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Well there is one way to check it all. You can do a Parallel Installation and don't update any drivers till you make sure it works with just the native stuff.
If so then you start updating one driver at a time. Checking after it is updated that everything works. Once all drivers are verified then you can actually move all your settings over.
If it messes up then you will know it is a OS issue.
Regardless the problem with cmos is either a low battery or someone has changed your settings.
Check to make sure no floppy is in the boot order and disable floppy drive seek.
Save all changes and exit. Do you then still egt the floppy drive error or checksum error?
As for the other installation I mentioned above here are the instructions.
Parallel Installation of Windows XP

Boot to the Windows XP installation cd by pressing a key when the "Press any key to boot from cd" prompt appears at the top of the screen.
  • At the "Welcome to Setup" screen, press Enter to set up Windows XP.
  • Accept the License Agreement by pressing F8
  • With your current installation selected in the box, press Esc
  • Select C: Partition1 [NTFS] in the box and press Enter
  • To continue setup using this partition, press C
  • Now you should see formatting options...choose the last one, Leave the current file system intact (no changes), and press Enter
  • To use a different folder, press Esc
  • Name the folder WINDOWS0 (just type a 0 (zero)) and press Enter
The Windows installation should begin. This will install Windows to a new folder, leaving your data intact. Any programs installed on the old directory will have to be reinstalled to the new one. Device drivers will also have to be installed for all the hardware to work as it should.

The data will be located in the Documents and Settings folder (C:\Documents and Settings) under your old user account name...so when you set up the new installation, give yourself a slightly different user account name.
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So I have 7, does it matter what OS I put in parallel? I have a 7 upgrade disk and a Vista OEM disk (what I plan to insert)

shall that be fine?
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If you plan on Vista then start with that. You can always upgrade it with the Win7 later or before you move everything over.
The plan here is to see if the new install will allow you to boot into windows. If it does then we can count the original OS as the issue.
I'm just really stumped why a Startup repair didn't fix the issue.
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I don't have the time to go through OS installations atm, maybe in 2 days, but I have noticed that I can run linux completely fine ((and any portable OS I can get my hands on).
I can also run this version of xp. (My friend gave me a disk with a verified copy of xp that runs without needing to install, but it is limited, you can't do much with it, he said it is for testing and repair use more than an operating system that should be run). That load's fine aswell.

But I have also noticed some post code errors (and) some problems booting to the bios screen post.
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woah, done.

Installed vista, works fine, all is good (no drivers, nothing installed yet.)

But the problem remains.
I want my working 7 back. Sure, I can upgrade, but i'll lpose all my programs, and I don't have many of my program's disks!

So we can say conclude by saying that my windows 7 installation is (or was) bugged.

After installing vista, I loaded up 7. All worked fine, EVERYTHING!

But don't get me wrong, I still would like to find out what the problem is. I can run speedfan if you'd wish, and ill look into why this is happening.

Also, please note that I partitioned my HDD during initial OS installation, a C and a G drive. the C drive included all my programs and the vista (upgraded to 7) installation while the G drive just included some documents, files, etc. (500gb each partition).

This was all on one Hard drive, and whn I installed vista (right now), I had installed it on the G drive because I did not want to format my C drive.

So what do you think!? Suggestions on how I can fix this?

And, to uninstall an OS, do I just delete the windows and settings folders from the recent vista installation on the G drive?
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IS Vista 32 bit and also Win7?
If so a simple upgrade disk will work and keep all your programs.
Sine the Win 7 is a upgrade and as long as it is the same 32 bit or 64 bit as Vista you won't lose anything.
I'm not sure why you did the partition of the drive as that is going to be a problem
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You don't understand

On sept 2009, I had Vista. It came with a free Win 7 upgrade (Both 64bit)

On December 2009, I received 7, and installed it. (64bit)


During the 09 Vista installation, I partitioned the disks so that all my important data goes in to the G drive if anything was to happen to the OS and program files. (In my G drive, I have all my school documents, all my work documents, all my pictures, etc..)


