Something funny happened. I develop artificial intelligence software on my Dell Inspiron 17R, so I frequently have to deal with very large datasets in Java. Here we go.
- Last night, I was performing some typical office-ish tasks (I'm a student), so I was using 1-2 of my 8GB RAM.
- I ran an AI test, which ramped up CPU to ~100% and RAM was pretty big until I could no longer track it from Process Explorer, because ...
- My computer froze, presumably from using up all the memory.
- My screen flicked out of Aero for a moment --- normally this is because Battery Care wants to save power on battery mode, but I was on AC the entire time.
- I gave my system a minute or so to "wake up," then ...
- I gave it the hug of death to shut down, and proceeded to restart.
- Startup failed, auto-restart, and it wants to enter Startup Repair.
- Some more helplessness, and then my dad recommended that I disconnect AC and battery and press the power button for a while.
- Chose normal boot.
- Windows logo animation.
- BSOD and auto-restart.
- User gave up and powered computer mid-BIOS.
How can I get my computer working again? Apparently Startup Repair isn't any good.
Do I dare attempt more Startup Repair, etc. without backing up my HD?