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Trying to solve multiple problems in this thread:

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/841480-cant-boot-all-run-recovery.html

I went into the BIOS and selected Load Setup Defaults before exiting.

I then lost my display - I just get 'NO SIGNAL' and the screen goes to standby.

On power up I get the power light, the spooky voice saying "system failed memory test", then the HDD light for a minute or so, then nothing.

There's no sign of the PC responding to the keyboard either - although the keyboard lights flash on power up, there are no clicks or HDD light activity when any key is pressed, and as I said there is no display.

Is all lost? Am I completely stuffed?

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Have you tried to restart in safe mode? If you are using XP gently continuously tap the F8 key and this should open in a window giving you the choice of several ways to start the computer. The first one I would try it the last good configuration.
I hope this will help.
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Go back into your BIOS and check for a display adapter setting. Choose either internal (integrated video) or external (video card) -- which ever your monitor is connected to -- save the changes and reboot.
 

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Thanks for your help, Curly and Vicks - but since my screen remains blank I can't actually do anything at all!

I am thinking I'll have to take the thing to a professional.

It's like I've been trying to fix the engine but have accidentally welded the hood (US) or bonnet (UK) down.

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If you have access to a different monitor, you might try it to see if it works, or try this monitor on a different computer. Just reread your op. See the keyboard etc is not working correctly too.
If you have a boot disc, start the computer with it in the cd drive. this might help.
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Hurray! Sorted...

For the benefit of any other hapless soul reading this thread, the following things happened (and my sincere thanks to those who offered advice):

1. After leaving the PC unplugged for 36 hours my display miraculously reappeared on power up.

2. I sorted the problem of Setup hanging at "Setup is starting Windows" by following the advice at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310760/en-us

3. After that, I was able to run Recovery Console and follow the advice at
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q297185

A huge relief, and thanks again to Vicks, Curly and Jack Hackett for advice over three separate threads.

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