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Windows 7: Computer not booting up (both hard drive and boot CD)

07 Sep 2012   #1
okami 11x

Win7 Pro - 64bit
Computer not booting up (both hard drive and boot CD)

Long time no post (which seems to be a good thing since my computer wasn't acting up till now).

I cannot seem to troubleshoot my Windows 7 installation. I'm using Win 7 Pro 64bit that was, to my knowledge, completely up to date until it started acting up 3-4 days ago.

I remember my computer freezing up (in which case I did what I usually do) and I force closed some programs. None of the programs were integral to the operation of Windows.

After restarting, my computer was able to POST to the BIOS and start to load the OS. At this point, it would just sit at "Starting Windows" and never move on, no matter how long I sat in front of it. I tried safe mode with and without networking, and the file it would freeze at was a driver for my on board graphics card (I assumed since it had ATI in the filename).

Since it wasn't booting properly, I thought I might have to do a fresh install. So I booted into a Live Boot CD of Ubuntu and moved my files I needed to a different Hard Drive. I then booted into my install disc of Windows 7 Pro 64bit and never got past "Starting Windows."

Does this sound familiar to anyone? I was still able to access my hard drive and copy files off of it so I don't think it's a bad hdd. I ran Start Up Repair and it couldn't find a fix. I tried System Restore and that didn't work (I do have earlier restores I could try but they are 3 weeks old). I also tried the Memory Card Diagnostic tool. I didn't actually see the results since I assumed the results would stay on this screen until I did something with it (I was using my monitor for something else at the time) so I don't know if my RAM is bad, but I'm assuming since I can move past the BIOS and I can boot a Live boot of Ubuntu, my RAM is OK.

I'm on the verge of installing Ubuntu so I can at least get online with it, but I still have Windows programs that I need to run. Any insight would be appreciated.

Thank you,

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07 Sep 2012   #2
okami 11x

Win7 Pro - 64bit

I clean installed Ubuntu over my Windows installation. I don't have time tonight to try booting the Win7 CD but I can successfully boot Ubuntu without a disc.

This still baffles me so any insight would be helpful.
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 Computer not booting up (both hard drive and boot CD)

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