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    Hi folks:

    This is my initial post although I've been a subscriber to 'Secrets' for years.

    I'm running W7 Pro 64 bit on a home-built computer
    - 1 TB Seagate Barracuda with several partitions
    - Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 mobo
    - Lite-on DVD/CD writer
    - 8 GB RAM - 4GB from G.Skill and 4 from Corsair

    The unit had been running fine for several months until a couple of days ago weird things began happening. I thought I traced my startup issues to the 500 GB Seagate Free Agent Pro backup drive. I detached it, and things seemed to be better.

    Then, none of my applications worked. I had an 'appcrash' on each of them. A websearch resulted in a suggestion that the problem lay in MS's SQM Database or something like that (exact info is locked on the non-working computer.) There also was a recommendation that I delete one item in the Registry. I made a copy of the Registry and then deleted the item. Immediately, all of my applications worked.

    Rapidly, however, things deteriorated to the point where I cannot boot. When I start up, if I choose 'Start Windows normally,' the next thing I get is the 'Starting Windows' screen with the animated MS flag. Then: BSOD.

    If I choose the Startup Repair option, I have no luck. I do not remember making a repair/recovery disk. There's a lot of remodeling going on at the old casita these days, so things are a little disorganized. My bad luck.

    So I decided I should do a reinstallation of W7.

    Can anyone recommend another course? Thanks to all. It's a privilege to have a resource like this.

    Jack Lavelle - Phoenix

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50GreenDodge View Post
    Hi folks:

    This is my initial post although I've been a subscriber to 'Secrets' for years.

    I'm running W7 Pro 64 bit on a home-built computer
    - 1 TB Seagate Barracuda with several partitions
    - Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 mobo
    - Lite-on DVD/CD writer
    - 8 GB RAM - 4GB from G.Skill and 4 from Corsair

    The unit had been running fine for several months until a couple of days ago weird things began happening. I thought I traced my startup issues to the 500 GB Seagate Free Agent Pro backup drive. I detached it, and things seemed to be better.

    Then, none of my applications worked. I had an 'appcrash' on each of them. A websearch resulted in a suggestion that the problem lay in MS's SQM Database or something like that (exact info is locked on the non-working computer.) There also was a recommendation that I delete one item in the Registry. I made a copy of the Registry and then deleted the item. Immediately, all of my applications worked.

    Rapidly, however, things deteriorated to the point where I cannot boot. When I start up, if I choose 'Start Windows normally,' the next thing I get is the 'Starting Windows' screen with the animated MS flag. Then: BSOD.

    If I choose the Startup Repair option, I have no luck. I do not remember making a repair/recovery disk. There's a lot of remodeling going on at the old casita these days, so things are a little disorganized. My bad luck.

    So I decided I should do a reinstallation of W7.

    Can anyone recommend another course? Thanks to all. It's a privilege to have a resource like this.

    Jack Lavelle - Phoenix

    Jack it almost sounds like a video driver on boot. does it do the same thing in safe boot (F8)?

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    Ken:

    I can't even get to Safe Boot any longer. The only options I have are 1) Startup Repair or 2) Start Windows normally.

    Neither of those options does anything for me at this point.

    Thanks for your suggestion. It MAY have been a video driver at an earlier time, because I did get a couple of queries from the ATI card.

    I neglected to mention I have an ATI Radeon HD 4850

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    If you did not create a system repair disk (needed if you did not receive a system installation disk) but you do have a Win 7 installation disk, simple stick it in, reboot and try the repair installation. The system repair disk is absolutely needed without the original installation disk, the original disk has all the files you need for the repair. Worth a try.
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    Thanks Ted. I'm gonna do it to see. If that doesn't help, I can always reinstall.

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    Boot with the Windows 7 DVD or the created bootdisk and get to a command promt.
    Try chkdsk with the "r" switch.
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    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

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    I just let my machine sit for 24-36 hours and then ran startup repair. It seems to be working fine now, although I am still having Outlook 2007 issues. I hate that program. '03 was a whole lot better, more stable, in my experience.

    Thanks for all your suggestions. This is a good joint to hang out in.

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    I have been having similar start up problems and have a post running headed NVIDIA. I found a temporary fix to the problem by dissabaling the video driver.

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