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Windows won't load

By Alpha Gamer
May 24, 2014
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  1. Today, I started hearing very low beeps while using my computer, I wasn't even sure if it was my pc or if it was coming from outside my apartment. I turned it off for 10min and heard no more beeps. Turned it on again, the mobo screen appeared twice and right after that, I'm forever frozen in that black screen with the white prompt blinking on the upper left corner of the screen. Every boot after that yields the same results. No BSODs

    If I press del during the mobo posts, I can get into the bios and everything is normal. CPU, RAM, HD, all detected.

    Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 2500K @ 3.30GHz 33 °C
    Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
    RAM
    8,00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8P67 (LGA1155) 28 °C
    Graphics
    E2250 (1920x1080@60Hz)
    2048MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (Gigabyte) 30 °C
    1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Elitegroup) 28 °C
    ForceWare version: 326.80
    SLI Disabled
    Hard Drives
    932GB Seagate ST310005 24AS SCSI Disk Device (SATA) 25 °C
    Optical Drives
    HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW UH12LS29 SCSI CdRom Device
    Audio
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Sounds like a failed boot drive
     
  3. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    Miraculously, I got the pc to boot successfully. I ran seatools and my hd passed, also ran memtest overnight and no errors found. Besides backing up everything I may need in case the HD dies, should I just reinstall windows or should I get another hd?

    Edit, I've been able boot twice since yesterday, but every time, it takes like 5 to 6min.
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes, replace the hard drive
     
  5. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    Oh my,

    I replaced the hard drive with a fresh windows install and the problem persists. I've read somewhere else that resetting your BIOS could solve the issue, done it and nothing. Cleaned my memory sticks with white rubber, nothing.
    Some other dude said that setting your sata settings in BIOS to IDE helped him, nothing here.
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Your motherboard has UEFI bios (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) Make sure the bios SATA settings are set for AHCI and the drive is formatted GPT not MBR
     
  7. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    It is AHCI, but not GPT. Is it possible to convert it to GPT without having to install the drive I just removed?
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  9. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    Sure, but according to all the tutorials and videos I've seen so far, I need to have two hard drives in order to convert one of them to GPT, am I right?
    Or is it possible to perform such operation with only one hard drive?
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  11. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    LOL
    Windows 7 won't install on GPT.
    I installed Linux but it wouldn't boot
     
  12. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    Try reformatting the hard drive to NTFS for win 7.
     
    Last edited: Jun 1, 2014
  13. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 330   +93

    The issue is clearly related to my boot priority settings. It was Bluray Drive>HDD. I did some extensive testing and I found out that whenever I set the boot priority settings to HDD>Bluray Drive, the issue simply doesn't happen and if I set them back to Bluray Drive>HDD, it does. 100% of the time.

    Of course this is not ok and I still have no idea of what's going on. I'd still appreciate if someone could shed a light on this.

    Thanks for all the help so far.
     
  14. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,777   +241

    I myself would say maybe the bluray is going bad, or the sata port it plug into maybe going bad. Try switching it to a different sata port. Then see if you have the problem at boot up.
     
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2014

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