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Vista HP on notebook won't boot

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January 13, 2010 10:45:18 PM

Hi All!

I'm having a problem with a Toshiba Satellite A300 notebook at the moment. It won't boot past the Vista Loading screen in either normal or safe modes. I have tried a startup repair from the Vista disk but it says there is no startup problem to repair.

I took the hard drive out and attached it to my desktop (via an external casing) and ran MalwareBytes and AVG scans.

MB found:
adware.rabio
Trojan.HostsfileMod
Trojan.Agent

AVG found:
Win32/Heur

Am I correct in my understanding that none of these infections should render the pc unbootable?
I have since put the hard drive back into the notebook and still have the same problem. I have tested ram, cleaned and reseated the CPU and heatsink, and am currently running a chkdsk /r from the cmd prompt option from the Vista disk.

Any other ideas??

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January 14, 2010 5:52:32 AM

you can try fixing the master boot record

1. Start your computer from the Windows Vista Installation DVD
2. Press a key when prompted to continue
3. Choose your language, time, keyboard and click Next:
4. Next, click "Repair your Computer":
5. Now, from the System Recovery
Options dialog, select the "Operating System" you want to repair, then click Next
6. From the "Choose a Recovery Tool" dialog menu, select "Command Prompt":
7. Type the following into the "Command Prompt Window":
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
8. Remove the Vista Installation DVD and restart your PC.
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