Solved HP G61 Laptop Extremely Slow, Can't Get Into Windows

June 24, 2012 at 13:27:09
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD/2GB
I've got an HP G61-429wm Laptop here. It's running really slowly, and won't boot into Windows, or even a Windows disc. On bootup, it will show the underscore for ~15 seconds, then it will start to load Windows (I believe it's Windows Vista). Once it's done with the loading screen, the screen will go black, for hours.
The computer was running very hot, in the upper right section especially. I opened it up, and cleaned out the fan, and it's running cooler now, but it still runs really slow and won't boot into Windows.
When I try to boot to a Windows disc (I've tried Vista 32 and 64, as well as Windows 7), it will get to the load screen, go black for a few minutes, then show the default background, with a cursor, and I can move the cursor around, but there is nothing to click, and no combination of buttons does anything either (Ctrl-Alt-Delete, Windows+R, Esc, Enter, etc) Right click also does nothing.
Other things I've tried:
UBCD- got in and ran clamscan (I could only scan the boot sector of the main drive, the partition wouldn't show up in a normal scan.
Also tried AVG Recovery CD- came up clean (not sure if it actually scanned the Windows partition though)
Tried removing memory sticks one at a time (there are two total, I tried many combinations)
I tried to get into UBCD4Win, but it would pop up a Blue Screen every time (0x7B), I looked that up, and it seems fairly common, but none of the fixes seemed to work for me.
Also, went into BIOS and set everything to default.
Can't get into Safe Mode or Last Known Good (same result, black screen, forever)
None of these things had any effect.
Any help would be much appreciated.

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June 24, 2012 at 15:48:01
I look for clues, if the system is cool, everything works but has booting issues or loading issues its either the RAM or a storage device, you checked the RAM and it was fine, the DVD drive and the hard drive are the last things to test, so i told you to take out the hard drive and check and it fixed the loading issue, so the issue is solved and you need a new hard drive.

One faulty component can effect the whole system, no matter what you do.

The hard drive probably has lots of errors or bad sectors which make it slow down the system.
I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.



#1
June 24, 2012 at 13:38:59
Did you try taking the hard drive out then putting the CD in without the hard drive and boot from the hard drive?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#2
June 24, 2012 at 14:58:02
You mean take the hard drive out, and then boot from the CD?

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#3
June 24, 2012 at 14:59:51
Why yes dear sir.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#4
June 24, 2012 at 15:23:43
Well hum diddly. It actually got to the menu on the CD. Did you have a premonition?
What can I do from here? There is no partition to fix now. Or is it just a bad drive?

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#5
June 24, 2012 at 15:30:14
You,ve got a bad drive, you could buy a new 2.5" hard drive, get a 2.5" hard drive caddy and test the drive.
A premonition?

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#6
June 24, 2012 at 15:33:59
A premonition is like a psychic vision of something that's going to happen in the future. How did you know it was the HD? Why would the CDs run slow because of the hard drive?

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June 24, 2012 at 15:48:01
✔ Best Answer
I look for clues, if the system is cool, everything works but has booting issues or loading issues its either the RAM or a storage device, you checked the RAM and it was fine, the DVD drive and the hard drive are the last things to test, so i told you to take out the hard drive and check and it fixed the loading issue, so the issue is solved and you need a new hard drive.

One faulty component can effect the whole system, no matter what you do.

The hard drive probably has lots of errors or bad sectors which make it slow down the system.
I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#8
June 24, 2012 at 15:50:56
Interesting. Well played good sir. Thank you. I guess I'll put the faulty drive in a dock and see if I can recover the files, then get a new one and install it and restore. Again, thank you.

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#9
June 24, 2012 at 15:54:33
Your welcome Jephph.

I am a hardware guy not a software guy but i try to help.


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#10
June 24, 2012 at 20:26:47
So... I ran SeaTools on the drive. The scan found errors and was able to fix some of them but not all. After that, when trying to boot up the computer normally, it automatically ran chkdsk, and fix more errors, and after another reboot, it's now loading into Windows. Issue resolved. Thank you.

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