Vista cant boot not even safe mode

March 23, 2011 at 21:57:51
Specs: Windows Vista
After I reinstalled my video card driver, and updated it. Then after I restarted it, now it wont boot or even load the safe mode. I even took out the video card to see if that will work. I can't do anything. Can someone PLEASE help me. I have no clue how to fix when I cannot even load my own opearting system or given no option for safe mode. Thing is my memory was like almost completly full, and I was planning on deleting, and cleaning house before this happened.

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#1
March 24, 2011 at 06:58:08
Reset the BIOS to defaults. Sometimes that works.

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#2
March 24, 2011 at 08:00:17
did that, and didn't work.... :(

now I got this messege after I loaded the defaults.

DISKETTE Drive 0 Seek Failure


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#3
March 24, 2011 at 12:25:53
Go back to F8 & try last known good config. If that doesn't work, download the manufacturer's diagnostic tools for the HD, om another PC & create a boot disc.

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#4
March 25, 2011 at 18:33:14
In BIOS make sure that the boot order is set to see the HDD first. If not try disabling or uninstalling the floppy drive from there and see if this helps.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#5
March 25, 2011 at 18:40:57
It does not have a floopy drive as I recall I don't know why it's occuring. I don't have the vista boot cd on me. So where should I go to put the boot on the cd for Vista? Few other people said I had a hardrive failure, and I need to either completly replace or take it apart to get the information out of it.

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#6
March 26, 2011 at 06:47:52
If the HD and video is OK then it's quite possible it would run a Linux Live CD. These run from the CD drive only, using RAM. It is a way to get your own files off the computer if WIndows is screwed up.

I use Puppy Linux. You could download the image (iso) on another computer then burn a CD with the image burning feature which is present on most CD/DVD writing software.

To use the CD on the faulty computer you go to BIOS and make sure the CD drive is ahead of the HD. You then insert the CD in the drive and power up. Although Puppy doesn't use the HD, if you make it to the Linux desktop you can "access" the HD. This means that you can drag and drop your files from the HD onto a flash drive. Note that everything in Linux is single click.

If you decide to go that way I can help further but you don't have to be a Linux expert to do this (I'm certainly not).

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#7
March 26, 2011 at 11:05:54
Loading the bios defaults re activated the floppy boot, which you do not have, that can be easily turned off in the bios. Testing the hard disk is a good idea. If you have the vista disk, you can try to boot off the dvd and perform a vista startup repair. The real culprit may be this; windows has puked trying to install new drivers for the video card because there was not enough room left to install them, now the hard-drive is full and vista no longer functions properly. It would help if we knew what make/model computer this is. Ultimately you may need to recover your data and reload the system.

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#8
March 26, 2011 at 11:08:19
Windows system restore takes up 12% or so of the drive at max and 15% free space is required just to run a defragment. You cannot fill the drive completely full as you may now know, the operating system needs a certain amount of space to perform tasks, and without that space, it cannot function.

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#9
March 27, 2011 at 22:05:25
The model is a Dell insprion 530. Alright I can't get the vista boot cd where can I get one? I cannot go to F12 but only F2 these are my options because I downloaded the Puppy linux on a cd but idk what do in the system part. Here are my options

System info
standard cmos
advanced bios
boot device
advanced chipset
integrated peripherals
power management
load defaults
etc...

I need help exact links where to download stuff, and I dont know where to get a vista boot up disk. Thank you for working with me. Hopper you hit on target that is what happaned now all i can do pray and do my best to recover the info or get started again.


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