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after having serious problems with my computer.. I took the harddrive out of my media center and formatted it and reinstalled windows on my machine... everything worked fine... but now its 50/50 every time I turn it off if its going to work... the windows screen loads up.. then theres a fast blue flash. and it says start in safe mode etc etc.. none of these options work... the only way to get it back on is installing windows and then using repair... the harddrive was brand new so I cant see it being that... is there any part of my machine that could cause these problem... I have tried the usual, Taking out the ram and trying my old ram.. but same problem... its getting a bit depressing having to repair each time just to boot up.... any help would be greatly appreciated

thanks in advance
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I have just formatted the PC totally... And just after the format it has come up with this Error

STOP: c0000221 {Bad Image Checksum}
the Image gdi32.dll is possibly Corrupt. The Header checksum does not match the computed checksum..

does this mean my harddrive is Dead ?? I am currently googling the problem too
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I would be more inclined to think it's your Windows CD. I would try reformatting again and see if it turns up the same thing. I've occasionally had the CD give errors one time around, and then work fine the second time.
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Google brings up windows hotfixes for this problem, but I cant get in to windows to put them to the test.. So I am currently Formatting again... but because its a 400 gig unpartioned drive it feels like its taking forever.. thanks for the advice though.. lets hope it is Windows....
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No prob. Let us know how it turns out :)
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well its just finished format and this time its actually on the installing windows screen.. so with a touch of luck it will work this time.... will update later when i Know either way for sure.. but so far so good :)
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Awesome!
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well im stumped now... finally installed windows... says its rebooting... it reboots black screen with the windows logo comes on for a second then it goes back to the start like I have hit reset or something... very strange
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Very strange indeed...I have had this problem before, and I've usually fixed it by running a repair install of Windows. Before you start saying "I just installed Windows..." I've had this problem on two brand new laptops. I have no idea what causes it, but I've found that repairing Windows usually fixes it.
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Ive had such a similar problem, but with my part it was just a messed up HDD.. It was just a Hitachi Deskstar that died. But I had exactly the same problems.. I was using a LiveCD linux for quite a while till i got a new HD. I'd Try to get a bootable HD diagnostic software from your drive's manufacturer, burn it onto a CD, boot it up like a windows install, and run a full disk diagnostic, to check if its the HD's fault.
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Very strange indeed...I have had this problem before, and I've usually fixed it by running a repair install of Windows. Before you start saying "I just installed Windows..." I've had this problem on two brand new laptops. I have no idea what causes it, but I've found that repairing Windows usually fixes it.


I tried the Repair method twice and same thing, I formatted once more and again same problem.. I put in my old sata that was causing problems originally and it worked :S but still trying to fix the new drive before attempting any more formats



Ive had such a similar problem, but with my part it was just a messed up HDD.. It was just a Hitachi Deskstar that died. But I had exactly the same problems.. I was using a LiveCD linux for quite a while till i got a new HD. I'd Try to get a bootable HD diagnostic software from your drive's manufacturer, burn it onto a CD, boot it up like a windows install, and run a full disk diagnostic, to check if its the HD's fault.


thanks for the advice I googled H/D diagnostic tool for WDC and found everything I could posisbly need to test this drive.. I didnt know stuff like that was readily available for free.... currently running an extended scan on the drive so hopefully it can tell me what the problem is..


again thanks everyone that has contributed I wouldnt of known where to start otherwise...
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No prop...As I tell my customers...That's what I'm here for! :) Again, let us know how it turns out!
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No prop...As I tell my customers...That's what I'm here for! :) Again, let us know how it turns out!



scan got to the last 11 seconds and then said cannot finish due to Too many bad sectors detected.... I am hoping the shop I brought it from will replace it as its no more than 6 weeks old... At least I know what was causing my problems now.....
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Well, there you have it.. If it can't even get to the end cos of too many bad sectors, your drive is seriously messed up. If the drive is only 6 weeks old, I'm sure you still have a warranty on it, so you can go to the shop and have it replaced.
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Shop tried to get me to send it back to manafacturer... but after I explained I knew my rights they gave me a RMA to send it back to them.... so with any luck I will have a proper working computer soon... then I can work on upgrading it slowly :)
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