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Crashed and can't start Windows


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#1 toasterica

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 06:52 PM

Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo CPU E8300 @ 2.83GHz
2 GB RAM
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT video card

It started when I had WoW running, my system would crash randomly (only in WoW though).
Then it would crash before I even logged into the game (at the login screen).
Then it crashed with no programs running and wouldn't start Windows again.

It crashed maybe a total of 10 times over 2 days and I had to manually shut down each time.
Sometimes when it crashed I would get blue dots across the screen.

Now when it starts up I get black dots on the first screen, then blue dots, then a Windows Error Recovery screen with blue vertical streaks.
It does a startup repair and there are red dots everywhere and it says it cannot repair this computer automatically.

What do I do now, throw this 2 year old piece of trash out the window?

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 07:33 PM

Ok, lets start from scratch.

1) Upon power up, can you access the BIOS configuration screens? If so, does it look normal or does it have visual errors (streaks, dots, etc.)?

2) If BIOS looks normal, can you boot into safe mode? If so, does it look normal or does it have visual errors?

Let me know.

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Posted 19 October 2010 - 08:55 PM

I suspect, you're experiencing some overheating issues.
Is this desktop, or laptop?
Will it start in Safe Mode?

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 01:10 PM

MidwestTech Nice and helpful post...

Thanks

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:57 PM

Have you tried the startup repair that is on your Windows 7 disc? I think it has more tools than what's installed on the hard drive. It got me out of hot water twice. Fortunately, the first time I had a backup of the main partition, and the startup repair on the Windows 7 DVD took care of the corrupted MBR.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:58 PM

MidwestTech Nice and helpful post...

Thanks


I agree. It will isolate a hardware from a software issue.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 10:22 PM

thanks for the replies, i can hit F2 and go to bios. No, there are no streaks. Yes this is a desktop, a 2 year old DELL XPS 630.




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