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    Reformat gone wrong...

    So i have an Alienware laptop that I gamed on before getting my desktop. I have reformatted it and reinstalled windows on it several times in the past. Well I was getting ready to go on a business trip and needed to clean it out again. So I started the process and it stopped on Completing installation. I can move the mouse and the dots are still ticking but it never goes past about 60% install. So I restarted run some really long memory test and all the other test and everything passed. So I reformatted and tried again with the same issue. So I tried it again. Third time and its stuck again. I waited over a hour on the first and second try and it never moved.

    I am booting from the Windows Reinstall cd and following the instructions like I always have but this is a first. Any suggestions?

    I have also trying letting windows run but it never fully starts up. Also tried to start in safe mode and it froze during the process.

    The cd does a a few very minor scratches on it after checking, I guess its possible its this but giving it another shot right now.
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    Re: Reformat gone wrong...

    1) remove all usbs attached to the laptop
    2) clear the cmos
    3) is it the authentic and original windows cd? if not, the cd is faulty
    4) check bios if you dont have a lockup - such as - if the pc is not being used, the cd rom turns off, or hd till powered up (also check what has priority, your cd or your hd, when you do installs, its preffered to have cd as your priority boot)
    5) if you are reinstalling, did you clear out the hd first?
    6) try windows safe mode (press F8 as your pc loads up)
    7) what graphics card, integrated or seperate? if its integrated it may be using ram that needed by windows to install (depending how much ram you have) if it is integrated, go to bios and turn it off.

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    Re: Reformat gone wrong...

    in my experience, it is either the cd is bad or the cd rom is bad.

    more than likely it is the cd rom imho - the main reason i say this is because multiple times ive had drives go bad when i thought it was the cd.

    you can easily test this by using any of the many free utilities to put your install on a usb drive and running it from that


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    Re: Reformat gone wrong...

    Quote Originally Posted by HardSide View Post
    1) remove all usbs attached to the laptop...only thing plugged in was a wireless mouse
    2) clear the cmos....idk what that is lol
    3) is it the authentic and original windows cd? if not, the cd is faulty.....yes it is the original
    4) check bios if you dont have a lockup - such as - if the pc is not being used, the cd rom turns off, or hd till powered up (also check what has priority, your cd or your hd, when you do installs, its preffered to have cd as your priority boot)...I will change CD to priority
    5) if you are reinstalling, did you clear out the hd first?..Yes each time
    6) try windows safe mode (press F8 as your pc loads up)...Tried it with no luck
    7) what graphics card, integrated or seperate? if its integrated it may be using ram that needed by windows to install (depending how much ram you have) if it is integrated, go to bios and turn it off....Nvidia GTX 260

    Im going to try to move the install to my usb if I have enough room on it and try from there. Thanks for the help guys


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    Re: Reformat gone wrong...

    oh forgot to mention it may just be the cd-rom itself - id buy a external cdrom drive and just see if that works (you can always return it back)

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    Re: Reformat gone wrong...

    Quote Originally Posted by HardSide View Post
    oh forgot to mention it may just be the cd-rom itself - id buy a external cdrom drive and just see if that works (you can always return it back)
    i really dont know why windows even comes on cd's still....


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