Could it be the Motherboard?

The other day my pc reset and on restart reached a screen saying winload.exe is corrupt or missing.

When trying to fix this though with the system disk or system repair disc the pc won't boot up from disc at all, just loops to the winload.exe file is corrupt or missing.

I removed and replaced he hard drive with a formatted one and attempted to install windows from scratch.

The message I received then was "disk read error please insert system disk and press enter" I still had the same result and could not boot up from disc.

I am now stuck as I don;t know what else to try, so far I have:

- Removed all components leaving just the dvd drive

- Removed all components leaving just the hard drive

- Tried hard drives on both IDE and SATA

- Tried dvd drive on both IDE and SATA

- Reset the BIOS

- Changed and tried various boot orders.

My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-MA78G-DS3H 780G Socket AM2+

Any ideas?


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  1. if you go into bois does it detect the dvd in there? Does dvd light come on, blink,, (on dvd bezel)?
    Make sure the disk is actually boot-able. test on different pc if can.
    DVD drive working ? testing it would help as well.
    Try using boot up select menu (like F10, or F12) look up for your specific board. and choose dvd from the list.
    Go gigabyte website and get latest Bios and upgrade it
    If all fails there are USB external drives :)
  2. Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I have checked the bios and checked the dvd etc.

    The last thing left would be to try a usb external dvd drive and see what happens
  3. To get your cd to boot first...
    Go into your bios sceen....
    Select Advanced Bios Features.....Go down to First Boot device.....Change it to cdrom.
    Then press F10 to save it and then exit..
    Put your disc in the drive and then reboot and it will boot from the disc.. you might have to reboot twice. just depends on whether it applied the change on the first boot...
    Just remember to change it back after the reinstall.....
    And just incase you have lost your is the link for the pdf file.

    Hope this helps...
  4. Thanks johnnyq but I have already tried all bios configurations.

    Completely stumped now

  5. Have you tried entering this in the Command Prompt from the repair menu?

    bootrec.exe /fixmbr
    bootrec.exe /fixboot
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