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02-07-2012 03:10 AM
I am using a G72 250US laptop running windows 7 home 64 bit. A few weeks ago windows suddenly stopped starting. I do not remember making any drastic changes to my laptop the night before I had used it , neither did I install any programs that I can remmber.
Windows won't start under any option (i.e safe mode,last known good config,repair etc).It will either hang or restart itself. The error in the blue screen when it restarts itself is as below
*** STOP: 0*000000ED (0*FFFFFA8004A6CCD0,0*FFFFFFFFC0000185,0*000000000
I tried the advanced diagnostic options during startup options and the startup test and har disk test fails.
I tried to repair my windows using a recovery disk but it wont do anything even though I changed boot option to read from DVD/ROM .Basically the same scenario repeats.
So I got myself a windows bootable DVD today and when I get my laptop to start from the dvd windows does load. But thats all it does. After booting it gives me two options to either repair my machine or perform an install. When I try to repair my machine , it simply hangs at the same screen and remains that way forever.
When I try to perform an install it gets stuck at "Setup is starting" and reamains there for 7-8 hours after which I switch off my machine.I believe that my hard disk or MBR have malfunctioned in some way.
But here is the twist, I also run a Ubuntu 11.10 on the same C drive using a wubi installation. And even today I can login and work fine with Ubuntu and even access my Windows folders from my Ubuntu login. So if my hard diks have malfuntioned how is it that Ubuntu is still working, I still do not understand.
But I need to get my Windows up and working or the bare minimum format and perform a clean install. But at the moment I am not able to do anything except using Ubuntu.
Someone please help me out.
03-20-2012 10:37 PM - edited 03-20-2012 10:38 PM
Is you laptop out of warranty? if so you're going to have to open the laptop and extract the HD.
extra desktop/external that is switchable/openable enclosure (sata/ide depending on the HD in the laptop)
easeus partition master 9.1.0 master home edition
open up your laptop (youtube it or google the manual) and extract the HD
determine the type of connection that your HD is sata or ide
write down the name of your laptop's HD (westinghouse, samsung etc) and the size of your laptop's DH
determine if you can connect it to your desktop via opening and connecting the laptops hd to your desktop or via external openable enclosure
download easeus partition master 9.1.0 master home edition
install partition master
open parition master
click on go to main screen
find the HD of you laptop try using the name that you wrote down earlier and looking for the size that is around the same size (for example if you laptop is 500 gb then look for an hd with around 478 most companies split your hd into two or more partitions due to restore files etc)
click on the laptop drive where it says disk 2(should be drive 2 if you are using only one physical hard drive)
look to the left hand side that now that your laptop drive is selected
select rebuild MBR
Now click on apply
wait until it finishes
exit partition master
shut down computer
remove laptop computer from desktop or external
reinstall laptop hd to the laptop
turn on and it should work... I've done this countless times!
03-21-2012 02:49 PM
Hiren's Boot Cd. Had the same problem. Was able to fix a few things and at least access my files for backup, and successfully installed windows again. It has a bazillion tools it may seem confusing or overwhelming but it works I promise. The iso is free. Burn it to a cd or dvd and set your computer to boot from cd first. And Good luck I'll check back in to see how you're doing.