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Windows 7: Windows 7 Repair Issues (big time!)

29 Sep 2010   #1

Win 7 64 bit Pro
Windows 7 Repair Issues (big time!)

(Windows 7 Pro 64bit)

After assembling a brand new machine and installing Windows 7, all seemed to be going well and then for some reason I booted again and it came up with System Repair and could not repair it. So I decided maybe a power failure or something had trashed it. I did a complete reinstall of Win 7 64bit Pro. Things seemed fine again, but then eventually it did the same thing. On this machine I have tried the following:
  • swapped my RAM. It didn't help. Both still show 8GB of RAM.
  • Ran the memory tester in System Repair menu
  • swapped the power supply for a better one
  • performed System Repair (unsuccessful)
  • performed System Restore (unsuccessful)
  • Disabled CPI APIC support & set Plug and Play O/S = YES in BIOS per a newsgroup--didn't work
  • reset all BIOS settings to factory defaults
  • fixmbr
  • fixboot
  • Attempted booting to Safe Mode. I once got it to show the log of loaded drivers. It seemed to hang on classpnp.sys
  • Installed Windows XP Pro 32 bit just to see--seemed to work fine
  • RMAd the motherboard Asus P6X58D Premium, just in case...Installed that
  • reinstalled Windows 7 (again)
    It seemed to be working, but today when I booted it up to try to work on it again, I got the Startup Repair. I let it run then it said the following:
Cannot repair this computer automatically
Problem Event Name: StartupRepair offline
02: 6.1.7600.16385
03: Unknown
04: 22
05: autofailover
06: 1
07: Corruptfile
OSVER: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 1033

I really have NO more ideas as to what could be wrong with this. Any suggestions? It seems an unreliable machine at best.

More info. This has an i7 920 processor, 8GB of DDR3 Corsair, Cooler Master case, ATI Radeon HD4670, a DVD writer,
Western Digital WD500AAKS (500GB) hard drive.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Please start with these free diagnostics:
H/W Diagnostics:
Please start by running these bootable hardware diagnostics:
Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)
HD Diagnostic (read the details at the link)
FWIW - I don't trust the Windows memory diagnostic, so please try the one that I recommend.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #3

Win 7 64 bit Pro

HD Diagnostic gave me Unable to locate license agreement DLGLICE.TXT

memtest86 doesn't like my USB floppy. It says:
Can't figure out how many sectors/track for this diskette.

Are there any others that will test 8GB?
My System SpecsSystem Spec

04 Oct 2010   #4

Win 7 64 bit Pro

I downloaded memscope, but it only seems to recognize 4GB
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Please fill out you system specs, lower left corner.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


Make sure Win7 partition is marked Active before running Startup Repair at least 3 separate times with reboots. Partition - Mark as Active

Try System Restore from the DVD/Repair CD, not the F8 Boot Tools menu.

Open DVD/CD Command Line, use DISKPART to List Disk for DVD drive letter. Using the drive letter you identified, type:
cd \boot
bootsect /nt60 SYS /mbr

If it won't start, you can copy out files using this method: Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

Then wipe the HD before reinstalling Win7: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP


Try one of the other hard drive tests (I suggest Seagate Seatools first, then the Hitachi Drive Fitness Test). The Western Digital test is very finicky and I can't get it to run reliably at work.

Can you run MemTest from a CD?
If not, can you run the ISO from a USB flash drive?
I've had not issue with either of these on my system (I've got 12 gB of RAM).
If none of that works, then I'd guess that the RAM was good because it passed the inbuilt Microsoft diagnostic.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #8

Win 7 64 bit Pro

I ran the Ultimate Boot Disk. It has memtest86+
It only showed 4GB instead of my 8GB, but after running for 2hrs and 37minutes shows the following two entries:
Tst Pass Failing Address Good Bad
=== === ============ ======== ========
5 2 000b88590c8 - 2952.3MB 00011000 00001000
5 2 000bc419028 - 3012.0MB 00011000 00001000

Does this mean my RAM is bad?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Oct 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP


I don't pay much attention to the details - if I get red (like in the above image), then there's problems with your RAM or the motherboard.
Follow the steps in my link to see if it's the RAM or the motherboard slots.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Oct 2010   #10

Win 7 64 bit Pro
Red is what I am seeing

Well, it is RED that I quoted. Now in over 17.5hours, I have 2 counts of the second item listed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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