Hopefuly this is the right sub-forum, this could be a Windows or hardware issue.
The other day my laptop decided it didn't want to boot windows ever again. It gets stuck on the Windows 7 loading screen (Just says starting windows but the animated logo never appears). Starting in safe mode, it stops after loading amdxata.sys.
Nothing really abnormal seemed to happen the night before it stopped working - only thing I can think of was that 3DS Max did lock up for a while, after which I closed the program, re-opened it and it worked fine. Then when I'd finished I shut down windows normally. I've had the computer since the start of the year, no problems so far.
What I've tried
I tried starting with and without battery, re-seating the disks. I've also tried doing the automatic Windows startup repair (both the installed one and from a Windows 7 boot disc image I downloaded), but both just said that that windows could not repair startup. I also tried a system restore from there, which completed successfully but didn't help. I upgraded BIOS a couple of months back, and it's using optimised defaults.
Asus G73jw notebook:
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Notebooks- ASUS G73Jw
At my request, the retailer replaced the primary 500GB HDD with a 120GB Corsair SSD (which is where Windows is installed), 8GB RAM installed, and I think the Blu-Ray reader was replaced with a writer.
I didn't get an original installation disc with the laptop, just a key (but I should be able to borrow one if needed).
If worst comes to worst I should be able to send this back for repair, but I'd like to at least have a decent attempt at diagnosing it myself, so I'm not without it for weeks.
Any help appreciated,