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Computer Freezes on Startup, won't boot from Windows CD or Hard Drive.

Q: Computer Freezes on Startup, won't boot from Windows CD or Hard Drive.

I'm using windows haven't had many problems until now I just moved into a new apartment and i worry it's some power related damage Windows boot from won't on or CD Computer Hard Startup, Drive. Freezes i don't know I had the computer running when i moved in Then i went to buy groceries came back accidentally kicked the power strip on off switch beneath the desk with my foot and windows hasn't started since When i start the computer i have full access to my bios if i boot Computer Freezes on Startup, won't boot from Windows CD or Hard Drive. from my HD i am shown a windows error recovery screen asking me to start windows startup repair or Computer Freezes on Startup, won't boot from Windows CD or Hard Drive. start windows normally Selecting startup repair gets me a loading bar then a black screen maybe after min i will get a blue screen like the background of the ui when installing windows If i start windows normally i get the windows logo then a very fast BSOD flash then the computer restarts Booting from my windows install disk lets me choose between install and repair language selection then it freezes and i get the same windows style back slash ad infinitum Thanks guys i really hope i don't have any permanent damage Anxiously awaiting your replies

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A: Computer Freezes on Startup, won't boot from Windows CD or Hard Drive.

What Brand and Model PC?

Since you can get into the bios look for a PC(hardware) Health page and check the temps and voltage listings(12v, 5v, 3.3v).

If it a stock OEM PC reset to factory defaults save and exit the bios.
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OS is Win 7 Prof

A:Hard drive light stays on and computer freezes randomly in windows 7

Run the western digital diagnostic tool, if it says its bad, then time to rma the disk.
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A:Hard drive light stays on and computer freezes randomly in windows 7

Can we get some system spec's?
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my old hard drive was getting too small, so, I decided to upgrade it,

I used norton ghost to mirror it and put it onto a larger drive,

I did that and disconnected my old hard drive, then left the new one connected, I started up my comp and it came to the Windows xp normal black background then it came to the light blue background, just before you log in, and it just freezes, and usually it will say "windows is starting up" but it just has a windows logo without those words,

If anyone has any ideas of how to fix this it would be greatly appreciated,

thanks in advance,


A:Hard drive mirror freezes on startup

If i connect both hard drives with the old one as master i can go into the new hdd fine
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A:Windows 98 computer won't boot from hard drive

In order for me to help you, you have to help me out and tell me some information about your computer.
How old is it?
What hardware devices are in it....etc...

BTW it sounds like the harddrive is going bad. Just cus it's spinning, doesn't mean it's working correctly. but since I have little info on your computer that was all i can come up with...
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A:Computer Won't Boot...Windows, RAM, Hard Drive, POST?


Disconnect the hard drive and see if it will clear post and if you can enter bios.

What motherboard do you have?

if you get into bios check your boot order and set to

1st floppy
2nd cdrom
3rd hdd

Now see if you can boot from cd but don't do anything just let us know, if this works we will have you download some hdd manufactuers tools to check the drive
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A:computer freezes and requires hard boot

check your memory and be sure to remove any dust inside your laptop to increase airflow
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A:Windows XP Freezes on Startup (boot)

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A:WD external hard drive freezes my computer

sounds like a fault on the WD external harddrive thats causing an issue on the PC
i would get it replaced under the warranty , not sure how long the warranty is - but most drives come with more than 1 year.
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Hello and welcome Ben mate a little more specs would help mate because to see what speed USB the machine supports we need at least the model and more inportnatly the motherboard.
Use this to find those details out.
Using HW Info
You can test the volts on the PSU with HW Info HWiNFO, HWiNFO32/64 - Download < download the right bit version and close the right hand window select Sensors and scroll down to the power section where you will see what the volts are doing see my pic.
The original right hand window shows the machine running and is handy for that but for looking at the components in some detail close it and use the main left hand side panel
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A:Windows freezes/hangs during startup repair and during boot. Any Help?

Quote: Originally Posted by Copewk

Hi, this is my first post on this forum. This problem has occured after I closed my gateway laptop while hurrying to school. Windows can boot into safe mode but it cannot make it past "Starting Windows" and I cannot enter Startup Repair. I've tried booting the repair disk on CD and Usb and it does the loading windows green bar thingy and the screen goes black. Since I cannot enter any repair services from boot, I can't reset it to factory settings. Is there any way you guys can help?

Hello there!

Could you try this option? Advanced Boot Options then click on Repair option by here System Recovery Options then Startup Repair
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A:New Computer Randomly Hard Freezes requiring cold boot to get working.

