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Windows not booting

Discussion in 'Software' started by greenbrucelee, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    Have tried for the last 20 minutes to get windows to boot, post was passed successfully each time then a blank screen.

    Next I tried rebooting from CD as I thought somehow the installation has been corrupted, booting from CD would get to the setting up windows stage then nothing. Each time I had to reboot the PC by using the reset button, the last time when I got to boot was when I switched it off with the power button then started in last know good config mode.

    The time I got it to boot the system sound was louder, I began to think either my fans have died or my PSU is on its way out, the fans seem to be working and obviously the PSU is working.

    Do you think I am assuming correctly that the PSU is going to die on me?
     
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    I doubt it's the PSU mate, if it is successfully POSTing.

    Have you tried *safe mode*?
     
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    I tried all of that it wasn't having anything, now its fine :blink

    The only difference is the noise level it was quiet before now normal noise level.
     
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    I decided to chkdsk after it had verified the spaces there was a line saying deleting index entry 0$ from file 25 any ideas anyone?
     
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    Hmmm, intermittant faults are always the trickiest to cure. Clearly, it's not a software configuration problem as it has suddenly cured itself. So, this isnt something you are likely to be able to cure by using a keyboard or mouse. I would make sure all your connections for the MOBO etc are good. re-seat any Cards in their slots and the RAM etc.

    If it does it again, try removing any unnecessary things like DVD drives, modems, any USB devices.. All you need is PSU.. MOBO/RAM.. Video and HDD. If it boots up start connecting one thing at a time. If it doesnt, then try another PSU (because it's the easiest) and if that doesnt fix it you might have a problem with the MOBO or CPU :rolleyes:
     
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    I have just ran chksdsk 3 times the first time I got the deleting index message, the second time I got the index message plus missing object id index entry 4422, the 3rd time I got trying to recover message and succesffuly recovered missing files

    I havent done anything, whats going on?
     
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    When it happens to me I usually have to reset the bios because of something I installed. If it happened since installing something, reset your bios and immediately completely remove whatever it is you installed.
     
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    i would be worried about the reliability of the HDD.. try using a diagnostic utilty from the HDD manufacurers web site.
     
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    I will try that as it could have been the hdd not working.
     
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    I downloaded the hard drive diagnostic tool, and when it was installing I got a message saying something about my hard drive not being enabled for data over 137GB.

    Anybody know what this means?
     
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    Wasn't a fresh install.

    I had the computer of for an hour then switched it back on then it wouldn't boot. With the windows CD in or from the hard drive.

    Seems to work now though, I'll have to keep an eye on it.
     
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    I have just been going over everything that happened so I am totally clear on what happened, I was listening ver closley the time when it didn't boot and it sounded as if the hard drive and the cd drive were having problems kicking in.

    I have said before that my PSU is a really cheap one, and am still under the impression that I should get another one. Also windows says my hard drive is fine and the diagnostic utillity said about the disk space thing am I right in thinking this is something to with the partition?
     
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    Have you checked the 12V and 5V rails with a DVM? That might indicate if the PSU is underpowered.

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    I havent yet due to the multimeter being at my work, I will get it back tomorrow.
     
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    For some reason green I'm thinking that is a bios promble there. But boy it has been a while since i've had to troubleshoot a computer so I'm not sure if I am remembering that right. Where is blue he would know that. As for the other my old rig Ruby did the same thing as your with start up and it was the PS. Do you have a spare PS to put in her and see how she runs?
     
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    I haven't got a spare PSU but thats what I am thinking it was, possibly some sort of dip in voltage or failure for a while.

    I am going to log off for a bit and have a look in the bios as I haven't done this ye.
     
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    I would definately be looking at your PSU mate it could be on its way out, you could also try removing a few non-essential devices so there isnt as much strain on the PSU and see if it works any better. Also try resetting the CMOS and it might be worth testing the RAM with memtest aswell.
     
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    I have reseated ram and made sure no cables were out etc, but haven't ran memtest yet.
     
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    I noticed you have been having problems with the HDD aswell. Is it a HDD that you have installed or is it in a pre-built system like dell etc? It might have a hidden system partition on it.
     
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