Hi, Today we received a Laptop in the shop that had a couples of issues that the cliente described: A couple of weeks ago the Laptop started getting slower and slower, and now it wont boot into Windows. Sometimes it wont even show the Windows startup screen and it will show a error (0XC000000f) and you have to restart it.
So before anything else, we cleaned both memory slots and memory Modules, then we ran “Memtest86” for a few hours to run at least 3 passes, and everything related to the memory banks were fine… you can get Memtest86 totally free as it is a open source software, get it at: http://www.memtest.org/
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So now we tried to boot into Windows a few times and we confirmed the clients described fault. This particular Windows is in Portuguese and the client had already done a downgrade to Windows 7, as the Laptop originally came with Windows 8.
Normally, Microsoft and other forums will tell you to do a system scan, try and boot into safe mode and all that Jazz, but since this cliente had already done a backup when his laptop stated to crash, We didn’t feel a need to waste anymore time, so we took out the hard drive and connected it to the Lab´s PC. Normally we used a copy of Ubuntu 9.10 live CD, and booted it up in the clients computer so we could test the hard drive, but recently we started using a very cool piece of software created by (H.D.S. Hungary) and its called Hard Disk Sentinel. Since we started testing the program, it has been a time saver. All you have to do is connected the hard drive via USB, open the program and select the appropriate drive, and it will tell you on the fly if it has bad sectores and what is its estimated life expectancy.
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Here’s a screenshot of this particular Hard Drive, using Hard Disk Sentinel trial version.
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So this was a pretty simple repair, we placed a new Hard Drive, installed Windows. Since this Laptop has a UEFI interface and since Windows 10 is pretty functional and all you have to do is install the correct version of Windows 10 and he will automatically activate, that’s what we opted with.
Thanks for reading.