be.   I am happy to be directed to a site with instructions but do not know how to fix it when it won't run.  It seems most of the info out there in the cloud speaks of preventing the problem.  I have my original discs if needed to repair.  Thanks in advance for your help.  

Asked by asmith73 6 years ago


windows XP login password problems

I have never been prompted to enter a username or password to login to my PC computer running windows XP since I purchased my computer 4-6- years ago. I had it unplugged for about 2 weeks while I moved recently. When I plugged it back in, it prompted me for a password and since I never had one or set up the computer to use one to login, its impossible to use the computer or login. I would appreciate any help with this that doesn't require formatting the hard drive. I also don't understand why windows all of a sudden asked me for a password and won't let me login without one or at least run me through the process of setting up one since I never had to use one for this computer.

Posted by swpaulo 8 years ago


why won't this machine load XP or Ubuntu?

Ok- so- my wife's computer was running slow / would not load programs/ acting generally funky.  I couldn't even run a virus scan- I pulled the hard drive and put it in an external case and reformatted it and reinstalled.  I then tried to reload windows XP pro-  it took LITERALLY  2 days of very slow running to load only part of the install files and then locked up.  I bought a new hard disk , installed and try loading window again- it only took a day to load this time but I can't adjust the video resolution.  I try loading Ubuntu using a live disk and it just won't read- I adjust the BIOS so I can load from a flash drive and it starts to load but takes about an hour to get anywhere and then the screen goes black and I cant get anything to come up.  So far I have tried TWO hard drives , booting from a CD, and booting from a flash drive.  Any one have any ideas about what is going on?

Asked by shantinath1000 7 years ago


service pack 3

Comes out tomorrow, this is just funny to say, The Box said Windows 98 or better....SO I INSTALLED LINUX! (ubuntu gutsy gibbon is my favorite)

Posted by Yerboogieman 10 years ago


Possible bug

I keep getting this popup that only happens on Instructables.com it doesn't matter which Instructable I am looking at when it occurs. I thought it might just be my PC but it has happened on other PCs outside of my own system and house. After it happens explorer goes blank and I have to hit the back button, and sometimes it happens again and sometimes I return to the page. This happens frequently. is this happening to anyone else? (I know I know use Firefox, but I get a Java error with that one.)

Posted by Mr. Rig It 10 years ago


What is "instruction 0x593fb06f referenced memory at 0x593fb06f. I/O error status of 0xc000009c" supposed to mean?

My WinXP laptop is giving me hell and I dont know why. I attempt to do almost anything system-wise, explorer crashes and gives me a message that looks a bit like this"instruction 0x593fb06f refrenced memory at 0x593fb06f. I/O error status of 0xc000009c" Some text cant be recognized like the majority of the text on the arduino.cc website, I cant go into the My Computer or C:/ folders without it crashing, and there are probably other things that I havent found yet. I need some help before I do something incredibly stupid to this computer, like playing flaming baseball with it or using it as trebuchet ammunition.

Asked by The Ideanator 8 years ago


How to get past the user page in windows xp

My friend was given a computer that had had xp a clean reinstall and does not know what to do to get past the user page. Can anyone help? Thanks

Asked by 9 years ago


What did I just do?

If any of you out there who know lots about how the inside of my computer works could tell me what in the world I just did, that would be wonderful! Here's what I did: I clicked Start, clicked run, and typed 'CMD'. Command prompt opened up and I typed 'At (I put the time it would be 1 minute from when I typed it) /interactive "cmd.exe" After the minute went by a new command prompt opened up. I typed 'exit' in the old one. I did ctrl-alt-delete and ended the process 'explorer.exe'. After I killed that I typed 'cd ..' in the command prompt window, then I typed 'explorer.exe' and it opened back up. On my home computer I was signed in as SYSTEM at this point and on the computers in the computer labs at the community college I was logged in as the same user name as before except with a '$' on the end. At this point I appear to have privileges above an admin profile and I can access and edit all sorts of files and things I know an admin can't normally access. I can also do things to profiles, like give them admin privileges. I haven't figured out how to do this without setting the time I want it to start a minute ahead of the time it was when I typed it.... Is it possible? And I know the 'cd ..' brings me up a directory, why am I able to do this with explorer.exe closed? It appears to be a large security hole... I just want to know how/what just happened! Thanks! -DMC

Posted by drinkmorecoffee 10 years ago


Windows XP SP3 Now Available

. Windows XP Service Pack 3 is now available at Windows Update.

Posted by NachoMahma 10 years ago


how to hack windows xp with our computer?

How to hack windows XP with our my computer with working software for windows XP

Asked by shikhar_devil 9 years ago


windows xp screen problem?

Iv got a windows xp and da screen is sideways. help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! tis is really important!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Asked by sci4me 8 years ago



How do you replace msgina.dll for windows xp?

I want replace this file because the windows xp shutdown menu isn't displaying properly

Asked by pk_excel 7 years ago


vista to xp upgrade without piracy ?

Mom is going to buy a new thinkpad soon. it comes with vista home basic - probably oem licensed is there way to change the vista to licensed xp without paying for that ? (question is how to make it licensed and not just download and install xp)

Asked by 11010010110 9 years ago


How to install Windows XP IN PLACE OF Android on a phone

I have a Moto E first gen smartphone and a copy of Windows XP lying around, and I was wondering if it would be possible to install XP in place of Android on it. I don't want to run XP on top of Android, I want to erase Android and make XP the only OS on the device. Is this possible? And yes, I know it wouldn't really be useful for anything, it's just for fun.

Posted by JedR5 1 year ago


xp install help?

Ok so i have an xp pro tag on my net-vista and every time i try to install using it it says it is not veiled and i cant get threw install with out it   

Asked by abadfart 8 years ago



Do you own Windows XP if you have a product key? Answered

I have a used laptop with a Windows XP product key on the bottom.  I would like to format and start fresh, but don't have the install disks.  Is it legal to use a downloaded version of XP and use my key?  Is this even possible?  Thanks in advance.

Asked by salomon1996 6 years ago


Vista to XP upgrade help

I Started this group a while ago and never posted a topic... so I figured I'd do it now with the mass intrest in upgrading to XP. Post any questions you have about switching from Vista to XP here and I will do my best to help you out... and I'm sure several other computer savvy Instructites will as well.

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago


i have windows 7 on a laptop and xp on another, how do i us the 7 one as a router?

I have a laptop with xp, that doesn't have a wifi card in it, i am trying to connect it to my home wifi using the windows 7 laptop which has wifi. how can i do this?

Asked by The nerdling 6 years ago


COMPUTER HELP AGAIN ! .......and again

OK I just installed windows xp on my computer. But when I boot it up ( just after Bios's first screen ) it says:Incorrect boot.iniBOOT FROM : C:/windowsThen it just restarts WHAT IS GOING ON ? Meanwhile waiting for someones response I will reinstall Windows XP .... NOTICE:EDIT: I Got Xp to work and it is in its setup process now.... BUT ITS FROZEN (Do I turn it off ?)

Posted by littlechef37 10 years ago


xp wifi issues

I try connecting to my home network but it keeps saying windows was unable to find a cirtificate to log you onto the network i have tried disabling ieee but it keeps re enabling, i have tried un installing the adapter but it wont uninstall, what should i do?

Asked by The nerdling 5 years ago