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Q: unable to boot

i used someone's pc to browse at the work place, it went of when i was in the process and will not boot again and this message repeatedly display three times on the screen:media test failure, check cable.

Preferred Solution: unable to boot

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A: unable to boot

Ask the owner if it has happened before. Don't worry about being blamed. It's probably related to their CMOS settup.

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Win 7x64
Everything seems to be working fine, but as the title suggests, when i tap F8 the Advanced boot options DO appear, but when i engage "Repair Windows" it just goes into a normal boot. Ive tried booting from my installation CD that i've purchased from Acer, but does nothing. And Yes My CD Drive is working, as well having this set as top priority in BIOS and CD is in good condition.

In addition to this, ive tried using the "Advanced Recovery options" from within Windows itself but when i go to click restart computer, i get an error message, with red-x, stating windows is unable to restart.

Additional info that may be relevant, is that a few months ago, i had a friend work on my computer, because windows wouldnt boot at all. When My laptop was returned to me, everything was fresh, but there was missing programs etc...He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

Anyway i appreciate any help as to what i should i do next, or answer any questions you may have-Thank-you!

A:Unable to access System Recovery in Boot Menu, and unable to boot disk

He said, he had to format the hard drive to get it up and running again.

What type of Windows DVD was used?

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Question Re: XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1.  if computer is no longer able to boot into Windows.
And Restore is not able to correct issue. 
And Refresh is unable to correct issue.
But Dell Backup and Recovery indicates no issues were found and now asks to Reinstall Operating System.
is Installation Restore/Original Image Media required to complete the Reinstallation usind Dell Backup and Recovery?
Alternatively if the Reset My PC option is used is Installation media required?

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When I try to start my laptop the 'Acer' logo flashes with 'press f2 to enter setup, f12 to change boot device, then to a black screen with a flashing cursor but unable to type, then screen turns off and it just repeats over and over. I'm unable to start in safe mode. I don't have the original Windows disc and no access to another computer, at this stage. I have a wireless keyboard and when I plug in the dongle am able to use it. 
If I press f2 then I'm able to access 'Phoenix Securecore Tiano Setup' with tabs for Information, Main, Security, Boot and Exit.
Before the laptop refused to start it was having an error about not being able to write to drive. I ran two programs, one anti malware and the other I think was Glary. I was able to start both in normal and safe mode at this stage.
Anyone have any ideas how to fix this? Dumbed down advice would be great! 
Acer Aspire 4752
Windows 7
Intel Core i3-2350m cpu @ 2.30ghz

A:Windows 7 Acer laptop unable to boot, unable to use safemode

It sounds like your HDD is broken.
Sorry, it really sounds that way.
Ultimate Boot CD has a range of tools that will help you confirm this. (look in the HDD Diagnosis section on the list)
Burn the disk and boot it, run the tool you choose...

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This morning I went to use my laptop and it is no longer booting.  The power will come on and the power button lights up, the keyboard lights up.  If I let it sit it will stop running after around 30 seconds to 1 minute.
If I click the power button after it started, I can hear the fans spin up then the system shut down.  I have ran the LCD test and it works.  Their is no boot screen at all or dell screen.
I updated the bios last week and I had run it since.  I also took the whole thing apart today to remove the bios battery for 1 minute and put it back together but it still does not run.
Is their a way to diagnose motherboard issues?  why would it not boot or is their more steps to look at?Thank you

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I accidently installed grub onto the seven boot partition. I can't boot into seven. It loads the ubuntu select os screen, I select WIndows 7 (Loader), and it justs goes back to the ubuntu select os.

Please can someone help?

I still have windows 7 installed, and I have full access to ubuntu.

A:Accidently installed grub onto windows 7 boot partiton. Unable to boot

To Remove Linux take look at this post:
Error 0xc0000225 on boot

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My pc (win 8, IE9, 64 bit) started behaving oddly suddenly before refusing to go any further now saying unable to find boot drive, please insert boot disk and press any key.
Is this terminal and have I lost all data on that pc? Will taking it to a pc wizard do any good?
I am in Australia
I hope someone can offer productive advice

A:Unable to find boot drive insert boot disk

I'm assuming that you are currently communicating from another computer.
Do you have the installation disk? If not, then the trip to the PC wizard sounds like a wise choice.
The data loss will depend on what is wrong and when you made your last backup. It could be very little to total.
Keep us posted

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Hello there,

I have a problem. I have a dual boot computer with Xp on C: and Win2k3 on D:

As my XP is behaving very weird lately, I intend to reinstall my C: again with XP again. But if I do so, my Win2K3 on D: will fail to start. I have done this experiment on a spare machine.

