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Blue screen of death, boot problems, black screen startup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by BuRnT.SaWcE, Jul 17, 2005.

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  1. BuRnT.SaWcE

    BuRnT.SaWcE Thread Starter

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    Hello.

    Just today, I turned on my computer and got the blue screen of death, so I restarted my PC. Then a black screen came up saying "Windows could not start beacuse the following file is missing or corrupt : \windows\system32\config\system."

    You can attempt to repair this file by putting the winxp cd in etc...

    Now when i turn on my computer there is just a black screen showing, with nothing at all on it.

    Any ideas anyone?

    Thanks very much for your help.
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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  3. BuRnT.SaWcE

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    Darn.. It seems to be quite long. However, I do have the windows xp CD, so it should be ok. I think I'll do my best with the steps tommorow. Do you know what causes the error in the first place? Thanks again.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    Not really -- but I would speculate that the most vulnerable time is during shutdown, when Windows saves cached data to the registry. A crash then is more likely than others to cause file system and registry errors.

    You may have yet more serious problems because you really should get more than a black screen with this error.

    Watch for any signs of drive activity during restart, you should see at least the BIOS part of the bootup. If not -- there is an underlying hardware problem. Damaged ram might be an issue.
     
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