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#217938 19-Jul-2017 12:26
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Hey guys, so I have an HTPC and the OS keeps getting corrupted to the point where a format and reinstall is the only option. Beginning of the year it happened first, then lately a few times and now it lasts a few days. I get failed to boot message and then no kind of repair/restore option works (I've tried them all) and an reinstall is the only option. This was happening on a fully updated version of Win 7 Home Premium. Last week I did a fresh install and immediately updated to windows 10. Same thing happened last night. I got the BAD_SYSTEM_CONFIG_INFO error and cannot repair using any method or get back into Windows (10 or 7).


I'm thinking it must be a hardware issue. Most of it is pretty old lol. The mobo, cpu, RAM and PSU are like 10 years old. The 3.5" HDDs are fairly old (but it does it with them unplugged anyway) and the SSD with the OS on it, and TV tuner card is also about 6 years old. The video card is almost brand new though. I've checked and rechecked that everything is seated properly, blown the dust out and checked all the cables.


Question is, although I probably need to replace most of the components (if I want to continue with this machine), which component(s) is most likely to be doing this? Also, I haven't updated the BIOS for a long time but it's probably unsupported now anyway.


Any thoughts? Cheers!

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  #1825118 19-Jul-2017 12:51
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My Money is on the SSD. I've only encountered that error in one situation and it was the SSD.


Try installing the OS onto one of the 3.5" drives. The machine will be slower but at least you'll confirm it's the SSD.

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  #1825135 19-Jul-2017 12:58
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I'd run tests on the RAM and disk.


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  #1825142 19-Jul-2017 13:05
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Thanks guys. I did do a memory test at some point which gave no errors. I did a full scan disk which came back OK but it does make sense that it would likely be the SSD though. I think I'll try updating that one first

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