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#1 abbygayle

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 12:35 AM

I get this message upon turning on computer. emachine windows 7 pc.  i also get a port 01 error at times.  occasionally i can boot into windows into safe mode, but as soon as i get in, my whole computer freezes up.  my disk drive doesnt work, so i dont know whether putting a windows cd in would help...any ideas? 



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 05:32 AM

Run a startup repair: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/681-startup-repair.html



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 11:33 AM



 my disk drive doesnt work, so i dont know whether putting a windows cd in would help...any ideas? 

 

If the disc drive you are referring to is your optical drive you can't use a disc to boot from.

 

I would suggest running a Repair Installation, this will include the Startup Repair, but will initiate it from a ISO file.

 

The instructions below will include the location for a download of the ISO image.  This Includes instructions for burning the ISO image to a disc, from there you can load this on a flash drive which you can boot from with most computers.  You will need to enter the BIOS and change the boot order so the USB device is the first device in the boot order and the hdd the second item.

 

 

Instructions for a Windows 7 Repair installation.
 
A Windows 7 Repair Installation will require a installation disc.
 
If you do not have a Windows 7 installation disc you can download a free legal ISO image of Windows 7 SP1 at  Windows 7 Forums.  You will need to download the same version of Windows 7 that you have installed,  This image is hosted by the Digital River store which is an official distribution partner of Microsoft.  This is a genuine untouched image which is safe to download. 
 
 
Attention:  If you do have a Windows installation disc, skip Part A and go to Part B, Step 1b.
 
 
Part A, Steps 1a - 6a
 
The ISO image will need to be burned to a DVD in order to create a bootable installation disc.
 
1a)  To burn a ISO file to a DVD please download ImgBurn and install it.
 
2a)  Insert a blank DVD into your CD/DVD drive tray, and then close the tray.
 
3a)  Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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4a)  Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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5a)  Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
6a)  Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable DVD.
 
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Please note:  In order to boot from this DVD you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD-ROM is the first device in the boot order, and the hdd is the second device.
 
 
Part B, Steps 1b - 10b
 
1b)  Place the installation disc in the tray of the CD/DVD drive, close the tray and restart the computer.
 
2b)  You will be prompted to press any key to start the installation, I find the space bar handy.
 
At this point the setup process will load files, this will take several minutes.
 
3b)  You will now need to choose the  Language, Time, currency format, and Keyboard or input method that you'd like to use.
 
After this is done click on Next.
 
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4b)  Click on the Repair your computer link at the bottom-left of the Install Windows window.
 
This link will begin the Windows 7 System Recovery Options.
 
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5b)  System Recovery Options will now search your hard drive(s) for any Windows 7 installations.  This will take several minutes.
 
No participation is required on your part at this time, wait till it has finished and the next window opens.
 
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6b)  Choose the Windows 7 installation that you'd like to perform the Startup Repair on, then click on Next
 
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7b)  Click on the Startup Repair link from list of recovery tools in System Recovery Options.
 
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For a future reference, there are several other diagnostic and recovery tools available in the Windows 7 System Recovery Options including System Restore, System Image Recovery, Windows Memory Diagnostic, and Command Prompt.
 
8b)  The Startup Repair tool will now search for problems in the system files.
 
If Startup Repair finds a problem with any system files the tool may suggest a solution which you will need to confirm, or may solve the problem automatically.
 
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9b)  Startup Repair will now attempt to repair whatever problems it found with system files.  
 
Note:  If Startup Repair did not find any problems with system files you won't see this step.
 
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Important: Your computer may or may not restart several times during this repair process.  This is normal, you should allow it to continue until you see the Restart your computer to complete the repairs window. 
 
10b)  Click on Finish, this will restart your computer.
 
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It is possible that the Startup Repair will not be able to fix the problem.  If the Startup Repair tool determines this, it may automatically run the the repair after your computer restarts.  If it does not automatically run the repair but you are still having problems with Windows 7 repeat these steps to run Startup Repair again manually.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 11:49 AM

Sounds like your hard drive is dying.  If there is information on the drive that you would like keep I recommend that you stop using the machine to increase your chance of recovering your data.

 

Depending on the age of the machine and your finances will affect what you might want to do.

 

If the machine is less than five years old and you can't spend much replacing the hard drive and restoring the drive with disks provided by emachine.

 

If you have another machine you can purchase a USB adapter and connect your failing drive to attempt to get your data off.

 

If you can spend the money replace the machine and purchase the USB adapter and pull your data off.






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