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Windows 7: Windows 7 Startup Problems

05 May 2010   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

When you installed it the very first time, any problems? What hardware has changed since then ? Have you read our questions list for installation ?

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05 May 2010   #12
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I have changed my PSU, CPU-Fan, GFX Card, and Sound card since the first installation I never had any problems finding the drivers for these devices however.

I have deleted the partition and I was trying to do a clean install though, so this shouldn't matter. Why would it still be freezing at the Starting Windows installation screen? I'm reading that thread now, thx for posting

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Sometimes you may have a problem with installing Windows 7 with more than 2 GB of RAM installed on some older motherboards. If you have this problem, then you should install Windows 7 with a maximum of 2GB of RAM installed and add the rest of the RAM after Windows 7 is fully installed. You may need to flash your motherboard BIOS with the latest version to support more RAM like this. (WARNING - DO NOT FLASH THE BIOS if you do not know what you are doing. Please ask for help instead. One mistake can kill your motherboard permanently.)
I have also tried using only 1 stick of 2GB RAM, even though my mobo isn't THAT old.
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05 May 2010   #13
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Since you have onboard video, I would take out the GFX card. Try the install that way, to see if it works, then re-install the GFX card after it is stable & updated.
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05 May 2010   #14
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I also tried that.
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05 May 2010   #15
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Your hardware profile has certainly seen a large change since 7 was first installed! That didn't prevent a normal boot apparently on that until the beta version of the game unless you discover a hardware problem now just being realized like a bad dimm!
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05 May 2010   #16
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
Your hardware profile has certainly seen a large change since 7 was first installed! That didn't prevent a normal boot apparently on that until the beta version of the game unless you discover a hardware problem now just being realized like a bad dimm!
Bad dimm?

I am now sure that it is not the harddrive, since I installed Ubuntu on it fine and am loading from the harddrive (not the live-cd). Which leads me to wonder what hardware that Ubuntu can recognize, cannot be recognized by Windows 7 installer?
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06 May 2010   #17
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

A bad dimm won't prevent a small distro like ubuntu from going on since that only needs about 256mb if that! Windows is obviously the larger OS with many services to consider requiring a good 1gb for 7 to start with.

Bad dimms will cause any number of problems with installation or simply running a program while booted to the desktop. I would suggest running the memtest option to see if anything comes up on one dimm at a time.
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06 May 2010   #18
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I tried running the Ubuntu memory test and it got to 20% pass before I abandoned it (it took around 3 hours). I am thinking it might be my hard disk, every time I try to open a movie the movie stops playing a part of the way through (it happened 3 times for a file around 350mb). However music plays fine..? Also whenever I go into "Computer" on Ubuntu the hard drive in question sometimes doesn't respond for some time...

EDIT: Here is a screenshot of a HDD Smart Data... What does it mean?


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06 May 2010   #19
Chriso

W7 x64/x86 Ultimate + XP Mode; Ubuntu
 
 

I tried a self test and it failed. =(

Is there any way to fix bad sectors? Or is it pretty much buy a new hard drive?
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06 May 2010   #20
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

The drive temps are up a little on the warm side from ideal of cource but nothing serious. I noticed from your specs you have WD drives and may want to download the LifeGuard diagnostics tool as well for giving the main drive a good lookover with that since there's some indication of bad sectors.

There's only a certain degree of help tools like checkdisk can do like routing things around bad sectors once found in order to keep things going. Your best option would be backing things in case the drive does need to be replaced. The lower prices seen on drives these days makes it a lot to replace one if you have to!

The main support page you will want to look at for downloads including the diagnostics from the drive manufacturer are seen at WD Support > Downloads > SATA & SAS

Once you select the model series like Caviar SE, Blue, or Green Power for example you arrive at the next page where you select the Data Lifeguard diagnostic for Dos since you are not able to boot into Windows directly. http://support.wdc.com/product/downl...sid=30&lang=en

Seems I have to enable Smart Drive monitoring on the new build here!


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