Question about Computers & Internet

2 Answers

Got a medion mt255 that i cant get to start up

I cant get past the windows screen it just freezes and say c0000218(registry file failure)

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Expert
  • 64 Answers

Hi f clarkson,

It sounds like either your hard drive is going bad or that there are substantial software errors on said hard drive.

The first thing I would suggest would be running a chkdsk /r on the hard drive. You can obtain detailed instructions on doing that here.

After this procedure, if the problem continues, I'd suggest running a diagnostics on the hard drive itself to determine if it's physically faulty/defective. Download the Ultimate Boot CD on another computer and then pop the cover on your computer and determine what brand the hard disk is. Boot from the Ultimate Boot CD and select Hard Disk Tools, then Diagnostic Tools. Run the long or advanced test using an included utility specific for your brand of hard drive. If the test results come back with errors, the drive is damaged and should be replaced. If there are no errors, then it's a software problem (if this is the case, the chkdsk /r should have fixed that unless it's an extensive issue).

At this point, boot from your Windows CD and do a Windows Repair. Just install Windows over top of the existing installation; when prompted, DO NOT format the drive in NTFS or FAT32 (use the option that says 'Leave file system intact (no changes). This will reinstall Windows without destroying your files. At that point you can access your files again, though your personal settings will revert to the Windows defaults.

Lastly, if this does not work, I'd suggest replacing the IDE or SATA cable from the hard disk to the motherboard. If that doesn't work, it may be an issue with the power supply.

Ben

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    All-Star:

    An expert that got 10 achievements.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Guru:

    An expert who has written 7 tips or uploaded 3 video tips

  • Expert
  • 147 Answers

Is this the entire message?

STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file):\System Root\System32\Config\SECURITY or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

If so, may I recommend the following to fix it.

  1. The first possibility is simply corruption in the Windows Registry.
  2. A second option is a component of your system hardware is not compatible with Windows XP or your hard drive has some kind of issue.
  3. The third possibility, a damaged hard drive, is possible even if Windows appeared to run smoothly prior to this bootup problem. Before throwing in the towel, we'll take a closer look at each possibility
Assuming the Windows Registry is simply corrupt, the first thing to attempt is a recovery via the Automatic System Recovery for your particular installation. Since you are attempting to do a system restore, it's possible you already tried this and had it fail. If this is not the case, follow the detailed directions presented in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 307545.

If you attempted your system restore using the OEM provided restore partition or CD and received this error, make sure you don't have any hardware components connected which weren't part of the initial build of your computer.

System restore disks look for specific hardware components. If the original components are missing it occasionally introduces errors in the restore process.

A third possibility is the hard drive is damaged in some way. Many disks have bad sectors and you won't know about them until you attempt to write over the sectors during a specific operation. If you can boot from your install CD, you will be presented with the option to Repair or Recover the Windows XP installation.

Pressing R launches the Microsoft Recovery Console which then asks for the Administrator password. After entering the password, run chkdsk to check the drive for errors by typing chkdsk /r at the command line. If chkdsk finds errors, you may need to use chkdsk /f to repair the errors before proceeding.

I apologize for the lengthy post. Please let me know if this helps, and good luck!

-Thanks

Posted on Mar 13, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

My Dell 1501 is blue screen with this message. Stop: c0000218 registry file failure. How do I fix?


That was usually by corrupted files in c:\windows\system32\config...
You can either restore/repair using Boot to the Recovery Console or repair windows Installation....( I assumed that you are using windows XP)

Aug 05, 2011 | Dell Computers & Internet

1 Answer

C0000218 Registry file failure. Registry cannot


The hive file is the problem, it is low on honey. Put it back to where the bees can produce enough honey for your PC to recognize it. Compaq's are notorious for their love of honey, that is why it is showing it is missing. DO NOT simply put honey on a CD and insert. Will not work.

Feb 01, 2010 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

2 Answers

Blue screen: Stop: c0000218 {Registry File


Hi.

You would have to have the operating system repaired or completely re-installed.


Please rate me. Thank You.

Apr 16, 2009 | Acer Aspire 5315 Notebook

1 Answer

STOP: C0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file):\System Root\System32\Config\SECURITY or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.


to fix the problem, you need the Installation cd, put it in, start the setup, and enter repair console when the first blue menu comes up.

In repair console, your going to have to copy the windows\repair directory to system32\config

to fix the problem.


After the files have been copyed, Well maybe might be better if you only copy the SECURITY file. so no login details get changed.


Then restart the pc and see if it worked. If not your going to have to perform a repair installation from the xp cd.

If you need more asistance, let me know. Good luck.

Mar 29, 2008 | Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2003 for...

1 Answer

C0000218 (Registry file failure)


Windows cant access required registry files

if you have a xp cd, put it in, start the setup, and enter repair console.

In repair console you should see a

c:>

prompt, type cd windows
cd repair
copy *.* c:\windows\system32\config\

type exit after files have been copyed, overwrite if asked.

type exit

restart pc and try to start windows if this fails

go back to xp setup and perform a repair installation.

Mar 27, 2008 | IBM ThinkPad T20 2647 Notebook

1 Answer

Registry file failure


If the last suggestion i posted didn't work, you need to put in your Windows CD on boot up and when it asks if you want to repair or install press 'R' for repair, this should repair any damaged registry files and Windows files.

Nov 12, 2006 | Dell Inspiron 600M Notebook

Not finding what you are looking for?
Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

487 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Brian Sullivan
Brian Sullivan

Level 3 Expert

27725 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

101580 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14160 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...