Gateway Laptop W323 not booting up when Windows XP installed and hard disk replaced
Posted on 2007-11-24
I recently received a friend's Gateway W323 laptop. It seemed like a simple case of a bad hard drive because the disk wasn't being recognized at all when the computer would power on. I took it off and plugged it into my testing machine and it was completely dead. After I replaced the hard drive, I installed Windows XP Pro again from my CD and everything went well with the install. Upon booting the first time, a fatal error BSOD screen flashed and then restarted. It's now stuck in this loop with XP. So I tried my Knoppix Linux Live CD...it booted up and worked just fine for about an hour while I looked at some things. Since that was working, I pretty much ruled out the RAM, but wanted to be sure, so I ran my MemTest bootable. This ran for several hours and did not encounter any errors. Now I am left wondering what is wrong that is not allowing me to boot into Windows. Any ideas/suggestions/tips? I would like to get this fixed in the next couple weeks so they have it back for Christmas. Thanks!!