Does anyone know how I can reinstall XP on my C: and yet make sure that my Win2K3 still works well on my D: ?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Win2K3 unable to boot after installing WinXP as a dual boot

Yes. You need to restore the boot environment that was installed with Windows 2003 server. Its more up to date than the one that was installed with XP, and is capable of booting both, whereas the older XP one you now have can only boot XP and not 2003.

I believe you will be able to get round this:

Install XP.

Backup your boot.ini file.

Boot from your Windows 2003 CD and begin an installation.

After the text based stage, where the files are copied to the hard drive, STOP THE INSTALLATION BEFORE THE GRAPHICAL STAGE, AND DON'T FORMAT!!!! You can do this by booting from the Windows 2003 CD instead of the HDD.

Then, boot from the Windows 2003 CD into recovery console, and rename your old boot.ini file as the new one.

Basically, you are wanting the Windows 2003 installation program to write its boot environment to the HDD again, but not to reinstall the OS.

You get around this in future by installing OSes in the order they were released, from the oldest to the newest, so that the following would be installed in this order:

Windows 95
Windiws 98
Windows NT 4
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows 2003

I hope this helps. Sorry if this is a little vague but its early in the morning. Post back if you still have questions, but I've encountered this problem many times and that was how I fixed it. I don't recall fixboot or fixmbr from the recovery console helping.

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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

A:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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I own a HP Pavilion Tablet with Vista Business. I haven't noticed it until just recently that the CD-ROM drive disappeared off device manager. In an attempt to remedy the problem (hoping it was a software problem), I do what I usually do: rstrui. When recent restore dates didn't work, I turned the clock back the oldest state I had, which was back in late September. Next thing I knew, it wouldn't boot properly. It would pass the initial stage but would eventually end up on a blank screen. However, the cursor is visible (and movable). I can't progress through this point. BIOs is unreachable and it cannot boot from CD. I am unsure as to how to proceed from here. Any help would be appreciated, thank you.

A:Unable to Boot; Unable to detect CD

First and foremost, read your manual as to how to do a system recovery. There will be a key or key combo to hit when powering up like F11 or whatever. This starts the system recovery.

Note many of these will overwrite ALL data on the drive. If there is info you need ie work files, data files, etc; I would pull the drive and slave it to a working system. Copy whatever data you need. Reinstall the drive and do the recovery.

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hey guys,

i m having a hardware error,on my windows vista...recently due to battery problem.. i had to do alot of restarts during the windows was being loaded.... and after one point it stopped ... so what happens is the bar keeps on comming and .... after one point is kinda freezes.. and if i try to go via safe mode... it stops after one particular file...hangs
on trying to reinstall... it hangs ..when it says press any key to install from this disk"...

so i believe my hardisk might have been corupted..and also.. ido hear strange noises from hardisk at startup....(screeching noise.. 3 to 4 times )... otherwise... when i put the other hardisk...my computer is fine

for information: it is vista genuine. with 4 gb ram and 100gb hardisk.... intel centrino.

also i dont get any kind of error.that i can tell you about!!

A:hardware error!unable to start,boot, or do anything on boot up

Sounds like the Hard drive is having problems....you should not hear that type of noise from the Hard drive.

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The problem about which I'm posting is with a Gateway 820gm XP Media Center 2005 PC. Some background information on the state of this PC before the incident:The system's main hard drive died last week (no mystery, I dropped the friggin' thing), so I recently put in a new HD and reinstalled the operating system. After many hours downloading all of the Windows Service Packs and other updates (the most recent of which was the Office 2007 Compatibility Pack), the PC was finally back up and running, and was doing so quite smoothly.I typically leave my PC on overnight and use an alarm clock program to wake myself up. When I awoke to my cell phone alarm instead, I noticed the usual signs of a power outage. (12:00 blink on microwave, stereo, etc.) Naturally, I switched on my computer. Then...The computer began to boot as normal and prompted me for the boot password, which it took as expected. It then continued to the usual Windows splash screen that precedes the Welcome Screen or the Desktop (depending on user settings). However, after the Windows splash screen, my monitors remained blank. After several minutes and, wondering if this was just a display failure, I began to take actions that would normally result in sound output (activating Windows Media Center, keying Shift 5 times for the StickyKeys beep, etc.) No result. I tested the "sleep" button on my keyboard which also yielded no result. I then did a hard reboot. Once more, I entered the boot pa... Read more

A:Unable to boot/incomplete boot after power outage

Only a question do you run a battery backup or just a power strip? It is possible that you got hit with a mild surge, only a guess!


