I have a gateway MT3705 that fails to boot. When I first turn it on it will start to boot (windows splash) and then goes to a "failed windows boot, look for problems" search. It runs for about 3 minutes then freezes. I turn the computer off and then restart, the fan and hard drive are going but the lcd is dark. If I keep it turned off for 10 or so minutes it starts back up and repeat the failed boot test. I tried a boot disk, but that freezes also after 3-5 minutes.
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You have hard drive issues or windows files are corrupted, remove hardware and reseat it back in place, sometimes this will get the hard drive working, if this fails! set the boot order to DVD CD and try and run the recovery disc, if no change! it means the hard drive has issues and may have to be replaced.
Normally, your laptop should be configured to boot up from the hard drive before trying the network boot up. When the hard drive fails or is no longer available, or the boot up sequence in BIOS Setup has been changed so that the network boot is set before the hard drive, the symptom you describe fails. I would recommend that you do the following: 1. Check BIOS Setup & make sure the boot sequence is set in the correct order (Hard Drive 0 should be before Network Boot). 2. Make sure that the hard drive is seated properly in its slot & that all connections are tight. 3. Make sure that the hard drive powers up when you turn on the laptop.
If none of this helps, then your hard drive has failed.
Run diagnostics on the system (Hold Fn Key and press Power) and see if the HDD fails diags. If it does, then replace the HDD.
If the DIags PASS
Boot to your windows XP CD, press R at the 1st prompt to enter recovery console, the run the command CHKDSK /R then see if the system will boot normally.
If no go, then reboot to the WIndows CD and continue the install and try a repair install of WIndows. If that fails, then try a clean install of Windows (Delete the existing NTFS partition and create a new one)
If all those fail, replace the HDD (Passing DIAGS does not ensure the HDD is good, just the diags didn't detect the failure)
The black screen with flashing cursor can be caused by the files needed to boot being located in sectors of the hard drive that can no longer be read.
You can try booting to the XP CD, and go to recovery console and RUN CHKDSK /F See if that fixes the file structure and allows the system to boot. If that fails, you can try a repair installation of Windows. If that fails, the most likely resolution is replacing the HDD and reloading Windows and the drivers.