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Q: New to repairing Laptops

My daughter-in-law just called and told me her laptop fails to power up. I haven't looked at it yet. She is bringing it over tomorrow. I have built and repaired my own and other family members desktop computers for quite some time and feel comfortable working with them. However, I have never in my life even owned a laptop computer. The one she owns is a Compaq Presario F756NR. They don't have a lot of money and I told her I would do some research on the internet and see if I can figure out how to troubleshoot this unit. I am not looking for specific info right now, as I haven't looked at the unit yet. Anyone have a website I might go look at to get a good idea where to start with disassembling this thing and troubleshooting? I wish it were a desktop. Thanks.

Preferred Solution: New to repairing Laptops

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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First of all i must thank you very much for detailing the steps required to save the laptop from powering on .
My HP DV6 laptop had the same issue one month back and i did reflow as you suggested. This costed me 15$ however the technique was successful.
3 days back the issue came back and i switched the laptop off for 2 days and tried today to boot and it worked without a reflow.
I have now followed the process power management tips advised in advanced power settings hoping that it would not occur in future.
Do you have any other suggestions that i should keep in mind during my  laptop usage which could effectively prevent this from coming back , cause the reflow is a bit expensive for this old laptop at my place .
Looking for your valuable inputs. Once again cheers for posting these many details.

A:Repairing laptops that won't boot and show the blinking caps

There were no references as the guidelines you follow that help you solve your problem. I have a similar DV6 (CPU Phenom) that last time i put it aside was working. I was going to upgrade it to windows 10 and it doesn't power up.Caps blink about 3 or 4 seconds (the codes from hp are not very clear). No numlock lights blinking just the light for the wireless. Anyway i know by the all the posts i've read you can reflow the graphics card but as far as i know this was because of NVIDIA cards. This pc has an AMD Radeon graphics and as far as my research done, no one has to do the reflow. I am thinking it is the CPU or maybe the motherboard just went bad. I have done all the resetting removing everything, change ad, memory, etc.There is power flowing thru e.g if you plug in a usb flash drive in diferent ports you can see a light. fan spins. any ideas or suggestion? a used CPU it is not that expensive but i just don't want to throw away money.So again "please" if anyone knows somethimg i maybe missed collecting please let me knowthanks

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In June 2016 our company bought Inspiron 5759. I used it at office, we have air conditioning, nothing that could cause overheating or other problems. In the end of July 17 laptop just turned off and didnt react on any actions. I brought to service center and they told it's the hub located on the same board with CPU. The only way to fix it is to replace the whole board which costs around 600 USD because there's CPU Core i7 in it. I was given another laptop Inspiron 5558 which was not used since winter of 2017 because it had problems with WiFi. I tried to connect it with LAN cable and discovered that LAN is not working, in fact there's no LAN adapter in device manager. Service center said today that's the same problem - but this time hub is not completely broken, it's just doesnt see LAN adapter and periodically shuts down WiFi. The technician told that this is a frequent problem with Inspirons and Dell knows about it but doesnt recall laptops or extend warranty on this spare part. I asked when second laptop got the wifi issues - it started at the beginning of 2017 and warranty ended in December 2016. Again just 1-2 months.

So, it looks very strange that Dell laptops break right after ending of warranty with same problem, and we can't just change the hub, we need to buy a new board which includes CPU for 600 USD.
SNs: c0jchc2, 5lcmd72

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I don't know if its the laptop or if it has to do with the router but it seems that Apple laptops always interfere with my wifi connection.

My brothers Mac does it when we both visit home and my girlfriends roommates mac always kicks both of our laptops off the wifi. After a few minutes it will let us connect back up but then dies out again after a few minutes.

I assume it has to do with the laptops because neither my brother or the roommate seem to have the problem and it only happens when they are online.

Anyone Know whats up?

Thanks All!

A:Apple Laptops seem to force my Windows Laptops Offline...

Any Help Anyone?


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Here's a thought. I've been searching high and low for an affordable laptop which has

Awesome Graphics card (not sure what - but something that could handle Crysis at high)
15-16" screen with 1920 x 1080 res
4gb or more ddr3 1333mhz ram
core i7-720qm or higher processor
backlit keyboard
HDMI, long battery life, etc etc

So basically everything but at under $2500. I even bought a dell studio xps 1645 with the above specs and the price was real good ($1730 with student discount) but it had lots of problems so i had to return it.

