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Windows 7 x64 RC Crash - Can't Start Windows

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#1
So my computer is down, not 100% sure what it is still, but figured one of you could help me. Here’s the way it went down:
OS: Windows 7 RC 64-bit, System Specs below.

1) Computer was in “sleep” mode. I hit a key to wake it up just so I could see if there were any CDs in the drives. There were none, but before I could even close them back up, I get a BSOD: “IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL” … 0x0000000A(,,,,) [didn’t write down the rest of the #s].

2) So I did a Reboot -> My RAID 0 Boot array all the sudden shows as degraded, so I turned the comp off, gave it a sec to stop misbehaving.

3) Cold Boot -> Disc array now shows healthy again. I opened the Nvidia RAID after POST to examine the array, and both discs look fine in the array, doesn’t look desync’d or anything. Exited this menu. Now, it proceeds thru POST fine, attempts to load from both CD drives, none there, then one line below the “Boot from CD:” line, there’s a permanent blinking cursor for about 5min.

4) Reboot a couple times. Same thing. I went into BIOS to check that RAID settings were still intact, and also took CDs out of Boot Sequence just in case. (All usb storage devices are unplugged by the way).

5) Reboot. No more “boot from CD” line (expected), just a blinking cursor after “Verifying DMI etcetc” line. Each time this happens, the HD is still spinning furiously, almost like it’s trying to find what/where to boot from. So this time I left it on for a while. Come back 1/2hr later to a blank screen, but HD still workin hard. So I left it overnight.

6) In the morning: Blank Screen still, so I rebooted again -> This time, I get the “Windows did not shut down properly” screen, giving me startup options: Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, or Normal.

7) I selected safe mode. It loaded through files, like normal, but stopped at “\disk.sys”. HD is still spinning, left it for 10min -> BSOD quick flash, then instant automatic reboot. I couldn’t make out the BSOD code, it was too fast.

8) Windows Startup selection screen again, so I picked “Normal”. The windows 7 logo comes up, and is “flowing” or moving, showing that it’s not frozen. Left it for like 10min -> BSOD quick flash again, auto reboot.

That was my last attempt. All of this is over the course of 24hrs or so, had to go to work in between and such. I had no warning signs to this failure, and have never experienced anything like this with this setup.

I figure my next line of attack is to pop the Windows7 CD in and try to do a repair installation. If that doesn’t work, then I’m totally stuck and don’t really know where to go from there.

Any ideas, diagnosis, or suggestions? I would’ve tried to assess the dump file, but I can’t get into windows to access it.

Thanks in Advance

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#2
Start > Run > ChkDsk /f > Reboot > Wait

If the files are corrupted the CheckDisk will fix them, as well will fix corrupted File System. Just do it when you have time and don't interrupt it or you'll have bigger problems than those you have now. :D
 
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Start > Run > ChkDsk /f > Reboot > Wait

If the files are corrupted the CheckDisk will fix them, as well will fix corrupted File System. Just do it when you have time and don't interrupt it or you'll have bigger problems than those you have now. :D
Sounds like a good plan, only thing is I can't get into windows at all. How could I perform this without being in windows? Recovery Console from windows CD? I've heard that's sketchy though.
 
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Some drive controllers have issues with X64 and sleep mode still. My system still randomly freaks out if I let it go to sleep, or if it shuts down the harddrive for a long period and just uses the readyboost 8GB and RAM while awake and folding.


Put your CD in and boot from that, select your array or "drive" and run chkdsk on that.
 

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You can use the windows 7 dvd for it, boot into the dvd. When the dvd finished loading select repair computer.



Then you should see something like this:


if so, cancel it, then you should see this:



Select command prompt and write ChkDsk /f

You should see if it can be done or not.

PS: Images found in Google. :p
 
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Alright I'll try that when I get home. Thanks for the images, that really really does help make things perfectly clear. Thanks a ton 10TaTioN.

Before I do try though, can anyone else confirm that this is a good course of action (and safe?)
 
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DUUDE, I honestly don't even believe my eyes right now, but I did chkdisk /f /r (followed the pics exactly 10tation), it fixed a few errors, did a restart, and voila! The "windows didn't shut down properly" screen popped up, i picked "start windows normally" just for the heck of it, and it loaded instantly! I logged on, no files are missing, everything is gorgeous! Thanks a ton everyone, especially 10tation.
 

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Glad you solved your problem. ;)
 

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