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Having problem with son's HP desktop.  When it boots, press the Esc key, get a boot menu. But ... unable to select ANY of the items.  Keyboard is not recognized when in this menu. Tried several different keyboards -- same symptoms on all. Also, despite having the CD/DVD device first in the boot order, when have bootable CD or DVD in the drive, see the text come up to press a key to boot from that device, but it does not boot from the disk, instead it puts up a message about booting from the system -- and once again, the keyboard(s) appear to be nonfunctional at this point. Product number: XX094AV Looked on the HP site to see if there is a BIOS update, but there is no BIOS listed. Could use some help on this. thanks

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Dear All,

My computer has been infected with a Boot.TidServ.B virus.

Norton Recovery Tool has detected it, but can't fix it. Is Norton Power Eraser likely to be able to kill this kind of virus? What other options are available? NB the computer can't boot up, including in Safe Mode, so any solution would have to be run from CD/DVD ROM.

I've done a bit of research and come across an application called "TDSSkiller" from Kaspersky - is this likely to work? Note that, again, it would have to be run-able from CDROM.

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Boot.TidServ.B virus on computer, unable to boot

dantilley & MarrzlHello and to the BC forums.Please sit tight and be patient.I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in un-bootable computers respond to your topic.Thank you.

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In my hard-disk i have total 4 partition ©:windows, (D):data, (E):HP Recovery Manager and (F):Windows 7. Therefore Initial Stage where Windows Boot Manager loads i use to get two option whether want to load from windows 7 or Windows vista.

But some few days back my pc were infected with trojon, etc. Then i used HP Recovery Manager to restore my PC to default factory settings. After re-installing Windows Vista from the Recovery manager, I reconize that i am unable to boot to my Windows 7. I think Boot Manager has been disturbed. If i place Windows 7 DVD then windows files load and then hangs for few mins and then message displays that
"Windows has encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.
This error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device such as an external USB drive while the device is in use, or by faulty hardware such as a hard drive or CD-ROM drive that is failing. Make sure any removable storage is properly connected and then restart your computer.
If you continue to receive this error message, contact the hardware manufacturer.
Status: 0xc00000e9
Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred."

I dint Attach any removable storage to my pc.

I have tried EasyBCD 2.1, but installation stops in middle and program exits without installing it.

Therefore how to boot from Windows 7 and fix the Boot Manager, where i can load in both the windows version.

So can anyone help with it as soon as possible, bec... Read more

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Hey all.
This is probably the biggest problem i've encountered with windows ever and i actually suspect its my hardware but not sure how to prove it and what step to take next if it is.

I have w7 installed on a SSD 64gig (C ) and most of my apps/games etc on a standard 1tb HDD (E )

The problem:
-as of yesterday, on starting the computer, windows 7 fails to boot, it goes to the w7 splash screen for about 15secs and then the monitor flickers off and the system restarts. W7 then gives the option to start normally or in repair mode.
-I've gone through repair mode now and tried both the startup repair (9 times, it finds no specific problem),
-the system restore, which lists 3 possible restore points (each one says success but then the same loop as above occurrs anyway)
-Ive also tried the bootrec commands via the command prompt available in system recovery.
-When i try to boot in with safe mode it goes black with a cursor and stops there
-when i try to boot via the dvd, it loads the windows background and cursor and stops there.
-In safe mode via the dvd it loads black screen and the 'safe mode' text in each corner and white cursor and stops there.

so at the moment i can't actually even do a repair or even clean reinstall via the disc which is pretty disturbing.
I've also tried chckdsk and used chkdsk /fix. this did report problems on the C drive and the /f run did say it corrected things on the ssd but still i am unable to load or boot via safe/system recover or ev... Read more

A:Win7 boot failure, DVD unable to reinstall/boot


All these symptoms point to a hardware issue to me as well. In particular, the part about the monitor flickering off draws my attention, because I wonder if it is a video card problem.

Do you have another graphics card you can use? If you are using a real video card, use the onboard graphics to test with if you have them.

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When I start the machine (XP Pro), it wonít boot in any mode. Going via F2 I can get to boot from CD but I donít have an XP recovery CD for the machine as it was an OEM with pre-installed XP (Tried a friendís XP Pro Recovery disc but it just gets me to Unmountable Boot Volume)

Have run Ubuntu (which works) and have recovered my files but would like to recover the XP OS if possible. Is there any way I can use Ubuntu to recover (as the HDD is obviously ok). Sorry havenít got any info re the machine apart from its a Toshiba U400.