Now that the problem is solved (? maybe?).. dell dont offer that laptop in that configuration, making the laptop around $2400 just due to an increase in RAM (6gb instead of 4gb).

And since I am unsure of the quality with dell or any other brand for that matter, I was wondering if there is any laptop out there that gives alienware m15x performance for a smaller pricetag? (a discount coupon for the above would do! hehe)

If not, what about "overhauling" or "Pimp My Laptop" sorta stuff if you catch my drift... You know customizing the laptop or even building it up from scratch.

I've done some basic upgrades in the past (RAM HDD, bluetooth card etc.) but does anyone have any experience in upgrading graphics cards, screens and CPU's?

Any experience or information about this is very welcome, as finding the right laptop in the right price is sorta like the Holy Grail of laptops, especially in NZ s... Read more

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hi i need some help, or explaination.

i am trying to a repair on my wind xp from the original disk and need some help.

i am a little puzzled as to why the repair stops. i am repairing the O/S that is already installed (not using the Console repair)

1.boot from disk
2.chose partition
3.hit R to repair the instalation originally installed

then it stops 13 min prior to completion.

Suggestions anyone?

A:Repairing XP

At T -13 the installation is processing SVCPACK.INF
A typical SVCPACK.INF file looks like this:


;Windows XP
Signature=" NT$"



Q330994.exe /Q:A /R:N
Q819696.exe /Q /O /N /Z
KB824146.exe /Q /O /N /Z

It is qchain that resolves new hotfixes with existing hotfixes and controls versioning. (http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;296861 )

Unplug everything but mouse, keyboard, display adapter and monitor.
Restart the installation.

If it still hangs, you will need to extract SVCPACK.INF, edit it as follows below and place it back into the XP image. Then reburn. It might be best to image an ISO from the installation CD, edit the ISO with something like ISOBuster, and reburn as an image file type ISO.


;Windows XP
Signature=" NT$"



;Q330994.exe /Q:A /R:N
;Q819696.exe /Q /O /N /Z
;KB824146.exe /Q /O /N /Z

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SIZE="4"] ...,- I just refformated my PC because of virus. After formatting, while installing windows XP some problems occured like this "cannot install ethernet controller driver, and cannot install hardware"... After that the blue page appear saying that "If this is your first time to see this, try to check for viruses, run chckdsk... disable bios shadow.. etc.. I try installing windows xp again but the same problem occurs. Please help me, what should I do??[/SIZE]

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My friend's computer got nailed by SpyLocked, so like any good person would, I directed him to smitfraudfix to help him out. He followed the directions and all, but when he tried to restart, ended up with an "autochk not found" error, and ended up locked in a deathloop. We found his XP CD and tried reinstalling, but we're kind of stuck on what to do. He's got some things in his My Documents folder that he'd prefer not losing, but when it came time to chose where to install it, we couldn't chose to create a new partition, and we don't know what'd happen if we overwrote the windows folder, since it states that the My Documents (and other like folders) may be deleted. Does anyone have any advice or know anything else about this?Moderator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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I have been hit with the spylock as well. I did the smitfraudfix thing and cannot get my computer to boot up at all. I think you called it the deathloop.

I will be keeping an eye here to see what replaies you get because I have two programs and My Documents that I can't lose.

Good luck,

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My computer's hardrive recently had some problems and i've narrowed the problem down to the MBR. I put in a windows XP cd and tried to use the recovery console but I do not know the administrator password on this computer since it is school issued. The only way I can use this computer is by running knoppix on it. Is there any way I can restore the MBR through Linux or through another program?

A:Repairing the MBR

If it's a school issued computer, take it into the school techs and let them deal with it?

Or talk to them and get the password.

