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Windows 7: Laptop in startup loop

07 Dec 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
Laptop in startup loop

First off, I'm helping my brother to post from another computer on another network because this forum blocks both of his accounts "whitebeard" and "marineford" within 1 minute of account activation for "spamming" and "already banned". So if any of the adminstrators sees this, please unban him.


Hi, I'm using Acer Aspire 4741G. I force shutdown my laptop when it was semi-lagging and freezing after I opened my internet browsers. After that, it always boot to the system recovery options window.

I used the Startup Repair option, and the diagnosis shows a bunch of error code = 0x0, and the root cause found was:

No OS files found on disk.
Repair action: partition table repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490

And unfortunately I have not created a restore point before in order for System Restore to work.

I looked up your forum for some solutions and found this:

Startup Repair Infinite Loop Recovery
Upon using the command prompt I found that the drive with all my documents is now D instead of C, but when I enter the command "cd/windows/system32/config" I get "the request could not be performed because of an I\O device error"

How do I know if my hard drive is still readable?
Is it possible to copy out the documents I need to a USB thumbdrive or DVD?
Is it possible to fix this without reformatting?
I have a blank rewritable DVD, but not an external HDD
I do not have a Windows 7 installation or recovery disk, the laptop is pre-installed with one.

My BIOS boot priority order has the following options:

IDE 0: WDC WD5000BEVT-22A0RT0-(S1
Network Boot: MBA v12.2.2 Slot 0300

I think the IDE CD/DVD is the CD drive, so I switched it to the first position, burned the last item from this site:

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online using another computer to try and boot from it, but it doesn't work. I don't see the message prompting the boot from CD, and it brings me to the System Recovery Options window again.

I can't get the Safe Mode menu to appear despite pressing/tapping/holding f8.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

07 Dec 2012   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit

Hiyya and welcome Glyticia Mate have you tried tapping F8 and a safe mode boot? If you have and it doesn't boot and you have not got a lot on this machine then how about a factory default re install?

If you have never done this before - you power off leave for a few seconds and then power back on and keep tapping the F10 key or Alt+ F10 if one doesn't work try thet other.

This will wipe all data of the drive and reinstall from the factory partition and effectively be a reinstall of the OS.

Oh and mate some system specs would be really handy too. Use Speccy when you can get it on and this is a very handy tool to use in future.

Speccy - System Information - Free Download

Mate as for your brother I don't know what it was he posted but it must have been well out of order to be banned asap. I don't know how he can be reinstated - shame cos it is a fantastic forum.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start offers everything possible to start unbootable Windows 7, leading up to if necessary rescuiing your files to run Acer Recovery or get the superior Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Acer Support - Answers, E-Mail, Chat - How do I restore my computer using the eRecovery Management program?
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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