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Windows 7: BCD boot error, can't boot from any device

10 May 2015   #1
matmat92

windows 7 professionnal 64 bits
 
 
BCD boot error, can't boot from any device

Hi everyone,

I have been working on this problem for many days now and I'm getting hopeless.

Actually one day, for no reason, when I booted I got this error :
Windows failed to start. A recent hardware change or software might be the cause...
File : \boot\bcd
Status : 0xc000000f
Info : an error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration.

Now I can't manage to boot from any device. My OS is installed on my ssd. And my data on a classic HDD. I can't boot from any of them nor from a brand new ssd.

I read that I could try some commands in the prompt (bootrec /fixmbr etc) but I can't even access the prompt.

When I try to boot from a bootable USB drive or the windows install cd I get nearly the same error :
File : boot\bcd
Status : 0xc00000e9
Info : An unexpected I/O error has occurred.

The only things that I can do is to access the BIOS and UEFI shell prompt but I couldn't manage to do anything from it.

In the BIOS, I can see that all my devices are recognised but I can't boot from any.

I tried a CMOS reset but it didn't change anything. Is it possible that my mothercard is dead even though the BIOS works fine ?

Sorry for my mistakes, English is not my mother tongue and I'm writing from my phone.

TL ; DR : Can't boot from any ssd/hdd nor windows 7 install Cd

Hope you can help


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12 May 2015   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome matmat mate try this if you are concerned over losing data. There is another option using Linux Mint but I find this easier. At the very least if you have to reinstall you will get the data back. You may even be able to run some diagnostics with this as you can access the net with it.
BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Now the other thing you can do is to run these in safe mode if you can access that
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < if necessary include the /f and /r in the command line as per Option2


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12 May 2015   #3
matmat92

windows 7 professionnal 64 bits
 
 

Hi icit2lol and thanks a lot for your interest

Unfortunately i can't access safe mode so i won't be able to do what is described in the links.

I will try with the ubuntu install CD, it may make me able to recover my datas and it's already a big step, thanks, but it won't repair my computer in any case if i have correctly understood ? Do you suggest me to buy some new components ?
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12 May 2015   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Well Mat mate you might be able to test the drives via the net using Ubuntu - I have never tried myself but the Ubuntu or the Linux Mint option are stand alone OS's themselves so should be able to run much the same things as you do with Windows.

As for the components well to be honest without actually seeing your machine it is hard to say what exactly it could be that has gone south. Just how old is the beasty??

If it is just the matter of the hard drive gone bung then I would strongly suggest you get a SSD for booting and a secondary spinner for data. I make do with 250GB SSD's but a lot of members use 120GB SSD's for the OS. They are reasonably priced now and you will be blown away by the performance difference.
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12 May 2015   #5
matmat92

windows 7 professionnal 64 bits
 
 

Ok, so booting from a ubuntu CD may work even though it doesn't with windows CD ?

The beast is 2+ years old and as i explained in m'y first message, i can't boot even from a brand new ssd nor my hdd so i don't think they are the problem. I tested the RAM and it is OK.
I tried to boot with only my ssd as SATA device and on every single port it failed. If my processor had gone wrong, i wouldn't be able to enter the BIOS i think. My guess is that part of my motherboard failed. Someone told me it might be the storage controller, what do you think ? How could I identify if it's true ?
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12 May 2015   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hum well Mat I have exactly the same board in my Ivy Bridge only the basic board and I have had no problems with any of the onboard ports and I think that if the BIOS is coming up then it seems to me the drive is the problem - have you another spare drive you can do a quick install on?

What is showing in the BIOS? - hardware wise?

The storage controller is a new one to me I shall have to look it up and if I come up with nothing I'll ask for help.

Now I have to go offline for a while but will be back.
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12 May 2015   #7
matmat92

windows 7 professionnal 64 bits
 
 

In the BIOS, every device is recognised.
I tried to unplug every device (ssd, hdd, CD drive) and booted with only one plugged at a time, still get the error.
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13 May 2015   #8
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Mat I think I have got my posts muddled I thought you had an Asus board.
So what is the MSI board model mate as we need to have a look at it.

Now personally I have never had an MSI board and friends on this forum have often voiced they are not great fans of that brand. If push comes to shove are you in a position to renew the board if so I would go either Asus or Gigabyte but they are my own personal favourites having used bot in the past. It does however depend on what CPU socket you have because the 1155 Intels out here ta least are hard and expensive to come by.
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13 May 2015   #9
matmat92

windows 7 professionnal 64 bits
 
 

No problem, shit happens

Concerning my motherboard it's a MSI Z68A-G45
My processor is a Intel i5 2500k (socket 1155 indeed)
RAM is 2 x 4 GB Corsair XMS3 DDR3
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13 May 2015   #10
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Have a look at these too http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html
& http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/219533-troubleshooting-windows-7-failure-boot.html first up.

Ok mate now I see it is the Sandy Bridge and yes I have one too only my board is a Gigabyte one and my CPU the i5 2500.

But no matter these are the drivers for that board if we can get the things to boot MSI Australia - Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more 64 and I think if it does fire up at some stage the chipset one needs doing at least.

If you haven't got the manual (who ever keeps those things??) this is it MSI Australia - Computer, Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mainboard, Graphics and more

If I am right and I am assuming the BIOS is the old legacy type? not the EUFI.

The RAM now usually the sticks are put in 1 & 3 on most boards ie 1 being the one closest to the CPU so try using slots 2 & 4 it is worth a try. The drive I think I mentioned before and I know it is a big ask but if you had a spare one even an old spinner cleaned and ready - a reinstall might be worth trying. If that does fire up then the other drives are indeed dead eh?

If we can get the OS going then a look at the PSU is on the cards too. Now you can test it with a digital multimeter - not expensive (see pic - it is actually how it should set) at the 24 pin motherboard plug see the voltage colours in this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_...unit_(computer) < scroll down to the bottom and use the black lead in any black cabled site and the red lead to measure the "live" voltage rails.
Now the volts MUST be within 5% +/- of the stated voltage if not then the PSU is a prime suspect because the board components will not function or work at all if the volts are out of those tolerances. See this
Voltage Rails - Power Supply 101: A Reference Of Specifications

There are a few things to do and this is just a start.


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