Boot Failure: System Halted?
May 20, 2005 6:21 AM Subscribe
XP, possible related issues/causes inside, but the short of it is a message that says "Boot Failure: System Halted" when I turn on the computer.
posted by tr33hggr to Computers & Internet (23 answers total)
Disclaimer - I'm pretty good on the web and with software and minor system tweaks, but start talking about partitions or drivers or the C: prompt and I'm lost. So please understand my details will reek of a neophyte. Bear with me, and please be as basic in your responses as possible. Thanks!
I don't turn the computer (Gateway running XP, all the service packs) off as a habit, but a major storm was supposed to come through last night, so I shut it down and unplugged it. This morning I went to turn it on and:
First it "looked" in the floppy disc drive; it it never did that before, I don't think. Asked me to press F1 to continue, so I did, and it took me to a screen that asked me to select my language. Ok, I can do that; Enter/English. Hmmmmm. Arrow down, ah, ESC to exit. I'll pick that!
Wait. Gateway logo flashes across screen. Screen goes black. Boot Failure: System Halted
So power off, try to restart, and now (and subsequently) it goes to Boot Failure: System Halted.
What's going on? Can I fix this? I have all the discs and whatnot that came with it. It has been going through periods of running rather loudly lately. Not always, and it doesn't smell hot or seem to be slowing down, but the sound of the computer is just more noticeable, from another room, say.
I'm freaking out, because we have 4 years of photos (some backed up on CDs, but not in the past year or so), and tons of tons of iTunes on there, and nothing is backed up. We're also not in a situation to have to buy a new computer with a wedding and honeymoon on the way.
But, if it is hosed, what are the chances we can recover all those files??