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Windows Vista won't load past screen with the windows loading bar.

No viruses, malware, spyware, software updates, hardware changes, or OS updates/changes.

It loads the start up and goes to a page with 2 options: launch start up repair and start windows normally. If you choose the first it loads and then goes to a black screen with or without a mouse and then freezes. The second option gets to the same point and then resets the computer.

With the disc in it does the exact same thing as the first option in the previous paragraph no matter which option you choose. Any ideas? I've tried almost everything.
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    This is indicative of a defective hardware device. Try to re-install your video drivers (get the current version from ati.com or nvidia.com as appropriate) to see if that helps. Also check in your Device Manager (Control Panel) to see if any other devices are acting up. Good luck!
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    I'm leaning towards either video rather software or hardware then I'd try RAM next in troubleshooting steps.
  3. Figured out the issue. My hard drive was dying. Physically, it was just worn out after two years.
  4. nice job..
    what did you replace your HDD with, what new model.?
  5. Well, for now I have an old xbox hd in it, just a 20 gb till I can get the one I want. It's a 600 gb SATA 2.5" (I'll settle with Western Digital if I cant find a better brand for near the same price).
  6. ShadowPhoenix09 said:
    Well, for now I have an old xbox hd in it, just a 20 gb till I can get the one I want. It's a 600 gb SATA 2.5" (I'll settle with Western Digital if I cant find a better brand for near the same price).

    Here is a very good one for your consideration. I have always had great luck with Samsung HDDs. Have fun!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152237
  7. COLGeek said:
    Here is a very good one for your consideration. I have always had great luck with Samsung HDDs. Have fun!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152237



    Thank you very much, I've had Samsung suggested to me before and also Toshiba. Western Digital, I have been told, has a significantly higher failure rate than either of though brands.
  8. agreed to that.
    i have the samsung spinpoint f3 in my newer unit and the seagate barracudas in my older units.
    i can also verify the lasting of seagate hdd's.
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