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Windows 7: Bootloader fails to start unless I press a key

04 Mar 2013   #1
reoperw

Windows 7
 
 
Bootloader fails to start unless I press a key

I'm asking this question for one of my friends.
My friend's netbook (Olive Zipbook 107h) has Windows 7 Professional Installed in it. When I switch it on, it keeps on restarting as it reaches windows bootloader, something like windows bootloader blinks for a second and disappears, system restarts and this keeps in happening. But during BIOS screen, if i press any key on keyboard, Windows starts normally, and do not even show any sign of errors, even Event log doesn't help. I tried resetting mbr/bootloader with recovery option, the "Startup Repair" Option in Recovery mode, nothing helped.
I tried using EazyBCD as well, but was of no use.
Any solutions? Will installing a third party bootloader like GRUB help me solve this?


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04 Mar 2013   #2
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition.
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04 Mar 2013   #3
reoperw

Windows 7
 
 
Disk Management Screenshot

C: is Windows installation and others are normal drives. System Reserved is Bootloader's if am not wrong!

Checked Event log, has nothing in particular regarding this, still, have attached few which stands out!


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File Type: txt event log.txt (6.0 KB, 2 views)
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04 Mar 2013   #4
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Since you did not maximize the window as requested we cannot see the flags on the partitions to know they are set correctly.

System Reserved should be marked System Active - if it's not marked Active then do that now in Disk Mgmt: Partition - Mark as Active

Then boot into Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run a few Startup Repairs with reboots to see if it finds anything to repair.

In BIOS setup, set the HD first to boot. Trigger disks to boot using one-time BIOS boot menu key at boot. Check also the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup.
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04 Mar 2013   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Right, especially expand the 'Status' field so that the full text is visible. Like this:


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05 Mar 2013   #6
reoperw

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Since you did not maximize the window as requested we cannot see the flags on the partitions to know they are set correctly.

System Reserved should be marked System Active - if it's not marked Active then do that now in Disk Mgmt: Partition - Mark as Active
it is active. Image attached as instructed.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Then boot into Win7 DVD or System Repair Disk to run a few Startup Repairs with reboots to see if it finds anything to repair.
Tried it, nothing detected.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
In BIOS setup, set the HD first to boot. Trigger disks to boot using one-time BIOS boot menu key at boot. Check also the SATA controller setting in BIOS setup.
There is only HD as boot device!! Yet to check sata controller settings!!


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05 Mar 2013   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

There is nothing wrong with the boot configuration, so it is hard to say what's causing the problem. It could be the HD connection, faulty BIOS code, even bad boot code.

One way to remedy it almost for sure would be to do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 after wiping the HD of all boot code using Diskpart Clean Command. This is a vastly superior install to the preinstalled Win7 which comes with the PC.

Back up your files, reset the BIOS to defaults first, set SATA controller to AHCI, access DISKPART At PC Startup.
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05 Mar 2013   #8
reoperw

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is nothing wrong with the boot configuration, so it is hard to say what's causing the problem. It could be the HD connection, faulty BIOS code, even bad boot code.
If so, how is it booting normally if i press any random key on my keyboard?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
One way to remedy it almost for sure would be to do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 after wiping the HD of all boot code using Diskpart Clean Command. This is a vastly superior install to the preinstalled Win7 which comes with the PC.
Only option left?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Back up your files, reset the BIOS to defaults first, set SATA controller to AHCI, access DISKPART At PC Startup.
BIOS: PhonixBIOS
Options under SATA:
Type: [ AUTO ] (Other options: ATAPI Removable, CD-ROM, IDE-Removable, Other ATAPI, User

Under Auto, only editable option is 32 bit I/O: [ Disabled ]
Hope you noted that its not for my system, it's Olive Zipbook 107h, netbook!
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05 Mar 2013   #9
reoperw

Windows 7
 
 
Solved it!

I solved it, I don't know exact idea of how solution works!
I changed the bootloader time, and created a new entry. next time, it started booting normal. and after that, I removed the other entry, cut short the time, everything still worked normal!!

This might be the reason: there could have been some error in time-settings, and when i press a key, bootloader skips the countdown, may be thats why it used ti work normal.
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05 Mar 2013   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

How exactly did you do this?
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