When powering on the laptop it goes through the post screen arrives at the windows loading page but will not get past that. when attempting to wipe the hard drive it freezes on searching for previous versions of windows
Works fine with a live cd though, no bad sectors found on chk dsk ran checks on memory which is fine. So is it motherboard or hdd
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Booting into safe mode usually indicates a problem with the machine. When powering it on, keep punching F8 for the "Safe Mode" boot option window and try choosing "Last good Configuration". You might try Restoring it back to before this started. Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools and then System Restore.
Probably a faulty hard drive. go into the setup screen and verify the HD setting is correct. save your settings and reboot. if this doesn't solve it, then take out battery and disconnect power, remove hard drive and reconnect. try reboot. if none of that works, then replace hard drive and reinstall OS.
What OS is it running. If this was my laptop i would be using ERD comander or microsoft diagnostics and recovery toolset (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/enterprise/products/mdop/dart.aspx). This will allow you to boot into a recovery tool set and from there you can restore your laptop and see if this gets it booting up again. if it dose then have a look at thing you where doing before you had this problem. hope this will help you out
you have to restore it, I'm sorry but I haven't done it so I'm not sure how exactly to do it. You might have shut it off when it wasn't supposed to be or something. I'm really sorry I wasn't a big help. But if you can find a way to restore it, the whole thing, then you will lose everything like downloaded games, music, add ons like java and adobe. Im so sorry though. That's all I can tell you.
Most likely a Windows software problem. Could be virus caused. Try restarting the laptop and immediately start tapping the f8 key until you see a screen with several boot options.Use the arrow key to select "boot using last known good configuration". If that works, you're done. If not, try restarting the laptop and immediately start tapping the f8 key until you see a screen with several boot options. This time select "boot in safe mode". The laptop screen will look different but will still allow you to run your laptop. Click on the "Start" button, then "Help and Support" and then "Undo changes to your system using system restore". Click on "Restore" and then select a date shown in BOLD when your laptop was running fine. Have the laptop restore to that date. After restarting, you should have full functionality. If this doesn't work, you may have a failing harddrive. Try reinstalling Windows. If it fails during loading, your harddrive is most like failing and should be replaced. If reloading solves the problem, you had corrupt software probably caused by a virus attack.
Something has messed with your MBR, master boot record, which is a small sector at the beginning of your first hard drive which tells the bios which partition to boot. You'll have to use your xp or vista's installation disc to repair the system.( Choose; repair this installation of windows when prompted ) While you are in the bios check under the boot section the order of your boot devices. If you have more than 1 HD check that the one containing your OS is first.
Is this a brand new laptop? If so it appears windows has crashed and you will need to use the recovery CD/DVD. I would take it back if it's new as that should not have happened so quickly with a new computer. If it is used and you don't have a recovery disk then it gets a little more difficult.You will
need to get a windows system disk or install disk and boot up with this
in the laptop to load windows whatever into your hard drive and set
your laptop up to run on the new drive. Here is Microsoft's tutorial
on how to install and set up
Hope this helps you.
Put in the restore CD and hold down C while booting, this will allow you to boot from thh CD and select how you want to restore the computer. Alternatively, you can attempt to boot in safe mode with command prompt, and type "chkdsk /r" without the quotes, and press enter., post your results.