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« on: November 25, 2009, 07:37:28 pm »

Okay, well, this morning the power went out a total of three times, the longest one lasting 30 min. Now the desktop downstairs will not get to the log in screen, and it keeps saying that the System 32 file is either missing or corrupted.

I have tried restarting the computer, used F8 to reboot from last known safe point, and tried the system recovery disk, but nothing seems to work. So... any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2009, 07:59:48 pm »

Well, first you should just try holding down the power button until it turns off. this will reset the CMOS battery, and maybe fix the problem.

If not, ouch. I did some research, and it seems that a critical part of your Registry is gone. I'll keep looking for a fix.

EDIT: Jade, go turn on the computer that's having the problem and try to quote, word for word, the error message. it will really help me find a fix.
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2009, 08:05:35 pm »

I think that it got damaged when the power went out, because my brother was using it at the time, and we didn't have a power surge protector hooked up. =/
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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2009, 08:07:08 pm »

Well, could you try to give me an exact quote of the error message? I need to know exactly what the error said before I can find the fix.

I think I know how to fix it, but I need to know that, as well as some other stuff, before I know for sure.
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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 08:23:29 pm »

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Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2009, 08:27:37 pm »

here's what I found when I searched for that:
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Basically, boot to dos prompt (or recovery console if available) and make backups of the following files:-
c:\windows\system32\config\system (to c:\windows\tmp\system.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\software (to c:\windows\tmp\software.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\sam (to c:\windows\tmp\sam.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\security (to c:\windows\tmp\security.bak)
c:\windows\system32\config\default (to c:\windows\tmp\default.bak)
then delete the above files (not the backups!)
then copy the above files in c:\windows\repair to the c:\windows\system32\config directory

This is assuming that windows is installed into c:\windows, so adjust as required!

restart your computer
tell me if that works. oh, and here's a Microsoft article that may help: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;307545

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Warning Do not use the procedure that is described in this article if your computer has an OEM-installed operating system. The system hive on OEM installations creates passwords and user accounts that did not exist previously. If you use the procedure that is described in this article, you may not be able to log back into the recovery console to restore the original registry hives.
Be careful! maybe back up the files to a Flash Drive instead of the Recovery Console?
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2009, 08:44:23 pm »

See, the only problem is, it won't even get to that screen they are talking about in the article. =/
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2009, 08:55:08 pm »

Ouch. are any USB devices plugged into the machine?
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« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2009, 09:00:56 pm »

None right now... and there wasn't anything plugged in when the power went out either.
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« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2009, 09:06:16 pm »

hmmm... maybe the RAM got damaged? try removing one RAM module and trying to start the computer. if it still doesn't work, replace that RAM module and remove another. that way, if it works, you'll know that you just need new RAM.
EDIT: I think I found something!

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You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the original setup CD-Rom. Select "r" at the first screen to start repair. Do NOT use an OEM "Recovery Disc". Only a valid Windows XP media will work or a disc from the OEM that says "Operating System" may sometimes work depending on how the manufacturer labeled the CD.
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« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2009, 09:08:23 pm »

I'll have to try that tomorrow, and see if that works.
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« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2009, 09:20:14 pm »

I dunno if that'll leave your files intact or not, but it'll get you on there (unless the computer is physically damaged).

My laptop has had troubles like this recently, but it fixed itself somehow, both times it happened.
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« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2009, 09:25:00 pm »

See, I thought I was using the correct disk, but after reading your post, hero, I may not be. All I know is after I tried using the disk to reboot the computer (again) I got a blue screen with an error message that had a bunch of 000's at the end.

The automated reboot process is a fail, since it asks for a floppy disk, and those haven't been around for a long time.
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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2009, 05:33:57 pm »

You got the BLUE SCREEN OF DEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATH!!! ... =P

Have you tried putting the hard drive in another computer?
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« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2009, 05:36:19 pm »

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! =P

My dad took it to the Computer Nerdz, and they're working on it.
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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2009, 05:38:31 pm »

Okay. Tell us how it goes. =)

And just for you, I might dig up that up Blue Screen Topic and post it's post here, but you'll need to use Water Wave for it to sink in. =P
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2009, 06:34:21 pm »

Sounds familiar, I've been through this before, and relax, I think I may have the answer,

Time is the key, and it's a slow recovery with windows, depending on your medical programs, (virus, spyware, etc) Last time I went through this I was able to do 2 loads of laundry and change the fuel pump in my 5-ton international deck, while checking back every now and then
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2009, 07:11:46 am »

You got the BLUE SCREEN OF DEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATH!!! ... =P
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! =P

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!! =P

Sorry I had to say that.... In all my few months with this custom made desktop of mine.... 20 Blue screen of deaths have haunted me, with no push against me and using this PC.

Two options....

A)Reformat with your original Instilation Disk or your OS
B) Get into your computer and unplug, and put back one of the cords going from the motheboard to the SATA Disk Drive... If it is your Laptop... That I don't know.
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2009, 10:34:17 am »

Just got it back yesterday... and everything seems to be fine, except half the hard drive was mysteriously wiped. I find it real funny that all my stuff disappeared but yet everyone else still has their files. Thankfully everything was backed up on my laptop.
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2009, 12:27:15 pm »

Whoops. The computer must dislike you. =P And the hard drive getting partially wiped would be expected with what happened. When I just attempted to get my SNES working for LTTP(Link to the Past), and it worked, I found all my save files were wiped, so stuff can happen.
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