generic PC with a sata hard drive wont boot

January 30, 2011 at 06:59:42
Specs: Windows 7, 1gb ram
I have a generic PC with a Sata hard drive running Windows7 64 bit. It started playing up, not loading programmes etc. Turned it off, restarted it, nothing.
At first I thought it was the PSU, replaced it, nothing.
The best I can get is it comes up with the first screen offerring f2 f11 etc, click on f11 it then comes up with start from CD, floppy etc. It is now set to start from CD.
Whatever appears on screen is there for for no more than 1 second
After a few minutes a very pale " starting windows " comes up near the bottom of the screen.
Next after a few minutes a very pale light blue windows background with the spinning disk comes up then goes then nothing even after been left for hours.
I have tried boot up disks, recovery disks, even bought a win 7 64 bit boot up recovery disk and still nothing.
I would prefer to recover some data but not essential, wouldn't mind re-foratting the hard drive if nesessary
Any help greatly appreciated please
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January 30, 2011 at 07:18:45
Download the hard disk test utility from the maker of the hard- drive and run a test. If the drive is failing use "PC File Inspector or Recuva" to get your data off the drive. Both those programs are free and quite good at recovering data.

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January 30, 2011 at 07:31:38
If drive is good, test memory next. Download Memtest86 and burn ISO image to CDr and boot to that. If memory errors, try one stick of RAM at a time, replace as needed. If memory and hard drive is good, your recovery disk should be able to boot and reload windows.

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

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January 30, 2011 at 23:26:16
check all cables and connections, especially the drive and graphic card, make sure all cooling fans are running correctly and system is cool, remove all peripherals, remove all ram but 1 stick, check bios is set to default aoptions.
try a different port for the hard drive.
try another graphic card and another screen/cable.

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

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