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Windows 7: Pc-1 on new win install in infinite loop w/ format done> how access

02 Feb 2018   #61
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Good thots. Gonna open PC1 facing me on my desk to see and hear whatever I can trace down. And use old automotive repair trick. Get a wood dowl rod and put one end on your ear and the other on the possible noise source. Will report, Jim


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05 Feb 2018   #62
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hey out there. What a game eh! Just to show you, once again, swelled heads don't help anyone but the opposing team.

Anyhow, found a suitable wood stick and setup PC1 with side open facing me on my table. Hard to tell about the clicks with the woo but I cloud easily feel the click coming from the optical drive enclosure with the "systems disk" inserted and doing
its clickity click with the small white arrow at the top right blinking.


Keeping in mind that this situation occurred solely during the install of the Gateway recovery systems disk, I tried running a DVD in pc 2 to see what happened there before trying it in PC1. I must be in another world I guess, nothing played upon insertion of the DVD nor on reboot with the DVD inserted. With that reality, it seems there is still something wrong needing attention in PC1 also. Any ideas would be helpful, Jim
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05 Feb 2018   #63
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

If your DVD drive is making the noise, and if it failed when trying to run the recovery disk, then I would say that you have a bad DVD drive.

A while back I had a similar situation - I tried to do a clean install of Windows 7 on my computer. It kept failing. But there was no other apparent problem with the DVD drive. I even swapped drives, and it failed again. I then decided to go with a SATA DVD drive (the previous one was IDE). Once I did that, the problem disappeared. So, is your DVD drive SATA or IDE? If it's IDE, then get a SATA drive. At any rate, replace the DVD drive, and hopefully the problem will go away.

Perhaps you could try an external USB DVD drive. As long is that device is before the hard drive in the boot order, you should be good to go. An added benefit will be that you could use the DVD drive on other computers as well, since it will be an external drive.
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05 Feb 2018   #64
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

any suggestions on the type of external USB DVD drive. Looking at eBay for instance, several applications and descriptions. 3.0 USB or 2.0 USB matter? Get a burner too? Must it be for a pc only vs. a laptop? ETC. Jim
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05 Feb 2018   #65
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

...cont.. with a new external dvd drive, the fact still exists that the gateway program said it formatted the HD and then things got stuck. seems like the HD would still produce that result maybe? Food for thot, Jim
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07 Feb 2018   #66
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Further thots, seems like, with an external DVD drive you suggested, I could install a new windows OS (I have a new windows professional DVD) over the seemingly fouled up Gateway recovery disk program causing the headaches. That way the HD becomes usable again. Think that'll possibly work?

Oh, on the ext DVD drive. I just need to know the basics of what to buy. I've never dabbled in this "external" drive stuff.
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07 Feb 2018   #67
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Here's one for $25:
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-8x-e...?skuId=5852919

Basically, any will do, if they support the type of disk you are trying to record to or read from. But they may not come with a USB cable, so make sure you have the correct USB cable for the drive you buy.

Speaking of the type of disk, I would go with a read-only DVD, not a re-writable one, because sometimes the rewriteable ones have issues. My preference is DVD+R.

Your profile says you live in Washington state, so I looked up the local Best Buys in Seattle. You could pick up this external DVD drive at the Bellevue store, and probably other Best Buy locations as well.
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07 Feb 2018   #68
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

OK, does this one from Wallmart fit the bill? Its $18.87 and says in its description that:

"10/Vista/7, Linux, Mac 10 OS system. This DVD/CD drive also support various kinds of notebook, desktop and laptop. [Not support Apple iOS system] Mutifunctional Use: You can use the DVD/CD drive to Watch DVD movies, Copy files, Do listening exercises, Install system, Burn discs and more. One DVD drive for all needs."

Looks like an all-in-one unit. Here is the url: USB 3.0 External DVD CD Drive, Jelly Comb Slim Portable External DVD/CD RW Burner Drive for Laptop, Notebook, Desktop, Mac Macbook Pro, Macbook Air and More - Walmart.com


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Also please tell me what is your answer is for this question I asked before:

Also please answer the below question I asked before:

"Further thots, seems like, with an external DVD drive you suggested, I could install a new windows OS (I have a new windows professional DVD) over the seemingly fouled up Gateway recovery disk program causing the headaches. That way the HD becomes usable again. Think that'll possibly work?"

Sure appreciate your help guy, Jim
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07 Feb 2018   #69
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

That drive will be fine. Hopefully it is available for purchase in the store, so you don't have to wait for them to ship it.

And yes, you can use this drive to install a new Windows OS, if you like. If the factory restore disk won't work, then installing a clean copy of the OS would be your best option.
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08 Feb 2018   #70
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Gads, the Wallmart unit came forma direct path from none other than China. No support, nothing. Can't imagine a return either. Bagged that baby and went to RE PC in Tukwila. They had a LG GP50NB40 Model. First thing I did at home was lookup the manual. Guess what it says... :

After usb plugin and etc. "When the computer is ready, confirm that the drive is detected. And then, insert the supplied software CD into the drive and install the software".

Ohhh really! Think it will instal OK? Pretty close to the install of the gateway recovery disks, I'd say. I could not get the GTWY program to install, so heading down the same path? Well, tell me what Ya think plz. Jim
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