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Can't Recover from HDD Crash on Lenovo g505

Q: Can't Recover from HDD Crash on Lenovo g505

I have three Lenovo g505 laptops, all running Windows 8.1 (originally factory loaded with Windows 8.0). One for me, one for my son and one for my daughter. My son's HDD crashed unexpectedly. He didn't have any critical data on his computer, I chose to create a Recovery USB (w/ partitions) from my daughters computer and do a "fresh start" on his computer. Part 1When I tried to use the Recovery USB on my son's computer, the system could see the USB drive in terms of Start Up order, but it could not find the USB drive to obtain the recovery/partition data. The system prompted me to search for the Recovery data, but it did not give me the USB drive as an option. Below are the current BIOS settings on my son's computer: BIOS Version: 82CN15WW(v1.02)Windows License: WIN8 STD MLT CONFIGURATIONWireless EnabledSATA Controller Mode AHCIPower Beep DisabledSVM suppoertr DisabledBIOS Back Flash Disabled SECURITYNo admin, user or HDD passwordsSecure Boot EnabledSecure Boot Status EnabledPlatform Mode User ModeSecure Boot Mode StandardReset to Setup Mode [Enter]Restore Factory Keys [Enter] BOOTBoot Mode UEFIUSB Boot [Enabled]PXE Boot to LAN [Disabled]EFI DVD/CDROM (Mat**bleep**a DVED-RAM UJ8D1) Part 2:I took the computer down to the Microsoft store today to get help with the installation of Windows on the new HDD. Instead of messing with the Recovery USB, the guy just gave me a Windows 8.1 installation CD and told me to just put the disk in the CD drive and start up the computer and "everything will go automatically...." Obviously, since I'm writing this post, that isn't working either. I when I try to start the computer with the Windows CD, the system prompts me to "Hit any key to start from the CD." Then I get the following error message: RECOVERYThe PC needs to be repaired.Required devices are not connected or cannot be foundError Msg # 0xc0000185 Questions:1) Am I doing something horribly wrong or missing something here?2) When I try the Recovery USB option, the system does give me an option to look for the recovery data on the CD drive. Should I try putting the Recovery information on a CD or DVD?3) If I go with the Microsoft method of installing new software, should I be trying to load Windows 8.0 (as originally configured from the factory) and then upgrade to Windows 8.1? I greatly appreciate any help that I can get. David

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A: Can't Recover from HDD Crash on Lenovo g505

Hi david28116,

Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!

Please set these parameters inside BIOS

Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Win7 OS or Other OS

When finished, hit Load default settings (just right above it) then set these additional settings:

Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled

Boot Tab:
Boot Mode = Legacy
Boot Priority = Legacy First
USB Boot = Enabled

Now Press F10 to save and exit

Now Insert your USB, Turn the computer OFF.
Turn it back on and start tapping F12
You should now have your USB as an option.

Hope this helps

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Hello everyone, Since about five days ago, everytime I turn on my laptop, it starts normally. It goes into the black-background lenovo startup with a white loading symbol. Then, after maybe 5 rotations of the dots in the loading symbol, it freezes. It does not progress into starting up. At this point, I usually turn off my laptop by holding the power button. If I don't turn it off myself, it turns off automatically a few minutes later.  Every 2 or 3 times I turn on my computer, instead of the loading symbol, it turns into a "Preparing Automatic Repair" mode. I have seen the loading symbol for this mode but then it disappears and nothing happens and it turns off automatically after ten minutes or so. I've seen the same solution that help others with the same problem which is to take out the DVD from the laptop. I did this and my problem has not changed.  edit: g500 to g505

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Hello everyone, Since about five days ago, everytime I turn on my laptop, it starts normally. It goes into the black-background lenovo startup with a white loading symbol. Then, after maybe 5 rotations of the dots in the loading symbol, it freezes. It does not progress into starting up. At this point, I usually turn off my laptop by holding the power button. If I don't turn it off myself, it turns off automatically a few minutes later.  Every 2 or 3 times I turn on my computer, instead of the loading symbol, it turns into a "Preparing Automatic Repair" mode. I have seen the loading symbol for this mode but then it disappears and nothing happens and it turns off automatically after ten minutes or so. I've seen the same solution that help others with the same problem which is to take out the DVD from the laptop. I did this and my problem has not changed.  edit: g500 to g505

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On my G505 my DVD drive is not working. I can hear it is starting, but nothing happend. what is the problem

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I am currently using Lenovo G505 with USB 3.0 problem with Win 10. It seems that (usb xhci compliant host controller) this device cannot start and it says code 10 I have rebooted the computer as well

