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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)

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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

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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

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