Any thoughts would be really appreciated

A:Solved: Unable to boot XP - Unmountable Boot Volume

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Hi there!
My samsung laptop is unable to boot and it is showing an error 0xc0000001 ( you will need to use the recovery tools on your installation media). I don't have any recovery tool and I am unable to boot in any mode. I have also tried to install a new OS but no external media is working. Please help me.

A:Inaccesible boot device, Unable to boot in any mode.

welcome to the forum

first to unplug usbs, battery and power if plugged in. press the start button and hold for 30 secs. replace power, battery and reboot.

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So I recently got some laptop parts to upgrade my laptop with from my friend who had the same model. Everything was working until I switched the harddrive (Big mistake). I thought since the model of laptops was the same, it could just be swapped in, but I was wrong and now I can't completely bootup my laptop with either drives. (I'm currently trying my fixes on my original drive)

On a restart after it downloaded some drivers, the device scanned the harddrive for consistency which deleted a few things. Since then it is mostly unable to boot (there have been a few times that it booted up but they are few and eventually they shut itself back down) and throws me in a bootloop even after I switched the original harddrive back in. I can boot it up successfully into safemode and use my windows recovery disc to boot up my laptop but neither of those are permanent fixes.

I've tried using the built in startup repair multiple times but it says it is unable to fix the problem. Looking at the logs of the scan, it says the root of the problem is a corrupt system volume disk.

I've also tried using system restore to earlier time but no luck. I've tried last known good configuration but didn't work.

I've tried performing a chkdsk function which was not able to fix the problem.

I've tried using bootrec. one of the functions showed that I had 0 windows installed. looking up and following the /rebuildbcd function from the microsoft site I fixed that problem so that it shows ... Read more

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My hard drive will not boot without using a bootable CD to reference the Windows partition.

When I power on my computer, the BIOS POST displays, then a black screen with a blinking cursor (_) in the top left appears. Nothing happens after this, no error messages or anything.

Current Workaround
I can place Hiren's BootCD (Hiren's BootCD 15.1 - All in one Bootable CD ? www.hiren.info) into the drive, and allow the computer to boot to this CD. Once it is booted, I can scroll down to the menu option "Boot from Disc 0, Partition 2", and the Windows 7 install on my C:\ drive will boot like it should.

BackgroundThe drive originally shipped with Partition 1 as a 10gb recovery/restore partition, and Partition 2 is where Windows 7 was installed.
At some point, the recovery partition had data on it accidently deleted, rendering it useless.
Ubuntu was installed as dual-boot with Windows 7. This shrunk partition 2 (Windows 7), and added partition 3 (200gb) and partition 4 (50gb) for Ubuntu. It then booted to a GRUB bootloader which had Windows 7 as the last option on the list.
Uninstallation of Ubuntu. I used the methods shown at this link: The Non-Geek?s Guide To Safely Uninstall Ubuntu From A Dual-Booting MachinePartitions 1, 3, and 4 were deleted using EASUS Partition Manager in Windows.
Partition 2 (Windows 7) was moved to the beginning of the hard drive and enlarged to use the entire disc using Disk Management utility.
EasyBCD was started to... Read more

A:MBR/BCD Missing/Invalid Unable to boot without Boot CD

Hi Foxnet.
Welcome to sevenforums
Can you provide us your screenshot of your listed partition on disk management
just like mine

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Hello all,

First-of-all, thank you for reading this thread...any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.

I have a Dell Dimension 8400 (circa 2006?). Not used very often. New 1 TB hdd placed approximately 1 year ago. Since it was still running slow (about 6 months ago) with occasional BSOD, took it in to local "tech guy" who added some RAM, "cleaned things up", and replaced XP Home with XP Pro....

Since then, it has been working OK (minor problems not worth mentioning here)...only used for Quicken, Rhapsody, and very light internet surfing...NO questionable websites...have ZoneAlarm firewall and AVAST antivirus...

PROBLEM showed up last night...BSOD...on rebooting, following message comes up...
The instruction at "0x77c47e9f" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read".

Click on OK to terminate the program
Click on CANCEL to debug the program
Regardless of which option I choose, the computer offers the same message again once or twice. After 8 to 10 minutes, my normal desktop appears. Unfortunately, there is no START or Taskbar. Whether I do anything or not, after 2 to 3 minutes, I get the following message...
System is shutting down...initiated by NT.AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

Windows must now restart because the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) service terminated unexpectedly.
I read that I should do the following ....reboot and press F8...I was given alternative reboot options...c... Read more

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When i boot up my computer it doesnt reach the user login screen before it loads of startup repair. It looks for a fix but it doesnt find one. In the diagnosis the only error it shows is 'Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt'. I have booted kaspersky repair disk and run a full scan which found no viruses or malware etc. From the startup repair window i have tried a system restore which had the same problem when attempting to boot. I can only access the system recovery options screen.

