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I had a friend bring me her Asus X54c that wouldn't boot into windows. It wanted to repair windows itself but would just reboot every time, the other option was to start normally and that resulted in a reboot as well.

I have tried repairing windows by using an installation disk but I cannot get it to load up. It only goes to the point "starting windows" it then hangs or reboots. It does this with both a USB flash drive and a Disk with multiple versions of win7 and Vista, I even tried an Asus restore disk.

I have removed the RAM, Wireless card, and even the Hard Drive. I can boot into killdisk and format the hard drive, I've done it a couple of times but formatting doesn't seem to affect the situation.

In the BIOS I have set the hard drive mode to IDE as many people have suggested on the internet and UEFI is disabled. Does anyone have any ideas? I'm thinking about trying to install win8 on this laptop.
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have you tried and changed the boot order in the bios ??
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so you've formatted the hdd...now can you do a clean install of windows or do you still get issues?
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Yep still have this issue.

1. Pop win7 DVD in
2. Boot from DVD
3. Windows is loading files
4. Windows is starting
5. Reboot if in IDE mode
6. Freeze if in AHCI mode
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could you break the RAID0 and try with just one HDD ?? Do you have any imp data
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^ could you read the question first?

test the hdd (using something like seatools or equivalent)...or try using a different hdd and see if it installs or at least gets further.
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Memtest86 tests fine, and I am able to boot Hiren's boot CD and run minixp from the disk.

Seatools only finds the drive if the bios is in IDE mode and passes the tests. So the default AHCI mode doesn't work for seatools.

Right now I'm watching win7 trying to start the installer at the "starting windows" screen. It's in IDE mode which usually reboots instantly at this page but for some reason it hasn't so I'm going to wait and see what happens.
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Ok more updates.

Windows xp will install all of the files, but when it reboots after installing the files to then set everything up the computer just reboots everytime it tries to boot off of the hard drive.

Windows 8 just gets to the picture of the fish then before the spinning loading indicator can make a full revolution the computer reboots.

I'm just going to give it back to her, I think something is horribly wrong on a hardware level, she just bought the computer 2 months ago so I'll let whatever warranty she has deal with it.
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