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How can I fix a bad system config info err

Comes up with blue scrren and unable to get into safe mode or the basic prompt mode

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  • burkejt Feb 28, 2009

    Yes, I have the xp card that came from Dell with the machine. But I am not able to boot from it.

  • burkejt Feb 28, 2009

    Even though I have two optical drives, the optical cd drive does not read a dvd. When I bought the pc I asked for a drive that read both cd''s and dvd's, but this isn't the case. The computer only boots from the cd drive and the operating system dvd is a dvd read. Is there a way to get around this?

  • burkejt Feb 28, 2009

    I did change this in the boot menu. Is this the same as the bios screen?. Thanks alot for your patience.

  • burkejt Mar 01, 2009

    I am going to install another dvd optical drive and hopefully I will be able to boot the operating system off of that. Then I will get back to you. Thanks again.

  • burkejt Mar 03, 2009

    Hello, I managed to boot from the win xp reinstallation disk and got to a windows c: prompt. I would appreciate you telling me where i go from here, for i did not want to reinstall the operating system and lose all my data.

  • burkejt Mar 03, 2009

    After doing the chkdsk /r, it did not come back with a chance to enter a Y. After rebooting it came back with blue screen with errs.

    0x00000074,0x00000003,0x00000002,0x80088000,0xc000014c.

    IIs there anything else I can try? Thank you for your time.

  • burkejt Mar 04, 2009

    I removed the ram memory and reinstalled several times and rebooting, but it didn't help. I am just going to reinstall the operating system and accept my losses. Than you for all you help.

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I seem to be a little late, as you've indicated you're going to re-install, but I just had this problem with a Dell Dimension machine. Microsoft says it's probably a RAM issue, but it wasn't in my case. The problem was that the system hive was corrupt. Using a BartPE disk I was able to log in and replace the system hive with one from a few days earlier.
For those who don't know how to do this, but do have access to another computer or a BartPE CD or a UBCD CD, here's the steps:
Once you are able to access the hard drive, using another system and slaving it, or by using a BartPE CD or UBCD, navigate to C:\Windows\System32\config. Rename the SYSTEM file there to SYSTEM.old.
Next, navigate to the C:\System Volume Information folder then to the _restore{blah, blah, bunch of numbers} folder. If there's more than one, use the Date Modified information to pick the most recent one. Next, pick an RPxxx folder, where xxx is a number, that is a couple of days older than when the error occurred (check the Date Modified of the folders), then open the snapshot folder. Copy the file _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM. Go back to the C:\Windows\System32\Config folder and paste _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM into that folder. Now rename the _REGISTRY_MACHINE_SYSTEM file to just SYSTEM (no extension).
Reboot the system normally - hopefully the error is gone.

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You're going to need an XP cd, NOT a restore cd.

When / If you get one, let us know and we'll go from there.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009

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    RescueTechLA Feb 28, 2009

    You've got to change the boot order in the bios screen.



    Usually if you press the DEL key or the F10 key when you startup the computer it will take you into the bios.



    If you look at the bottom of the screen you should see a message that tells you which key to push.



    Once inside you've got to change the boot order so that the CD / DVD drive is the first boot up device.



    Let me know if you have any trouble doing this.





  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 01, 2009

    Yes, it's the same thing.

    Don't worry about my patience. I'm here to help :)

    Have you had any problems with the cd / dvd drive in the past?

    Can you describe exactly what the CD you're trying to boot up has written on the cd?


  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 03, 2009

    OK once you're there type:

    chkdsk /r

    press enter

    Message will come up (most of the time) saying disk is locked, blah, blah, blah.

    Press the "Y" key.

    Press enter.

    type: exit

    press enter

    press Ctrl + Alt + Del

    Choose the Shutdown Tab

    Shutdown or restart the computer.

    Let the Disk Check do it's thing.

    Hopefully you'll be able to get back into Windows.

    If you are successful backup your data immediately.

    Let me know what happens.


  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 04, 2009

    That message usually indicates a problem with memory. Try puling out the memory and then reseat it.

    Boot the computer with just one module. If you get the same message, try the other module.

    Hopefully it's just some bad memory.


  • RescueTechLA
    RescueTechLA Mar 04, 2009

    Ahh man that stinks. Try installing Windows over itself when you do the install. That way you'll keep any files you previously had. If it doesn't work a format / re-install might be in order.

    Let me know if you have any other questions or problems.

    Best of luck!


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Restart your computer repeatedly tapping the f8 key to enter safe mode while the screen is black once in safe mode where the only things working will be your keyboard and mouse allowing you to attempt to repair your computer.
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Safe Mode
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Safe Mode with Command Prompt
Enable Boot Logging
Enable VGA mode
Last Known Good Configuration (your most recent settings that worked)
Directory Services Restore Mode (Windows domain controllers only)
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