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Windows 7: Windows Startup Repair query

19 May 2015   #141
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

When/ if you connect to another computer make sure it is either SATA-3 or usb3 or the interface speed will bottleneck and you won't achieve SSD's speed.

There is supposed to be a screen where you can setup a raid. You need to find that screen. This can be in Bios but for example my computer has a different screen right after bios (I need to press some key to enter it). I see "loading os" text afterwards.


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19 May 2015   #142
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
When/ if you connect to another computer make sure it is either SATA-3 or usb3 or the interface speed will bottleneck and you won't achieve SSD's speed.

There is supposed to be a screen where you can setup a raid. You need to find that screen. This can be in Bios but for example my computer has a different screen right after bios (I need to press some key to enter it). I see "loading os" text afterwards.
A friend in work can check it next week he said.

To be honest I'm not too worried about the speed of the SSD, I can get in touch with Dell and they will possibly send someone out to replace it. If not the wipe I will do might fix it and failing that, I will simply buy a new SSD.

My main worry now is to just get the PC working without any weird errors like it gives me upon boot up. I'm referring to the message from last night where it said 'preferred boot device is missing' even though it was not missing. Here is a screenshot of my Boot Sequence screen, is that setup correctly or am I totally blind/silly here? The list on the right is the actual order sequence is that right? Apologies for the crooked photo.

Also, the 'Boot List Option' part - Will I try UEFI? Is this safe to give a try?


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19 May 2015   #143
gregrocker

 

Yes I would first try installing to UEFI which may requiring enabling elsewhere in BIOS setup if it was not previously. This gives you all of the features of the new EFI BIOS which have replaced old Legacy BIOS'. UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums

You'll need to boot the installation media as a UEFI device which requires if using a flash stick special formatting from Option One of UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows.

Then using the Dell F12 boot menu choose the UEFI flash stick installer or DVD, delete all partitions on the target drive which should reset formatting if necessary to GPT for a UEFI install.

This will also force the Windows Boot Manager to appear as first boot device instead of SSD which is how UEFI installs boot. I would also entirely remove from Boot order the diskette drive and Onboard NIC.

You said that Dell might replace your SSD. The manufacturer warranties the device for one year from dated of purchase receipt, and will provide tech support until that time to test it and if necessary set up a return. We see this regularly here for SSD's.

I've asked you to query Dell about why exactly there is a RAID controller so that the questions are answered. If they are still under warranty they should be able to answer this question for you and people who find this thread with similar problems. I would also tell them I want the RAID controller disabled and to use the onboard SATA ports for your SSD and any other drives onboard, unless they can give you a good reason why not.
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19 May 2015   #144
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can follow Greg's post after you receive the disk Dell sending of course.

I will try to find info on how to configure the raid controller after I help a friend with teamviewer
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19 May 2015   #145
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Greg,

Cheers for the info. I can try that once I get the disc, as GokAy says.

I appreciate you keep mentioning the amount of people that did the clean install. I have nothing against that. That is what I want to do and is what I will be doing. About querying Dell, I have twice been in touch with them only to be put through to the 'correct support team' only to be told they are finished their shift. I also chatted with them on instant chat online twice, to no success. The support on this forum is far better in my experience. Not getting home from work till late doesn't help my situation either of course. I have a friend who offered to take my PC to his house and he will call the support and hopefully be put through to the correct team and go through it with them, as he will be there in his home all day working from home. My PC is still under warranty yes.
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19 May 2015   #146
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Don't you get support from where you bought it? Or is it the local support that is being unhelpful?
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19 May 2015   #147
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GokAy View Post
Don't you get support from where you bought it? Or is it the local support that is being unhelpful?
I bought it through a friend, but it's from Dell. I just found the support on the chat not much help.

I'm seeing the following options in my Bios that I want to tell you about also:

In System Configuration>Miscellaneous Devices> there is an option here labelled 'Enable PCI Slot' that is set to enabled.

Just about that screenshot I posted of the boot sequence - is that correct? I will just disable the two options Greg mentioned. But otherwise it's all good?

I also want to show this screen, when I click on that View button in the Boot List Option part. I notice the 3rd box is empty too?


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19 May 2015   #148
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Hey is this accurate of the screen you get warning after BIOS? especially the text in red (I cant see bottom from your screenshot)

*******************************************************************************
* LSI Logic MPT Setup Utility v6.02.00.00 (2005.07.08) *
* Adapter List Global Properties *
* Adapter PCI PCI PCI PCI FW Revision Status Boot *
* Bus Dev Fnc Slot Order *
* SAS1064 02 03 00 00 1.04.00.00-IR Enabled 0 *


* Esc = Exit Menu F1/Shift+1 = Help *
* Alt+N = Global Properties -/+ = Alter Boot Order Ins/Del = Alter Boot List *
*******************************************************************************

If so, press Ins/Del
and remove adaptor from boot list

also post screenshots of menu/menus if you cant make it out
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19 May 2015   #149
RedLad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm not too sure I will have to check that for you tomorrow GokAy. I will post here as soon as I check it when home from work
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19 May 2015   #150
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Those in red are supposed to be at the bottom of screen by the way, try Ins/Del even if you don't see the text on that screen.
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