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Windows 7: Pavilion DV6-1030us won't boot from CD ROM after failed windows 7 inst

07 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Pavilion DV6-1030us won't boot from CD ROM after failed windows 7 inst

Hi all,

I'm fairly computer saavy and can usually fix most of my own computer issues, but this one goes beyond my level of expertise.

I was reinstalling Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit yesterday as I have done many times before; I should mention the original OS was Vista, but I upgraded to Windows 7 a few years ago.

I deleted the old partitions and selected windows to be installed on the newly wiped partition. I believe I may have accidentally deleted the recovery partition as well, which could be part of the problem, though it appeared everything installed properly (as evidenced by the green check marks indicating each step was completed). But upon final reboot during the reinstallation process, the computer hung at the HP black start up screen. After about 20 minutes of no activity, I powered down the computer and attempted to restart, but windows would not load and I can no longer boot from disc.

I can't access safe mode, the BIOS menu or recovery. Pressing any of these three keys (F8, F9 or F10) repeatedly leads to a loud beep after about 10 seconds, no matter which keys on the keyboard I push. The computer just continually hangs on the HP start up screen. The CD-ROM appears to be working as I hear it spinning, but none of the discs I've tried will load and I've tried pretty much everything: Windows 7 installation disc, system repair disc, Hiren's boot disc, DBAN (thinking I may be able to wipe everything completely and start over), Paragon Recovery etc. I'v also tried to reset the CMOS by removing the battery and holding down the power button, but that didn't work either. I'm at a loss.

I'm guessing the BIOS is either missing or corrupted, but I don't know how to fix it since I can't boot from either the internal hard drive or the CD ROM; the latter was selected as the default in order to install the Windows OS. I'm also unable to boot from a USB drive because I can't access the BIOS to change the boot order.

I'd appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance!

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07 Jul 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Deleting the Recovery partition is not a problem though conflicting boot code can sometimes foul out install requiring wiping the HD with Diskpart Clean Command

Unplug all other HD's and peripherals,

Follow one of these steps to Clear CMOS - 3 Ways to Clear the CMOS - Reset BIOS.

If an EFI BIOS you'll need to decide if you want UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS. If UEFI follow these special steps for Install, otherwise enable Legacy BIOS or Compatibility Support Module to proceed with normal install.

Set DVD drive first to boot, HD second, set SATA controller to AHCI, Save changes and Exit.

If these steps fail, try unplugging the DVD drive to do flash stick install. Use the latest official Install ISO and burning/writing tool provided in Steps 1 and 2 in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

If that fails unplug the HD, try booting a DVD. If it fails unplug DVD drive and try booting a flash stick.

Try moving the HD to another PC to wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command. If this doesn't help test the HD with maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check on a full disk Active partition created from Step 2 of SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation. Then try install again on that partition in problem PC.

If all else fails, install to HD alone in another PC, move to problem PC to see if it will boot. If not boot Paragon Adaptive Restore CD freeware to adjust install to boot on changed hardware.
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