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Windows Vista will not boot

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I looked a bit in your forum, and haven't seen anything close to my problem (which is a rather long explanation).

I recieved my Toshiba Satellite A305-S6908, with Vista (Home, I believe) preloaded, as a gift from my ex-husband in March this year. I bought a year subscription to Norton Antivirus, since the trial was preloaded on the machine as well.

Early last month (maybe late July), it wouldn't boot unless it was in complete safe mode. I couldn't do anything. Figured out the F8 menu, finally, and did a wipe to out-of-box status. Seemed to work at first, but if it was shut down or restarted, the next session would last 5-10 minutes before it would freeze and I would have to restart. So I did the same wipe, and it acted the same way. Two weeks ago, it went back to not booting, but it was crash dumping and restarting, as well as "blue screen" and restarting. I could not get to the user screen to log in. I turned it off and left it alone for a day or two, then turned it on and was able to start the wipe again. Unfortunately, it never finished the Windows user set up for some reason. So I was stuck with a generic administrator account that i couldn't get back into if my computer went to sleep. So, I created a user account that I could get back into if I was away for a few minutes. That worked for about a week. Then two days ago, it would not boot, period. I would get the Toshiba startup screen, then a black screen that said "A disk read error occurred Pres Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". I got a Windows XP Pro disk, and tried to boot from the disk to put the new OS on the laptop. It seemed to work as it was loading files. As soon as it got to the point of starting Windows, another blue screen popped up. This one says that a problem was detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to the computer.

Error codes:
0X0000007B (0XF78D2524, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

I hope someone can help me with this. I don't have the delivery receipt for the laptop or much of anything to claim the warranty for it. I'm not sure what to make of it, since I can't even boot Windows from a Windows disk.
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The Stop 0x7B message indicates that Windows XP has lost access to the system partition or boot volume during
the startup process. Installing incorrect device drivers when installing or upgrading storage adapter hardware
typically causes stop 0x7B errors. Stop 0x7B errors could also indicate possible virus infection.

The second parameter is very important because it can indicate whether the 0x7B Stop message was caused by
file system issues or problems with storage hardware and drivers. Values of 0xC000034 or 0xC000000E typically

• Disks or storage controllers that are failing, defective, or improperly configured.

• Storage-related drivers or programs (tape management software, for example) that are not fully compatible
with Windows XP Professional.

Possible Resolutions:

• During I/O system initialization, the controller or driver for the startup device (typically the hard disk)
might have failed to initialize the necessary hardware. File system initialization might have failed because
of disk or controller failure, or because the file system did not recognize the data on the boot device.

• Repartitioning disks, adding new disks, or upgrading to a new disk controller might cause the information
in the Boot.ini file, or Boot Manager, to become outdated. If this Stop message occurs after installing new
disks to your system, edit the Boot.ini file or adjust the Boot Manager parameters to allow the system to
start. If the error occurs after upgrading the disk controller, verify that the new hardware is functioning
and correctly configured.

• Verify that the system firmware and disk controller BIOS settings are correct and that the storage device
was properly installed. If you are unsure, consult your computer's documentation about restoring default
firmware settings or configuring your system to auto-detect settings. If the error occurs during Windows XP
Professional setup, the problem might be due to unsupported disk controller hardware. In some cases, drivers
for new hardware are not in the Windows XP Professional Driver.cab library, and you need to provide additional
drivers to complete the Windows XP setup successfully. If this is the case, follow the hardware manufacturer's
instructions when installing drivers. Periodically check for driver and firmware updates.
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