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Laptop will not boot up/ Blue Screen of death

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by seemore, Jan 22, 2008.

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  1. seemore

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    I have had a similar post before but the difference now is the Blue Screen comes up immediately. I tried to boot in safe mode and the last known good boot and neither works. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. It sounds like the hard drive is making some odd noise as well.
     
  2. jbm1991

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    what is the error message that come up on the BSOD?
    also if your hard drive is making excessive grinding/crunchy noises it could be that it is failing.
    does it make any beeps when it turns on?
     
  3. seemore

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    The message reads "UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME"

    Technical Information:

    *** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x83F769EO, 0xC0000006, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)
     
  4. jbm1991

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    this is what the alleged "experts" at microsoft have to say on the issue:
    here,
    here
    and here

    let me know if its any help to you :)
     
  5. seemore

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    These directions are kind of hard to follow for someone like me. But by the looks of it, I do not have the option of going to the Recovery Console. THis is a DELL Latitude D505 that i bought from my old employer and do not have any of the disk that came with the Laptop. Are there any other suggestions?
     
  6. jbm1991

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    are there any important/priceless (photos etc) on the laptop?
    if it was a desktop i would say check the connections between all the wires and make sure none are loose. but if you can do that on laptops i havent got a clue how.
     
  7. seemore

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    I tried to use the Recovery disc and when I try to reboot now it says:

    Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

    \Windows\System32\config\system

    Any other suggestions? I tried to run chkdsk and did Fixboot in the Recovery counsel as well.
     
  8. jbm1991

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    when using the recovery disc, what option did you choose?
     
  9. seemore

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    R to get to the Recovery Counsel

    then I use the command FIXBOOT

    I have even used the FIXMBR and CHKDSK
     
  10. Rollin' Rog

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    You really have two choices with that last error -- an over the top reinstall (http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm) or the directions at the bottom. I recommend the reinstall in most cases -- but if that is not possible for lack of media -- you can try this:

    USING THE RECOVERY CONSOLE TO ACCESS SYSTEM RESTORE


    If you do not have an XP CD download rc.iso from Elvandil's post here: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/561576-mom-exe.html#post4622868
    Burn the .iso file to CD. With Nero or Roxio you should only need to "open" the file and it will start the burner's ISO burning program.

    DeepBurner can also be used to burn ISO files, I recommend the “portable” version:

    http://www.deepburner.com/?r=download


    Once that is done, you need to boot with either that or the XP installation CD to the Recovery Console. You may need to ensure that the CD drive is the first boot drive in the BIOS setup if it just boots to the same screen. Setup is accessed by looking for the key to press on the first data you see on the screen -- often F2

    Directions are given here:

    http://attachments.techguy.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=62075

    There are several things to note about this operation.

    1 > it is not a "reinstall" of Windows, but a method of accessing System Restore.

    2 > all command lines are one line with appropriate spacing -- the doc file does not always reflect this.

    3 > you must complete all 3 parts for it to be a proper restore.

    4 > in the first part of this document you are given the command:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system C:\windows\system32\config\system

    you may get a "file not found" when running this command. If you do, substitute this command instead:

    copy C:\windows\repair\system.bak C:\windows\system32\config\system


    >> See also: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545/en-us
    note the warning in this article. But if you have an OEM system and no other choice but a clean install -- try it anyway.
     
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