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Windows 7 Ultimate won't boot at all

January 19, 2011 at 11:18:39
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, AMD Sempron 768mb RAM

When I try to boot my Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit from my 120GB IDE HDD it will show the screen that says "Starting Windows" and Microsoft's patent, but it will stay on that screen, the logo will not appear at all, I try to boot the Windows 7 DVD, but the progress bar completes, and then stays at 100% and will not do anything else, I have tried a Windows XP Pro DVD and a Windows XP Home Edition CD but they both give me error upon completed loading the files, I have tried other HDD's, including one with Linux Ubuntu on it, but the Ubuntu one will say, "Loading GRUB" and then the computer resets. Any advice would help.

Thanks,

Comguy

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#1
January 19, 2011 at 13:26:19

If all OS installs are failing I suspect the hard drive has failed. Have you tried a different drive? You can download testing software for the drive from the manufacturers site. One that works on all drives is the Hitachi Drive Fitness test. It will make a bootable CD that can be used to test the drive.

Rich


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#2
January 19, 2011 at 13:56:07

sounds like a memory problem or a faulty power supply. Download memtest and run that. If that is ok, I would suggest trying another power supply as you have tried different hard drives also.

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#3
January 20, 2011 at 11:28:38

Alright, I removed the CMOS battery and re-inserted it, as well as try to boot it again from Windows 7 Ultimate, But it did something different this time, the first time the "Windows did not boot successfully" screen showed up I hit start up repair, and once the loading bar reach 100% it went back to the "Windows did not boot successfully" screen, when I hit "Start Windows Normally the "Starting Windows" screen pops up and after a few seconds the computer resets.

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#4
January 20, 2011 at 23:03:06

have you installed all the motherboard drivers from the manufacturers site for your machine, it maybe that require sata drivers for instance...

check that your bios is set to which ever type of HDD your using ide/sata.

pull out all the memory and then use only 1 stick at a time to boot the machine, check each stick in each slot to verify a bad stick or bad slot.

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but cant help myself....


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#5
January 21, 2011 at 13:21:59

Alright, I did a disk check using Hitachi Drive Fitness, and it came up clean, I removed my 256 ram stick and Windows booted fine, I threw another 256 in and it booted again, but the Action Center seems to be missing and my wireless adapter isn't working.

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#6
January 21, 2011 at 14:35:43

BINGO!!! You cannot run Windows 7 64bit (any version) on 512MB RAM!!! (or even 768MB RAM) Windows XP will still run on it IF you are NOT using Internet Explorer 7 or 8 but stay with IE6, but even Windows 7 Starter edition 32bit needs 1GB (1000MB) RAM. Your Ultimate will run on 2GB RAM BUT will run MUCH better on 4GB RAM or more.

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#7
January 21, 2011 at 16:00:27

Actually, I had it running a while ago on 768MB RAM perfectly fine, something happened to my GPU and I had to switch to on-board VGA until I got a new card, and that started the problem.

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#8
January 21, 2011 at 16:39:37

Its working! I'm replying from it right now! Thanks to everybody who assisted me! Be sure to message me if you EVER need any help!

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#9
February 1, 2011 at 23:32:21

May I know how u solved it?
I'm facing the same issue when installing Win7 x86 through boot DVD on my new Gigabyte+AM3 x2 255.
Shows the win7 background with a mouse cursor, and that's it.
Stuck!

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