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i bought this Lenovo G505 about a year and a half ago and for the most part i love it, it does everything i need it to do within reason. but i have had one nagging problem with it the whole time and up until today i blamed it on different size sticks and memory speeds, but today I bought brand new corsair select DDR3L 1600mhz memory 2x8gb (16gb). sadly the problem still exists.it seems that no matter what stick of ram is in the second slot, that while the bios recognizes the total, and windows claims to recognize the total, the second stick is not USABLE memory. please view the photo to see exactly what i am referring to. I have tried a multitude of different operating systems (win 7,8,8.1,10, countless linux distros) all give me the same problem. I would REALLY like to know how to fix this problem as currently having 16gb of memory and only 7.45 usable is heartbreaking...

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A:Lenovo G505 RAM Confusion

Hi  3razar3,Can you check if windows is using the half of the memory as hardware reserve? To check this open up Resource Monitor from Taskmanager. If you see that your missing memory is being reserved  for hardware do the following steps. Open msconfig - > click on Boot - > Advanced options - > untick maximum memory, restart the system. Hope this helps. Cheers,

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Hi,I have a g505 with 4G RAM and I wanted to upgrade to 12.I bought a 8 G crucial RAM , one that was recommended by the crucial website after doing a scaner of my computer. When I put it in the second slot the computer just don't start, goes black. http://eu.crucial.com/ProductDisplay?displayCompatibleLogo=1&urlRequestType=Base&catalogId=10152&pro... Crucial 8GB DDR3L-1866 SODIMM Upgrade for: Lenovo Lenovo G505Crucial part number: CT4548924Brand: CrucialTotal Capacity: 8GBWarranty: Limited LifetimeSpecs: DDR3 PC3-14900 ? CL=13 ? Unbuffered ? NON-ECC ? DDR3-1866 ? 1.35V ? 1024Meg x 64 ?Series: CrucialForm Factor: SODIMM  Here is the ram that works, the original.  What I do wrong?What can I do? Thanks.

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Can I upgrade CPU in my Lenovo g505 (AMD E1-2100)? If so, what model? And so besides. Can I upgrade RAM by adding one more 4GB ram module?

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Hi, I seem to have lost my dvd driver since the upgrade to windows 10. At first the driver was hidden in device manager and the drive wasn't recognised. Now it has gon completely. I had a microsoft tech remotely alter my registry but no joy. Does anyone know if there is an updated dvd drive i can download compatible with windows 10 or if anywhere to reinstall the original drive? thanks

A:lenovo g505 dvd driver

Hi there, did you ever find a soution to this?Thanks

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                Hi, I have G505 59379534 with 8.1 64 bit OS. It is out of warranty. Till a few months, DVD drive was working allright. But now, even after inserting DVD or CD, I am getting insert a disk message. No CD or DVD is getting detected. Also sometimes during start up, some sort of crackling sound is observed to be originating from DVD slot. Help in this regard is requested.

A:Lenovo G505 DVD drive not working

Hi Arm-1969,  
Welcome to the Forums  
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue the DVD not working in your Lenovo G505 laptop.
Check with bootable DVD, does the DVD is detected in BIOS?
To resolve this issue, remove the affected filter drivers.
To do this, click on Start,  type regedit in the search box, then click on regedit in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, key in your password or click continue.
Locate, and then click the following registry subkey: hkey_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\control\class\{4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}
Note that there could be several instances of the registry subkey that is mentioned in the above step so make sure that you are in the appropriate registry subkey before modifying the upperfilters and the lowerfilters values.
To verify that you are in the appropriate registry subkey, make sure that the default data value is
DVD/ CD-Rom and the class data value is CDrom.
In the right panel, right-click upperfilters , and then click delete . Click yes to confirm the removal of the upperfilters registry entry. In the right panel, right-click lowerfilters , and then click delete . Click Yes to confirm the removal of the lowerfilters registry entry... Read more

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Hi there, My Lenovo G505 is not booting anymore. I had wanted to scan my laptop with Kaspersky Rescue CD, and therefore, I wanted the laptop to boot from the CD. So, I searched for how to boot the laptop from CD, and I followed the solution provided in this thread by Solid_Cruver: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-P-Y-and-Z-series/Lenovo-Z500-BIOS-legacy-support/m-p/1124815/hig... As written in that post, I first booted to BIOS Setup, then under Exit, I changed the "OS Optimized Defaults" to "Other OS". I then hit F9 to load defaults. Then, under BIOS, I changed to Legacy boot and Legacy first... both options that are shown one below the other. After that I saved the BIOS setup and exited. After that when the laptop boots, it just keeps showing Lenovo on the screen, and under that the dotted circle keeps on spinning, and nothing else happens. After waiting for a while, I turned power off by pressing the power off button for a while. Then, I pressed the Nova button, but no display comes up, but the light for power remains on. Again, nothing happened there too. Just a black screen, even no blinking cursor, or any kind of display. After waiting a while, I pressed the power button, and laptop powered off. How do I get to the Nova screen, or get the computer to boot? Or, how to just set the BIOS setup again to what it was before? This isn't my laptop, but of my friend, and I don't want it to go bad :/. Please ... Read more