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Does it go down after start up?
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A:Computer does not detect hard drive on startup

Completing this tutorial by Golden might tell other members some needed information.

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A:Computer does not recognize hard drive on startup

reseat the hard drive.

Do not call it a "driver" that is something completely different. A driver is a program that tells a program how to use a device.
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A:computer freezes until reboot. Hard drive stuck at 100% but 40 Gig free space

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A:Computer startup problem - hard drive issue

Welcome to TSG.
If that computer is only 3 months old, it should still be under warranty, I would bring it back.
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A:Windows 7 stuck in endless boot cycle, startup repair freezes

Run Startup Repair 3 times. If that doesn't work, then go into a Command Prompt and use these 3 commands (pressing Enter after each one):

bootrec /fixboot

bootrec /fixmbr

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A:Hard drive light blinks fast, then stays solid, and computer freezes. What causes it?

Go to Start/Search and type CMD Right click the CMD icon in the Search Results and Run As Administrator. In the Elevated Command Prompt type chkdsk /R and press enter. Now type a Y for Yes and restart the computer. The Check Disk Utility will check the integrity of the drive.
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A:Computer freezes at Windows XP startup screen

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A:Windows Explorer Freezes at Computer startup.

Have you tried the standard troubleshooting measures? Defrag, Scandisk, Update drivers, Windows update....etc?
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A:External hard drive freezes windows

A friendly and needed bump to this question.

I am also having a similar problem as this. A while ago I installed a second hard drive and everything works fine on it currently. The problem is that afterwards whenever I try to plug in an external hard disk of any kind, through a USB port, the computer will immediately freeze. Now this includes ipods, cameras with memory disks, and others of that nature. I have tried searching all over the web and have yet to find an answer. It would after all be nice to update my ipod playlist .
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A:Computer freezes at Windows XP startup or Post BIOS.

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A:Windows Suddenly Freezes (Hard Drive Not Responding too).

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A:Hard drive clicks, windows freezes when GPU plugged in

Hard drive clicks? Thats a sign of a failing hard drive. Try backing up as much data as you can before the hard drive completely dies. *removed arrogant post* Its not your PSU.
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A:Computer Won't boot off of anything except Hard Drive

Good Afternoon redneck572, that problem can happen sometimes if the IDE lead is reversed or damaged.
Check that the longer end is toward the M/B.
Also check your BIOS to ensure both IDEs are enabled if both M/B outlets are being used.

Confirm drive bridges are properly set.

Obtain and run memtest86 Ver 3.2 this is a memory test program that gives a good idea of memory problems. Accept no errors. Let it run for an hour or so if possible.

You could obtain this HDDRegenerator program and give it a run, it has a nice little scanner in it and gives a good idea of drive condition without causing any effect to it.
It makes a nice useful bootable disk and may be rerun.

There is a good chance your hard drive has a problem and is affecting the IDE Buss in such a way as to kill other devices, but other odd things like odd problem ethernet cards can also do the same thing, so don't get too focussed on logic.
Take the PCI cards out also if the problem persists.

Your description of memory hangups is symptomatic of mismatched memory, it might be an idea to investigate matched memory for that particular M/B if you have problems, that can be a real pain and can also be an intermittent problem.
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A:Secondary Hard Drive freezes system before Windows launch

Does the main drive and the WD drive both have the OS loaded on it? Next question: What SATA port do you have it plug does make a difference? It should be plugged into sata ports 1 - 4. The other ports require either AHCI driver loaded to activate those ports or the RAID driver to use all port at the same time. It's a limation of the mobo do to the controller responseable for the remaining sata ports.
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A:Windows explorer freezes when accessing external hard drive.

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Specs please.... Also, I know you have it set right in the boot order sequence, but have you checked so the hard drive is listed FIRST in the Hard Drive Priority or Boot drive priority?

Boot Order:
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If you build a new computer and use a new hard drive, set it up as usual - but without the old hard drive with your data being installed. Once it's up and running, shut it down, attach the old hard drive, then copy your data over.

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A:Computer will not automatically boot up from hard drive.

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What brand/model PC is it?

Try unhooking both the CD/DVD and hard drive and see if it will post to the Bios setup screen.
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System Specs

Filling in the specs using above link should save a lot of time.
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Hello and to the BC forums.

Please sit tight and be patient.

I have requested that an experienced helper who specialises in malware-related un-bootable computers respond to your topic.

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Post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map and listings, using Snipping Tool in Start Menu., if you'd like our advice.

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Quote: Originally Posted by rambo

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Sounds like either a faulty HardDrive (ie bad spots) that requires replacing
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Put the data drive back in.

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select N to including existing boot menu entries.

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