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post #11 of 21
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No click that I've heard.

I'll try Prodkey and see if a fresh complete install will fix it. But I'll run seatools first anyway as there's no point wasting my time if its had it.
post #12 of 21
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Now I'm stumped.

Ran Memtest no issues.
Ran Short, Long and Acoustic Tests in Seatools, no issues.

The Laptop Posts find, its just booting into Windows that's the issue. I can't even get into Windows to find the Product Key.

Any ideas?
post #13 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stilldawn View Post

Now I'm stumped.
Ran Memtest no issues.
Ran Short, Long and Acoustic Tests in Seatools, no issues.
The Laptop Posts find, its just booting into Windows that's the issue. I can't even get into Windows to find the Product Key.
Any ideas?

Clean install?

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post #14 of 21
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The problem is that there is no Win7 product key sticker on the laptop. So I wouldn't be able to activate it if I did a fresh install.
post #15 of 21
Are you able to burn a disk with parted magic and boot into that. If You can boot into parted magic you have access to enough tools to figure out what's going on. I'm suspecting overheating. Laptops are bad for that. The CPU heatsinks are usually a poor design and once enough dust collects will cause the CPU to overheat quickly. Once in pared magic watch your system monitor for temps and try running systester. If its a temp issues, try taking a vacuum and compressed air to the grills underneath and sides were the CPU is.
    
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post #16 of 21
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Are you able to burn a disk with parted magic and boot into that. If You can boot into parted magic you have access to enough tools to figure out what's going on. I'm suspecting overheating. Laptops are bad for that. The CPU heatsinks are usually a poor design and once enough dust collects will cause the CPU to overheat quickly. Once in pared magic watch your system monitor for temps and try running systester. If its a temp issues, try taking a vacuum and compressed air to the grills underneath and sides were the CPU is.

I doubt its heat, I had it doing Memtest for 2 days. Surely that would generate more heat than simply booting up to windows?

I have parted magic sitting around here somewhere, I'll be sure to give that a go, any other tests in parted magic I should run?

Cheers
Edited by Stilldawn - 8/12/12 at 7:51pm
post #17 of 21
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Ok slight break through maybe.

Stupidly I didn't check under the battery lol so anyway now I have the Win7 HP 64bit Key.

Anyone know where I can find dell drivers? I tried their site but it didn't instill much confidence.
post #18 of 21
What about booting via a linux usb/cd/dvd? That would definitely bypass the HDD completely and show its a mobo or other hardware issue. What model laptop is this?
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post #19 of 21
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Its a Dell Inspiron 15 N5030

I have run parted magic which is basically a live linux build. It did all tests in there no problem. Including passing the HDD with flying colours.

In all tests it does fine, I'm hoping that just the data on the HDD has corrupted etc or something. So I'm looking at doing a full formatt and reinstall. But want to make sure I can find the drivers first, I hate laptops in regards to drivers, they are a mission to find lol.
post #20 of 21
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Ok found this page which looks much better:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/Product/inspiron-15-n5030

Tell me do I need to worry about the SATA drivers etc for laptops? Like for a desktop I only ever install the Audio, Network, Chipset and Graphics drivers and that's all that's needed.

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