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#1 elm8366

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 02:44 AM

My computer crashed pretty hard, I tried reloding from the disk but there were too many errors (memory and otherwise.) I bought a copy of windows 7 and tried booting that but i still get all the same errors. Is there any way to reformat my hardrive or do I need to get a new one? nothing I've tried from the boot menu seems to work and all the windows diagnostics say there is no problem.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 02:53 AM

How to Test your RAM



Guide Overview

The purpose of this guide is to teach you how to check whether your system's RAM (Ramdom Access Memory) is working properly. Bad RAM can lead to a whole host of problems, often which do not appear to have a single cause -- appearing as systemwide glitches, blue screens, and other system trouble. MemTest86+ provides a very good detection mechanism for failed RAM, and is about as good a test you get short of actually replacing the module itself.

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Please perform these steps from a separate, working, machine.Perform these steps on the problem machine.
  • Put your CD in the drive and configure your machine to boot to the CD. This is different on all machines, but it's usually by pressing F12 or F10 as your system boots, and selecting either "CDROM" or your cdrom drive. If you are unable to force a CDRom boot, reply with the make and model of your machine and I should be able to get you exact instructions.
  • If you've done it correctly, MemTest86+ will start to run automaticly, as shown below:
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  • If you want to be reasonably your RAM is OK, then allow MemTest to run until you see this message:
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    On the other hand, if you want to be completely sure your RAM is OK, allow MemTest to run overnight. Memtest will run forever until power is pulled on the machine.
  • Check the MemTest screen for any reported errors. Errors will appear as RED warnings at the bottom of the screen, similar to the following screenshot:
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  • Hard-Reset the machine, removing the MemTest disk in the process.
If you didn't get an error screen, Congratulations! :)

Compliments of Billy O'Neal.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:10 AM

Thanks, I'll try that but the problem apears to be in my HDD. My vista disk and the 7 disk give me the same memory errors. I backed all my files up to a 1T external hard drive before all this happened. I just want to get my stuff back. Really i would love to install a copy of xp pro and still be able to access all of my files on the external HDD.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:13 AM

Test for memory first. Memory issues can cause issues with Windows Installations.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:25 AM

Can I just reformat the HDD from the c prompt?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:42 AM

I feel your issues are related to bad hardware testing for bad ram then we will test for a bad hard drive.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:49 AM

What would happen if i replaced the RAM sticks?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:54 AM

You can doing that as well and that will alleviate the bad RAM assumption.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 03:59 AM

All the windows diagnostics seem to point to the HDD. If i replaced my Hdd and my ram sticks and then booted windows 7 do you think i can retreive my files off my external HDD?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 08:55 AM

Try one thing at a time until we find the issue. Replace the RAM then try booting/install off your current drive.

What does Windows Diagnostic say that makes you think it is pointing to the hard drive?




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