My laptop won't boot. It goes through post and I get the windows progress/activity bar for a bit, then it just sits there. Nothing happening. I tried booting off of dvd. It goes through loading files, then I get windows progress/activity bar at bottom, then nothing again. First thought was bad HD which is why I tried to boot off dvd. But, same result. I've also switched RAM, but that wasn't it either. What could it be?
I'm not sure what you mean by "hard reset?" But I dont think that this would help. It's not booting off of the dvd drive. It's responding the same as it does when trying to boot off of HDD: after post, the windows progress bar thing appears at the bottom of the display then goes away and nothing happens for a very long time. I can get it to boot options when booting off of HDD. And, anything I choose - safe mode, repair this computer, start windows normally, etc. responds the exact same way as described above. When booting off of windows dvd, same thing happens. gets to "press any key to boot from cd, dvd," and i press key. Then responds exactly as above, except before i get the "loading files" bit at the bottom of the screen then windows progress bar thing, then nothing happening. I'm not sure how reinstalling windows onto another HDD is going to help if I can't even boot off of windows disc from dvd drive...?
I know this thread is old. But, turns out it was a bad HDD. And, apparently Vista, when booting off CD/DVD loads the files from the DVD to the HDD. I had pulled the HDD to run some diagnostics and discovered that the HDD was failing. After installing a new HDD, everything works.
Interesting point - why use the HDD when booting from disc? I thought the whole point was to be able to troubleshoot HDD by booting off CD/DVD?
Anyway, thanks for the suggestions.