I have tried changing just about every bios setting available to no avail.
I have tried making bootable USB keys of various linuxes (Ubuntu, OpenSUSE) and find that they also freeze during the boot process. Finally I found that Knoppix will boot if I pass it the "noapic" option before booting ("nolapic" also works, though then it only sees one processor).
I suppose I suspect some kind of hardware problem other than the hard drive (since things also get stuck when booting from USB and disabling the controller in the BIOS makes no difference). The question is what can I do to further diagnose things? Is there an equivalent to "noapic" that I could use to try and get windows starting?
Edited by hamluis, 02 October 2012 - 10:38 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.