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major major prob! com hardware/os experts pls help

by singapork / March 9, 2008 7:04 PM PDT

Hello, i have a problem with my computer and I hope someone could help me explain this cause I cant come to a conclusion on my prob. I suspect it’s the ram problem, but again, I don’t have that much knowledge therefore I need help.

Im currently using Windows XP SP2, RAM of 256kb(226mhz I tink), Hard disk of 40 GB.

Heres the situation:

At first, when I boot up my computer, this message appears:

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

I took out my ram, and clean it along with its slot. I tried using other slot and still the same message appears.

After reading this article, , i thought my file was just corrupted. I needed to use the com badly, and I didn’t have any xp cd, therefore I thought I could just reformat using windows ME cd since I didn’t have any important data on my hard disk (lets call this hard disk A).

I delete the partition that I had in A, using FDISK, and tried to repartition it(in FAT), however, after repartitioning, the ME cd did not work.

Few days later, I got an XP cd and also another hard disk, which was only 1.73GB (lets name this hard disk B).

I tried to reformat A with the XP cd, however it could not reformat in NTFS format. I tried restarting, and at the page where partitioning is usually done using XP cd, it stated that it could not access my hard disk. I press enter, and the blue screen of death appeared:


Technical info:

**STOP** 0x00000050(0xE10AA008, 0x00000000, 0xF9E329EF, 0x00000001)
Setupdd.sys – Address F9E329EF base at F9E1100 datestamped 41107C8F

I tried restarting again, and the same error message appears.

I gave up on A and tried on B instead. It didn’t allow me to partition in NTFS too. I
tried FAT, and to my surprise, I was able to partition and reformat the whole com with the XP cd.

My com worked well until the day after, when it says it could not detect any hard disk.
I tried restarting a few times, but still, it was showing me the same error message.

I got fed up and tried hooking another working hard disk(lets call this C) to my com. My com detected C, and I tried starting it in safe mode, however this error message appears again :

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:

I tried restarting it again, and another error message appears:
Error in hard disk


Now my question is:

Whats going on with my computer actually?

Is the prob associated with RAM(faulty ram/spoilt ram port)? Or is it my IDE connector?
Or maybe its just the hard disk? (lol)

Can A work or is it damaged since my com detected it, but could not accessit?

If it’s a ram problem, how is it possible that I can still reformat using FAT, but not NTFS?

So do you suggest getting just parts of the com(eg ram/mobo/connector) or just get a new computer? (my com is more than 6 yrs old, running on intel pentium 4 processor)

I’d really appreciate if someone coul just explain whats going on, I wanna learn more so in case I face such problem, I’ll know what to do. Thank you very much for your help! 

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What computer style are we talking about?
by lacsr / March 9, 2008 10:01 PM PDT

Is this a laptop? Make, model may help.

Did you try the fix from MS?

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desktop com
by singapork / March 10, 2008 12:18 AM PDT

Desktop computer, pentium 4, running on 256MB ram.

Right now i cant even follow MS solutions as it is not detecting my hard disk.

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if you want to isolate hardware from software
by jconner / March 10, 2008 12:20 AM PDT

run some floppy based diagnostics first to eliminate hardware. Once you've done that then you can target the software and start with one idea (OS) and follow it through. Chasing multiple errors will only end up in a circular chase.

memtest, tufftest and other hardware diagnostics are available to do exhaustive tests to isolate hardware issues. Some are freeware. Then start with a fresh install, remembering to have all device and motherboard drivers available and ready to load as soon as the OS installs. If you decide on XP get to SP2 and all security updates quickly. Then load your necessary applications, including virus and malware scanners. AVG freeware is a good one if you don't have any currently.

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Run memtest86
by lacsr / March 10, 2008 4:11 AM PDT

Found here:
Once you find out if the memory is good or bad then move on to other hardware. You could just use Ultimate Boot CD where there are more testing programs, found here:
BTW: If you are doing anything, you should have more memory than 256K. If the memory tests good, get at least another stick.(same as the one you have) If it tests bad, then buy 512K or 1Gig of the correct type for your motherboard.

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