I have an Athelon2400 on a Asus A7N8X motherboard, 1500mb ram running XP SP2. About a week ago I clicked on shutdown and walked away. 10 mins later when I passed the computer next it was displaying a light blue screen, the one you get after it displays the "saving your settings". over the past year or so it has stopped at this point on several occasions and will hang their untill the power is turned off! So when this happened last week I thought nothing of it and turned off the power. now it seemes that the registry has been screwed begause nothing works. System restore cannot be openned because it does not recognise some file or other. various proggrammes won't wotk because I an not the registered user and others just don't even start. Tonight my wife says that when she turned on the machine last week a whole series of black and white text scrolled up before the Windows screen appeared. but she could not understand it. I think the only option is a complete format C re-build, but does anybody have any brilliant ideas Thanks
My machine did not come with afull copy of XP, I have a secret partition on the hard drive from which I can performe a "restore to factory settings reset, and a recovery disk. Thanks Mesh! I checked the XPrepair page you linked and It seems that won't work in my case. Will your fix still work?
don't think so, The last time I had to use this feature was three years ago before Mesh would replace a broken CD burner under the warrenty. I prformed the rebuild then and proved the fault was not my software, but their faulty hardware. I can not remember if this was an option but the instructions they e-mailed to me at the time do not give any indication that this available.
Thanks for all the advice guys and sorry for not getting backto you but have been busy rebuilding my machine. The secret partition did offer me the oportunity to re-install / repair windows and after 2 hours of disk activity and a restart.....there was no diference. A complete rebuild and reinstallation does however seen to have done the trick and it now appears to be working OK Thanks again.
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