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Dell Latitude D520 - Wont Boot

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by makethissound, May 26, 2011.

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  1. makethissound

    makethissound Thread Starter

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    I have a Dell Latitude D520 with WinXP. I recently acquired a docking station, and so i docked my laptop on it. Now my laptop boots to the XP logo, scrolls for a while, sits with a black screen (lit) for a while, then the screen goes dark and the system reboots. I've tried taking the drive out and doing a chkdsk, and i've tried recover console to fix the boot, but its still doing it.

    I had a couple of ideas I wanted to bounce off people before i went crazy with registry editing.

    First, i tried to identify the order in which things are failing. The last thing to load before it hangs is cdfs.sys, which tells me that its in the "file system" service group when it fails. Trying to get it to log the boot to another device fails because it cant even mount a file system by the time it goes splat.

    What im reading suggests that i've corrupted my hardware profiles by connecting the dock. My question is that if i delete all the hardware profiles from the registry, will that completely fubar any chances i have, or will that just make the system rebuild them from scratch?

    Thanks for your input!
     
  2. huggie54

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    have you got the os install disc
     
  3. makethissound

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    Yes i do, however I would prefer not to perform a "repair" or reinstall the OS from scratch. I do have a disk which will let me get at the system recovery console, also i've got the FalconFour Ultimate Boot CD which has a whole bunch of disk repair, recovery, registry editing and other utilities.

    I understand the mentality of "surest path to fix" vs. "fix thats most convenient", but in this case the convenience is heavily weighted.
     
  4. huggie54

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    a system repair will not delete any files or folders you have,just repairs the os
     
  5. makethissound

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    I am very aware - i do this for a living - but nobody has answered my original question.

    What will happen if I delete all the hardware profiles from the registry?
     
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    im going to say unless u really know what your doing removing things from the registry isnt a good idea. it can trash the computer and make it not able to boot or an expensive paperweight.i would instead do a repair as suggested and if that doesnt work then do a complete reinstall.im going to ask the obvious have u tried running the computer without the docking station? i had a dell laptop yrs ago i dont remember the model that had that feature and i never used the docking part and it ran fine. hope this helps.
     
  7. makethissound

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    I'm plenty confident working in the registry. Its not a big deal to backup the registry and restore it if it gets even further fubar'd.

    Of course i removed the dock - and haven't reconnected it since. Docks are great(when they work). Docks are the entire reason i prefer Dell laptops when my clients need portable computing for business and commute between multiple workspaces.

    I expect that there may actually (now) be a problem with the hard drive - at a hardware level.
     
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