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Can't Boot (even in safe mode) after Reinstall

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#1 camcrazie10


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Posted 06 April 2010 - 06:18 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 531 running Vista that is out of warranty. I recently updated my video card driver (Nvidia GeForce 8300 GS) and then had some trouble booting up, and was only able to boot into safe mode. After trying various things (built in system repair, rolling back drivers, system restore, etc.) I was able to boot sporadically. Then, when using a few programs at once, Windows would freeze altogether, and the process would start over.

I decided to back up my files in safe mode, and used Dell's factory image restore feature to reinstall. On restart, Windows would not boot. I have tried to boot in safe mode with no avail (a command prompt window opens after almost booting in safe mode, runs through a bunch of commands quite fast, and then restarts). I can't read it all as it flashes quick, but it involves a bunch of "Cabinet Maker - Lossless Data Compression Tool 100.00% [flushing current folder]...". I've read that this is some sort of Dell audit - is this an error in the built-in factory restore?

Attempting to use system repair again gives me multiple "root causes found" - failure while setup is in progress as well as boot status indicates that the OS booted successfully. The last part seems confusing, as it definitely doesn't boot.

I only have a keyboard, mouse and monitor attached so I don't think any hardware is conflicting.

Does anyone have any insight as to what it might be - could it be video card related, motherboard, etc.?

Any help or insight would be much appreciated.

Edited by camcrazie10, 06 April 2010 - 08:14 PM.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 11:08 PM

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