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Vista Won't Boot From Hdd Or Dvd


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#1 dhgunit

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 04:11 AM

I've have been to a couple of forums with this problem, hopefully someone with knowledge and experience here can answer.


I've had this build working for many months, and have never had this problem.

Anyways, I restarted the computer and it goes through the boot and enters the windows startup error screen. I chose "Start Windows Normally" the first time, all that happened was it would restart the computer and go to that screen again. I tried all the other options and the same thing happens, even when trying to boot into safe mode.

I got my Vista CD and put that in, the initial loading screen would reach 100% and then the computer restarted. It would do that over and over again.

I have checked each stick of RAM individually and ran memtest86 for 18 hours with no errors. CPU temps are 35*C. I have switched hard drives and gotten the same problems.

I am out of ideas.....anyone have one for me?

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 05:56 AM

The first step when troubleshooting an overclocked system is to set the system back to default values. Without that it's hard to tell what's causing the issue. The components inside the case are tied together, so the modification of one can affect the others - especially if a problem exists.

Also, I'd download and run the bootable Western Digital diagnostics utility from here: http://support.wdc.com/product/download.as...603&lang=en This may help to diagnose communications issues between the drive and the controller (on the motherboard)
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 06:18 AM

I will try that WD utility, if it can be run in DOS.

I have set everything back to defaults, that was the first thing I did.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 06:40 AM

That diagnostics utility says:


NO DRIVE FOUND

ERROR/STATUS CODE: 0120



Which is strange to get that, since the BIOS finds a HDD and it attempts to load Windows Vista but reboots.

Also, I put in my old Hitachi 80GB that worked fine last time I used it, and it would pull up the Windows Error Recovery screen and then reboot, and using the Windows CD to format the HDD produced the same rebooting results.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:24 AM

I'm leaning towards a motherboard issue here as this does appear to be a communications issue between the mobo and the hard drive. The key here is that this happens with 2 hard drives. To be sure, I'd hook one of the drives to another computer just to verify that it's good and accessible.

I'm unsure how your motherboard is setup, but some motherboards have more than 1 SATA controller onboard. If this is the case with yours, I'd suggest trying the hard drive on one of the other controllers. This will help to rule out a bad controller or a bad plug on the mobo.

And, just as an aside, I've seen stranger things caused by malfunctioning hardware, so it's not necessarily just a hard drive or mobo issue. For example, I've had several bad NIC cards (lightning struck) that have caused similar symptoms (questionable motherboard issues).

To be sure you'll have to strip the system down to bare essentials to see if the problem is replicated there - then substitute the essential parts one-by-one to rule them out. In the end (using this method), you'll either identify the problem - or will be left with a choice between the motherboard or CPU.
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 07:33 AM

I've got an unused Pentium D sitting around, I can slip than on the mobo. I will hook the HDD up to my friends comp and give that a try.

Yeah, i've tried the other controllers, and this morning I switched power and SATA cables also. No luck so far.

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 12:27 PM

Then it's just a matter of trying each part individually until you locate the one that's at fault. Stripping down the system to bare essentials just makes it easier to obtain a controlled testing environment. Once the testing environment is controlled, then it becomes a simple matter of swapping parts until you find out what's bad.

Although things like the keyboard and mouse are unlikely to be an issue here, it's important to swap out all parts in order to isolate the problem. For example, a short in the keyboard can cause weird behavior from the motherboard.

Good luck!
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