Today, I put in the disk and ran the Vista installer again. It was a clean install on a already-partitioned, used hard drive. I installed this installation on the G drive.

So to be clear,
C: has, Windows 7 with working program files
G: has, Windows Vista with NO installed programs, (Today's installation).

p.s. I've mentioned I have 8gb ram, it meant that I have the 64bit version. All is working, both the 'faulty' 7 and vista installations...
pps. How do I remove an OS, I want to get rid of Vista that I installed today, I dislike dual boot (which is why I have virtual machines).
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OK instead of trying to type this all out go to this page HERE and look for the following paragraph about half way down the page.

Uninstalling Vista If You Have a Dual-Boot System: Both Windows Vista and Another Operating System (e.g., XP) Are on the Same Partitioned Hard Drive

It specifically tells you how to do it from a partitioned drive like what you have.
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got it, thanks.

Will have to purchase a new external HDD this weekend to put in my files :D

So,w ould you like me to run any tests on the win 7. os to see if we can still find out what our problem is?
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I thought it was working according to what you said below. :D

All is working, both the 'faulty' 7 and vista installations...


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It is ;)
But I want to further investigate just incase a problem like this pops-up again.

I don't know why this happened still, so yea :D
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OK post 13 we never finished the memtest on all the modules that I can tell.
I mentioned the cmos battery and you said you were going to try to boot without the battery and then never heard if you did or you reset the bios and made sure the correct time and date were setup? :D
You said you ran chkd with no errors
You ran sfc with nothing showing.
HD diagnostics...
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.

Thanks to Broni for the instructions
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1. I ran the memtest on all the ram sticks, disregarding what was said about stopping.
2.Have 6 batteries, I tried 2 from the teacher, one was low, other worked. I reverted back to my own battery, there was nothing wrong with it, it was a random cmos clearing. (Date time are all correct)
3.I ran chkdsk with no errors, true.
4. I uploaded the SFC errors that I received in a .txt file because I had too many.


Will run the HDD Diagnostics as soon as I Get a chance
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Will run the HDD Diagnostics as soon as I Get a chance

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NO!

When I thought I escaped it, I was wrong!

Happened again today!

What I did today:

I decided:

"Hey, I'm playing games again, why not try to OC my card?"

I then decided to follow the recommended method which consists of:

Make sure your drivers are current.
OC slowly looking @ temps and running 3d Mark Vantage scores (while [email protected] artifacts).


Going in to step one, I noticed that I was running Driver version 260.(something)

So I go up on the EVGA site, and download driver version 266.58 for my GTX 260. (http://www.evga.com/...lt.asp?switch=2)

Graphics card -> 200 -> Windows 7 64bit




Once I downloaded that, I decided to follow the recommended method of UPDATING the driver.

I roughly followed the following guide: http://www.notebookf...read204406.html by doing the following steps:
1. Downloaded the diver needed
2. Uninstall the previous one through remove programs (removed PhysX and Nvidia Video Software (or something similar).
3. reboot
4. entered safe mode
5. uninstalled the driver information from device manager (GTX 260)
6. Ran DriverSweeper and removed Nvidia Video Chipset
7. Ran Ccleaner
8. Installed new video driver
9. restarted
10. Had it working.



After it worked, I decided to run some stock-setting 3dMark Vantage tests in (settings: High)

I ran the first test (GPU temp went up to 83degrees Celsius on default.
I wasn't impressed so I went on to opening the windows, turning off my heater and checking if my room temperature made a big difference.

Second run Max temps were 67 degrees Celsius.

I just wanted to run a third time to make sure I read it right.
I went on to cleaning my room (monitor was off), as 3dMarkVantage was doing its thing.


I come back to check up on it, I see windows Vista.
Apparently, sometime during (or after) the run, the computer automatically restarted and went into dual boot. From there, the default choice was Vista.

I restarted the computer and again, all of a sudden, a black screen after logging in.


I will try system restore, but I have to clean my messy room first :S


(Thinking it's a driver error? How shall I proceed?)
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