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26-Nov-2006, 10:12 AM #1
Solved: Power failure; Can not get system back
Dell Dimensions 4700 Computer with Windows XP

I had a power failure that lasted about 3 seconds in my home. My computer will not re-boot. Keep getting a message that says that a problem was detected and windows was shut down to prevent damage. Below that messages is

UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME

I have tried to start with last known configuration and in safe mode. Keeps giving me this message.

2nd paragraph of message says:
Check to make sure any new hardware or software properly installed.

3rd paragraph says:

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. (Not sure how I would remove any software, can't get past this screen. Wouldn't know what to remove that would help) It continues, Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. (don't know what this means) It thens suggests opening in safe mode by using F8. (I have done this but still come back to same screen with each option I select).

At the bottom of the screen, it reads:

Technical Information:
STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8235ABA8, 0x0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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26-Nov-2006, 10:22 AM #2
Can you get to Command Prompt in safemode and type chkdsk /r and click enter
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26-Nov-2006, 10:25 AM #3
No, from safe mode it runs through the programs on screen for a few seconds, stalls, and then goes back to the screen mentioned in earlier post.
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26-Nov-2006, 10:30 AM #4
Do you have the operating system on CD?
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26-Nov-2006, 10:53 AM #5
No, there is a card in my package that says that one was not provided because it is not required. It says that the Microsoft Windows System Restore will return the computer to an earlier operating state without affecting data files. For more info I should double click the Owner's Manual icon on my desktop. I've got a second Dell that I am corresponding with you now. I will look for it on this one. Not sure where I will go from there.
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26-Nov-2006, 10:53 AM #6
Someimes the CMOS memory gets corrupted during a power outage or surge. You might need to reset it. Also see if this article regarding the HDD cable applies: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/297185
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26-Nov-2006, 11:03 AM #7
What is the HDD cable. I haven't changed out any cables. Haven't changed anything for that matter. But maybe unplugging the cable and plugging it back in may reset something.
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26-Nov-2006, 12:26 PM #8
Hi,

CTRL+F11 on boot should get you to the recovery partition, provided it has not been deleted.

Also try F8 and last known good configuration or last configuration that worked.

hth

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26-Nov-2006, 12:36 PM #9
I found an XP reinstallation disc from another computer. The link from Frank4D helped. Thanks. First time to use this forum. It worked well. Thanks to everyone who helped.
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