So I installed Windows 7 the other night on my laptop. I did the driver updates and installed Norton. I also installed Office 2007. Then I shut it down for the night. The next day I turned it back on to install a few more things. A friend recommended
that I install Ad-Aware, so I did, and ran it. I've used it on a few of my machines before with no problems. I installed a couple more programs (SANDRA & CPU-ID) then I shut it down for the night. It stalled on shutdown. I didn't think anything about it
and after about 20 minutes I did the power-off. I started it up the next day and it now hangs at the starting windows screen. I've tried the following with all the same results:
- System repair - hangs at the repair screen
- Start normally - hangs at the starting windows screen
- Start in safe mode - hangs at the classpnp.sys file
- Start in safe mode with command prompt - hangs at the classpnp.sys file
- start in safe mode with networking - hangs at the classpnp.sys file
I've even tried to put in the windows 7 disc back in to do a re-install and it hangs at the starting windows screen.
It seems like no matter what I try I get the hang up at the windows starting screen.
Someone help, please!!!
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So the other night I tried a few more things with all the same results. Here's what I tried:
- I bought a second gig of ram, so I tried swopping out one stick, then the other - same results.
- I bought a hard drive enclosure, removed the hard drive, formatted it with another computer, made sure I could save things to it, re-installed hard drive, booted from CD - same results.
- I bought a brand new hard drive, installed it, booted from CD - same results.
- Put old hard drive back in with both sticks of ram - same results.
After reviewing a few things, I found that when Windows gets to the "Starting Windows" screen, it's checking your hardware to make sure that things are OK. Well, my hard drive, RAM, CD Drive, and Video Card are OK (I get all the right video stuff), so there's
only a couple of things left, and one is the motherboard. So, I believe that there is a hardware issue that is not allowing Win7 to completely load.
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