Gateway Windows 7 laptop will not boot

Gateway Nv7915u notebook
January 31, 2011 at 05:57:05
Specs: Windows 7 home premium, 4 gigabytes
I have a Gateway NV79, running windows 7 home premium. When I turn the laptop on, it will shoe the gateway symbol as usual, where I can either choose f2 or f12. From there it goes to the black screen with the white dash mark in the upper left corner for 1 or 2 seconds, then it will sit at. Black screen for a couple mi it's, then I get to this screen;
Windows boot manager
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your windows installation disc(which I didn't receive when I purchased the laptop) and redraft your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and the. Click "next."
3. Click "repair your computer."
If you do nit have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.
Status 0xc000000f
Info: the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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January 31, 2011 at 08:58:08
Click 'Repair your computer' and it should access your recovery partition and start the repair from there. You can purchase a recovery disk from Gateway for a small fee if you need it, but if you can get it running again from 'repair...' the you can burn your own from within windows for added protection (definitely recommended).

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

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January 31, 2011 at 09:05:10
Well, there are several directions you can go with this..
Crazy question time:
Do you have valuable data on that hard drive (you didn't back up somewhere else)?

What happened before this, do you remember? Install something new? power outage? dropped? etc.

If it was me, before putting in the disk i would see if I can make it POST..
Turn it off and remove the power.
Remove the Hard drive from the laptop
Plug in the power and boot it up.
It should boot with an error, something like:
No boot device found (should be different than you see now)

On a side note: Windows 7 does have a "repair" option but personally i make it may LAST resort.

Something in the BIOS could have gone squearly on ya, if you've never altered your BIOS then it wouldn't hurt to go in there and reset to default. If you don't know how then let say so and will help describe the steps.

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February 3, 2011 at 09:00:00
I cannot access BIOS or do the REPAIR option. I will check about the harddrive

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February 3, 2011 at 10:02:31
From your earlier description, pressing F2 should take you into bios settings, but again from your description you have a windows corruption problem of some sort. If you keep tapping F8 key (to bring up safe mode menu), does the safe mode menu have a repair your computer option? If it does, select it - let it do automatic if it wants, and if that doesn't work, go through same process and cancel the automatic. That should take you to a screen with options. Select the command prompt option. At the prompt first run a chkdsk (type chkdsk c: /f). Then after that's completed run bootrec /fixmbr and then bootrec /fixboot. Then try restarting. If still no good, could try going back and selecting system restore and going back to restore point before the problem started. If you don't get repair option on safe mode menu, you need to get hold of a win7 home premium disk - boot from it and select repair your computer, then try as above.

There will also probably be a recovery partition on the hard drive which gateway's site should tell you how to use - but you'd need to recover any data by some method (eg, bartpe CD and external drive) before doing this as it would wipe the drive.

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February 3, 2011 at 11:12:05
if you cannot access bios with del key, or complete a repair option, you should download a repair recovery cd, and run a repair/system recovery from the cd.
you can get one here

if you get as far as the repair then your post/bios appear to be ok,

"the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible." could be that you have updated/corrupted a system driver, you could also try reinstall all the drivers from the machine driver cd.

you can always run a factory restore from the hidden partition, to reset the machine to its original setup, you will lose all files in doing this.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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