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Windows 7: BSOD loop at BOOT, useless laptop

14 Jan 2011   #21
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The chances that this is caused by hardware failure are quite high, in my opinion.

If you have any DDR3 1066 or faster memory, go ahead and swap it out. Don't try to use any other type of RAM, or speeds slower than 1066 MHz.

You can run the Memtest overnight, if that helps any.

What were the results of the SeaTools tests?


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15 Jan 2011   #22
sebastianrhrh

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

SeaTools "Short Test" and "Long Test" showed nothing was wrong with the HDD. I didnt run the MemTest, but today in the morning I gave the laptop back to technical service. I bought it in a department store (a christmas offer), so they said the were going to deliver the laptop to the manufacturer (Acer), have it checked there, and then Acer will send it back and then they will call me to pick it up. All of this in 10 to 15 days Hope everything works fine.

And again, thanks for all your help Jonathan, I aprreciate it a lot. Its nice to receive help from someone you dont even know

S
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17 Jan 2011   #23
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Sounds good Sebastian. Let us know how it all works out, I am eager to see you on your way again.
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29 Jan 2011   #24
sebastianrhrh

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

Hey Jonathan, just to let you know, I picked up my Gateway from the technical service today, and it works fine now. The report they attached says 1st step was to check for software malfunction, which is not covered by the manufacturer warranty. Then it says, they "reassembled hardware" and nothing else. So it couldnt have been software because the woulndt have repaired it. The only difference now is that they seem to have partitioned my HDD in two (image attached). I guess this could be kinda good? I guess there are some benefits on having two partitions right? What benefits do I have from having my HDD partitioned?

I think thats all. Thanks for your help Jonathan!
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30 Jan 2011   #25
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The benefits of having multiple partitions depend on the way you use them; if you don't use them right, you end up wasting half of your drive space and have a royal mess.

It's all about organization; if you have a solid organization system, you could theoretically make backup and recovery somewhat easier, as all your data would be on one partition and programs and OS on the other. If you had to do a clean install, you could install over the C partition, and still have your D drive just the way it was before.

Most people I know with multi-partitioned drives don't know what to do with them, however. They store their pictures in C:\Users\[username]\Pictures, their videos on C:\Users\[username]\Videos, and the D drive is rarely touched. When they run out of space on the C drive, I simply delete the D partition and extend the C one to cover the entire drive.

It's up to you; do you feel you could use 2 partitions to your advantage, or will it become a pain in the rear?

If you suspect the latter, you can easily remove the other partition. See these 2 tutorials:

Partition or Volume - Delete

Partition or Volume - Extend
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30 Jan 2011   #26
sebastianrhrh

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

Thanks for the reply, I was thinking about the partitions and I think Im going to delete the partition to then make a new partition but bigger for all my files and the other one (around 60 gb) for the OS and programs. I just use some big and heavy audio applications but thats it, I dont install a lot of programs regularly and I dont play any videogames except from ocassionally Grand Theft Auto . So what do you think about my partitioning plan? Does the size of the partition relates in any way to the speed of the OS?

I forgot to tell you that I burned the Gateway Recovery Disks (3 DVDs), so with that I would be safe in case anything software related happens, right?

S
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31 Jan 2011   #27
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

As long as the OS has sufficient space, it's fine. Give the OS at least 10 GB beyond what is used, and then make sure the disk is defragmented maybe once a week or so.
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31 Jan 2011   #28
sebastianrhrh

Windows 7 Home Basic x64
 
 

Well Jonathan, all my problems are solved now, and you saved my dj career. I appreciate a lot all of the instructions and advice you gave me and I just wanted to say thank you pal.


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31 Jan 2011   #29
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well thanks for posting back to say so, Sebastian. I'm glad to hear that!

We'll mark this as solved for now; if you need anything else, don't hesitate to post!
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