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I recently bought a Dell Inspiron 17R (N7110) that was on sale at Costco. It arrived on Thursday, October 13. However, from the beginning it doesn't always start up correctly. About 4 times out of 12 it got up to the "Starting Windows..." screen, but the 4 lights don't come together to form the windows logo (that's the startup animation). Each time I did a hard reset, and then it would ask if I wanted to run Startup Repair.First time: I think this was before I even installed any of my own programs. Tried running Startup Repair... which failed to start up, and I reset again.

Second time: Immediately following the first, I decided to run Windows normally without Startup Repair, and it worked.Third time: I decided to try Startup Repair again. It went through this time, and when prompted to try a System Restore I did.Fourth time: ...apparently that didn't work, because it happened again. This one happened when I started it for the first time this morning, 10/16. I noticed that the Seagate Drive was attached when I started it this morning. I did another System Restore.Fifth time: 10/16. Pressed F8 and tried to start with Boot Logging. Not sure if ntbtlog.txt recorded the failure, or only the following time when I tried to boot in safe mode. (Safe Mode did work the one time I tried that)

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- Ran a full Hardware issues

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