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Did Windows 8 Brick my Laptop?

  1. #1


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit

    Did Windows 8 Brick my Laptop?


    So I created a whole disk backup. I ran the system check and uninstalled a couple of minor incompatible programs. I disabled my antivirus and ran setup from my desktop. It seemed to complete - multiple reboots, including "preparing" etc. I even saw Win 8 colors a couple of times. Then, it appeared to be doing last reboot. It shut down and then hung at the end of POST, at "press F2 for setup". Only setup won't run. I tried multiple times. I removed bios battery - no joy. I tried going back to one 8 gb stick of ram and also tried two 2 gb sticks. It shows alien face and "Press F2 for setup" and "Press F12 for Boot Menu". I get one beep after pressing setup, but no setup. F12 does nothing.

    I have never seen anything like this. I cannot get to bios or boot menu, so I cannot restore. It seems incredible that an OS install could do this.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.laptop has been very fast and reliable, but is well out of warranty. I have posted on Alienware forum as well.

    Joe

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  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    I cannot get to bios or boot menu
    Is there any kind of option to rollback setup appearing as a boot menu entry?

    I assume not. Suggest you try a couple more times to see if you can past post.
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  3. #3


    I would try unplugging AC cord remove battery, then hold in the start button for 60 seconds, then install the batter, then the AC cord and then push start button and she if she boots up if you haven't tried this process as a fix for the problem.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I also had troubles getting to BIOS after installing Windows 8 Pro 32bit on my Acer 1692 WLMi laptop. The POST screen just didn't respond to my pressing F2. I HAD changed boot priority in order to install Win8 from DVD, so I basically just wanted to change it back.
    So, I tried BOOTING WITH THE ORIGINAL SYSTEM RESTORE DVD from Acer. With the disc in the tray I finally could enter the BIOS and change what I wanted. What's strange, that this still works, although my computer now boots primarily from HDD.

    I guess that the laptop-specific BIOS and the recovery boot partition don't play that well with Windows 8 installed on the main "boot-partition". Hopefully you find a solution!
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  5. #5


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    Well, I left it without power overnight, and removed the coin cell for 30 minutes. Then put it back in and tried again still cannot get to either boot menu or bios setup. Unfortunately, I hadn't shifted boot priority to DVD, so I can't boot from DVD.

    Will keep trying and looking for solutions.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

    Joe
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  6. #6


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8


    I still suggest that you try inserting some DVD (preferably bootable?), because it seems to cause some sort of "wait" in my system so I can enter BIOS, even if HDD is now my first boot drive.
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  7. #7


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    I'll try that. Someone on the other board suggested replacing the CMOS battery. Though I suspect that is not the problem, it should be easy to try.

    Joe
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I have seen instances where a completely dead or shorted CMOS battery prevented a PC from booting up. As a test you can just remove it, and see it you can now boot up all the way. A PC can run without a CMOS Battery. All that happens is the date and time and some settings are lost when you power down or reboot.

    EDIT: If you think its the Windows 8 boot loader that's causing the freeze you could also try removing your hard drive and see what happens.
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  9. #9


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    CMOS battery has normal voltage. Trying to boot without CMOS battery produces the. Same results. If I pull the hard disk (expensive SSD!), I can get into bios. Changing from AHCI to ATA mode doesn't help. I can (and did change the boot order, but I don't have a WIN 8 bootable disk or USB. I will put the disk on another machine. If it can be read, I can pull the Win 8 files from the disk. Does anyone know how to make a boot disk from these files? If I could boot from an external WIN 8 disk, is there a repair function like in Win 7 (and Xperia, and....).

    It appears that Win 8 has done something evil to my SSD. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Joe
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  10. #10


    Philadelphia, PA
    Posts : 9
    Was running win 7 ultimate 64 bit


    More follow up. When I connected the drive to another computer via USB - not recognized. When I connected it via esata, it blocked the other machine from booting. I can't even clear the drive and go back to WIN 7. Looks like Win8 bricked the drive. Thanks, Microsoft!

    Will let you know if I think of anything else.

    Joe
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