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Windows 7: Boot error, unknown origin, ideas to make this computer boot?

12 Apr 2012   #1
jbrown355

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Boot error, unknown origin, ideas to make this computer boot?

Hi guys,

Basically I've acquired an old PC from a friend, I don't really know a great deal about the computer except that it is an Winfast motherboard with an AMD 64 Athlon processor.

I've been trying to fix the PC but when I try to do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate from a disc the computer repeatedly crashes and shuts down after copying files reaches 100% or before.

I have also tried to load a Windows 8 installer and a Ubuntu live CD, but it still seems to crash after running for a while.

I have feeling that it may be an error relating to the graphics/video card, (which is intergrated into the motherboard). Because sometimes the screen shows just lines. I tried playing with the bios once (pheonix bios) but this stopped it from booting and gave the post beeps to tell me there was a problem with the video card. However I reset the CMOS on the motherboard and it now boots but still crashes when trying to install windows 7.

Are there any other ways around this? i.e. disabling the video card manually, or any other solutions? Kinda hoping this isn't a hardware related problem.


Thanks in advance!


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12 Apr 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Is the Windows Ultimate disc a retail copy? Or a burned disc? Or?

Is it a 64-bit disc?

I have never heard of the Winfast motherboard brand. It may be too old to support this version of Windows?
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12 Apr 2012   #3
jbrown355

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Yes its a 64bit disc, burnt. It is quite old... I don't think that's the problem though as it crashed doing the same with an ubuntu live CD?

I'm going to try run a puppy linux live usb now and see what the results are.
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12 Apr 2012   #4
gregrocker
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If Puppy will run then it's not hardware problems which can also be troubleshot here: Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums

What is the licensed OS on the computer? Look on the COA sticker affixed to side or back. Do you want to reinstall the licensed OS or clean reinstall Win7? How do you plan to activate Win7 if so?
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12 Apr 2012   #5
jbrown355

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Hi, okay puppy linux will not run. It gets to the loading stage then the computer just crashes and shuts down again.

I have a valid windows 7 serial key to activate it, I just don't have the disc.
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12 Apr 2012   #6
ignatzatsonic

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Did you download and burn that disc yourself? If not, I'd get an ISO from mydigitallife.info and reburn and try again.
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12 Apr 2012   #7
jbrown355

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@ignatzatsonic yeh I burnt it myself the iso file is of good quality. I'll try it with a windows XP iso see if that makes any difference, I think I need to change something in the BIOS or run some sort of recovery tool from a usb if such thing exists? I'm not sure what to do next.
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12 Apr 2012   #8
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Since Linux won't run, you may have hardware issues.

Winfast.com resolves to this site:

King Fung

They seem to mostly make graphics cards, but do make a few motherboards. Not sure if yours is still supported. I'm not even sure they are in fact who made your board.
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12 Apr 2012   #9
cyclic

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I feel you should swap out some hardware, I believe the main problem is faulty hardware, or indeed quite rightly as ignatzatsonic posted it may be too old in any event.

As to winfast, I don't think they have ever made motherboards, many motherboards however deploy a winfast chip, which neither part of the north or south bridges, it works in isolation monitoring temps and such.
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12 Apr 2012   #10
gregrocker
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jbrown355 View Post
Hi, okay puppy linux will not run. It gets to the loading stage then the computer just crashes and shuts down again.

I have a valid windows 7 serial key to activate it, I just don't have the disc.
Then first focus on the hardware tests in Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot - Windows 7 Forums . Test the RAM then swap sticks and blow any dust out of their slots.

Is this a retail key or one which came with the machine?

Everything you need is here to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 which are the same basic steps for retail.
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