Problem after recovering from Sever System Crash.

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DrkSdBls

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So, my system Crashed, My Hard Drives were shredded, and I had to buy new Drives and a new Memory stickas well as have my OS completely reinstalled.

Well, I just got it back from the shop and it worked for a while. Then, I restarted my computer, I got the error message "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
<Windows Root>\System32\noskrnl.exe
Please reinstall a copy of the above file.

Now, I can't get into windows at all. The most I can do is Boot from the Windows CD. I've tried to run the Windows repair but every time My computer Restarts to go into the setup, I get that message again.

What can I do about this?
 

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If I were to guess, I would say this is more a hardware issue (probably motherboard), but I can't say anything for certain. This one is pretty tough, so just be patient. An experienced member should be around to help.

Another possibility is that the CD itself is bad. Are there any scratches or marks on the CD?
 

DrkSdBls

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No, CD's perfect.

This is going to suck. First my drives, then a stick of my Memory, then possiby my MB?

Newegg is seriously slipping.

Edit: Update.
Either through Inspiration or just dumb luck, I decided to do a experiment and switched my IDE cables around. Now my CD Drive is my primary Master and my Master drive is my secondary Master. It loads now.

So, I'm thinking that my Primary IDE Cable Slot is Bad. Of Course, I don't having any other way to confirm this. I'd sure like to be sure before I send it back.
 

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Seeing as you replaced your drives and memory, you can probably safely rule them out as being the problem. However, you can try testing your memory and drives.

Memory: download Memtest86+. This tests the memory, and the connections to it for faults or errors. Let it run for a couple of hours.

Hard drive(s): go to the manufacturers website of the hard drive, you should find diagnostics software in the Downloads page.
 

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Appearately, I can't seam to use either program since they each require to use a bootdisk (I have a defective diskdrive.)

Something else I've discovered. I can't seam to detect any drive that I set as my Slave. They'll detect in Bios but not in Windows.
 

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Tried that. ISO files won't read. At least, it won't boot read.

Don't exactly know what I'm suppose to do with it.
 
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First of all, did you burn the ISO file with a burner that supports that extension? It is not just a case of drag and drop or copy.

If you have Roxio or Nero, just opening the file will invoke the proper burn method.

The next problem is making sure the CD-ROM is first in the BIOS boot order -- have you done that?

Also if you have more than one memory module it is unlikely both are bad -- rotate one out at a time and try to boot.

And summarize again the current problem, is it still ntoskrnl? If so and you can boot to the recovery console you may have a fully expanded version that can be copied to the system32 folder.
 

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Well, I used Nero so that's not a problem.

I used the Boot menu to boot from the CDROm drive as well.

I have more then one memeory stick but I'm only trying to test them one at a time to see if it's maybe my DIMM SLot that might be bad.

Ok. The whole ntoskrnl.exe problem was the issue until I switched my Master HD to my secondary IDE Slot. It may still be a problem but as I have it now, I"m bypassing that problem. My HD wouldn't seam toi get pass the ntoskrnl.exe error as long as my HD was on the primary IDE. This is why I think my main problem is with my motherbaord.

After I did that, I used the recovery console and it worked fine.
 
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When you boot from the secondary ide -- look in the Device Manager under IDE ATA/Atapi.


Is the primary recognized there? Is it recognized in the BIOS?

If it is recognized in Windows, it may or may not show a bad mark by it. Right click on it, select Properties > Driver, and uninstall the driver and reboot. It should get redetected. If you get a prompt asking you for a location for the drivers -- point it to:

c:\windows\inf

This is a "hidden" folder and you must have "show hidden files" enabled in Folder Options > View to see it.
 
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Your motherboard controller took a dive then. Any chance it is still under warranty?

I don't think it will help, but you might try resetting the CMOS on the board -- either by using the physical jumper or removing the battery for a couple of minutes.
 

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As a Matter of fact, it is still under warranty. That's why I've decided to go ahead and send it back. I've just had way too many problems with it to try to save it.
 
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