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Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jwhitowrt3, Mar 24, 2011.

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  1. jwhitowrt3

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    Hello all. I recently took on the task of repairing a buddies computer. It's newer pavilion mulitcore processor 6gigs of ram etc...it was loaded with the 64bit version of windows vista. What is happening is that whenever you boot windows will act like its loading then BOOM hard restart. After the first time the machine will then load into that screen that says "windows was not shut down properly what do you want to do" where you can select safe mode/lbkgc/start windows normally. Whenever you select any of those options BOOM hard restart. I then proceeded to boot from a live distribution of ubuntu...same thing happens, except with linux being as awome as it is it did not automatically reboot the system. It went into a very limited command line, after it stated this:

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    BusyBox v1.15.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.15.3-1ubuntu5) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.
    
    (initramfs) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on //filesystem.squashfs failed: Input/output error
    Can not mount /dev/loop0 (/cdrom/casper/filesystem.squashfs) on //filesystem.squashfs
    
    Anyone have any ideas? Its almost as if the boot.ini file is not being read properly :confused:....that's my best guess....what do you guys think?
     
  2. pip22

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    Start by testing the hard drive for signs of imminent failure, using the drive maker's own diagnostic software (preferrably the DOS version you run from a bootable CD). Links here: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    If no failures shown there, test the RAM with Memtest86 (also using a bootable CD): http://memtest86.com/
    Run Memtest for at least 5 passes.
     
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