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Help me out. I want to "repair" a certain dead PC. It's one of those "Digitek" types. It used to run Windows 98 Here are things as of now:
1: The hard disk is dead. The PC powers (I can hear some wierd "di di di" as the disk head tries to read) on and displays "Searching For Master Boot Record On SCSI...Not Found, Insert System Disk And Press Any Key"
2: Before it spoilt, it used to display "X is not accessible. The device is not ready". X represents both the floppy and CD drive.
3: I downloaded a Windows 98 bootdisk from the net and copied it to a floppy. Tried booting from the floppy but it failed.
I have a new hard disk which I want to install on the PC. Can someone tell me how to go about it? Just a guess: Could the drivers for the floppy and CD drives have been deleted because device manager used to report that there were two "unknown devices". Below are the specs of the PC:
AMD Duron 1200+ processor, 96 MB RAM, DiamondPlus9 Maxtor 80 GB HDD(this is the one that died), 25 MB RAM SiS integrated video display. Anyone having any questions just ask them.

A:Help Repairing PC.

Second post has been replied to... Tell us then what else you need to know, and how much detail you need.

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Well I have tried to use SFC and it tell me that my XP disk is the wrong one. Reading the forum, I downloaded and ran keyfinder and wrote down the results. Checked the label on my computer and the key is differant. So should I just do a new install or should I backup my program link or what. The install that came on the machine has some minor problems that I find very annoying like; send to doesn't work, my computer take about 3 minutes to find my files and disk, same with explorer yet my network places immediately finds the HD drive but not the DVD drive.

Any help is much appricated. Thanks

A:repairing XP PRO with bad CD key

Hello tricker3, Welcome to TSF!


Well I have tried to use SFC and it tell me that my XP disk is the wrong one.

Could you please explain what you meant by this?

When you are running the sfc scan, are you getting a message that says "Please insert your Windows?XP CD?" if you are, just click on retry and let it do its thing; this might happen on a number of occasions whilst sfc is scanning, which is quite normal.

When using sfc however, it is very important that you use a compatible Windows?XP SP2 CD...what this means is; you must use the same version CD to what is installed on the computer.

If Windows?XP Home is installed the CD that is to be used must be a Windows? XP Home Edition CD.
You cannot use a Windows? XP Professional CD on an installation that has Windows? XP Home Edition installed, and vice versa.


The install that came on the machine....

Please tell us the Make and Model of your computer; generally Windows?XP Home is the usual pre-installed Operating System.

Please post back with the information.

Kind Regards,

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Hey every one

Well short and simple I deleted my Windows media player 12 is it? From windows 7 and I simply can not install it because I have tried getting the files from some one else and it says you have a newer version and you can not install an older version,

So I need some help? I am not sure how to do a repair.

A:Help repairing.

Hope this helps:

Repair Install


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My computer is an acer and im wondering if i can download a reairdisc to a usb or a disc

and would you recommend i download one, buy (if able to) or borrow a friends if it is an acer aswell


Hi -

Contact Acer Support --> https://secure.tx.acer.com/RCDB/Main.aspx?brand=acer

Regards. . .



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I am having problems with slowness and all other rubbish problems and I do have my three recovery disks. I am wondering if I can do a REPAIR to WIN XP with one of the disks, instead of a complete format. I don't want to lose some of the old programme I have downloaded. Now if I was to do a REPAIR, then I guess the IE would be either IE 6 or 7, which I guess wouldn't hurt.

Your views would be appreciated.


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Hello - I have a DELL Dimension 4700 running WINxp w/ sp2 and sp3. The warranty ran out 12/19/08. The PC crashed today!

I want to repair windows from the disk. I boot from the disk and select R for repair. It asks what installation I want to repair and I select 1 - it is the only installation. Then it asks for an admin pw. I don't know this. I called DELL and they want $50.00 to fix it..., no options. It's the last DELL... probably the last PC...

Can I get around this somehow? I went into setup and changed the ADMIN pw to admin. Went back to the boot screen and entered the password.. It took me to a DOS prompt. I have not tried DOS since 1986.

Can someone provide some help... I would greatly appreciate it.

I did extract the HDs and I harvested all the files I need to another machine... a MAC!

Nonetheless, I would like to repair the OS without a reinstall if I can...

Thank you,

A:Repairing WIN XP

Pass on the first chanced to repair and proceed to the second . . These are good guides to performing a repair install


Unless you changed it the admin password is blank . . just press enter

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I go to surf the web and it says page not able to be displayed. So I try another page, etc, etc. I figured out that by repairing IE 5.5 it fixes the problem but it comes back. What would cause this ? BTW I am using Win 98 with dial up.

