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I recently installed a fresh copy of Windows 8 Pro (full version, not an upgrade) onto my desktop (self-built). One day it restarted for no reason (was not a Windows Update restart) and when it rebooted, it came up with an error that it could not find the system disk. I believe that it was a power hiccup, I've since gotten the system to identify the disk again and have had no errors with it (ran chkdsk, and have been able to browse with an Ubuntu live USB). Now when I try to boot, all it gives me is an orange screen with thin white stripes, and a single blinking "underscore" cursor at the top. I've tried the full gamut of repair & restore options (bcdedit, bootrec, "Refresh Your PC", etc) with absolutely no luck. I am at a total loss, and honestly can't find anything on the web describing the same issue.

If it helps, it is UEFI BIOS (which is a contradictory term I suppose) but the disk is not EFI/GPT. It's a standard hard drive, with one NTFS partition (that does not fill up the whole drive). I did have the primary color of Windows 8 (start screen, etc) as the same shade of orange that is now showing, but I don't see where that would matter.

Imgur This is the screen I get. The color variation is an optical illusion; it's actually all the same color as at the top.

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it is a Win8 driver issue and it is quite common because Win8 does not recognize certain hardware correctly (i've seen it on Intel HD 3000 etc.) –  user193509 Jan 28 '13 at 19:36
    
So how does the author fix it exactly? Otherwise this should have been a comment. –  Ramhound Jan 28 '13 at 20:49
    
I ran into the same problem. It first shows a BSOD for about 3 milliseconds before switching to orange with white striped screen. Maybe this question helps. –  Marc W May 11 '13 at 11:23

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This really looks like hardware failure to me. I've seen similar things when a video card fails or begins to fail. Try using a different video card to see if the issue persists. Make sure your power supply is rated to handle your video card and everything else in your system.

If it's a power hiccup it's possible your system may have been damaged because of it.

If it persists - did you recently update the UEFI BIOS? If so, perhaps it's not properly initializing the chipset or video card, or there is some issue with ACPI. See if there's another update or if you can revert to an earlier version (not likely). Bad RAM or other hardware like a PCI-E/PCI card could also be a culprit.

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I ran MemTest86+, it came back fine. I had recently updated the UEFI BIOS, but I've tried rolling it back to the past four or five versions with no luck (gotta love ASUS, they provide all the versions, and the BIOS even has the flash tool built-in). Is there anything to test the CPU & GPU (It's actually an AMD APU)? Would this be an appropriate use for a stress tester? –  Doug the Neard Jan 13 '13 at 17:51
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It seems like the trouble is happening when the Windows tries to switch graphics modes. Honestly video RAM errors would likely show up as garbled text or graphics visible on the BIOS screen. Can you boot into Windows safe mode? –  ultrasawblade Jan 14 '13 at 4:44
    
I can't get into safe mode. The screen changes to orange as soon as the Windows logo flashes up on boot; I've tried Shift+F8 and it just won't work (and I'm rapid-firing it so I'm sure it would've took in all the times I tried it). I suppose the question now is, is there any way to make sure this is (as I hope) a driver issue, not a hardware error? If I have to wipe and start over with Windows, so be it. I just don't want this popping up every few weeks. –  Doug the Neard Jan 14 '13 at 10:46
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Well, when you go into Safe mode I believe Windows uses the generic "Standard VGA Display Adapter" which would eliminate drivers as a source of a problem. –  ultrasawblade Jan 15 '13 at 12:18
    
Well, I think I've mucked up that copy of windows too far now trying to recover it. But since I can run off the windows disk, and run Linux fine for long periods, It really looks like it's software. Thanks for your help. –  Doug the Neard Jan 16 '13 at 22:42

Okay so I had this same problem and I found a fix for me! I used a windows 7 install disc and booted to that. Then I followed all of these steps using the /nt60 ALL option and it worked! http://www.ehow.com/how_4836283_repair-mbr-windows.html Best of luck!

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