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Windows 7: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 will install on system, but not boot after bios

08 Feb 2013   #1

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Windows 7 Ultimate x64 will install on system, but not boot after bios

Hey all!

I've been lurking around the forums for the passed week or so now, and have come to my wits' end with a problem I had on my system. I looked through a few threads and didn't find any answer unique to my problem, so I figured I'd post a thread about it; apologies in advance if there has been a posted solution to this problem.
Here we go:

So I was running Windows 7 ultimate x64 on my system (specs below), and I usually let my computer go into hibernate as it does that automatically after some time of system inactivity. Usually it will boot back up with no problem but then last week I tried to boot it up, it crashed and said system error.. I can't remember everything it said as it was obviously coded; since then I haven't been able to bring up the same warning screens.
Instead what happened was I reinstalled windows 7 on the same drive, formatted and all, and after installation it would finalize my settings, etc. After which, it would do a final reboot and, after bios goes, the computer hangs on a command prompt type screen with just a flashing underscore.
Asking my family members, they proposed it might be a hardware issue so I bought a new hard drive(Seagate Barracuda 1tb.. not sure if that matters) and tried installing windows on that drive; same exact problem. I also tried different combinations of RAM with my board, including just one stick of RAM, tried taking out the video card, tried taking out the sound card, etc. No dice.
So my dad took his drive from his computer, that has an install of VISTA x64, and I plugged it into my computer and it worked perfectly. Conversely, I plugged my drive with the Win7 install into his computer and it also worked perfectly.

We tried playing around with a few settings in the BIOS, etc. but nothing gives. I'm not sure what the problem is here because Win7 had worked perfectly before this seemingly random event, so I couldn't think of it being a potential hardware problem.

In any case, any and all help is GREATLY appreciated. Suggested options to resolve this for me were to buy a new computer or use Vista.... neither of which are ideas I want to entertain just yet!

MOBO: Intel DP45SG
Chip: Q6600
Ram: Hynix 2x2gb and 2x1gb kingston
Vid card: Zotac GeForce GT 610
Sound: Creative X-Fi Xtremegamer
BIOS: Should be up-to-date, irregardless it ran win7 before

Don't know if there's any other specs I should be looking into, or other software settings I should be listing, but if there are any suspects then I can go fetch that info too.

Thanks for looking.

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09 Feb 2013   #2
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