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Old 04-06-2007, 10:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy Windows Repair Problem..

Okay so I was having some problems with my windows so I decided to do a repair and see if that fixed it. I boot from the cd go to install>repair and then it copies files reboots and starts the rest of the installation. This is where it went down hill. It just hanged at Time remaining 39 minutes for about 10 mins, then it started installing devices and once it got about half way I got a blue screen of death and it rebooted so I couldn't even see the error. I tried it a couple of times, I had Linux in dual boot and was using the linux boot loader so I wrote a new mbr, didn't make a difference. Now when I try to repair when the computer restarts to finish installation it just gives me a blank screen with the cursor.. Any help appreiciated, really don't wanna reformat cause I got a couple of programs that I don't have the CD for anymore. X.x
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Wrote new boot sector and mbr to no avail.
Chkdsk found some errors, running it with /r at the moment.
Could deleting the Linux partition then creating new boot and mbr make any dif?
Tried startup floppy discs, didn't help.
I get to the windows loading screen after that screen just goes blank and I have a cursor to amuse my self with.. ><
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:28 PM   #2
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Can you use the Linux partition to back up your files on the other partition, then just do a clean install?
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Old 04-06-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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Could but I have some programs that I don't have the cd for so if I do i'll lose them.. ><
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Old 04-06-2007, 11:56 PM   #4
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Hows the memory in that thing? You can sometimes get hangups and errors like that wehn you have a bad stick. A good way to test it is with Memtest86+. There are versions for either a bootable CD or floppy.
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Old 04-07-2007, 12:16 AM   #5
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Well, I never had any problems with it so far. Performed a repair with it before. But I'll give it a try thanks. I'm gonna delete my linux partition and make a new mbr see if that changes anything.
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Got 1 pass so far on memtest, I don't know why but everytime I run chkdsk it says theres an error. I ran it with the fix argument but then when I restarted and ran it again it found an error. X.x I think it's probably something to do with the linux partition but I could be wrong. If I can't solve it by the end of the day I'll go buy an external hd and copy everything I need. Hopefully I don't have to though, don't wanna have to go get the CD's for some stuff of people again. X.x
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Memory seems fine, in the proccess of deleting linux partition atm.
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Deleting linux partition did nothing.. Looks like I'm gonna have to reformat. Gonna take me like 2 days straight to get everything how I like it again. XD
If no one has any ideas before monday I'll reformat. Gonna have to copy about 100gb files, gotta go buy me a external hd.
After thinking about it I really don't want to reformat, I have so many little tweaks, so many programs and stuff that re-installing and re-setting everything is one hell of a task LoL.
ANY HELP WHAT SO EVER IS APPREICIATED!!
SYSTEM SETUP & WHAT I DONE SO FAR:
-Started with Back|Track(Linux distro) and Windows XP in dual boot.
-Using lilo the Back|Track boot loader to load.(Lilo wrote to mbr)
Problem:
Did a Windows XP Repair from install disc (original release).
After first stage of installion computer rebooted.
Started up second stage of installation after reboot.
Stalled at 39 minutes left for about 10 mins.
Started 'Installing Devices' got about half way and then crashed.
Came up with BSOD then instantly rebooted.
Tried mutiple times.
What I tried:
Deleting Linux partition.
Creating new boot sector and mbr.
CHKDSK (Comes up with error found everytime.. could be problem here)
Memory test (Memory fine)

Aint got any more ideas... /rage (WoW big post LoL)
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:17 AM   #6
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Default Re: Windows Repair Problem..