I am running windows 7 32bit, and i dont have a windows 7 disk but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7.

I would be grateful for any help to resolve this issue.

Thanks in advance.

A:Unable to boot into Windows 7: Boot critical file C:\Windows\system32\drivers\vmbus.sys is corrupt

but do have the windows 7 32bit iso file that i used to install windows 7
so burn the win7 iso to dvd and see if you can boot to it and run the repair

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I had this system which was working for a year, till now i had problem unable to make the monitor working.
It is a similar problem with this thread a year back,


Basically, my cpu is able to boot into windows, ( by hearing the sounds and so on ),
however my monitor is in sleep mode.
I cant access anything right from dos since i cant see anything.

I had tried replace VGA cable and monitor, but it didnt work.
below is the spec of my computer.

19" samsung monitor
Winfast PX 7600 GT (used a DVI > VGA convertor )
AMD dual-core 64x2 3800+
ASUS board, forgot wad is the model. ( No integrated graphic port )
2 gig ram


A:Unable to boot monitor at boot up

The video card may be bad. Swap it out with another to test

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About 3 days ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and though I would XP on this same HDD rather than my seperate one the installed Linux Mint. So I installed it in this order - Windows 7, XP and Linux Mint

Rather than using the Linux boot menu because it showed me Windows 7 twice rather than Windows 7 and XP So I used EasyBCD in Windows XP and added XP to find the drive its self and linux as well. Linux and windows 7 I can boot ok but when I choose the option for XP it just goes to a black screen no windows loading screen or anyhing just a black screen.

Does any have ides with this for me?

A:Triple boot unable to boot XP

My first view of this is that you failed to check the box in EasyBCD
Run EasyBCD.
NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows 7 boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list.

9. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Add New Entry button. (See screenshot below)A) In the top section under Operating Systems, click on the Windows tab. (See screenshot below)
​B) To the right of Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 from the drop down menu. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: Be sure to leave the Automatically detect correct drive box checked.

C) To the right of Name, you can leave the default Microsoft Windows XP as the name to be displayed in the Windows Boot Manager, or you can type whatever name you would like to have instead. (See screenshot below)
​D) Click on the Add Entry button. (See screenshot below)

​10. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Bootloader Setup button, select (dot) the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR option, and click on the Write MBR button. (See screenshot below)
​11. Close EasyBCD.

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Hi all,

So I am trying to do a PXE boot for an HP 450 G4.
I tried to change some settings in the BIOS like enabling legacy support and disabling secure boot.
When I tried to do that, and then re-enter the BIOS to see if those settings were applied.
It went back to square one as if I did not request that change in the BIOS.
The settings will not stay as enabled, it goes right back to being disabled.
So I tried to disable every boot option to get the UEFI option unchecked and I have not been able to.
I even created a BIOS password but nothing.
When I changed the settings and rebooted the laptop, I got a code to enter and tried the network boot but every thing I tried carried me back to the setup screen.
Other laptops work with the network boot so its not an issue with the network boot (i think?).

I need this laptop to do the PXE boot, I do not know what else to do to get this thing to work.
Thanks for any assistance that can be provided.

A:Unable to do a PXE boot for HP 450 G4

PXE boot has nothing to do with UEFI. First your network adapter has to support PXE boot. Second, you need to change the boot order of the laptop to have the network adapter in question at the top of the list.

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Sorry if this is long... I've just want to make sure I include everything I need to.

I've got an Asus G51J Laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and the other day it randomly bluescreen'd. Figuring it was a simple crash, I didn't bother to remember the error, and I let it restart. But, when it tried to start back up, it couldn't.

I'm assuming the problem has to do with a corrupt/missing memtest.exe. Honestly, I can't remember how exactly I got to the screen where the computer said that (though, I assume I was doing something in Setup Menu) but it just said that Windows couldn't start due to a missing or corrupt file. Then some other words and then: "File: memtest.exe".
Everything below is what happens when I turn the computer on, as well as what I've all ready tried
When I turn on my computer it shows the Asus splash screen (with the logo and "Esc to Enter Popup Menu | F2 to Enter Setup Menu") and then goes into an error message that says:

Windows Error Recovery
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.
If windows files have been damaged or configured incorrectly, Startup Repair can help diagnose and fix the problem. If power was interrupted during startup, choose Start Windows Normally
(BUTTON: )Launch Startup Repair (recommended)
(BUTTON: )Start Windows Normally

I didn't think that'd be very helpful, but thought it was worth posting. Anyway, neither ... Read more

A:Unable to Boot OS

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Hi all,

i'm not sure if this is the right place to be posting, mostly because i dont know what the problem is exactly.

