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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2015, 03:49:37 PM »
Hi again Hoov.

My other problem is that the partition on which Rescue and Recovery sits is still running under Windows XP I presume.  Since I installed Windows 8.1 last year, I have not actually gone to that partition thinking that it might not be safe.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2015, 07:44:19 PM »
What is the computer doing now? If it has not repaired your computer chances are near 100% that your harddrive is toast. There is an adapter you can purchase to connect it externally to another computer to see if you can get your personal information off of it.

If your computer did not finish the repair or it is still trying to, just turn off the computer. You will need to replace the harddrive. If you keep trying to repair the OS you are risking making the drive totally unreadable. It may be unreadable anyway.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2015, 08:06:37 PM »
Hi Hoov.

So far, I have not been able to repair my computer.  The computer will not "refresh."  The other item under Advanced options was Startup Repair.  It says that startup repair couldn't repair my PC.  The only other thing I can do it get to a command prompt.  I ran CHKDSK /f and it did not find anything to fix.  It looks like I need to do something to my BCD file, but I need guidance there.  Hope you can help.

When I try to "refresh" my PC, I get the message:  The drive where Windows is installed is locked.  Unlock the drive and try again.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2015, 08:11:25 PM »
Hi Hoov.

The PC will not repair.  It says it can't.  If I try refresh, it says the drive is locked and I need to unlock it.  The only thing I can do is get to the command prompt.  I ran CHKDSK /f and it said there were no errors, but it did that very quickly.  I can edit the BCD file, but I need some direction.

Thanks for any help.
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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2015, 09:21:08 PM »
Copy the BCD and paste it up here.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2015, 02:00:43 PM »
Hi Hoov.

Well, I was taking your suggestion to turn the computer off, but I had to turn it on again to get the installation disk out and I noticed that it was booting.  So I let it boot.  It was successful.

I have been able to copy my files onto a hard disk using File History.

I did get a couple of messages in the Action Center about the hard drive.  The first one went away when I opened the Action Center.  The second one asked me to Restart my computer to fix the hard drive, which I did.

Since then I have not turned the computer off.  I take it the BCD has corrected itself otherwise the computer would not boot.  What do you think I should do now?  I have run CCleaner and Malwarbytes.

I truly appreciate your help and any suggestions that you may have.  Thank you very much.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #21 on: March 27, 2015, 11:49:34 AM »
Sorry I missed your last post.

You need to run chkdsk on the harddrive to see if there is a problem.

1. Double-click My Computer, and then right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
   2. Click Properties, and then click Tools.
   3. Under Error-checking, click Check Now. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed,
   4. Use one of the following procedures:
          *  select the Automatically fix file system errors check box
          *  select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors check box
   5. Click Start
 
      Note If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open, you will receive the following message:
      The disk check could not be performed because the disk check utility needs exclusive access to some Windows files on the disk. These files can be accessed by restarting Windows. Do you want to schedule the disk check to occur the next time you restart the computer?
      Click Yes to schedule the disk check, and then restart your computer to start the disk check.


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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2015, 06:53:57 PM »
Hi Hoov.

I had already run chkdsk before I was able to get back into the computer, but I also checked the disk again after I was able to boot.  The computer did say there was a disk error right after I booted and that I needed to restart the computer to fix it, which I did.  Now chkdsk is saying the disk is fine.  But I still haven't turned it off.  Anything else I can do?  Just don't really understand why this happened.

Thanks.
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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2015, 09:28:45 PM »
It happens on occasion. Usually when it happens I joke about a solar particle hitting the harddrive and changing a bit or two. Honestly there are about a billion reasons why. When you get right down to it, it is more amazing it does not happen more often.

First make sure you have absolutely everything you cannot afford to loose backed up on another harddrive or on optical media of some sort.

Now go ahead and run the test I wanted you to run earlier. This time you can run it right in Windows. You can get it here. But it is called Windows Drive Fitness Test and can be run right in Windows.

Let me know how that test goes.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2015, 12:56:48 PM »
Hi Hoov.

I downloaded the HGST program.  The program does not find my hard drive.

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Re: The video driver has failed to initialize
« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2015, 02:27:16 PM »
If it does not find your harddrive then I would say your harddrive is going to fail. When I cannot say, but I suspect sooner than later.

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