This is your secound thread on this what happened to the first one?
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:22 AM   #7
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Different section, kinda need this quickly and other section had less viewers.
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Diddnt the microsoft list i sent you not help then,
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:29 AM   #9
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Not really, Already had tried most of what it said. That is to do with a different problem I think, it says that it only is to do with a problem before the windows loading screen. But my windows loading screen comes up and then after that it just goes blank on me.
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if you can get to the windows loding screen have you tried going into safemode and selecting last known working configueration ,i dont know whether it will work afer windows reinstall
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:39 AM   #11
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Nope, good idea. I was just reading Microsoft Support and found some stuff about it hanging sort of like mine. Says probably a hardware problem, I have installed a usb mouse and joystick as well as network card from the time I last did a repair so I'll try taking those out.
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there is one other thing to try, try wiping your cd with a cloth then see if it installs quicker after that, i had a simular prolem to you a few years go with it sticking at about the same time so i wiped the cd and it fixted it
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:47 AM   #13
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I tried that just a quick on my shirt lol, didn't do anything I'll try with cloth after I finish trying last good config.
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:55 AM   #14
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Last good config made no dif, neither did wiping it with a cloth. Though the disc is scratched a fair bit, there's 1 small nic thats noticable. I'll copy the contents to another disc see if that makes a dif. After that I'll remove my network card and try again. Pray something works. XD Thanks for help btw blackjack.
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Baaaaaaaaaah, taking out network card didn't make a difference... I'll try repair with the new cd.. /rage
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Starting to get annoyed now lol. I done everything I can possibly think of.. there are two causes that I can think of:
1. Something wrong with HD (CHKDSK gives error found everytime)
2. I had a boot skin and logon skin with Stardock, this could stop something showing because before when I did updates I couldn't see what it was updating I just saw my custom logon with no text.

Also as it looking like I'm going to have to reformat, are there any disadvantages of getting a internal HDD then putting it into an enclosure over a ready-made external HDD?
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Seems you may have gotten something that changed something in your bios making your computer freeze or reboot during install. I would start all over from scratch. Wipe off your install cd's very carefully, and do not use alcohol.

now unplug your computer power cord and do the following :

make sure that all connections are snug..power supply/ Ide cables / ram sticks / monitor cable / ect. now look inside your computer and find the cmos battery. it will look like this.



now take that out and leave it out for about five minutes or so. now after that put it back in. close up the computer and plug back in the power cord. then put the windows xp cd in and let it boot from it.

when the option comes up do a fresh install, if it tells you that there is a version of XP on the hd already on a partition, delete the partition and make a new one, if you don't know how to make a new partition just let the cd do it for you when you install Windows.

here is a link to Microsoft on how to use the Fdisk option :

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/255867/

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http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941
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I can install windows fine on another partition I created to test it. But the thing is I don't want to have to re-install everything.. Thanks anyway.
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A couple of searches on google and I found someone who had same problem and found solution. Trying that now, it 11:15pm being at it since 7am though I just been waiting around for installing and chkdsk half the time... X.x If it works I'll reward by self with an hour of gaming then I can get some sleep.
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Well I got somewhere, using a slipstreamed Windows XP install disk with SP2 I now get the setup thing when I start computer, but it gets a tiny bit into install devices and just reboots.. I'll try removing all non-necessary devices see if that helps.
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It's gone back to just a blank screen this time it only shows it for a few seconds then it reboots.. X.x
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:50 PM   #17
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Anyone got anymore ideas? I actually got a error msg! But it came up to fast for me to read, rebooted and tried to take a photo of it but I was too slow lol. Now it's stopped showing it again.. ><
Haha, took a video of it, really shiny but should be able to make out something. XD
This is what I can make out from error:
'Something' Manager inisliazation faild because of the following error: The 'something' 'something'. Click okay to sjhutdown and reboot into safe mode.
Missed out the most important bits lol, it stopped doing it now though.. ><
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Well, I'm out of ideas and getting ****ed off quickly. On Tuesday I'll go buy another HDD and do a fresh install if no-one found a solution. Thanks to everyone that helped. Seems sort of fitting to do this as it is easter.
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If you can post the error it would help alot. Can you boot into safemode? If you can then maybe try using system restore in there. Also wondering what where you doing before this problem started?
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I can't boot in any of the other modes in the f8 menu. I was having some problems before just little things and I had been informed that a program that I used might have had a virus on it. So I thought a repair would be a good thing to do. Supposeldy the virus embedded it's self in svchost.exe. I tried reboot first time with Windows XP Pro SP1 disc, got to the installing devices part and then it crashed gave the bsod and rebooted. I'm going to leave the HDD untouched incase someone has a solution. The actual error message only comes up sometimes, after I try something different I think but I don't know. Still have tommorow for any solutions then probably take me a day to get a new Windows XP install to what I like so any help between now and Tuesday is very much appreiciated. I'll try anything at this point. (Apart from re-format).
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I boot up - Windows loading screen comes up - 'Setup restarting...' comes up - Blank screen with just cursor comes up - Reboots (Sometimes I get an error msg when it reboots, too fast to read though).
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If you tap the pause break key before the blue screen goes off you should be to get the error, its the only way we can properly help.
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