A:Why do I have to keep repairing IE 5.5?

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What is the best way to repair IE 6.0 with Windows XP Pro?

You used to be able to do this via the control panel/add remove programs, but it's not listed in there anymore

A:Repairing IE 6.0?

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Hi everyone!

I have been reading articles all over the place about repairing XP. I have certain problems such as my taskbar disappeared and Windows Sounds and Flash Movies Sounds not working. I have tried every method on the internet to fix this, but does not work. Although there is 1 method that kept being mentioned which I haven't tried yet because I'm not really sure how to do it. Anyways it said something about make sure the CD boots up before the harddrive? I have no idea what it means. It mentioned I have to configure my BIOS or something, and there was a list of options of what to do with what BIOS. Anyways I dunno what that means, but my BIOS is American Megatrends, Inc. .
I need more information on how to repair my XP with those information I have provided above. Please PM me or post here with more information on how to repair my Windows XP.

Mature Lamb

A:Repairing XP - HELP!

Hi what it means is that when you put your xp windows in the CD drive make sure that this is the first one to do this.When your computer starts up keep pushing up and down the delete button or if that does not work, then shut it down and push f2. A scree will come up in front of you this is where you need to go, on the first or second menu, scroll through that and you will come upon a list saying floppy, IDE, WHICH IS YOUR hard drive, or CD.Look at the different options of how to alter and save, make cd your first, IDE, Second, and floppy the third one. when you have altered them press f10 to save it will ask do you want to save changes n/y press y press enter, and your computer will now carry on as normal. Now when you come to install windows again PUT your disk in cd drive and it should now recognise it.I hope that has cleared up one or two points.

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My computer will not boot.
It says safe mode, safe mode with networking, start normally, but none of them work it just restarts the computer and brings me back to this screen.
So, I want to repair xp by inserting my disk to the computer.
I did this, but when i open bios, and go to the boot option, it does not give cd rom as an option, it says floppy disk drive, and two other options. I tried all of them, they don't work.
I also tried copying all of the data from my cd, onto emy usb.
When i turn on eh computer and open bios, it recognizes my usb! I chose my usb to be boot #1, exited bios, and saved changes.
When i restarted / booted my computer, it does not boot my usb, it says "operating system missing"

P{lease help, what am I doing wrong.

A:repairing xp

Your PC will not boot from the USB drive because there are no 'boot' files on that drive. The XP CD contains boot files sure enough but you can't copy those boot files to another drive by simply copying all the data from the CD onto the USB drive. Boot files cannot be copied like that. And with no boot files, your system will ignore the usb drive.

To copy everything including the boot code from cd to usb drive you need to make an ISO image of the cd, then burn that ISO image to your usb drive. You can do that with an app called "MagicISO" from here:

If there is no cd-rom drive available in the boot sequence options it probably means you need to fit a new cd-rom drive because the existing one has come to the end of it's life.
Either that or the option is there but you don't realise it. It may be called "DVD" or "DVD-ROM" in the BIOS if the drive can read or write DVD discs.

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Hi all,
Each time I right click on my favourites to place them in alphabetical order IE 8 seizes. I have tried Tools / Internet Options / Advanced Reset. I have also turned it off & back on again via Control Panel but the problem remains.

I have visited the Microsoft web site to try & download IE 8 to re-install it. I go round in circles, until I finally opt for downloading IE8 for Vista. (The only one I can find) When I try to install I'm told that my operating system does not support IE8 yet I'm running it!

Any sugestions please?


A:Repairing IE 8

If you already have IE8 it cannot be uninstalled or reinstalled. The best you can do is turn it off. That being said, go to tools>internet options>advanced>reset. The problem is most likely not IE8 but one of the add ons. My instructions will remove them. You can replace one byone until you find the problem.

