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05-Jul-2012, 06:07 PM #1
Exclamation Stuck Between BIOS and Win7 Boot

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad X60 laptop with Win7 32-bit Ultimate and an SSD (I know, I know, just go with it. I'm building a desktop soon). I could list the specs, but that's useless for this problem (I'd think).

At times (not always), when either resuming from hibernate or booting up from a shut down, the computer generally freezes at the point right after the BIOS screen. So it's just a black screen. This is before the window that says "starting up" (literally a window... the Windows logo). Whenever it freezes, it NEVER goes to the boot screen of Windows. I'm assuming this is an error with the hard drive, since the OS is on the SSD and the boot screen is from the mobo. However, this only started happening after a rather heavy fall to the ground that cracked many parts of the plastic shell on the computer. It still works occasionally when I can get it to boot up (nothing different when it boots up... same settings and everything. Spontaneous).

I have tried:

1) Cold reboot
2) Removing battery
3) Going off only battery
4) Unplugging EVERYTHING from the computer

I have not tried chkdsk yet. Is it necessary? Also, would there be a log somewhere of what happened? It never booted into Windows.

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05-Jul-2012, 06:57 PM #2
Drop it harder a couple times and try it. If it works, great. If not, drop it out 4th story window to sidewalk.
If it works, great. If not, put 6 rounds .44 Mag hollow points into it. Works? Great. No? Dispose of properly.
I know this is not funny to you but, really, what do you expect? Good luck/
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05-Jul-2012, 07:19 PM #3
Well, some information on possible diagnostics that could narrow down solutions would be nice
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07-Jul-2012, 05:24 AM #4
Next time it wants to start > restore default CMOS settings > disable Quickboot so that you get the most information during the start up. Once into Windows - Disable hibernation, screen savers, sleep, turn off all power save functions. After that, on subsequent boots - what info can you get from the start up process? Were all devices found? Some missing sometimes? What is the computer date and time? Little important things like that....
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07-Jul-2012, 09:14 AM #5
Could be something loose. You can probably reach the memory, hard drive and some other components rather easily. Make sure each of those is secure and that the power and data connections are secure.

May also be a microscopic crack in the motherboard that causes a circuit to be incorrectly opened or closed depending on the exact temperature or humidity or stress on that area. If this is the case anything you do may inadvertently "fix" or worsen the problem.
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