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vista has come to a grinding hault


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I have a Dell XPS laptop. It came with Vista 32 bit home edition as the OS. It worked great for a while then it wouldn't boot one day so I called Dell, paid for support because I have had it barely over a year. They told me to reinstall Vista so I did and it worked....for about a week. So I got it to run in safemode for about two weeks then it wouldn't boot in safe mode anymore. Now, it will boot maybe once out of every 100 tries and when it does run, it freezes after about 10 minutes of use.

WHat I get now is just a white screen. No F keys work, no going to startup options....nothing but a solid white screen that eventually gets lines in it if you leave it on long enough.

On the VERY rare occation I can boot it, I run system diagnostics on it and it find nothing wrong with any of the hardware. I have tried reinstalling vista from the CD but it doesn't run.....it does nothing but white screens. This is so frustrating! I paid over $1500 for this laptop that won't work now.....one year later.

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It looks like some hardware problem...

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech....ay.cfm?ttid=287
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.
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A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.
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