Solved Computer not booting at all

September 27, 2013 at 06:11:40
Specs: Windows 7, CPU/RAM
My computer is not booting at all. I have tried various ways to boot. I feel there is RAM problem. Before going to buy a new RAM, I want to be sure that the fault is with RAM only. How can I do that?

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September 28, 2013 at 12:12:57
OK, then your statement in the OP that "my computer is not booting at all" is incorrect. Your system boots just fine, it simply doesn't bring up Windows. That's not an indication of a RAM problem. Either Windows is corrupt or your HDD has failed (or is failing). You haven't posted any specs & we have no idea what you did to the BIOS settings, but to boot off a CD/DVD, it has to be listed 1st in the boot order. Try disconnecting the HDD & booting off a Linux disc.

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#1
September 27, 2013 at 07:37:57
Please post your complete system specs.

"I have tried various ways to boot"

Other than pressing the power button, what other ways have you tried?

"I feel there is RAM problem"

If you have a RAM problem, the system will most likely beep when you attempt to boot up, is that happening? If not, please explain exactly what happens when you attempt to power up the system.


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#2
September 27, 2013 at 11:04:28
Hi kartik1955,

If you want to test the memory of the system, create a memtest bootable CD or USB Pen drive and perform the test. Please refer to the link mentioned below:

http://dell.to/1avRbSE

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#3
September 28, 2013 at 01:27:10
After pressing the power button, one beep sound is heard. Then the welcome screen comes. Then another beep sound. Then another screen comes where option to boot normally is available. But this screen which is supposed to stay for 30 seconds, stays less than a second. Then the screen becomes blank and halts there. I have tried with the bios setting. I have also tried to boot from the CD. I had removed the RAM from its slot and pressed the power button. There were lot of beeps. Probably mother board is OK.

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#4
September 28, 2013 at 01:30:37
Before the system stopped booting altogether, there was the problem that it was not able to boot from CD. Floppy drive is not active and there is no option to boot from USB. So how do I run the memtest?

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#5
September 28, 2013 at 11:12:56
Do you ever see anything at all on the screen?

It might be an idea to give more details about the issue because the only justification given for this being a RAM fault is your "feeling".

Assuming you are right, have you tried cleaning the edge connectors with a pencil eraser and trying just one RAM module at a time?

EDIT:
I must have been slow posting or something because this response was before your #3 (see times).

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#6
September 28, 2013 at 12:12:57
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OK, then your statement in the OP that "my computer is not booting at all" is incorrect. Your system boots just fine, it simply doesn't bring up Windows. That's not an indication of a RAM problem. Either Windows is corrupt or your HDD has failed (or is failing). You haven't posted any specs & we have no idea what you did to the BIOS settings, but to boot off a CD/DVD, it has to be listed 1st in the boot order. Try disconnecting the HDD & booting off a Linux disc.

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#7
September 28, 2013 at 13:21:17
What happens if you tap F8 while booting and select Safe Mode?

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#8
September 29, 2013 at 01:07:38
Kindly let me know, what you mean by specs. In the bios, I tried with 1st boot option to boot from HDD. I also tried all the three boot options to boot from HDD only. Because before this problem started, my problem was that I was not able to boot from CD even though CD drive was working. There is a quick boot option in BIOS which was made ON. If window is corrupt, how can I reinstall it. If HDD is failing or failed, is there any other way to check it. What is booting from Linux disc. How do I do that?.

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#9
September 29, 2013 at 11:23:49
Specs means specifications, make and model of computer, how much RAM etc.

To boot from CD you set the CD drive ahead of the system HDD in BIOS, otherwise it will try to start Windows and ignore any inserted disk.

If you can boot from a CD then you can download and burn a version of Linux which purely runs between RAM and CD drive (not affecting Windows at all) - called a Linux Live CD. If that works it would give an idea where you problem lies, also you could backup your important docs etc. Without the Linux disk in the drive it would be back to booting to Windows (or trying) again.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#10
September 30, 2013 at 06:29:07
Hi kartik1955,

If the system is not capable of booting from USB and the system is not booting through disk, I would suggest you to try another optical drive and then try running Memtest.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#11
September 30, 2013 at 10:41:04
"Kindly let me know, what you mean by specs"

If it's an OEM computer (Acer, Dell, HP, etc), post the model & model number. If it's a custom build, post the make/model of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, HDD, power supply, etc.

"I also tried all the three boot options to boot from HDD only"

There should be a boot order in the BIOS. If you want to boot off a CD, he 1st boot device should be the CD drive, the 2nd device should be the HDD. If your system also has a floppy drive, the order should be floppy - CD - HDD.


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#12
October 1, 2013 at 09:34:09
It is an assembled PC. So no brand name. The specifications are:
Main processor : Intel(R) Pentium(R)4 CPU 2.66 GHz.
Math processor : Built in
Base memory size : 640 KB
Extd.Memory size : 991 MB
Serial Port (S) :3F8
Parellel Port (S) : 378
Hard Disk : 80 GB
RAM : 1 GB 2R*8 PC 3200U-3788 CL 2.5
PCI On board USB Controller : IRQ 5, IRQ 10, IRQ 11
PCI on board Ethernet : IRQ 10
PCI Bridge VGA : IRQ 10
In BIOS setting I tried all the boot order. Before this present problem of not loading win7 surfaced, my problem was that system was not able to boot from CD even after setting the boot order. This problem was posted in this site. But no solution was found.Pesently floppy drive is also not active. The required cable is missing. If solution can be found through floppy drive, I can make it active by putting the cable.

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#13
October 1, 2013 at 13:31:26
What CD are you trying to boot from and is it the same with other boot CD's?

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#14
October 1, 2013 at 13:59:17
did you save the boot order
from cd option when you
did it in bios?

Davidw

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#15
October 1, 2013 at 22:03:11
I tried to boot Win7 home premium (which is free software since it is already been activated) over Win7 ultimate. In Win XP there is an option to repartition the hard drive. In my laptop I had installed XP over Win7 ultimate and after doing the partition installed Win7 home premium. Here also I wanted to do the same thing. So I tried to install XP over Win7 ultimate. But booting from CD was not possible.
Yes after doing changes in the BIOS on boot order I did save the settings by pressing F10.
I learnt that Win7 requires at least 2 GB RAM. Mine is 1GB. Can there be any problem due to this? If at all it could boot from CD, perhaps the problem could be solved, but how to?

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#16
October 2, 2013 at 14:30:05
You mention that your Win7 home premium disk has been activated. That's a tad odd because it is the installed operating system that is activated not the disk. MS only check to see if the same product key has been used elsewhere. Is it a fully legit MS disk? If not it might not be bootable.

Have you tried to boot from any other disks? If not try this memory test CD - just to see if it will boot with that:
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tools...

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#17
October 3, 2013 at 04:23:22
When I am not able to boot from CD, how do I use the memory test CD?

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#18
October 3, 2013 at 04:46:54
You must be able to boot from CD in order to use the Memtest CD.
Have you tried to reset boot order in BIOS?
Have you tried booting to F8 and seeing if you have the option then to boot from CD?
You also can create a bootable flash drive with memtest on it and include USB devices in the boot order and boot to that.
You can purchase or borrow an external USB CD/DVD drive and try that.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#19
October 3, 2013 at 08:04:18
The only reason I mentioned the memory test was to see if it was able to boot to some other CD. Are you saying it will not boot with any "bootable" CD you throw at it? That was the reason for my question at #13 - just wanted to be absolutely sure it was not an issue with one particular disk.

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