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Boot problem. Am completely lost as to what it is...

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May 5, 2013 1:40:38 PM

Hey people,

Right, for the life of me I cant understand nor seem to solve the following issue.

Sorry if this is the wrong section and/or has been already brought up recently.

I installed windows 7 on to a HDD and afterwards it failed to boot, saying the 'Boot Manager is missing'.

Windows fails to start at all.

so I tried a re-install and the same issue.

I have tried,

Startup repair using installation disk
tried the bootfix in CMD prompt
even Herins Disk

My next thought was maybe its a faulty HDD, I tried another HDD and same problem.

Ive checked all cables and plugs.

I thought maybe for some reason a hardware conflict so unplugged all HDD's bar the one which should have windows on it.

I reset Bios back to default settings.

What gets me, and this might help is that I took a HDD out of a working PC that also has Windows 7 installed and this wouldnt boot either but instead of the 'boot manager missing' message it just kept restarting.
So have replaced them HDD back in other PC and they work fine.

Its just I can not work out why it wont install or start correctly.

Its on an older PC I use for internet and some other things,

Its a old Intel P4 2.00Ghz 2Gb Ram

Im hoping someone can shed some light on this.

Thanks so much

Ben
May 5, 2013 1:44:38 PM

It's your installation disk. That's causing the problem. The Boot Manager part of your installation disk is missing, possibly got infected by a virus, so it's not getting installed on your OS. Try using another disk. Also try using the HDD you're using on the computer on a different computer, see if it works. Maybe it's because of hardware compatibility issues? Tell me if this works.
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May 7, 2013 6:38:10 PM

Solid_Snake3 said:
It's your installation disk. That's causing the problem. The Boot Manager part of your installation disk is missing, possibly got infected by a virus, so it's not getting installed on your OS. Try using another disk. Also try using the HDD you're using on the computer on a different computer, see if it works. Maybe it's because of hardware compatibility issues? Tell me if this works.



Hey Snake,

Thanks for the reply.

I've just used to disc on another computer and it installed fine.

But on the problem PC it doesn't even come up with 'boot from CD'. Just the boot manager missing error message.

I've tried different HDD's, ODD's. defaulting bios settings.

As you was saying, What hardware issues could cause this?
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May 7, 2013 7:44:07 PM

It could be a motherboard with a bad bios. Try flashing to the latest bios. It could be anything else, but try flashing the latest bios first.
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May 8, 2013 7:38:59 AM

Solid_Snake3 said:
It could be a motherboard with a bad bios. Try flashing to the latest bios. It could be anything else, but try flashing the latest bios first.



Hey, I believe I have the latest Bios - but am trying to find an iso file so that I can make a bootable cd as I cant update it within windows as it wont load.
Any advice where to look? As on Asus website it only has a .exe and Rom file...

might be worth mentioning vista was the OS now i have 7 on there. well trying to have 7 on there lol
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May 8, 2013 4:31:51 PM

Solid_Snake3 said:
Assuming you want the Home Edition (and also have the product key) and your PC is 64-bit here's the link to download it: http://msft.digitalrivercontent.net/win/X17-58997.iso


Its 32-bit and as for the product key I dont have that to hand.

I have searched every where for iso file and its like rocking horse poo...
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May 8, 2013 4:39:19 PM

Is there anything compatible that I could use?
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