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This post is in regards to two previous threads. I posted in the Hijackthis forum and it turns out that I probably do not have a malware issue. That post is here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...-symptoms.html

The original post, in this forum, is here: http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...-moved-xp.html

Here is a breif re-cap of the symptoms I've noticed:
1. When opening a folder, the system freezes for 15 seconds, then it is fine. Programs do not seem to have this problem, just folder windows.
2. XP's built-in .zip viewer tool doesn't work. I see an hourglass for a few seconds, then nothing happens.
3. Cannot use the Run or Internet buttons on the start menu. Instead, I get the message: "Cannot create shortcut here. Would you like to create a shortcut on the desktop".
4. My "send to" list after right-clicking is populated with only 1 entry (some 3rd party nonsense).

My belief is that I've got a corrupt explorer and maybe something else. An sfc scan asks for the XP disk to restore system files. Unfortunately, it asks for the XP discs, which did not come with my computer. I've tried to point sfc to my 386 folder, but that was unsuccessful.

I greatly appreciate any help you can offer.

- Kevin

A:Repairing XP

Do you have a recovery partition? What is the make/model of your pc?

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I downloaded support tools from my cd, but I don't see anything that will help me to repair my OS. If anyone knows what to do, please help me. Thank you.

A:Repairing OS.

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Hi, I have an Acer Travelmate and run IE 11, windows 7 64 bit. For the last couple of weeks every time I log on there is a message telling me I have " File system NTFS and one of the discs needs to be checked for consistency". I have run computer repair and checked all up-dates are installed.
As this occurs every time I log on there must be something fundamentally wrong but I have no idea what. I would really appreciate advice please on how to fix this problem. thanks very much.

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Hi, I have recently repaired my Windows 2000. After repairing Windows 2000, I did not expect that all my files and programs would switch places to other drives. For example, the VLC Media Player was once in G Drive. Now, it is in H Drive. Also, my disc drives used to be I and J Drives, but it is now M and N Drives. Is there any way to change everything back to normal as it was once was without having to change the Target location of the desktop shortcut? I personally liked how everything it was before. Basically, my question is how to change everything back to normal as it was before repairing Windows 2000.

If there's no way in changing everything back to normal, I guess I will have to make a backup of everything in each of my drives, delete the drives, and then start everything over again by partitioning it if I can although it will be really frustrating for me.

A:After Repairing

Normally it should change like that but I think the only way you have to get it back as before is to backup all your files and re-install windows with new partition.

But before doing that try to repair windows 2000 once more and if it is the same then re-install windows

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...,- I just refformated my PC because of virus. After formatting, while installing windows XP some problems occured like this "cannot install ethernet controller driver, and cannot install hardware"... After that the blue page appear saying that "If this is your first time to see this, try to check for viruses, run chckdsk... disable bios shadow.. etc.. I try installing windows xp again but the same problem occurs. Please help me, what should I do??

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How do i repair my IE? My yahoo isn't werking and they suggest that i repair my IE. I have xp home on my lap top. thx


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Hi there. I have a but of an unusual problem and perhaps this belongs in the hardware section.

Anyhow, after been away for a few days I turn on my computer and it tells me that I need to repair my XP since there is something wrong with the /system32 folder or whatnot.

I have the CD to repair, however my keyboard is a USB type and deactivates after the initial boot window, not allowing me to proceed from the "Hit any key to boot from CD device....".

I'm wondering if there is any solution to this short of going out and buying a keyboard that uses a standard keyboard connection.

A:Repairing XP help

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After repairing my computer from a display message that says "Windows could not start because the following file is missing
WINDOWS\System32\System" or something like that, i went through repairing it from a website. Then after, it had no sound even when speakers were plugged in, the LAN connection doesnt work and will not let me work it, the windows move slowly. I think I have to install some kind of drivers, can anyone help??????

A:After Repairing

What exactly did you "repair" and what website did you use to do it?

Were you experiencing any other problems before the failure to boot?

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Daughters computer K6-2 450, 64mb ram, win98SE.
Updated IE5 to IE5.5sp1 because she could not get online(e-mail worked).
She still could not get online and tried to run the IE repair in the control panel. She said nothing happened, the ISP tech told her to uninstall IE and reinstall it. I have asked her if there was any error message or just no responce.

What's the way to uninstall IE or will I just go back to the IE5?


