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April 9, 2014 12:59:06 AM

I'm not even angry at this point. I just sort of expect it now. Safe mode just boots to black screen and does nothing. Windows will not start at all. The install disc obviously didn't work as it did a "restore" two days ago and the same problem exists so I've just left it on a black screen. Wasted my money on this OS. Completely broken.

Edit: OK. It seems it just takes a rather long time to actually start safe mode

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April 9, 2014 1:22:37 AM

You sure the HDD isn't dying? I bought a brand new HDD that just wouldn't work right. After 5 fresh installs all within a few hours each, I found out the HDD had bad blocks from Windows event viewer. You won't be able to see that, but only way is to take it to get tested. As failing to install, it;s a pretty straight forward process...install and click next.
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April 9, 2014 1:26:04 AM

Did you mean to post this here or on your facebook\twitter?
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April 9, 2014 2:57:59 AM

Facebook/twitter wouldn't be interested in that. My SSD is brand new, all hard drives and hardware have part diagnostic tests so their fine. 8 on the other hand had been flaky since day 1
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April 9, 2014 4:17:22 AM

You know what I think it is. It's just seriously slow at entering/exiting safe mode. Left it for a few hours on that screen and it did eventually boot

Edit: That's what it appears to be. 8 seems to do a bit of behind the scenes work and then start when in safe mode, unlike 7 which did it instantly. That, or there is actually something wrong with my install.

Understand this I do like 8 and don't want to go back to 7, because a) I don't go backwards with tech, only forwards and b) after using 8, 7 seems so boring. When it works is brilliant, bit it's put me through hell one too many times (still a very small percentage of the time I've used it), but I get very long periods of solid reliability.

I'm not computer illiterate by any means, not as literate as other people on this site, but still.

Windows 8, some relearning required
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April 9, 2014 10:37:31 AM

Heironious said:
You sure the HDD isn't dying? I bought a brand new HDD that just wouldn't work right. After 5 fresh installs all within a few hours each, I found out the HDD had bad blocks from Windows event viewer. You won't be able to see that, but only way is to take it to get tested. As failing to install, it;s a pretty straight forward process...install and click next.


I won't rule out the idea that at least one of my WD HDDs is fault (see below), but in this case they weren't the cause. Did a test a little over half an hour ago with no drives connected (no optical, no HDDs, only SSD) and went into regular safe mode, got instaboot. Tried again with networking enabled, the computer brain farted and took up to three minutes to get to log in screen. So the problem exists with most likely my WiFi card's driver (it is an outdated one, but the card is 8 ready).

On the subject of Hard Drives Data Lifeguard failed them both on their very first test, but less than five minutes later, third party software passed them (Data Lifeguard couldn't read the SMART data). All software that have tested them since have passed them. If any component is first to go on my rig it'll be WD Black or my optical drive. Black occasionally gives out a weird noise at the moment it loses power during shutdown. It's a hard noise to describe, and I haven't been able to confirm if it's one of the "death" noises when an HDD is going to go as the drive goes through noisy spells anyway (been remarkably quiet lately). If it does go, I'd lose nothing, all the documents on there are cloud saved, so apart from needing a new drive and reinstalling stuff that isn't core programs I'm good. I really hate using RMA procedures unless I absolutely have to. Is it worth removing remnants of the old recovery partition on WD Green? Right now it's just unallocated space that 8 never used at the very first install
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April 9, 2014 10:45:14 AM

I would boot into recovery mode and run cskdsk /r from dos, check every drive then then run sfc just to make sure everything is intact still aswell.
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April 9, 2014 10:52:36 AM

EDIT: Scrap that, I've run the check utility from the drive's properties in file explorer. No errors. Just wondering how I can solve the E41s that are generated when Windows does hybrid shutdown (the rig doesn't crash, doesn't display any errors and shuts down normally), but if you check the event log or reliability monitor, a load of E41s will be waiting
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April 9, 2014 11:04:00 AM

I don't know tbh, I only ever done it from windows recovery, you could try it tho, cmd with admin privileges, chkdsk /r C:/ D:/ etc etc
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April 9, 2014 11:57:39 AM

Duckboy_the_1st said:
I don't know tbh, I only ever done it from windows recovery, you could try it tho, cmd with admin privileges, chkdsk /r C:/ D:/ etc etc


This might take a while. 2TB hard disk. Virtually empty though, but been at 10% for 10 minutes. I'm a little impatient :p 
But I won't do like what I did with the safe mode thing and hard reboot
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April 9, 2014 12:03:32 PM

unplanned bacon said:
Duckboy_the_1st said:
I don't know tbh, I only ever done it from windows recovery, you could try it tho, cmd with admin privileges, chkdsk /r C:/ D:/ etc etc


This might take a while. 2TB hard disk. Virtually empty though, but been at 10% for 10 minutes. I'm a little impatient :p 
But I won't do like what I did with the safe mode thing and hard reboot


yeah that's going to take a while...... better to check it tho :) 

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April 9, 2014 4:44:18 PM

IT ran, but I didn't get to see the result. But why, on boot did it ask for activation again? You've already been activated fool!
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