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Atisgkaf.sys halted boot sequence

Just installed Kaspersky antivirus on my laptop and after deleting the "first" suspect file, the machine kept trying to reboot and failed. When I tried to boot to safe mode, it stops at the "atisgkaf.sys" in the load sequence.

Am I toast?
Can I correct the problem without unearthing my recovery disks (if I infact have any ... I seem to recall the info was on the harddrive but I may not have created any disks ... oops).

Is there a boot disk I can find which will use the info on the machine?

Alex Dumitrescu
Victoria, BC

Please send response to because my only consistent access right now is my blackberry.

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  • Alexievich Jun 21, 2008

    I was asking for a solution without the recovery disks, but thanks anyway.

  • mela004 Apr 06, 2009

    Did you ever get back into safe mode? I can't seem to get any boot disks to work on my emachine, which is having the same problem described in this thread. The only boot disk that works is the recovery disk that wants to format the drive.
    Any advice?

  • mela004 Apr 06, 2009

    Any updates on getting back into safe mode? I'm having the same problem w/ my emachine. The only boot disk that works is the recovery disk that wants to format the drive.

    Any advice?


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I'm working on the same problem.

The ati sys file is the video driver for the ati graphics card.

Not sure if we can remove it and let windows manage the XGA with a generic driver.

Some posts metion problem with the onboard non-removeable memory modules. My BSOD says something about beginning dump of physical memory no matter what chip I put in and also with no chip (just onboard).

Since laptops have heat issues and sneaky weak soldering on the ram and video chips it's bound to be a bad video or onboard ram chip.

Should be a workaround. I'm going to try to renaming or disabling the ati driver and see if it boots. Problem right now is getting back into safe mode. Will try to boot with CD support after I restore the registry files.


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Recovery or restore, after unistalling the Kaspersky antivirus.

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