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Windows 7: Changed hardware, now won't boot off hdd or disk.

14 Dec 2011   #1
krynn72

7 64 bit
 
 
Changed hardware, now won't boot off hdd or disk.

I just installed a new motherboard, CPU, memory, and video card into my computer. I'm not looking to salvage my old OS install, and have all important data backed up, so I planned to just put the hardware in and boot off my windows disk to do a format and reload. However no matter what I do I can't get windows setup or an OS to load. When loading the installer it locks up at the windows splash screen. I've tried booting off the hdd and it does the same thing. I tried it in safe mode and it locks up before it finished loading all the files. I also tried booting mini XP off my Hirens 15 disk and that locks up at the splash screen too.

So at this point I ran memtest to see if it was my ram causing problems but it all tested ok. So anyone got any idea on how to boot off my disk so I can format and reload?


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14 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

What windows installation disk do you have - is it a retail disk or a disk burnt from your previous recovery partition.

Also, for a test try to install a Linux distro - maybe Ubuntu and see what happens. Even a live CD may give you some insight.

Provided your hardware funtions properly, I suspect there is a driver problem. But that is not certain at this level of info.
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14 Dec 2011   #3
krynn72

7 64 bit
 
 

The disk is a DVD that I burned myself using the image Microsoft provided me when I bought the download version of it. I'm positive it works because I actually just had to use it about a month ago when my primary hard drive died. I can try a Linux install, but I will need to use someone else's computer to get it. That may take a day or two so is there anything I can try in the meantime?
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14 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So you actually have a retail installation disk. The fact that you burnt it yourself is neither here nor there. So my driver theory is fading.

Don't you have any live disk - e.g. Partition Wizard Bootable CD, a recovery disc from an imaging program or anything else. That would be just for a test that the haedware works. If nothing else, download and burn this one (last entry on the webpage) - takes 2 minutes. It is a very useful program which you might want to have anyhow.

Load it from the optical reader and see whether it comes alive. If yes, you know at least that your hardware is OK. If no, you have a bigger problem and might want to check the wiring. At least we know that the mobo functions, else you would not get a BIOS splash screen.
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14 Dec 2011   #5
krynn72

7 64 bit
 
 

Hi I think I see what you're getting at, but wouldn't that accomplish the same thing as testing my hirens disk? It is able to boot off that ok, and I can run diagnostic tools off it. It also has a bootable mini XP on the disk which I tried, but it hung on the starting screen too. That's the weird part. If I boot off the hard drive it freezes at the "starting windows" screen, a split second after the logo animation starts. When I boot from the windows disk and start setup, it loads the files, then locks up in the exact same spot, the "starting windows" screen and even the animated logo looks like it's stopped on the same frame as it does when booting off the hdd.
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14 Dec 2011   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

So your hardware seems to function - at least somehow. Let me think.
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14 Dec 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is my new theory. It stops on the screen where the graphic animation of the windows logo starts. This may point to a graphics problem. There may be a function of the graphics (card or driver) that is required that was not needed when "static" screens were displayed.

Does that make sense??
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14 Dec 2011   #8
krynn72

7 64 bit
 
 

I understand what you mean, but how would I clear out or reset the drivers? While waiting for your reply I tried removing my video card and using the onboard chip instead, but got no change. Right now all that's plugged in is the optical drive, one stick of ram, and the hard drive I want to install on.
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14 Dec 2011   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, looks like we are running out of options. Suggest to let it rest over night. Maybe we are smarter tomorrow.
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14 Dec 2011   #10
scrooge

win 7 ( 64 bit)
 
 

you may want to go into bios and make sure everything is setup right. also well in there if your bios has it check your temps . it may be heating up or you may need some more voltage on your cpu or memory.

scrooge
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