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Boot Loop preventing OS installation

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Jikenda, Sep 8, 2011.

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  1. Jikenda

    Jikenda Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys,


    I have been spending the last 2 days trying to reinstall the OS on my Area 51. I had to take out the HDD and reformat it in another PC as I was getting a boot loop that would start right after the "windows is loading files..." screen and then loop back to the Alienware boot screen. So, since then.. I put the HDD back in and unplugged all USB connections, 1394 and everything besides the keyboard and monitor. I was able to get to the OS installation screen and then at the end of the install, the PC restarted and told me that windows has encountered an error and gave me choices to restart in safe mode and on down the list, but no attempt to repair. It did ask me to put the disk back in and boot from the DVD drive, which I did, but it never goes back to the installation.


    So, I then took out the battery on the motherboard and put it back (also took out the GPU and put it back in). I was then able to get back to the Windows installation screen, but after the PC had to restart, I ended up back in the same place with the Windows error and safe mode options (none of which work). So, am I looking at an issue with the MIO by chance, the MOBO battery maybe or what? I'm not sure why I'm having these issues while just trying to reinstall the OS on a clean drive.


    Also, could this be because I'm using 2 x 4GB RipjawsX RAM rather then the triple channel (which I am getting today)? Can I just remove the memory and try to boot without it in? Or is it possible this could be due to the MOBO battery starting to go? I really need some help with this one. I don't know what else to try really..


    Any help would be greatly appreciated as always. Thanks guys!




    Alienware Area-51 (A07 BIOS)
    Alienware J560M
    Core i7 970
    G. Skill RipjawsX 4Gx2
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1000GB (1.TB) /32MB cache hard drive
    POWER SUPPLY Alienware 1100Watt Multi-GPU Approved
    ATI Radeon HD 5870
    2x Optical Lite-On 24X Dual-Layer Burner (DVD±RW)
    Win7 home premium 64-bit
     
  2. Jikenda

    Jikenda Thread Starter

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    I went ahead and changed the ram to tri-channel and was able to finish the windows installation and then began downloading and updating drivers from Dell's support site and then I had to restart to finish installation. I once again got the boot loop and tried a system repair and that gave me the following:

    StartupRepairOffline
    Prob Sig 1 - 6.1.7600.16385
    Prob Sig 2 - 6.1.7600.16385
    Prob Sig 3 - unknown
    Prob Sig 4 - 21200919
    Prob Sig 5 - AutoFailover
    Prob Sig 6 - 2
    Prob Sig 7 - Bad Driver
    OS Version - 6.1.7600.2.0.0.256.1
    Locale ID - 1033


    Also, in the diagnostic logs:
    System Files Integrity Check & Repair
    Result: Failed Error Code = 0x490


    I tried a system restore and that did not work either, but now I am just continuously getting the Alienware boot screen boot loop. If it tries to load windows, I see the windows boot screen for about 1 second and then the PC restarts.

    Any suggestions on this? Should I try and do a clean re-install of the OS, maybe use a clean Windows copy rather than the custom Alienware boot disc?

    Thanks for any help, I really appreciate it!
     
  3. TerryNet

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    I would suspect a hard drive problem. Run whatever diagnostics you can get your hands on--BIOS, on Windows DVD, ... . Those from your hard drive manufacturer would be best.
     
  4. Jikenda

    Jikenda Thread Starter

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    @TerryNet - I have used the Samsung Diagnostic Suite and discovered no issues. Also this drive worked fine on my last build a week ago and had no issues today when I put it in my other pc to diagnose and reformat the drive, so I suspect something else here...

    Any other ideas by chance? I'm at a loss with this...

    Thanks!
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Memory problems maybe? I noticed that you made a change to the memory and your problem symptoms changed somewhat. If not a problem with a memory chip, maybe with one of the slots.
     
  6. Jikenda

    Jikenda Thread Starter

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    The memory seems ok, but I have not been able to test it yet. I think I have the ultimate boot CD around here, so I can use that to test the memory to rule it out. Once I changed the memory, I was at least able to access the OS installation and complete it, but I have gotten Windows errors since the initial restart after updating the drivers, so I'm sure that's part of the reason, but I'm not sure that would have taken care of the boot loop.

    Is it possible the mobo battery is dying? Is there a way to test it?

    I will check the memory though, just to make sure and be able to rule that out..

    thanks for the help and ideas, I really appreciate it....I may end up having to reformat and start from scratch, but I want to rule everything out before doing so.
     
  7. lunarlander

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    The mobo battery would have nothing to do with Windows not starting. It only helps to remember BIOS info, like system date, other bios settings and overclock settings. Is your system overclocked?
     
  8. Jikenda

    Jikenda Thread Starter

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    lunarlander - No, because I am still in the process of trying to get the OS up and running, updating drivers and the like.. I have not been concerned about OCing yet and will not bother until everything is running stable stock.
     
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