A:Lenovo G505 unable to boot

OK, I tried again after power off on the Lenovo screen. I then pressed the Nova screen, and this time, the display was there (phew), and I got the options for the Nova screen. I went into BIOS, and I changed the options for "OS Optimized Defaults" to "Win8 64-bit", and in BIOS, changed to UEFI. I saved the settings, and exited. But still, the computer is not able to boot. It again shows the screen with Lenovo written and the dotted circle keeps spinning. What else do I have to do to get the laptop to boot normally from the OS? Under the BIOS settings, I noted that Secure Boot was Enabled, but the Secure Boot Status was Disabled. The laptop isnt booting because of this setting? How do I get the Secure Boot Status to Enabled, and how do I get the computer to boot normally from the OS on the HDD?

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I have read other reviews and it seems to be saying that the fan cannot be controlled other than trying to change to power saving mode....I was wondering if anyone else has had the issue where the fan runs full speed from the instant it is turned on, to once its turned off. It never stops running.Is there a fix for this? And does anyone know how much roughly the cost of fixing this is and if its worth it?Thanks!

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I am becoming increasingly frustrated with my Lenovo G505. It has failed to connect to wireless since I purchased it. When in warranty it was sent away on a couple of occasions for 'repair'. However it continues to show connected, but then drops to limited every minute or so. Its been locked away for the last few months due the above frustrations, but wanting to work from home I thought I'd give it one more try. I have browsed a number of topics,but have not had much success. Is anyone able to point me in the direction of a possible known fix? Hoping Lenovo can restore my faith. 

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Hello I can not find my Lenovo G505 Virtualization Please Help How to Open the Lenovo G505 virtualization ?

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From the official site downloaded the updates for the BIOS version 2.04, and was 3.00, now downloaded version 3.00 when you install fixed it secure flash invalid firmware image error what to do ?

A:Lenovo G505 Bios update

Hi Tony,         
Welcome to Lenovo Forums.
We are really sorry to hear about the issue you are facing.
You can go to the bios and disable secure boot. Save and exit. Try to install the update again.
Hope this helps.
Shashi Kumar
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My lenovo G505 laptop has an AMD A6 processor which, after researching, is compatable with VT. However, when accessing the BIOS I'm unable to find an option to enable it. Any help is much appreciated

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 I suffer from 1 year. I downloaded a lot of different drivers.several times reinstalled windowssafter installing windows in my Device Manager, there is a Standard VGA Graphics Adapter and unknown video devicewhen I try to install vga drivers from the Lenovo site, or from the AMD site, both graphics card become with the error icon- Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems. (Code 43)Catalyst does not see the video card with an error if I'm disable in the BIOS a discrete video card everything is OK.as soon as I'm in the BIOS to turn on an external video card in the device manager both cards an error. I tried to put the first driver on the onboard video card and then on the outside. nothing helps. please help me before I killed myself.

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I purchased a Lenovo G505 laptop for my Girlfriend back in 10-01-13, I purchased it with a exstended 1 year warranty,, but anyways, she likes to play Sim3 ALOT, and i mean ALOT, which isnt a graphically heavy game for a A6 APU 4 GB of DDR 3 Ram, but i know that the game takes ALOT of resources for some reason, but i notcied while she was playing it it takes nearly a half hour for her game to load before she can start playing, So i decided to upgrade her RAM and HDD, to a SSD and 16 GB of Ram, which brought her APU shared graphics memeory from 256 to 512 ( which to me seems pretty low but from what i could tell there is no way to change that, I was hoping for atleast 1gb), all said and done, her game boots up pretty fast now, only takes about 10 minutes, which is great, but since the upgrade, her laptop has started to get really hot, which this laptop usually stayed pretty cool, I even Dust it out regularly with a can of air, and keep it pretty dust free. she keeps the laptop closed on top of the TV stand and uses the HDMI cable and a wireless keyboard and mouse, and plays on a TV, for on the couch expeirance, but since then we have had to invest in 2 fans, 1 laptop fan with a 140 mm that runs at 1600 rpm, and a small window fan that sits on the CD drive side of the laptop to help blow any hot air lingering AWAY from the laptop ( dont want it facing the side vent, due to the fan pushing hot air out, and ruin the fan, and fighting with its sell to keep it cool), and still it ov... Read more

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Hi, I was trying to replace the LCD cable on my G505 laptop but I was unable to find out how to access the motherboard. Any ideas on how to go about doing this is much appreciated!

