- Speedfan shows that the HDD and CPU are cool. I can not detect the fans or how fast they are running, but Clutch Factor states that he can hear the fans running.
- Windows device manager recognizes all of the hardware components.
- It appears that there might be a faulty stick of ram.
ok, next time you reboot your computer windows will run "chkdsk" (check disk) and attempt
to fix any errors on the hard drive. This may take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. After
that is done, you should probably try to rule out if any of your sticks of ram are failing, or
if they just weren't properly placed into the motherboard before.
To do this, take out the 512mb stick that you know is working, and put that into a "goodd"
pile. Then, take another stick of ram and put it in that slot, boot up, and if it boott in,
reboot and take that out and put it in the "good" pile, otherwise, put it in the bad pile.
If you have any sticks in the bad pile, this might mean that failing memory was causing such
errors. If there are no sticks in the bad pile, then such errors were caused by something else,
which I would be happy to investigate. For your reference, I will copy and paste this into
the LakerNation converation so that you can refer to here when your computer is turned off.
Okay, so the only problem I had was with one memory in which the monitor would not even turn on (no signal).
So now I inserted the 3 sticks that did work. No keyboard failure. No memory failure. Just the other errors. I pressed F1 to continue, which somehow worked. But now it went back to the Dell loading screen and the bar is stuck halfway there. I'm thinking about restarting it.
Alright so after restarting it, I get two options:
1) Launch Windows Startup Repair (Recommended)
2) Start Windows Normally
Well originally I did the first option, and it says "Loading Files" but then it goes into the windows loading screen and just freezes. All very fast. You don't see the windows logo, but you do see an empty loading bar and "Microsoft Corporation" labeled underneath it. I waited 30 minutes+ and it was still frozen there.
When I click on the second option, it acts like it's loading, but then it goes back to the Dell loading screen and then the black screen which gives me the two options.
I can get into the Setup Menu (F2) or the Boot Sequence (F12) this time.
Perhaps take out all of the CDs/DVDs in your computer, turn it off, and then turn it on.
If it asks again, go with "Start Windows Normally." If it continues to freeze, I would be curious to see if the master boot loader is somehow corrupt, if Windows is somehow damaged, or if this really is hardware related.
So, if it continues to freeze, put the Ubuntu DVD back in and under the Boot Sequence (F12), boot from the disc drive that Ubuntu is in.
Once you are in Ubuntu, go to the start menu (upper left), type in "terminal" and then type in the following command:
It should tell you how much memory you have (RAM). If you have 3 sticks in, then it should display around 1.5GB. This is what we want. From there, reboot the machine with the "reboot" command.
Then, try to boot into Windows normally again.
If Ubuntu says you have 1.5GB of memory and recognizes all of your hardware, and you still can't boot into Windows, the next thing I would try is reformatting Windows. If you have files that you would like backed up, we can do this before any of the formatting takes place. It will just require using teamviewer inside of Ubuntu.
Boot Device Menu gives me these options:
2. Primary Master Device
3. Hard-Disk Drive C:
4. IDE CD-ROM Device
5. System Setup
6. IDE Drive Diagnostics
7. Boot to Utility Partition
I've put the Ubuntu disk in both the DVD drive and basic CD drive, and clicked option 4. It then told me to press F1 to continue or F2 to run setup utility. I press F1, but then it takes me back to the screen giving me those two options (Start Windows Repair, Start Windows Normally). I did Start Windows Normally, and that cycle continues.