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Solved: NEWBIE--sp3, cmd, regedit, and execute programs

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by bcdinh, Jan 18, 2011.

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  1. bcdinh

    bcdinh Thread Starter

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    hi everyone,

    this is my first time posting in this forum. PLEASE HELP!!!


    i have a Sony Vaio PCG-7D2L - Window XP Home Edition.

    1. i just recently installed sp3 and it crashed. after it crashed i can't access run --> "cmd", "regedit" or execute any programs.

    2. every time i open a program i usually get a "open with" pop up menu tell me to select a program.
    (please see below)

    3. also get a "rundl32.exe" pop up error

    4. i can watch DVD with my CD/ROM but when i try to reformat my system using XP_OS in BIOS it won't detect my CD/ROM drive.

    $$$ can someone please verify my procedures to access BIOS correctly?

    * before the system boot up...hit F2
    **arrow to boot tab
    ***i don't see any option for a CD/ROM (the only thing i can see are-- floppy disk, hard disk, network...)
    ****normally, i insert XP OS into the CD/ROM trying to view the disk --- the disk is empty but when i
    open it w/ a different computer i can view these files.


    can someone please let me out??? thank you in advance for all your help!


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  2. Phantom010

    Phantom010 Trusted Advisor

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    Try this fix: EXEFIX

    Save the .reg file to your desktop. Double-click it to merge it to the registry.

    Reboot.

    If the fix only opens as a text file, right-click it and select Open With > Choose Program... Then, select the Registry Editor.

    If the Registry Editor is not in the list, browse to C:\WINDOWS and select regedit.
     
  3. bcdinh

    bcdinh Thread Starter

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    thank you your your replied Phantom010...that didn't work. every execute file i click prompt me the "open with" window. also, all items in control panel are blocked. error message "C:\WINDOWS\System32\rundll32.exe" Application not found.
     
  4. surferdude2

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    It's possible your CD-ROM drive had failed. It has two lasers, one for reading CD's and one for DVD's.

    Also double check the BIOS/CMOS setting once again and see if you need to scroll the list down and perhaps see the CD/DVD drive.
     
  5. bcdinh

    bcdinh Thread Starter

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    prior to installing SP3 i was able to access everything. i really want to format my computer to factory setting but i don't have the backup disk ect...except a standard copy of XP_OS. can i use that to reformat it? i went to BIOS screen and boot tab but i don't see my CD-ROM. how can i turn my CD-ROM on? my CD-ROM plays DVD fine but when insert OS disk to view-- nothing reveal. thanks!
     
  6. bcdinh

    bcdinh Thread Starter

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    thank you for your replied...can you please show me how to check my BIOS/CMOS setting?
     
  7. surferdude2

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    You've already been in there according to your first post. Just do it again and this time try scroll the drive list when you get to the boot menu. Use the up and down arrows.
     
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    You will need to boot into Windows XP CD, before windows loads to start the XP text mode setup.

    Most modern bios have a boot-menu that can be triggered by a specific keystroke,. Examine the first POST screen or motherboard user manuals for details. Select the CD/DVD device from the menu.
     
  9. bcdinh

    bcdinh Thread Starter

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    i think you are right surferdude2...the sticker next to the touch pad said "DVD+R / DL+,-RW^4". i will try to look around to borrow a CD-ROM that reads CD. thank you everyone. will get back with you guys later.
     
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