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Lenovo g505 switchable graphics problem.I try any version of windows but tha problem still working.When i activated uma graphics from bios i use just integrated graphics hd   8400?

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Spoiler (Highlight to read)Lenovo G505 Laptop showing "Preparing for automatic repair" taking forever Lenovo G505 Laptop showing "Preparing for automatic repair" taking forever  Hi my problem is the screen just shows "Lenovo preparing automatic repair" it shows for approximately 5 minutes then the screen goes black but backlight on nothing is written it runs for 6 hours not showing anything

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Hello All... I got Lenovo G505 as gift from someone which has 2Gb ram, 1Ghz CPU with 64 bit windows 8... I didn't like Windows 8 so wanted to install Win 7 from USB, so i prepared Win7 usb with PowerIso and tried to change bios to boot from usb, there i got puzzled as it was different than normal bios so i searched and changed UEFI into Legacy Mode which made laptop boot from usb so i formatted hard drive in the set up as i was pretty confident the process would go smoothly but it said,"Windows can not be installed on this disk, The selected disk is of GPT Partition Style"... Searched brought me here where i started following RUFUS tutorial to make usb but as i clicked START after doing in initial steps, it game me following error...
Pardon me if my question is lengthy but i can't proceed without help now as my head is spinning.. Thanks

A:Windows 7 from usb to Lenovo G505; Rufus Error...

Try making the USB with the windows 7 USB tool from Microsoft Store

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Hello. I have bought Lenovo g505 and installed Win7 Ultimate SP1.The left two USB 3.0 ports are not working.I couldn't find drivers for it.Please help.   


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A:Lenovo G505 usb 3.0 ports not working Win7

hi Zhenisbekd,
Welcome to Lenovo Community Forums!
It could be one of the two Devices Lenovo used to include.
Just to make sure of this,
Get the Hardware ID under of the USB under Device Manager
and paste it back here.
Best Regards
Solid Cruver

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   Hi, I have G505 laptop. I've had it for 4 years and the DVD drive has worked all that time. However, it has now stopped working. When I insert a DVD or CD they do not play, and when I look at the DVD drive it states that no DVD is detected. Does anyone know a solution for this? Thanks

A:Lenovo G505 DVD Disc drive not recognised

Check with bootable DVD, does the DVD is detected in BIOS? To resolve this issue, remove the affected filter drivers. To do this, click on Start,  type regedit in the search box, then click on regedit in the Programs list. If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, key in your password or click continue. Locate, and then click the following registry subkey:hkey_local_machine\system\currentcontrolset\control\class\{4d36e965-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318} Note that there could be several instances of the registry subkey that is mentioned in the above step so make sure that you are in the appropriate registry subkey before modifying the upperfilters and the lowerfilters values. To verify that you are in the appropriate registry subkey, make sure that the default data value isDVD/ CD-Rom and the class data value is CDrom.In the right panel, right-click upperfilters , and then click delete .Click yes to confirm the removal of the upperfilters registry entry.In the right panel, right-click lowerfilters , and then click delete .Click Yes to confirm the removal of the lowerfilters registry entry.Exit registry editor, and then restart the computer.

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My Lenovo G505 laptop running Windows 8.1 gave me error messages that say:"EFI Network 0 for IPV6 boot failed.""EFI Network 0 for IPV4 boot failed.""Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed. Inset Recovery Media and Hit any key. Then Select 'Boot manager' to choose a new Boot Device or to Boot Recovery Media"Then it goes to the boot option menu and gives me a list of the two boot options:"EFI Network 0 for IPV4""EFI Network 0 for IPV6"with no option to select the HDD despite BIOS being able to detect it.I changed the boot mode to Legacy Support from UEFI, and this time on the boot option menu I got a choice to boot from the HDD or the ODD. When I chose to boot from the HDD I got another message saying "Check cable connection!" PXE-MOF: Exiting Intel PXE ROM."I tried to boot Ubuntu from a flash drive and from a CD, but I still got the same result as when I tried booting from the HDD.I think the problem is that my Laptop won't boot in legacy support, but when I use UEFI I only have the option of booting from the network. I have no idea how I could fix this, so any suggestions are appreciated.