My computer is an Alienware Aurora running Windows 7 home premium. Was on the internet the other day when the computer just shutdown and when i attempted to restart it would only get so far before i was left hanging on a blank screen with the cursor flashing in the top left.

Normally when starting up the computer the first screen reached is the Alienware loading screen which shows the logo and options for;
-F2: Setup. -which takes you to the CMOS Setup Utility.
-F12: Boot Options. -which gives options for hard drive/cdrom/PSA/utility partition/system setup menu.
Everything is fine up until this point, these options seems to be working.

After this is normally followed by the windows login screen. However, am no longer able to reach this stage. Nor am i able to enter safe mode before i get this far and unable to doing anything but power down after.

Ran the PSA tests which found no problems, so tried switching out the harddrives to one from my old computer which was completely blank apart from having windows 7 on it. The computer started up like normal with no hint of problems. Which leads me to believe it is some sort of virus or malware problem. After putting back the non-working hd i tried running the windows7 disk that got with the computer in the hope there was some sort of repair feature but i was not presented with such an option, only to insta... Read more

A:Unable to boot up

Try booting with your 7 disk by pressing F12 and selecting CDROM, then run a Startup Repair as shown here :- http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-easily-repair-windows-7-boot-problems-using-startup-repair/

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I can only boot the laptop HP DV1000 XP SP2 in safe mode with or without networking.
How do I identify the discrepancy causing the laptop not to boot normally?

A:Unable to boot normally

You can start by unchecking things in msconfig (get to it by start button, run, msconfig, enter, startup tab) --- and see if it's a problem program.

If not, then it's probably a driver issue, safe mode loads only basic drivers.

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Hi all,

I was getting continious BSOD so i reinstalled XP on my desktop.
It worked fine for a while and now it's not booting up, it just gets stuck on the windows XP screen with the green line moving.
I tried using Ubuntu live CD and it worked completely fine, which makes me believe my hardware is fine.
Unable to understand the issue please help.

System Specs.
AMD Athlon? X2 7750 2.7 GHZ processor.
Gigabyte Motherboard with nvidia 6150SE onboard graphics card.
2 Gb kingston RAM
500 GB Seagate HDD.

A:Unable to Boot XP

Did you run a drive fitness test of the drive, zero wipe the drive and long format the drive before reinstalling windows?

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writes we apologise for the inconviniences in starting windows;this is may be as a result of windows not shutted down properl.''start windows normally''.

A:Unable to boot

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Recently I have been unable to get the BIOS to boot a CD first. All that happens is that, regardless of the priority I've set it at, it will just skip right ahead and boot Windows. There is no white text at the top saying 'Press any key to load from CD....' etc.

I cannot understand it.

I have three partitions on my HDD, one with Vista and the other with Vista, and I wanted a third with XP. Both my DVD and DVD RW drivers are working perfectly in Windows, there is nothing wrong with them - the DVD is on the Master IDE and the DVD RW is on the SATA 2.

Addtionally and probably directly related to this is the fact that up until recently I was able to choose which Windows partition to load, now there is no such option when I start up or restart the PC.

What has happened? I've tried fidling with the BIOS, even reset the damn thing to default settings, disabled every other boot device but the CD Drive option and nothing. Not even the F8 boot thing works. All it will do is just skip right ahead and load Windows.


Windows Vista 32bit (2 partitions, but unable to access one now)
ASUS Striker Extreme Mobo (latest BIOS version)
Samsung HD400LJ 400GB HDD
2x1024 MB PC8500 RAM

Soul destroying this, I want XP on this machine.

A:Unable to boot from CD.

upon the bios loading, try pushing F12...on most BIOS systems, it allows you to choose where you want to boot from.

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I use win xp home 2002 sp3, 2.8gz processor, 3gb ram. Zone Alarm Pro, Bit Defender anti-virus. When I turn the computer on the login screen shows up with the user accounts. I am unable to boot up using my login. When I boot up as administrator the computer boots right up. How can I fix this?

A:Unable to Boot Up

Do you get any error messages when you try to login? Create another user account and login. Whether you get the same result?

