Solved Win 7 Boot problem

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August 3, 2020 at 02:53:18
Specs: Windows 7, Core Duo 2,58 GHZ /2GB
My Win 7 installation doesn't boot any more: Asks for normal booting or Repair Disk. Repair Disk exits with "Although Repair Disk has been run several times it can not determine the cause of the problem". Normal booting tries to boot but we end up again with the "Normal booting or Repair Disk". The hardware is a Dell Precision Workstation T3400 MT.
I tried booting a live CD, works OK. I bought another disk, same problem. I tried a PCI SATA controller, same problem.
Can not figure out what kind of problem it is... Hardware or software?

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August 6, 2020 at 07:52:38
After reflashing the BIOS problem is solved.
And this is <THE BEST ANSWER>

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August 3, 2020 at 04:46:42
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August 3, 2020 at 04:52:06
Dear Johnw,
Thanks for your prompt answer. What strikes me is that I have the same problem on a brand new HD. I can't explain that...

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August 3, 2020 at 05:28:20
Long shot...

Power down, ensure no power In system at all.,

Remove cmos battery and wait about a minute or so. Then re-insert cmos battery, and start up. Enter setup and reset as appropriate ensuring the hard drive is detected etc..

Maybe use a new cmos battery when re-installing the current one?

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August 3, 2020 at 07:09:47
"I bought another disk, same problem"
Wondered what that was hitech444, now I know.
"I have the same problem on a brand new HD"

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August 3, 2020 at 08:06:16
I'm sorry...I didn't get that.. All I want to say is: Does your answer (to check Win 7 with Lazesoft's Recovery Suite) explains why the PC keeps rebooting on a brand new HD?

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August 3, 2020 at 09:24:18
Another long shot.... and it is a looong shot...

Besides the cmos battery routine I suggested above, try cleaning RAM modules edge connectors.

As per - with no power inside the system... remove RAM sticks and clean their edge connector(s) with a soft pencil style eraser; and wipe with a soft lintless cloth afterwards (A soft tissue is equally ok for the wiping) just don't use anything even mildly/remotely abrasive.)

Replace a stick firmly into the socket; and then remove and wipe its edge connector again; re-insert and remove/wipe again and then re-insert a third time and leave. Try booting the system with one stick installed. Then repeat cleaning etc. process with other sticks (if there is more than one); and re-insert them one at a time and test reboot? Finally put them all back in and reboot.

Possibly things may have changed (for the better) after the RAM cleaning; but it's not always so

The insert/remove re-insert etc. routine is to clean the onboard contacts too. Often RAM can either dislodge slightly, and even the contacts get slightly oxidised. Cleaning as above deals with that. RAM issues often cause all manner of boot and installation problems and are not always an indication of RAM failing; merely dirty contacts/less than solid insertion...

"Usually" by booting with a DVD based OS one in effect is checking RAM - as the DVD booted OS goes into RAM only...; and after a fashion, that the current HD is at least there; can be seen/accessed via that booted DVD OS. That the DVD boot OS goes into RAM (not to the hard drive) does to some degree confirm RAM is OK - but not entirely.

RAM modules can be causing issues which may not always affect a given boot up...
Intermittent failures with a given module/stick and o/r dirty contacts or slightly dislodged sticks/modules. The cleaning ritual to at least remove a couple of "possible" causes/problems?

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August 3, 2020 at 13:31:48

When you said "I bought another disk, same problem", you
meant that you bought a new hard disk drive?

If so, what does the BIOS (or UEFI) setup program say about it?
Are both the old and new drives seen correctly there?

I wonder if the drives have been partitioned correctly for installation
of an operating system.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 6, 2020 at 07:52:38
✔ Best Answer
After reflashing the BIOS problem is solved.
And this is <THE BEST ANSWER>

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August 8, 2020 at 08:08:40
Actually, the best answer would be to install Win10. By reinstalling Win7, you're just prolonging the inevitable. Win10 is still free & as long as you have the Win7 product key, it should install without a hitch.

I've installed Win10 (clean installs) on 4 different HPs in the past 2 weeks & found that the product key isn't even necessary, as long as factory installed OS was Win7 or newer. My guess is the setup program checks the BIOS, sees Win7 as the original OS, & that's good enough. It installs & activates immediately. I'm not sure if Dells have the same "factory installed OS" entry in the BIOS, but here's what it looks like in HPs:

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