A:Lenovo G505 Will not boot in UEFI or Legacy Suppor...

hi MattQE,
Welcome to the Forums.
Just to verify, is the unit originally Windows 8 and this problem occured after you upgraded to Windows 8.1? Any changes that you made to the machine before the problem occured?
From the looks of it, this seems like a hardware failure but can you try the following:
1. Boot into the BIOS and set the following options (if applicable):
Security Tab:
Secure Boot = Disabled
Exit Tab:
OS Optimized Defaults = Other OS / Disabled
2. When done, press Fn+F10 to save and exti and observe.
Let me know how it goes.

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My W10 64bit Dell desktop installed KB3194798 on 10/12/2016 using Windows Update (WU) so now it is 1607 1493.321.
Today I tried WU to update my Lenovo G505 W10 laptop and I think it might have been KB3194798 that has killed my laptop, but I cannot even get the laptop to go past the black screen to the Lenovo display when trying to boot.
Here's the history...
Today I pushed the power button to turn it on and found that my wife had left it on and over the many hours it had gone into (I assume) a powersaving mode that made me think it needed to boot.
The screen showed that WU was up and some KB was at 94%. I left it alone and a few minutes later it told me the install was ready to go. So I clicked to let it WU do the install. The install failed saying some files were missing but it let me click on "retry".
I think it failed a 2nd time. The 3rd time it appeared to be installing OK, and I went to work for a few hours. On my return it showed that the laptop required a restart to complete the WU installs - that's pretty normal after letting WU do an install of a "cumulative", I think. So I clicked to restart and walked away. When I returned hours later, the laptop was still displaying the Lenovo boot-time logo and the spinner was spinning. I powered down the laptop by holding down the power button. Now the laptop will not even display the Lenovo boot-time logo. The little power LED is lit. The laptop is on wall power - not battery, btw.
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Hi there, How do i enable two finger scrolling in my Lenovo G505 laptop? I do not see any available options in the mouse settings. Thanks

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Some forum members have reported a variety of Wifi issues with their G505 laptops. Their reports range from showing "Connection is limited", to Wifi connections dropping repeatedly, to being unable to make a Wifi connection at all. I combined multiple threads in order to assist forum members with troubleshooting solutions.
If your G505 was upgraded to Windows 8.0 or 8.1 and then lost connectivity, or you recently purchased a G505 running Windows 8.0 or 8.1 and are unable to connect, try following the instructions posted by Vikramsbox to restore the connection through the Lenovo Communications Utility.
For non-Windows 8.0 or 8.1 users, start troubleshooting with the basics:

The most recent WLAN, BIOS, and Power Management drivers from Lenovo can be downloaded here: http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/lenovo-g-series-laptops/lenovo-g505-no...
It is also good practice to verify your Wifi is activated by following the instructions from Neokenchi.
Check Power Management settings to ensure your laptop isn't turning off the Wifi as noted by Dannyk1.
Check to see that Airplane Mode is set to OFF by following the instructions provided by Shiv_K.

After trying those steps, if you still experience a Wifi issue with your G505, other troubleshooting steps have been noted in this thread. This includes a whitelist of accepted replacement WLAN cards posted by Topmahof and a 3rd party driver which resolved wifi issues fo... Read more

A:Lenovo G505 Wifi Problems - Limited Connection, No...

Good afternoon all! I recently purchased a G505 from Best Buy. I have only run into one issue. My WiFi will go from connected to "Limited" connectivity about every 10 to 20 minutes. I can disconnect from the router and reconnect, and it will fix the issue temporarily. Connectivity is fine with all other devices and was fine with the previous laptop just a day before I purchased this one. Please advise. Thank you in advance.

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For the past few months, my Lenovo G505 computer (running windows 8.1) has been telling me that its wifi connection is "limited". It used to work well on the wifi (same router) and I have restarted the router several times, but to no prevail. The wifi problem is only for my two private wifi connections, and the computer can work fine on any other wifi. I do not know how to fix this, or where to begin, and would prefer not changing my computer's os to something lower such as windows 8. Please comment if you know how I should fix this.

A:"Limited wifi" problem for Lenovo G505

Usually is a router that is causing the limited issue, not the computer.

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My main HDD recently suffers from bad sectors and this has led to make it unsable and XP on it unable to boot. I managed to clone the drive to another one, and fortunatly few files are missing. But It seems that Windows important files are gone as it cannot boot.

When I disabled the auto-reboot feature I got the blue screen with the following message : error 0xC000021A {unrecoverable error} (may not be accurate as it is translated from French) Windows login unable to start.
there is another code : 0xC0000135 : {0x00000000 0x00000000}

After that the only thing to do is reboot.

