Could it be a problem related to the Boot Configuration Data file or Bootloader? I did some searches of that error message and a lot of people have said that doing this has fixed the issue for them....Then, if it's not a drive problem, not a CMOS battery problem and not a problem that can apparently be attributed to much of anything else, I'd just about have to assume that it's a board problem.
If it were me, regardless of what the tests say, I'd try another drive before throwing in the towel. Getting a cheap 120 or 250GB SSD doesn't cost that much and can of course be immediately useful for whatever you replace this system with (IF you end up having to) as a primary or backup drive in any case, but most importantly would tell us if the drive is the issue. I'm reluctant to say this is a board issue because I don't know for certain that it isn't a drive issue, but it could certainly be a failing storage controller on the mainboard, but sometimes without high end equipment you have to just throw a part or two at it to see what sticks and if you can do that with parts that can be of value on the next thing, in case this thing is done, so much the better.
Other than that man, I don't really know what else you could look at or do since you are not comfortable opening it up.
Yeah I did, every time I tried to install it, and I was thinking there couldn't be anything left on there, but then I also wasn't sure how far it got formatting seeing as it didn't finish installing. Also when I run the disk management tool from the command prompt I do have that 100MB hidden partition and I wasn't sure if it could be something on that.Did you follow my guide, and delete ALL of the existing partitions on the drive before attempting to select that drive (With no partitions left on it. Windows will create all the necessary partitions and perform any necessary formatting, automatically) and click "continue"? In order to do that you need to select the "Custom" option when you get to that screen. IF you do that, there cannot BE any remaining Boot configuration or bootloader data unless you are using multiple drives or a third party bootloader of some kind for dual OS boot.
If however, you are deleting those partitions and are getting these problems, then it MUST be something else. Either a bad drive, bad memory, bad motherboard, or bad installation media. I think I would try creating NEW installation media and try again. Also, resetting the BIOS to default settings first might not be the worst idea either.
Hirens Boot CD PE has a control panel and device manager. If I'm not in that I don't have them....If I'm not in that I don't have anything 😢Your graphics card shouldn't be a "hidden device". IF it is not showing up in device manager, it might be that there is a problem with it OR the proper device drivers aren't installed. Besides which, if you have "deleted the existing partitions" and are trying to install Windows, how could you possibly even HAVE a control panel or device manager to look at?
I just don't feel confident taking the thing apart because I've never done it before. Getting to the CMOS battery on that looks like it requires me to pull the whole thing apart. Looking at the video I posted he removes pretty much everything before he turns it over and gets to the battery. I know that's the point of that particular video, but I'm not sure what actually needs to come out to access and replace it and what doesn't.I'm also going to ask somebody who is FAR more knowledgeable than I am in storage related issues, to chime in. If he can't tell you what's up then I don't know who can.
unless you have a very abstract board, the small round CMOS battery should be very easily accessible.Getting to the CMOS battery on that looks like it requires me to pull the whole thing apart
unless you have a very abstract board, the small round CMOS battery should be very easily accessible.
just removing it for maybe a couple minutes and then replacing is all that is required.
This is my laptop and that's the CMOS battery when he turns the board over at 8:32 isn't it? If so, can I access that easily?On some devices it IS necessary to really take it apart to some degree. Maybe it is on that one. Most laptops, especially older ones, only require a partial teardown to either remove just the hard drive cover or the entire back cover, but by then the CMOS battery should be easily accessible. If you are not comfortable with that then it might be a good idea to contact a few of the locally available "geeks", meaning any relatively knowledgeable techs on places like Craigslist or an actual repair shop, and have them replace or test the CMOS battery. Probably best to just replace it that way it is not ever going to be likely to be an issue again for the remainder of it's useful life. Plus, those batteries are like two bucks.
So just a little bit beyond my level of expertise 😀Yes, that coin shaped device is the CMOS battery and looking at the video it seems like it is not possible to get to it without a full disassembly unless I'm missing something.
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