Windows regestry problem or something else?

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I have had many Windows registry problems with my computer. For example the reg-key for windows fonts had disappeared resulting in windows full of windings gibberish. At this moment the choice for windows-xp appearance has disappeared from my desktop-properties-menu so now i can only have windows classic appearance. Very often my computer checks my disc contents for failures on startup although i shut down my computer correct. I have had the error message "cannot find file: windows\system32\config\system" (or something like that) while booting my computer a thousand times. Etc. :confused: :confused:

All these problems did not disappear after numerous times of reinstalling XP, virus checks, spy-ware checks. I have the impression that it could be a hardware problem. Sould I maybe install XP on a different partition? Help..

System:
OS: Win. XP Prof. 2002 SP2
Proc: AMD Athlon XP 3000+ (2.16GHz 521MB)
HD: Caviar 120GB special edition sata 7200RPM 8mb cache
Int.Mem: DDR 512MB PC400 DRAM 64mx64 OEM CL3
Motherb.: ASUS A7N8X-E deluxe
Grph.card: ASUS Graphics Radeon 9600SE 128MB
 

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How often do you run chkdsk? Have you tried running: sfc /scannow ,? Have you tried using Tune-Up Utilities for general repairs?

You can use TweakUI to repair the Font folder.

When you do a reinstall do you use FULL format? (Quick format is near useless.) I also delete old partitions and re-make them.

Have you tried the HDD manufacturer's site for their disk diagnostic tool?
 

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I didnt know about chdsk or sfc /scannow. I just ren them, both closed without showing a result, guess that means its all ok or can i read some kind of report somewhere. What kind of tune-up utilitie would you advise, do you mean something like "windows registry repair pro"? 'couse i have that and it doesnt make it better.
And yes i allways delete old partitions and re-make them to.
I will check the HDD manufacturer's site in a minute. So you think its a HDD foult too, good to hear my guess was not to stupid.
thanx a lot!!
 

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InEclipse said:
I didnt know about chdsk or sfc /scannow. I just ran them, both closed without showing a result, guess that means its all ok or can I read some kind of report somewhere.

What kind of tune-up utilities would you advise, do you mean something like "windows registry repair pro"? because I have that and it doesn't make it better.

And yes, I always delete old partitions and re-make them too.

I will check the HDD manufacturer's site in a minute. So you think its a HDD fault too, good to hear my guess was not to stupid.
thanx a lot!!
No problem. :)

It might be a drive problem, but it doesn't sound like it. Actually the Program is called Tune-Up Utilities and as far as I can tell it is produced in Germany, so you are in luck! There is an evaluation period too. :)

When you format, do you use FULL format or quick format?

Do you have any kind of drive overlay program on the drive?

To run chkdsk it is best to right-click the drive icon, open the properties, Tools, and click on Check Now..., put a check-mark in both check-boxes and click OK. You'll be asked if you want to run chkdsk on re-start, so answer yes, and then re-boot. It will take some time to run on a big drive.
 

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Ive already tried "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows" (the diagnostics programm for my HD) and it gave me an instant "blue screen" for 2 seconds and reboted my pc. I tried it again and made a picture of the blue screen with my digicam so i had the time to read it. It said (translated) "A problem has been found. Windows will shut down to prevent damage. DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL blablabla". I had the same blue screen a few minutes later when i was testing "TuneUp Utilities 2004" at themoment when i pushed a button to get IDE information of my HDD.. its all so weird. TuneUp is a cool progamm btw,only to bad that its in german, i understand most of it but i rather had it in english.. i understand english computerterms better. I am Dutch but live in Germany temporaraly you see, Dutch people do most computerthings in english.
Greetz.
 

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InEclipse said:
I've already tried "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for Windows" (the diagnostics programm for my HD) and it gave me an instant "blue screen" for 2 seconds and rebooted my PC.

I tried it again and made a picture of the blue screen with my digicam so I had the time to read it.

It said (translated) "A problem has been found. Windows will shut down to prevent damage. DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".

I had the same blue screen a few minutes later when I was testing "TuneUp Utilities 2004" at the moment when I pushed a button to get IDE information of my HDD. It's all so weird. TuneUp is a cool progam, btw, only too bad that it's in German, I understand most of it but I would rather have it in English. I understand English computer terms better.

I am Dutch but live in Germany temporarily you see, Dutch people do most computer things in English.

Greetz.
TuneUp is available in English. Click on the English link at the top of the page.

What make is your drive? The diagnostics are often best run from a bootable floppy disk or bootable Mini CD-ROM.

If this is due to data corruption (?) are your IDE cables flat or round? Some round cables can give crossover data corruption problems.

Crossover is where data passes from one wire with in a cable to another wire when the insulation is insufficient, and causes this scrambling, which means corrupt data.

Driver problems with XP http://kadaitcha.cx/stop_err.html
 
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