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I'm using an Asus VX1 laptop, running Windows XP w/ Service Pack 3. When I try to start up, it seems to fail and then retry. It has the same issue when I try it in Safe Mode, and with the "last known good configuration". When I try to start the Recovery Console, I get a blue screen (contents below). I haven't installed any new hardware or software since the last time I successfully started and I can't try the suggestions below since I can't even use Safe Mode.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Contents of blue screen:

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select Safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x89AF7850,0xC0000006,0x00000000,0x00000000)

A:Unable to Boot

Hi .Unmountable boot volume errors...are normally overcome by running the chkdsk /r command from the XP Recovery Console.Do you have an XP CD? Is the Recovery Console installed on your laptop?If not, you can search the Web and download an .iso of the XP Recovery Console.Then...burn that to CD, using a program for burning .iso files to CD.How to write a CD-DVD image or ISO - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/write-a-cd-dvd-image-or-iso/ Then...run the chkdsk /r command, following the instructions at How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk.Louis

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I was trying to fix a friends computer because it wouldn't connect to the internet...when my tech son came in and checked it all out and told us she would do well to do a restore or repair. So he started the restore and I am not sure what he did, but it really made it lots worse! LOL Now this is all I can get the computer to do:

first of all it is a Gateway NV73, 250 GB, AMD Anthlon IIx2 M300, 4GB Memory, Windows 7 Operating System

I DID insert the Windows 7 disk and try booting up from it but only get an error message.

When I try to boot up it starts to boot and looks like it is loading the files and drivers, then I get an error message "the computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected error. Windows installation cannot proceed. To install Windows, click OK to restart the computer, and then restart the installation." I get this EVERY time I try to boot up no matter what F keys I try. Is there anything I can do to get this computer running again? Do I just need to get a new hard drive?

I did try to come up in safe mode and safe mode with prompt...neither finished booting and I got the same error message again. I CAN get to the Utilities page and I tried to use the help page also, nothing I tried got me any further than the error message. I really think something major must have gotten deleted upon trying to do the restore. Now I just want to be able to do an install of the windows 7 disk. It will not even run the disk, the drive will run a... Read more

A:Unable to boot up at all....

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Hi, I have a HP dv7-6180-eb laptop with serial number 5CH1280LA7 that is unable to boot windows.It was working normal before, suddenly it stopped working. I have try'd booting in safe mode, i try'd inserting a installation cd from windows 7 to do a repair, but i'm not even getting on the screen to choose language. When i boot up normally and in safe mode he freeze always at the windows screen,and with the installation cd he keeps loading. I also try'd switching the hard drives at the motherboard, or leave one out but then he says he cannot acces the boot disk. Any help would be much appriciated   

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I am working on an Inspiron 3721 and am trying to boot to the USB Thumbdrive in UEFI mode. .I have turned off Secure Boot, disabled Legacy, Boot List Option set to <UEFI>.  I have added USB as a Boot Option .  The File Path System is "Acpi(PNP0A03,0)/Pci(1D10)/Usb(0, 0)/Usb(1, 0)/HD(part1,Sig3DDE4903).  The File Path is "F:/Isolinux/"  and I have tried "F:/Isolinux/BOOT".

What am I doing wrong?  The Thumbdrive is a bootable drive.
Thanks for any help ..

A:Unable to Boot to USB

What distribution and version of Linux ?  Only some very new releases support UEFI.  Most do not.

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A problem has been detected and Windows ah been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.


If his is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you might need.

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware, or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing . If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F6 to select advanced Startup Options, and then select safe Mode.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8124A818, 0xC0000032, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Yeah... Any hints?

Won't boot at all. Not LKGC or SM. Not at all.

A:Unable to boot.

try this:


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Hi, i cant boot from usb. there is a possibility bios to be locked?  When i go to BIOS-Configuration-Boot options there isnt USB option.if i go to the more options, there is diskete usb. even if i put this in the top of the list, nothing happen. Any idea? Thank you

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I was unable to start my computer (running Windows XP) in safe mode. I went to run--msconfig and then clicked boot in safe mode. Now my computer won't boot at all. It just keeps going in a circle. I turn it on. It says it can't start and gives me the option to start in safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, safe mode with network connection, or normal startup mode. Whichever option I choose it just comes back to this screen with these same options. Please help.


