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Missing Or Corrupt System ?


I recently got another stick of RAM for my pc to make it run a little better. I made sure to buy the exact same one. Then ran that windows mem test on it and there is no errors on it, nor did it fail any of the tests on extended version. The RAM stick alone works smooth if it is in the first RAM slot as good as my old one.
I started to think it was a prob with the 2nd Slot. So out of curiousity I placed it on the 3rd slot and got the screen where it prompts u to start in safe mode or last saved config. etc etc and then it said I had a missing or corrupt

' \Windows\System32\Config\System '

It suggested that I place the recovery cd and press 'r' when i did so it just took me to this screen where i can partition my harddrive and/or install windows on it. I've never had a problem like this before so any help / insight into the situation would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Not good enough

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Download a copy of memtest86 and let it run overnight. Only then will you know that your memory is good. Pretty much all other memory tests are too superficial to be useful.

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Much Ado About Memory

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I could possibly help you with this since I have added memory to many computers in my line of work. I would need a little more information from you. Most OEM board memory slots are designated sequentially.
This means that if you are using slot#1, you MUST use slot #2 for the first addition. Attempting to boot XP with with a non-sequenced memory slot modification will invariably result in a error message. You first must precisely restore your original board configuration. The next step is to boot into safe mode; Do NOT allow your computer to boot normally. Once in safe mode, go to the control panel and ask windows to look for new hardware. XP will automatically resolve the problem IF the %systemroot% files and settings have not been corrupted. In most cases of memory upgrade, adding one more "stick" just like the first will NOT work. You have to upgrade in increments: i.e. 64m...128m...256m...512m...etc.. The best size for XP with a CPU of ~500mhz is 256k; for a CPU of 1ghz or more, use 512k+...
1) What kind of computer do you have? OEM? Custom?
What year? XP upgrade from ME or 98SE? Home, Pro, Media Center? SP1? SP2?
2) How much original memory do you have? What did you try to upgrade to?
3) What kind of memory "sticks," SIMM's? DIMM's, etc.?

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The Stick Lives

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I ran the infamous memtest86+ over night and there were no errors on the new stick of RAM. I would like to point out tho, that I put the new stick of RAM in the first slot as if it was the only stick. I am still dumbfounded as to why I cant place it in the second slot without any errors as the computer DOES recognize the extra 512mb of RAM. It's just that it lockups and freezes sometimes. Like I posted originally I had placed it on the 3rd slot just to see if there was something wrong with the 2nd slot itself and thats when i got that messeage of missing and/or corrupt system32/config/system. I wonder if correcting that first could lead me towards the right direction or at least remove another posibility out of the way. Here is some more detailed information about my pc. My uncle built it for me in my last semester to help me save soem cash. It is a customed built pc and the specs are as follows:

Athlon 64 FX-55
ABIT 939 Motherboard
1 stick of Corsair 512 MB DDR PC 3200XL
Windows XP Pro

I purchased the same stick and it passed the windows memory diagnoctics extended test and the memtest86+ . Thank you for your suggestions and help, any other insight or advice is appreciated.

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