I googled around and found that the culprit is winlogon.exe. I guess that it cannot start due to missing dll.

I'd like to know if I'm right anf if it is possible to know which dlls are missing so that i can copy them from another backup.

One last note : When I tried to recover the files I found that there was a lot of unrecoverable files in %SYSTEMROOT%\system32 which I know is baaaaaad.

Thanks a lot.

A:How to recover XP after a HDD crash

As far as anyone know, there could be hundreds, if not thounds of files that weren't copied or are corrupt. Even if you were to attempt to recover the one by one, you might not get all of them.

You could try reinstalling Windows and then import your settings and registry. However, since some files are missing from your clone, it might only cause problems.

Your best option might be to do a clean install of Windows XP.

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I have a year-old hard drive in a laptop that inexplicably crashed about a week ago. I had to do a hard shutdown. Since then, XP will not boot up. I've done everything I can think of in the recovery console. It failed the read test in the diagnostics, but chkdsk says everything is fine. I've also removed the hard drive and placed it in an enclosure to try to copy the files off of it. I could hear the disk spinning, but the computer won't recognize it. Using the recovery CD in DOS, I tried to copy my files to a USB key. I was able to access the disk and can view the C:\Windows directory. However, I had a user password to protect my account and when I try to copy files, it tells me that access is denied. I have three main questions:
Is there a way to circumvent the password in DOS?
Is there a way to get to a point where I can enter my password to gain access to the files in DOS?
Are there any other tricks anyone has up their sleve that might help save my files?

If I can't figure this out, I'm going to run fixmbr in the recovery console and hope it doesn't erase my data. Will that erase everything too?

Thanks a lot.

A:Using DOS to recover from XP crash

Please do not double-post.


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250 gb seagate with windows 7 pro. crashed and now it wont boot. hooked it up as slave and have tried several recovery programs, but no luck. says crc errors, or raw partition. I have it hooked up to a usb portal and would like any help to recover my files. I can feel the hdd spinning and no grinding noises. have tried Recuvra, easeus, Icare data recovery.

A:hdd crash need help to recover files

Now you have put that hard drive in an external casing and plugged it in into the USB port of another desktop/laptop. Am I reading correctly?

If your drive appears in the Disk Management, just take a screenshot and upload it.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

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Hello everyone. I am a newbie to these forums. Please be gentle lol.I have aLenovo Z70-80 laptop. I have a few system recoveries on an external drive. My question is, what if my laptop hard disk were to become unusable for whatever reason how do I get to install Windows 8 onto a new disk? I have replaced my disk with a new one just to tryout using a usb memory stick, following instructions from a web site. Nothing happened. I know I cannot use any of my recovery backups as I need the MBR in place. If I could copy that and put it on a partition part of the new drive I am thinking that might work. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?Thank youu

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Dear All,

I would very much appreciate any advice/help on this problem. I am totally puzzled as to how to recover from it.

On Sunday, 27th September, I started downloading Windows 10, to my MSI laptop, model number CR640.

The downloading worked well, and I was able to use the Operating System. However, after 2 days without problems, I was suddenly faced with a screen asking me for a password. I remembered my password, and tried to input it. I could not. After this, the machine crashed.

I got so angry, and tried to desperately re-install the system. I successfully re-installed the system: it was a ?clean? install. But then, when I shut the machine down, it crashed again.

A few days later, I contacted the manufacturer, MSI. They told me that my model of laptop was not recommended for updating to Windows 10. It was to do with my vbios. However, this does not explain why my machine worked for 2 days.

If the driver was to blame, how could it work at all? Does anyone have any ideas as to why my machine crashed?

Thanking you in advance for your time and effort,
Marek Wesolowski

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I had to reinstall W7. When I reinstalled Thunderbird email it recovered all the received emails but not the sent emails. Anybody know how I can recover the sent emails ? It is rather criticalfor me. Thanks in advence for the help.

A:Recover sent emails after crash

Hi igardos44 and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

They should be stored on your ISP/Email provider's server. See if you can access them through the web interface, as opposed to the email client.

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My HP Pavilion p6214y desktop (Win7 Home 64) suddenly crashed/powered off on its own while I was in the middle of watching a video on the internet last monday. It tried to restart but couldn't.

I have tried several things to fix it but I can't.

Some of the stop errors I have seen are E4, A, and D1.
Startup repair can't fix the problem. I have run it over 20 times now.
In one of the error messages I have seen mentioned the ci.dll file.
I can't boot into safemode.
System Restore doesn't work/ fails after going through all the motions.
I can't run sfc /scannow from the repair tool command prompt because it says "There is a system repair pending which requires reboot to complete. Restart Windows and run sfc again."
I can't find the bootlog file ntbtlog.txt, I don't think it is getting far enough to write it.

