Re: Stuck in Startup Repair w/o OS listed
"DoubleJay" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thank you! I am glad you had such a fast response, but it seems my fears
> are realized, I will probably have to take this laptop to a professional
> so I don't do anymore damage to it. With my luck if I tried tampering
> with any hardware the next time I turned it on it would probably open a
> wormhole in the time space continuum and cause everything we know to
> cease in existence. Thanks you for your help though! If anyone has any
> last minute ideas let me know.
What intrigued me was this: You say you ran Startup Repair and it told you
it completed successfully. And at that point you posted to this thread
without telling us what happened when you restarted! It begs the question
what on earth happened when you restarted??????? In fact--did Startup Repair
repair DoubleJay's box?????? I dunno from what you've written. Malke says
it smells like a hdw problem to him, but it always seems to smell like a hdw
problem to Malke with all respect due because Malke posts a lot of good
advice except when every BSOD/Stop makes Malke think hdw problem.
1) Statistically the vast majority of blue screens, stop errors, black
screens, XP, Vista, and Windows 7 RTM and every other build no starts,
stalls at the Welcome Screen (Win 7 RTM has some of them in store for
people) are SOFTWARE problems rather than hardware problems.
2) You havenothing to lose by trying to fix a software problem and certainly
only minutes to invest in time.
3) Malke has a good hardware check guide, and you can check your hadware and
connections easily if you're using a desktop (you didn't say).
3) I don't know if you received a stop error, but they are often nebulous as
to the cause--the differential diagnosis can be non-specifically wide, and
many of them can point to mixed hdw or software errors. Again, the vast
majority are software errors.
In addition to Startup Repair, you can try the command line option at the
same place, and try to run the bootrec commands to see if they get you
You also have System Restore availabe as one of the repair options listed if
you have a restore point that's appropriate, and system restore was on.