A:Unable to boot

d/load and run the hard drive makers diognostic utility on the hard drive
if it comes up clear boot into the recovery console and run
chkdsk /r

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Hi, i cant boot from usb. there is a possibility bios to be locked?  When i go to BIOS-Configuration-Boot options there isnt USB option.if i go to the more options, there is diskete usb. even if i put this in the top of the list, nothing happen. Any idea? Thank you

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I have been unable to get the Windows OS to boot on this system after several months successfully running it on this platform.  After an interrupted reset, the recovery partitions are empty and using the F11 recovery routine returns errors and does not work.  I believe I need to reimage the whole diskback to factory  at this point.  Is there a simple way to do this?  My other option is to go to DOS (which still comes up) and use DISKPART to wipe the disks and reload the OS from a USB (which does not work right now - the USB is not recognized as the system walks down through the boot options - I have even raised the USB to priority one in the boot list).  Any advice would be very helpful. W2

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Recently my computer has become infected with a virus called W32.sality or something like that. On advice from another forum, I have been trying to reformat my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP. So, I put the installation disc in my CD drive, but instead of prompting me to start the setup, the computer instead started Windows normally. I then restarted my computer, and pressed F12 to bring up the Boot Menu. After telling it to boot from the CD, it continued normally, before bringing up a message saying, 'Boot from CD/DVD : '. After that, it started up Windows again. I restarted the computer again, and then tried going into the BIOS setup. I set my first boot device to the CD drive, only to get the same result as last time. Finally, I tried setting all 3 boot devices to the CD drive, but it still wouldn't boot from the CD.

I haven't had any problems with my CD drive, and it reads the disk fine - I tried installing Windows after the computer had booted from the hard drive, but it won't reinstall Windows since the version on my hard drive is newer than the one on the CD.

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Hello forums!

My desktop is currently unable to boot up. I started on wednesday when the screen started displaying patches of blue pixels all over the screen whilst playing a PC game (fallout 3). I could not exit the game, and after pressing some keys the computer beeped at totally froze (unable to move mouse). I had to reset the computer from then on to turn it off if this happened. On thursday, my computer would not boot up, instead it would display this:

I have tried cleaning the inside of my computer, in case the massive amount of dust in there was causing soime sort of trouble, which it had a couple months ago. I don't know much about hardware, so i hope you can help me. i've got some important files on there, so i would really appreciate it if you could assist me in getting this thing up and running again!
Thanks in advace techguys!

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I get this message on startup from my 64-bit vista pc:

"Windows failed to start..." and then the standard options (safe mode, start normally, etc)

No matter what option I choose, the next page is always the same.

"Windows failed to start...

If you do not have this disk, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

File: \windows\suystem32\config\system

Status: 0xc0000014c

Info: windows failed to load because the system registry file is missing, or corrupt."

I have a manufacturers' recovery disk but the cd-drive isn't functioning.

How can I boot the recovery disk (or an .iso of it?) from a USB drive?

A:Unable to boot from USB

Hi, this is by far the best tutorial on this subject:-

How To Make and Use a Bootable WinPE Drive : USB Flash Drives

Once you get to the RE you will need to access the cmd prompt and :-

Enter the following commands to fix the issue.
We need to determine what OS the RE assigned a drive letter to (not always C) so at the x sources prompt type:- bcdedit |find ?osdevice? press enter (use the returned OS drive letter in the following cmds (assume C:).

(press enter after each command)
cd windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config>ren default default.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren sam sam.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren security security.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren software software.old
C:\windows\system32\config>ren system system.old

C:\windows\system32\config>cd regback

C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy default c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy sam c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy security c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy software c:\windows\system32\config
C:\windows\system32\config\regback>copy system c:\windows\system32\config

Restart computer.

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I have Windows XP.It gave a blue screen and an error message everytime i opened the computer. sometimes it restarts by itself. But now it won't boot at all and i cant on the computer. i will appreciate your advice very much. Thankyou.

A:unable to boot

What was the error message?
Do the fans and CDRom activate when you try to start the PC?
Have you checked your power to the PC is working correctly?
Can you access the bios?

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Eee PC 1025c
Windows 7 starter + Ubuntu 10.04

Yesterday the notebook was working properly. I turned it off the way it's written in the books and everything seemed OK. But this morning when I tried to power it up, the Asus logo appeared, then Atheros boot agent, Asus logo again, and finally black screen with a horizontal blinking white cursor. It keeps blinking for about a minute, then reboots. I tried booting a Ubuntu live USB that I know works and has never given me errors, but now I got "aufs mount failed no space left on /root". I am starting to think it's either the HDD or the motherboard failing. Any ideas? What soul happen overnight when the notebook wasn't even being used?

A:Unable to boot

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