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Continuous Reboot

  1. #1

    Continuous Reboot

    Hi all,
    My laptop froze the other day and I was forced to power down manually.
    On restarting it just went in to a continuous reboot. I then turned it off and back on and this time it said on screen "preparing for automatic repair" but then after about 5 minutes it again rebooted with the same message.
    When I purchased Windows 8 Pro 64 bit I ordered a back up disc at the same time so I tried this.
    I got the message press any key to boot from disc and the DVD drive spun up and started the boot process but then restarted again and continued in the reboot loop with the message "Automatic repair".
    I've also tried pressing the F12, F8, F5 and none will respond.

    I have a Dell Inspiron 1750 and the F keys are Blue so normally have to press the Fn key and the F key I need.
    I assume I should be pressing the Fn key and required F key at boot up for them to respond, or will they respond without the Fn key?
    Really stuck now, any help with this would be much appreciated.

    Cheers Ummagumma

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  2. #2

    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7

    If you press the F12 key it may be trying to do a full restore, in which case you'll lose everything. It sounds like you are having the same problem I had, you are in a reboot loop cos Windows 8 cannot repair the drive in the way it needs to be repaired.

    You will need to scan your drive with GWscan or something similar, it is on Hiren's Boot CD/VD. Or you can download it by itself and make a boot CD for it, what you need to do is download that and run the scan on your main drive, and then run a full media scan on it, should take about an hour. After that, you can try to start Windows 8 and the Auto Diag and Repair should fix whatever else is wrong.
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    I have done all of the diagnostic tests and all passed except the Hard drive. I have now ordered a new drive and going to do a clean install. Can anyone tell me how long this should take please?
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