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laptop's crashed...please help

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 168pin, Sep 8, 2004.

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  1. 168pin

    168pin Thread Starter

    Sep 8, 2004
    Hi all,

    My laptop has crashed...when you start it it says /windows/system32/pci.sys missing or corrupt. I've tried going into the repair option in the Windows XP CD and it just says 'Cannot find a place to store swap file'. I'm guseeing this is because it runs NTFS.

    I've tried linking the hard drive to my main PC using my external USB hard drive case and it just gets stuck on USB Mass Storage Device and it says This Device Cannot Start (Code 10).

    Any ideas anyone? I have important data on that drive.....

    It's a Compaq Armada M700 and I don't have a Multibay floppy...just a DVD drive...
  2. etaf

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    Oct 2, 2003
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  3. mtown_onsite


    Aug 20, 2004
    Try using the xp cd to get to commandline recovery. type
    expand d:\i386\pci.sy_ c:\windows\system32\pci.sys

    (where d is your cd drive letter)
    this should replace the file with original from windows disk.

    Although, it looks like the file maybee should be located in c:\Windows\System32\drivers... if that where the error references, replace with this in the above string.
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