Gericom laptop booting problem

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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:00:18
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hi all, ive been given a gericom(medion?) laptop that wouldn't work for the owners
spec is Centrino 1.70 ghz celeron, 512mb ram,80gb hdd, radeon 9700 1790xl+ graphics.

when receiving it on booting up it went round and round at the windows logo, it wouldn't go any further,I took the hdd out and put it in my working laptop and formatted the drive and installed a clean copy of xp home i have,
it then went back into the given laptop When turned on the post screen shows all ok inc the ram it then displays the "windows did not start successfully" window, no matter what i select here safe mode, start normal etc it will not boot further than this screen it just freezes,
i have used erd commander on a boot cd and i can check the HDD and it all shows good, so what could be stopping the laptop booting from a good clean working install hdd?

any help appreciated
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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:07:39
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try a memory test,

2 most common falures on laptops the hd or memory

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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:09:57
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Hi Lee
There may be a setting in BIOS that restarts on an error, that way the laptop keeps rebooting.
Unless you have virtually identical hardware, it's pretty remote that an install of Windows XP on one computer will work on another, it normally blue screens. Windows 98 is usually quite successful at this though.
Why couldn't you install Windows when booting from the CD? Was there an error?





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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:11:40
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If it's not the ram or HDD then I'll vote for a failing mobo. I had one the other day. Smile


 

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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:17:07
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cheers for the quick answers chaps,
it wouldnt boot from the disc something like "couldnt find ndlp" or words to that effect, if i can not get it to boot i guess i carnt check out the ram?, i may have some spare somewhere to try, it bugs me all "seems" to work except the boot how would the MB prevent this but nothing else from working?
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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:21:11
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you can check the ram without booting to windows.

download one of the many memory checking programs you can burn it to cd and the laptop will boot from this.

http://www.memtest86.com/ 

try this link and click on free download............. its an iso image burn to cd and boot from it Smile

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 Posted 06/10/2008 23:28:06
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ok cool ill try that tomorrow, i have just tried taking out one stick(256) at a time and seeing if that makes a difference it never, i have two other types of ram but none that will fit this lappy.
ive put the windows cd in to see what errors i get but it now wont boot from the cd at all goes to the usual "windows didnt start properly" screen,
ill keep on going...
lee
UPDATE:
ok ive now got "reboot and select boot device or insert boot media in selected boot device and press a key"
this is with the windows cd in the drive, the drive is first boot in the bios and hdd boot is disabled, it wont read the disc, this is the installation disc i just used early on the other lappy to put xp on the hdd.
any more ideas chaps?




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Edited: 06/10/2008 23:32:40 by lakeslad2

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Does rather sound like a shafted motherboard.

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Thanks dave it was looking towards that wasnt it,?, i will use the HDD as external storage and sell on the ram and cpu i guess.

many thanks

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Before you break it up, check if there's a key to press to select boot device, and try the Windows disc, or a Linux live CD from there. As you installed Windows on your other laptop, then transferred the HDD, it's not going to boot, the hardware's too different.

If you can get the Windows CD to boot, then you can just reinstall, if not, try a lens cleaner first. You don't want to bin a laptop for the sake of some dust Wink


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