windows 7 is corrupt and will not boot

September 13, 2010 at 02:58:21
Specs: Windows 7, DDR RAM
Hi I have an Intel Pentium 4 , 2.8Ghz with 800mhz FSB, dual core processor on a Gigabtye GA-8IPE 100 Pro-2 i865PE mother board, and 2x 256MB PC-3200 (400Mhz) DDR RAM.
I wanted to upgrade my ram as the system was struggling with Windows 7. So I installed 2 x 1GB RAM into the remaining 2 slots on the motherboard.
When I booted up for the first time, the computer registered the amount of RAM, hard drives,etc.
Windows attempts to starts but all you get is a black screen with "windows is starting".
I am using an Upgrade disk for winrdows 7 comming off Windows XP platform.
IF i use the Windows XP disk in the boot up sequence, it hangs iutself when it's about 60% installed.
The Windiws 7 disk does nothing, except lead me towards wiping my hard drive. (something I am trying to avoid at all costs!)
I can get to dos prompt so far, but no WIN.EXE file. using CHKDSK also causes system to hang itslef.
Any helpfull suggestions would be appreciated.

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#1
September 13, 2010 at 04:13:29
socket 478 (desktop) support only singe core. Because of HT(hyperthreading) os see a p4 cpu as dual core.
Are u sure win 7 drivers available for your system? Post the specs of new ram. Are u running dual channel?

edit: i don't know why do u decide to install win 7. No win 7 drivers available for your system
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pr...


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#2
September 13, 2010 at 05:40:47
So you had Windows 7 running and then attempted to upgrade RAM. After a black screen you attempted to repair Windows 7? Is that correct?

If so, I suggest you remove the new RAM and then run testdisk to attempt repair of the partition. Get testdisk at the link below. Be sure to read all the tutorials before using it.

If you can get the partition repaired then we can deal with the RAM issue.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

You should not lose any data by using testdisk if you don't format.


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#3
September 13, 2010 at 15:35:01
I'd run the memory diagnostics in Windows 7 after I verified the ram chips were properly installed and the bios settings were verified.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
September 13, 2010 at 15:36:02
W7 memory diagnostics are available when you boot to any W7 or Vista dvd. Or as above get memtest on any media.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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