Please help! I don't want to install windows from scratch.

A:Win7 Crash, can't recover! Please Help

See if this helps at all ... How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows

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So I finally got round to picking up a couple of decent sized USB sticks to carry out some recovery media creation.Firstly I've used the native Windows10 tool on one stick. No issues that I can see, completed successfully. However I knew there was a bundled HP specific tool on my laptop. On looking at it a little while back I noted it only allows one use, so assumed it must be something special and offering benefits on top of the Windows native tool. As I did not have a stick at the time I didn't tick the agree box and just closed the app. Today I've gone to use it properly, new stick connected to PC and recognised fine. As soon as I follow the step to agree to single usage, and continue, it just crashes. No error, just a typical Windows app "it's broken" message with no useful info. I tried going to the HP software downloads to see if there's a version I could install intead of whatever is already on the PC but the site seems to be unaivable just now. Can anyone advise?  

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This past week the hard drive on my Dell Dimension 4500 "crashed". After working with a Dell tech support person he determined that the data is there - it shows in the directory of DOS but the crash was actually a Windows XP crash. I do have a reinstall disc of Windows XP (Home edition) but I don't want to use it because I need the data. I foolishly did not back up daily and I want to make every effort to retrieve my info, much of which is in "my docs" which I'm told will be deleted if I reinstall XP. I purchased an additional internal hard drive because my neighbor had a similar problem last year and he installed the new drive, installed XP on it and then pulled his data from the old drive. I don't know if this is possible and if so what steps I need to take to do it and if someone can help me I would appreciate it. As of now, the new drive is still in it's box and I haven't attempted any data retrieval. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:Help to Recover Data after Windows XP Crash

You need the Ultimate BootCD 4 Windows this tool will give you full read/write access to your HDD and allow you to copy the files you need to your hdd. This is a freeware tool and has all many freeware tools that may allow you to repair your current installation.

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Hey Guys, guess what!! My system crashed yesterday. I am trying to recover my image. I boot from the recovery CD that I created when created the system image. The system image is stored on an external hard drive. When I try to recover the image it comes up with an error "Network path not found error 0x80070035". I have shared the folder, I have tried everything that I can think of to fix this. Any Ideas?


A:Cant recover system image after crash

Hi Tinyman,

If you are using a typical USB external drive, and you can access it simply by browsing it via explorer, and you can see the image, then I'm guessing (and only guessing) that you might have a security issue here. Just for kicks, try setting your firewall back to defaults and also try disabling your antivurus. Then reboot and see what happens. Good luck.

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Hello everyone:

I had my pc crash by a virus , I managed to removed and aplied TEST DISK to fix the partitions but still don?t see my files. Someone can help me, please!!!! I dont know what to do....

Thank you and I?ll be expecting a great answer...


A:Recover files after computer crash

Hello, please do not run a Temp file or Registry cleaner...What is your Operating System?This infection family will also hide all the files on your computer from being seen. To make your files visible again, please download the following program to your desktop:Unhide.exe Once the program has been downloaded, double-click on the Unhide.exe icon on your desktop and allow the program to run. This program will remove the +H, or hidden, attribute from all the files on your hard drives. If there are any files that were purposely hidden by you, you will need to hide them again after this tool is run.

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hello..my system just crashed and i had to reformat the pc. it only took up about 5 gigs on my drive to do this. i had about 70 gigs worth of info stored on my pc before the crash. is there any program i can use to try and recover this information? im running windows xp.thanks for any help

A:system crash. recover data?

Did you reformat the whole drive?
Then its gone.

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I had to install a new hard drive and new OS, windows xp, from ME. Now I need to recover the data from the address book(I am not sure if it was microsoft) and emails from incredimail. The data is still intact on the old drive but I can't figure how to transfer it to the new system.

A:System crash need to recover Address and Email

Hi R. Lynn
Hmmm, hardware is not my area of expertise, did you hook up the old drive as a slave drive? Or do you need help with that?

If everything is a go, Open Outlook Express,
Empty your Inbox, the Import dumps everything there
File>Import>Messages>Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or (6)>Click on Import Mail from an OE 5 or (6) Store Directory.
Browse to your slave's directory and to the last folder in the directory under which your .dbx files are stored. Choose All folders or select individual folders and repeat the File>Import>Messages until you have everything. If you have additional Identities don't forget them, just remember to switch your Identity before browsing to the Identity you are Importing.

