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Windows 7: Unable to boot into OS

04 Jul 2010   #11
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I believe your PC may be trying to boot from the network card. In the pic I posted early on, are the BIOS choices from your MB. You have hard disk priority set, but you need to set the 1st/2nd/third boot device. For speed it should be the HDD with the OS. You can have it set to boot from the Optical drive 1st, helpful if you ever want to boot from disk. If it doesn't see any bootable media, it will go to 2nd device, the OS HDD. Yours appears to be trying to boot from the network card.

A Guy


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04 Jul 2010   #12
Microhard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Can you boot to the Windows 7 install DVD & do a repair install ?
No but I used to be able to boot into Windows 7 disc before I opened my computer case. I did the following action after opening the case:

1) I unplugged both drives out of curiosity
2) I only plugged one drive back to see if the error will be gone "Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition"
3) After that I couldn't boot into any boot device (Harddrives, CD-ROM, etc)

*I'm not sure if I connected everything back right
*Two of my drives work as I tested them on another computer
*My OS is installed using another computer (computer01 = x64, computer02 = x84), not sure if that's causing problem
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04 Jul 2010   #13
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Microhard, I'm not sure if you've checked any of the BIOS settings I suggested? I believe you have the boot drive plugged into the right connector, now we need to get windows to boot from it. I'd eventually set 1st boot device to the Optical Drive, 2nd to the OS disk. This will give you the ability to boot from a bootable disk without going into BIOS to change the boot order 1st. But for now, you may want to only connect the OS HDD, and set that as 1st boot device.

But, until you tell us you've checked the boot order in BIOS, and it's already set right. Or you changed it and it still doesn't work. Something. We can't be sure we need to go in another direction. Right now I am convinced your PC is set to boot from the network card. It may well be if we can change that, your problem will be solved. Let us know, we won't give up on this, but we need some confirmation from you that you've tried the steps.

A Guy
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04 Jul 2010   #14
Microhard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Standard CMOS Features
IDE Channel 0 Master [ None]
IDE Channel 0 Slave [ None]
SATA 1 (A0) [ST380811AS] <--- This is my OS drive
SATA 2 (A1) [ None]
SATA 3 (B0) [ST3500320AS] <--- This is my 2nd drive
SATA 4 (B1) [ None]

Advanced BIOS Features

Hard Disk Boot Priority
1. Ch5 M. : ST380811AS <--- This is my OS drive
2.
Ch3 M. : ST3500320AS <--- This is my 2nd drive
3. Bootable Add-in Cards

Quick Power On Self Test [ Enabled]
First Boot Device [ Hard Disk]
Second Boot Device [ Disabled]
Third Boot Device [ Disabled]

All of my BIOS settings typed in the file attached


Attached Files
File Type: txt BIOSlogfile.txt (7.7 KB, 20 views)
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04 Jul 2010   #15
DocBrown

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

Microhard

I think we are just missing the small details of a new setup build. A Guy , Dre@ms , Wishmaster , & myself have tried some ideas here, we just can't get you to the basic boot setup for install. Let's get this computer to the bare bones basic for booting to the DVD drive & only the one HD you want the Win7 OS installed on.

Your DVD is an IDE drive correct ? At least that's what I saw when I searched for it. So now it is not showing up during boot ? Is the flat ribbon cable connected & seated properly at both ends ? (drive & MB) Power connector seated ? What is the jumper on back set for Master or Slave ?



Next I would only connect the one HD to SATA 1 (A0) on the MB.

Set Boot priority to:

Quick Power On Self Test [ Enabled]
First Boot Device [ CD/DVD Drive]
Second Boot Device [ Hard Disk]
Third Boot Device [ Disabled]

Now let's see if we can get it to boot to the DVD.

How about some more details about the DVD ? I see you say 64bit. Which version is it ?
HomeBasic 64Bit
HomePremium 64Bit
Professional 64Bit
Ultimate 64Bit
Enterprise 64Bit

Is it a full retail DVD, or UpGrade, or OEM ?

Sometimes in some of my custom builds, I pre-format the HD on another computer with NTFS, but nothing else. Then plug it into the computer I am installing the Win7 on, so that it at least sees a formatted HD, with no OS on it.


I hope we can get you installed soon
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04 Jul 2010   #16
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Although it may not make a difference in this case,

The OP mentioned resetting the bios.

Did you reset to Fail Safe defaults or reset to Optimised defaults?

Reset to Optimised Defaults is what you should do.
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04 Jul 2010   #17
Microhard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote:
Your DVD is an IDE drive correct ? At least that's what I saw when I searched for it. So now it is not showing up during boot ? Is the flat ribbon cable connected & seated properly at both ends ? (drive & MB) Power connector seated ? What is the jumper on back set for Master or Slave ?
I found out that my DVD drive wasn't connected correctly and after I fixed it I can now go to Windows Setup or boot from any disc! However the very long pause between setups are still there...so should I try to format and reinstall or just a repair install?

Standard CMOS Features
IDE Channel 0 Master [ HL-DT-STDVD-RAM GSA-H50N 1.00]
IDE Channel 0 Slave [ None]
SATA 1 (A0) [ST380811AS] <--- This is my OS drive
SATA 2 (A1) [ None]
SATA 3 (B0) [ST3500320AS] <--- This is my 2nd drive
SATA 4 (B1) [ None]

Boot Device Order
Quick Power On Self Test [ Enabled]
First Boot Device [ CDROM]
Second Boot Device [ Hard Disk]
Third Boot Device [ Disabled]

Quote:
Did you reset to Fail Safe defaults or reset to Optimized defaults?
Yes, I reset it to optimized defaults
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04 Jul 2010   #18
Microhard

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thank you guys I think I finally got the situation under controlled. I appreciate the support of this forum and the helpful staffs who tried their best. Wish you guys best of luck!

*By the way, I still get Floppy disk(s) fail (40) error everytime I boot but it's not a big problem so I'll just leave it I guess.
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04 Jul 2010   #19
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

No "staff" involved, everyone is a member, just like you. Helping a fellow member, it's what Seven Forums is about. I'm going to look into your boot error, there is a way...

A Guy

Edit: Just had a look at you BIOS txt. Click on

Drive A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]

See if you can't set that to off. If no help

Removable Device Priority
1. Floppy Disks

See if not choice to turn off, if not

Halt On [All , But Keyboard]

Change to Keyboard only. See if that doesn't fix your floppy error.
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04 Jul 2010   #20
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Drive A [1.44M, 3.5 in.]

See if you can't set that to off.

Agreed.
If you set this to none, that should stop the floppy error.

If set to anything else & no floppy present, it will show this error. Because the bios is looking for the hardware and there is none to be found.
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