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Windows 7: Lenovo Laptop Will Not Boot even from cd

11 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home premium 32
Lenovo Laptop Will Not Boot even from cd

Lenovo laptop with Windows 7 OS. The laptop shut down while plugged in overnight. I have removed the battery and let it sit for hours to cool/reset. Upon power up, the hard drive light comes on for 2-3 seconds, then goes off. Sometimes the screen flickers white for another 2-3 seconds, but the OS never boots up. I have removed the hard drive and plugged it into another computer via a SATA cable. I was able to read data. The drive appears to be working. I ran Malware Bytes and it cleared off some suspect files (PUP.FunWebProducts and PUP.MyWebSearch). I have a log file to post if helpful. When I put the hard drive back into the laptop, I get the same result as before. I made a recovery disc on another Win 7 computer and attempted to boot the Lenovo from the disc, but still I get the same result. Is this a BIOS issue, failed HD controller, or something else?

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12 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums Brannok. It may be a BIOS issue in that the optical drive is not set as the first device to boot from. Has that been checked?

Does the Laptop boot from a pen drive? If yes then you can perhaps clean install W 7 via that route.
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12 Jun 2012   #3

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Hello Brannok812 and welcome to Seven Forums.

Depending on what model Lenovo you have, you may have a hidden recovery partition. I've got a ThinkPad E520 and if I turn on the machine and immediately start clicking the F11 key I can access the recovery partition. My options include a full recovery or a partial recovery. If you recover your machine the entire computer will be restored to its original factory condition so all personal data needs to be backed up. The recovery process should correct any software related issues. It will not fix any hardware issues like failing hard drive, bad RAM, etc. Check the owner's manual or quick start guide on how to access recovery partition for your particular Lenovo.

You might also look thorugh this toubleshooting guide prepared by one of our expert Forum members.

Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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12 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home premium 32

Thanks for the responses. I will try F11, but I am not hopeful, as I get virtually no signs of life when I try to start the computer. I have not tried to boot from a USB drive. Can I just copy all files from a boot CD, or is there more to the process to create a file set that will boot up from a USB drive? Thanks again for all of the assistance.
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12 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit

You can read how to install W 7 with Pen Drive at Install Windows 7 from USB Pen Drive Using Grub4Dos.
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19 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home premium 32

Thank you for all of the responses. I am still not able to boot, even from a flash drive. I took the back cover off to observe the fan operation. It spins for 2-3 seconds when the power is turned on, then stops, just as the hard drive indicator does. Coincidence or indicator of a problem beyond BIOS? The hard drive still functions when removed and connected via cable. I do not get any response when pressing F8, F11, or any other F key. It just refuses to boot, regardless of what I do. Any suggestions beyond scrapping it out for parts? I am truly frustrated at this point. I have resuscitated another laptop and a desktop so far this year, so this is not my first rodeo. Just can not seem to get this one figured out.
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