How to format a PC on hardcore difficulty?

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  1. Mr Dzeko

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    Hey everyone!

    My dad has been wanting to format his laptop. Its an old HP laptop from 2008.
    Reason for that is that his internal WiFi-Card has been bugging alot by shutting on and off randomly and his CD-Drive has stopped working - as in it can open and close, but it isnt reading CD's.

    So we tried formating it with a recovery cd, but it experienced an error after a short amount of time.

    Now all that the PC does is restart itself repeatedly.

    Opens -> goes into "starting windows" -> goes into the windows 7 install wizard -> restarts. This goes on for eternal time.

    How can we fix this? Or is it even possible?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. killer_939

    killer_939 Ancient Guru

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    Try installing windows from a USB stick?
     
  3. Mr Dzeko

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    We've tried that, but nothing new .. still restarts.
     
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    killer_939 Ancient Guru

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    Then it's probably a hardware issue.
     

  5. mrmonsoon

    mrmonsoon Master Guru

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    At this point, try removing the hard drive and doing a full format to the drive in a desktop computer.

    NOW, put the hard drive back into the laptop and try the restore dvd.

    Also, check the restore dvd for scratch's and such.

    If there are a bunch or some are deep, try buffing the dvd to remove scratches and try it.

    Hope this helps.

    BTW, I suspect the dvd and wifi issues are hardware and not software issues, there for even when reloaded, I doubt they will work.
     
  6. Mr Dzeko

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    I think the windows wizard might have deleted core files from the windows map - hence the error metionion.

    Can it be reversed somehow or fixed?
     
  7. 0blivious

    0blivious Ancient Guru

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    Have you tried using an external (usb) DVD drive? I have one but I suppose many folks don't.

    Is the disk you're using readable from another PC? Try copying the entire contents onto another PC to see if it has any read errors. Perhaps you can make a copy of it and see if the copy works better in the laptop.

    I too would suggest taking the HDD out and inserting it in another PC for reformat, then put it back in the laptop and try again. It sounds like you have a boned up installation sending you into that loop. I had something similar occur with my old laptop and reformatting in another PC did the trick.
     
  8. killer_939

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    If it didn't work from a USB stick with a fresh install of windows then you could try a linux distro live boot to see if the hardware works. If it doesn't try removing the wifi/dvd drive hardware physically from the laptop and see if the reboots happen still.

    It can't be the dvd since he said he tried a USB stick to install too.
     
  9. xap2

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    Did you try the Repair option of the Windows CD/DVD.
    For Windows 7 you need to select the language before you get the repair option.
    There are a couple of option you can try.
    Otherwise: Make a USB Bootable
    http://www.askvg.com/a-bootable-usb...e-to-install-windows-vista-server-2008-and-7/
    Put on there Checkdsk and format and even Fdisk
    http://www.paehl.de/cms/checkdisk
    http://download.chip.eu/nl/USB-Disk-Storage-Format-Tool_807252.html

    Try to let Checkdisk check for bad Errors and so, on the HDD
    Try the Format from the USB stick to Format the HDD
    If this doesn't work, use Fdisk, Erase all the partitions from the HDD and than Install Windows Again. Do not Format let Windows install do this.
    http://www.freedos.org/software/?prog=fdisk
     
  10. Mr Dzeko

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    Okay, a little update on the situation.

    We have 3 HDD's from other laptops. We tried swapping them. We have changed the CD-Driver too, so now it is working.

    BUT there is one problem.

    On everyone HDD we use, we are allowed to "Boot from CD", but when the CD is done loading all its files - we get blue screen of death.

    If we ignore the "Boot from CD" key, we also get blue screen of death.

    And this is with 3 different HDD's which have worked before we took them out.

    What could be the issue?
     

  11. killer_939

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    Like i said above, i would boot to a linux distro on a USB stick and test if it works.
     

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