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Can't boot to any recovery disk; infinite crash loop

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Can't boot to any recovery disk; infinite crash loop


    I have a DV6T with Win 8 (and posted this to HP's forums, with no help so far: Can't boot to any recovery disk; infinite crash loop - HP Support Forum - 2490191).

    Windows told me that there was some corruption on the hard drive, and to reboot so it could solve the problem before losing any data.

    Now I am in an infinite crash loop. It will try to boot windows, but just as soon as the first dot of the spinny wheel from the windows loading screen loads, it crashes. On the next boot, it said it's preparing to repair. Crashes again. Repeat...

    I tried to boot into the HP recovery environment with F11. Looks like it just skips it and tries to boot Windows. Crashes.

    I put in a Win 8 DVD, and try to boot off the DVD. I press a key at the "press any key to boot from DVD" prompt. I hear the DVD seek for a bit. Then it seems like it gives up and tries to boot Windows from the hard disk. Crashes.

    I tried creating a Windows 8 recovery disk on USB from another Win 8 machine. Same drill.

    I brought it into my office and tried a network boot to a recovery environment. I watched the loading bar, and when it reached the end, it crashed.

    I'm stumped as to why it can't even boot to external media! The two things I've been able to boot into have been HP's onboard diagnostics (full, extended suite passed) and memtest86 (which passed).

    Anyone have any ideas?

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You might find you can boot external media with the HD removed.

    To get around that, try turning off secure boot, then see if you can boot external media.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Thanks for the quick reply. I don't see any option for secure boot. I guess I should just try taking the HD out? If so, would I just put it back in after booting to external media so that I can run chckdsk on it?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I put in a Win 8 DVD, and try to boot off the DVD. I press a key at the "press any key to boot from DVD" prompt. I hear the DVD seek for a bit. Then it seems like it gives up and tries to boot Windows from the hard disk. Crashes.
    Are you booting the Windows 8 x64 DVD in UEFI mode?

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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    I didn't have those options; however, your suggestion was still helpful. I did see in the BIOS that there were 2 sets of boot orders, one was UEFI and one was Legacy. There was an option to disable legacy. I did that, and was able to boot!

    Thanks!
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