Once all messages have been recovered, then File>Import>Address book, again browse to the location on your slave drive to Import.

If you replaced your hard drive as an upgrade you can move the Store Directory for Outlook Express back to your slave drive and fill it up instead. Tools>Options>Maintenance>Store Folder, Browse to a location on your slave drive. However, if the replacement was due to bad clusters, then I would not advise that move.

Tweak your Identity(ies):
Tools>Options>Maintenance tab, remove the checkmark for "Compact messages in the background"
This is a default setting each time a new identity is created.

Let us know if the above worked for you or, if you need hardware assistance have one of the mod... Read more

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I was running windows 2000 pro and my computer started spontaneously reseting itself. after a while when it reset itself it wouldnt load into windows it would load into a stop error blue screen, either "ntoskrnl.sys is corrupt or missing" or "error loading win2k.sys" and one or two others. So I tried re-installing still got the messages, tried running virus scanners still got the message, Ive even reformated both my hard drives then re-installed and STILL GET THE STOP ERROR SCREEN!!! this is the worst most irritating computer problem ive ever run into, ive taken my computer apart piece by piece and but it back together in different orders, run it with just the video card and hard drive and ram, ive formatted, ive run fdisk /mbr, ive tried changing my BIOS in every imaginable variation. Im completely defeated! I cannot install an operating system without getting the error messages. I can boot into dos and everything but thats it! please help me before my remaining sanity slips away! here are my specs
Custom built machine
-Athlon 900mhz
-Epox 8kta+ motherboard
-Western Digital 40gb hd's(2 of)
-3 256mb PC133 ram chips
-Voodoo 3 3000 AGP video card
-SB Live! sound card
-Creative CT1670 Inlay card
-Maxtor ATA-100 PCI IDE controller
-USR ISA 56K modem
-Superchrome mini-orb heatsink/fan
-Custom made fanbus running about 5-6 fans
any help anyone can give me would be greatly appreciated
-Ian Hilsdon
[email protected]

A:Windows 2000 Crash that wont recover

I've been posting similar problems with 2000 ever since loading it. I got the same problem this weekend and could not solve it. I've ended up with yet another re-install of 2000.
I don't know if we have the same problem, but if not, the only clue I can give you is that there are supposedly serious known conflicts between US Robotic modems and Windows 2000.

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Hi,I have a little Problem. The HDD of my G570 crashed. I used the Lenovo onekey recovery software to make "Backups" on an extern HDD (Extern HDD MyBook by WD). The extern HDD dosent contain a boot partition, it is a regular USB Disk and there is also important data on it.How can I recovery from the extern disk on a new HDD in the G570. Is there a way to use a USB Boot device or else?Thanks  

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once in a while it used to happen that I would be playing a game or watching a movie, and the Intel driver acceleration for Vista crashes and recovers... the screen flickers a few times and then I get a BSOD. Now, however, it happens several times a day.
I use Windows 7 on a Dell laptop. Here's the info:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 116
BCP1: FFFFFA80044044E0
BCP2: FFFFF88003C27CB0
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 000000000000000D
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1


A:BSOD after Intel driver acceleration (?) crash & recover

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
* Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as %systemroot%\Minidump.
* OK your way out.
* Reboot if changes have been made.

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Had a power failure during a recovery of an Acronis backup on my C: drive. It seems it happened while Acronis just started loading the backup files? When I restarted the Samsung Laptop local drive C: did not appear in Explorer. Only drive D: and my DVD drive E: appeared (C an D are partitions on the same hard disk). The recovery software was on a hidden partition but when trying to use the Samsung Recovery facility it say Drive C: not found.

After trying out suggestions found on the internet I only managed to screw everything up resulting in also loosing the D: drive containing my Acronis backup. The laptop did not start at all. I at last managed to get it going after installing Windows 7 again and I then sit with only C System Disk, D System reserved and E: DVD drive at that point.

Foolishly I shrinked the system disk C and created a data disk. That disk is now Data Disk F. and not D as original.

The Acronis backup containing all my files and data was on the original Data Disk D:

I desperately need to recover that .tib file to get all my documents, data et back.

I have used various free software to try and find that specific file. But they all search by drive and the missing file must be somewhere on the disk either as lost or wrong drive letter or something.

I know it all was really stupid of me so I now really need expert heavyweight help in trying to locate and recover that specific .tib file somewhere on the hard disk?

A:Need serious help: Recover lost file after hard disk restore/crash

This is a hard one, the best software that I am aware of is Recuva
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
If that does not work, the next best suggestion is to download and use windirstat, it will show you everything that is on your drive.

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