Windows not booting up after hardware change.
December 5, 2010 8:57 PM Subscribe
I have a problem with Windows 7 startup after I made some hardware changes. The computer won't boot automatically and I'm hoping for some suggestions.
posted by Mokusatsu to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I recently moved a computer into a new case and removed a hard disk (the hard disk contained only music and movies, nothing related to Windows or any installed programs which were both installed on their own partitions.
When the computer starts to boot, the first thing I see is the splash screen from my motherboard, a spaceship graphic with "Hit del to go to BIOS, tab to post" writing. That's normal.
After that, it goes blank for a minute or two.
Then the initialising, memory check and other standard startup diagnostics comes.
Then it goes blank again.
Then we're back to the motherboard spaceship graphic.
Then once again blackness.
And then a new screen saying there was a problem, choose the OS to boot.
1) Windows Setup
2) Windows Vista.
I choose Vista, it then boots up normally though perhaps a little slowly into Windows 7. (This computer was originally Vista, but was upgraded to Windows 7 a while ago).
Once booted everything appears fine, though I do have to set the screen resolution correctly to my monitor's native resolution, it reverts to the previous settings every time it starts up.
Before I swapped the cases over and removed the videos hard disk it worked fine. I'm fairly sure I put everything back in correctly and hooked it up properly. After all, once I do get it to boot the computer works fine.
I've gone into BIOS and looked at the boot order. It's fine.
1) Hard disk
2) DVD drive
The system partition C: is on the ATA disk. There is also an IDE disk which contains nothing much at the moment.
Windows has no error messages.
When I ran the Windows Setup/Repair utility from the Windows DVD it was unable to find the existing Windows installation.
Can anyone suggest what I should try next?