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Pagefile error, Not able to log on

by darkzenlord / June 16, 2008 4:01 AM PDT

This is effecting a windows 2000 SP4 machine. Everything seems electronically sound. I am able to get to the logon screen, when I go to logon an error message pops up saying that the virtual memory of the machine is to low (maybe non-existent) and that I should go into properties and change it and such. Only problem is I can not get into windows. I guess I would like to know if there is a back door to changing it (in dos). I have already tried safe-mode and it does the same thing. I have not done a hardware memory test. Also I was wondering if this could be some form of buffer overflow issue in Win 2k. I know XP will state that fact, but not sure if 2K does or not. Any ideas would help. Thanks

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This is a Professional OS so here goes.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2008 5:21 AM PDT

Microsoft gave us a way to fix this easy. at


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by darkzenlord / June 16, 2008 8:42 AM PDT

Thanks for the info, I have seen that happen in the past with other machines. The only thing is, the system is not restarting. I am at the logon screen, go to log on, error message, then back to the logon screen. I will try the things for the other issue, I was going to wipe it, but maybe I will try the parralel OS.

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Remember the answer changes with which OS we use.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 16, 2008 9:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

For 2000 Pro, it's from the stone age where we are expected to know how to do this and more.

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by darkzenlord / June 17, 2008 1:39 AM PDT

Yup, Thats for sure. I tried the parralel OS, but the only copy of 2K I had was SP3. I opted for XP pro. I installed XP and now it logs fine. Got the computer working clean, problem is, 2K is still on there and it's the only way they can still access their old information. During boot is prompts to select the OS. Now I have a bigger fish. How can I remove the old OS without compromising the old data. Folders like My documents, outlook files, and the such. They are both on C: drive and seem to be intergrated. Thats microsoft for you. I would like to think that you could click and drag. But does that change the location of the folder, so when I delete 2K, will I still be able to access the files? I am checking it now and it seems the extension is the c:/WINDOWS/*****
So that makes for a very hard time. Only other option is a wipe. It looks better and better with time. Thanks for all your help.

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When I do that...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2008 2:51 AM PDT
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I never opt for the parallel install as when I remove the old OS very very strange things can happen. Any old Windows 2000 Pro (the person) can handle it but I don't encounter those types (they don't ask for help often?)

-> This is how I migrate to the new OS. I pull the old hard disk, install the new hard disk and the new OS. Now I slave the old drive and begin moving the files over. If I need an application I install that.


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Not so ominious
by darkzenlord / June 17, 2008 3:46 AM PDT
In reply to: When I do that...

Well after thinking long and hard. Your absolutely right Bob. That is probably the easiest way to circumvent the issue. Even though I hate to fix a problem without knowing what the cause is, that sounds like the best option. Thanks for all the help.

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