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Windows won't start/Get registry checker

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by lmyers, Feb 2, 2003.

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  1. lmyers

    lmyers Thread Starter

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    All of a sudden I can not start windows. Computer goes to Registry Checker, says it is restoring a previous registry then reboots but goes back to Registry Checker over and over. I tried to start in safe mode but can not do that either. I get this message: Error: Himem.sys has detected unreliable XMS memory at address 0104C206. XMS driver not installed. I also get this message "Himem.sys is missing. Make sure file is in windows directory. I checked using dos and the file is in my windows directory.

    What should I try next.

    Thanks for any suggestions.

    Windows 98 SE, Pent. 233, 128 mdram.

    Larry
     
  2. TonyKlein

    TonyKlein Malware Specialist

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    The combination of these two errors really points into the direction of faulty RAM.

    Try checking with DocMemory or a similar app.


    And/Or try reseating or replacing your RAM modules.
     
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  4. lmyers

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    I am not able to run the memory test program since I can not get into windows. Every time I start the computer it just goes to "registry checker". It runs "registry checkeer, restoring system files" I hit enter when I get the message saying the registry has been changed, it reboots but goes right back to "registry checker".

    When I go to the Microsoft site you suggest I type the "C:\ dir /*.swp and just get the message "bad switch".

    When reviewing the archives for this type problem I've seen the suggestion that the "cache controller" could be bad. What does this mean and how do you correct it?

    Thanks again.

    Larry
     
  5. arty62

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    When you go to the site suggested, type in the commands EXACTLY as directed....bad switch shows you made mistake....even spaces must be properly placed.....rt
     
  6. lmyers

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    In the archives for this type problem I found the suggestion to run "scandisk/restore" in dos. By doing this and restoring an old registry, I was finally able to start windows. Once in windows I downloaded and ran the "simmtester" program to test my dram. I found that one of my 4 dram sticks (32 mb) fails 5 of the test criteria. I removed the bad stick and one other stick and am now running with 64 mb of ram. After a couple of boot-ups windows is running ok.

    I am fairly confident that my problem is solved.

    Thanks very much for the help.

    Larry
     
  7. TonyKlein

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    You're welcome! :)

    Glad to hear you're up and running again.
     
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