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#1 MollyBaloney

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

I tried to do a partial system recovery and it did everything....restarted...did the "do you hear music" screen... hit next... asked for language settings, region settings... etc. I hit next and it turned to the hour glass and just stayed there. I tried several times to get it to go through (by restarting) and it did the same thing. So I did a full recovery using the system disks (all 8). Did the same thing. I can't go any farther. Does anyone know of a fix?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:07 PM

What errors caused you to do the system recovery to begin with?

What made you try that over windows repair with the original windows disk?

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:29 PM

I tried to do a partial system recovery and it did everything....restarted...did the "do you hear music" screen... hit next... asked for language settings, region settings... etc. I hit next and it turned to the hour glass and just stayed there. I tried several times to get it to go through (by restarting) and it did the same thing. So I did a full recovery using the system disks (all 8). Did the same thing. I can't go any farther. Does anyone know of a fix?

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Hi Molly, This sounds like either a memory or hard drive fault, Kalon is right, what caused you to do the repair? Windows repairs will NOT overwrite or erase all viruses. Have you tried to boot in safe mode? Keep pressing F8 while booting and you will get the windows load options, select safe mode and see if windows will start normally.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 05:38 PM

It would not boot in. I got the error that hal.dll was corrupted. Couldn't find any help for it, had same problem few years back and was told to do system recovery. It worked so that's why i did it anyway. I try to boot into safe mode and it wouldn't let me. I just tried after the system recovery and it says the system is not fully installed. Please run setup again. I don't have the windows disk, only the system disks. I used the first one to try to repair and it hung up at the same window...I used them to do the system recovery and it's still doing it.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:21 PM

Anyone? Is there a way to fix it? It still stuck at select your system settings....

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 04:47 AM

if you keep tapping f8 during bootup, will it let you boot to 'safe mode with command prompt?'

if so, run a "chkdsk c: /r " let us know how many errors or bad sectors it finds, if any. it will list this in the little report it displays on the screen afterwards.

if your hard drive is having errors, this may correct them. is your hard drive making any bad noises? like grinding or excessive clicking?

If errors are repaired with chkdsk, and no wierd noises are present, and you still can't boot into windows or safe mode, it may be time to run a windows repair, with your install disk.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:50 AM

It won't let me boot up safe with command. I get the error message: The system is not fully installed. Please run setup again. Which I've done several times, always hanging at "select system settings". The hard drive is not making any unusual noises. Can ardly hear it running. I've tried running the repair on system disk...but it only gives me the option of R for recovery and then the full format and quit. So I guess I don't know how to run a repair.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 03:17 PM

Ah, then here is how to do it. http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RI

The first screen in the xp setup is misleading as you have to choose setup xp before it gives you the real repair option. Make sure on the 3rd prompt screen, that it says:

'Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair. '

If Repair is not one of the options, END setup. You may have the wrong setup disc, or a newer service pack may be preventing your setup disc from recognizing your windows install.

It may sound scary if you haven't done it before, but follow those directions carefully. Once you get past the 3rd prompt screen it will do virtually everything itself.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:48 PM

*** Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

*** A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

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