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#1 skepsci

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 02:24 PM

So I accidentally kicked my power strip, resulting in my computer shutting down in the most violent manner possible. Now, when I try to boot normally, it shows the loading windows screen for around the usual length of time, then the screen goes black and nothing happens. "Last known good configuration" -> same thing. When I try to boot in safe mode, it loads files for a while, then gets stuck and nothing happens.

I tried booting the recovery console using a windows installer CD, and using checkdisk, but it says, "The specified drive is not valid, or there is no disk in the drive". (This is despite the drive being at least sort-of bootable, since it starts booting but hangs.) I also tried resetting the BIOS to factory specifications, since something I read in Google recommended that. No change.

Any help please?

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 03:10 PM

I would disconnect the hard drive...try to boot, see what happens.

Then...reconnect the hard drive, try to boot.

Post the exact onscreen messages received in each case, please.

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Posted 26 April 2011 - 11:27 PM

I installed a second copy Windows, and my computer will now boot. I am actually really confused by this, because it now boots properly into the old copy of Windows, even after me deleting the new copy from boot.ini and renaming the windows folder for the new copy. But it's working now, so best not to dwell on it too hard. Maybe it performed some basic disk verification thing during the install or something which fixed it.

Thanks!

Edited by skepsci, 26 April 2011 - 11:35 PM.


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Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:39 AM

Glad you resolved it, thanks for the feedback...happy computing :).

Louis




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