A:IE5.5 sp1 not repairing

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I need help to repair my music CDs. I got a skip doctor to fix the bottom parts. I need to fix the tops of some of the CDs because the foil/laquer rubbed off. Is there a way to repair this? I looked on google but I couldn't find anything. REally useful to repair with. Anyone got some methods? I thought like nail polish but really got no clue. Thanks


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Problem with OE6. Can not send email. Message says my address is not recognized. Browser IE7. I went to add/remove programs and selected IE7. No repair option - only for removal. OE6 is not listed there. I opened OE6 and checked the properties and all is correct. I also uninstalled the account and re-entered it - no help.
This is what I get when trying to send email:
The message could not be sent because the server rejected the sender's e-mail address. The sender's e-mail address was '**********'. Subject 'test', Account: 'incoming.verizon.net', Server: 'outgoing.verizon.net', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '550 5.7.1 Authentication Required', Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 550, Error Number: 0x800CCC78

Any help appreciated

A:[SOLVED] Repairing OE6

The ultimate IE6 repair solution...

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Have you tried going through msconfig to reach these? start + access + run + type "msconfig" without quotes then click tools tab highlight system restore then click launch repost result plz.good luckdocunder General tab make sure selective start up is tickedNow I am having exactly the same problem outlined at http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/324815/repairing-a-windows-installation-without-normal-boot/. I have no wish to lose important customer data, but due to a number of reasons, I had not backed up recently.I can get to the cmd prompt in the Vista recovery environment, that's about it. I'm glad to hear this solution worked for Nitronick as I am in his position.But, call me thick, but I do not understand the phrase 'start + access + run'.Where should I be putting this in? I have no start menu, no safe mode, my restore points have vanished, as has my last known good configuration details. Basically my Master Boot Record has corrupted, or one of the drivers has corruptd (Safe mode boot stops at crcdisk.sys and then it restarts sending me in a loop).There has to be a way I can restore the mbr, and it sounds like this is it. Please explain your solution with a tad more detail please? You may well be a lifesaver here.I do have a manufacturer's (Dell) Vista CD, but again I also would prefer to avoid a reinstall.

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Im Having a problem reinstalling windows from the recovery cd rom that came with the pc. Im Running Windows XP SP2 On an AMD Athlon 64bit 3400mhz Processor witha gig of ram.
ive booted from the cd, selected to reinstall windows ( as apposed to using the recovery console by pressing 'r' ) agreed to the terms and conditions the i get a message saying none of my drives are recognised. there are 4 drives on screen and they are all coming up as 'UNKNOWN' so i am unable to continue with the installation. Please Can anyone Help!! Thanks again for your time!


A:Repairing Windows

I would disconnect all but one Drive,Check all connectors and try again.

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Hi all! Been a while since I've posted here. I've recently had some trouble with a video card in my kids computer. I finally found out that my old Geforce 4 Ti4400 (PNY) in there had a dead fan. I've since ordered a replacement fan and heatsink combo which should be arriving in a couple of days. My problem now is that I can't seem to be able to remove the old heatsink/fan off of the vidcard. I've already removed the pins from the 2 corners and the whole spring looking assembly also from those same two corners. The only thing I can think now that is holding it on is the thermal pad that was on there when I bought it (ages ago). I'm afraid that if I apply too much force to pull it off, I may end up damaging the GPU. Is that a possibility? Also, I need to know if anyone has any ideas for removing it. I've tried putting the card in the freezer, which didn't seem to work, but I'm trying it again and leaving it overnight. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

A:Repairing a PNY Ti4400

When removing a heatsink, twist it, dont pull it. Ive found its alot eaiser to remove the heatsink while things are a bit warm. (i took a blowdryer to get my old x600s heatsink off) Ive never heard of the freezer method, so i cant say if that will work.

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I am reinstalling XP on a favourite computer, I ran the installation CD and authenticated the installation, all fine . Ran the motherboard CD with various drivers booted up and got message "hardware significantly changed new authentification required. Did all that (by telephone as I am having internet problems. VERY laborious) Tried to boot up got message "Cant boot WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM corrupt try recovery console.
Put installation CD back in Pressed R worked my way to WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG> expecting to find further instructions but no. so I am stuck.
Can anyone tell me, with full syntax how I delete the corrupted file and get a new one from the CD.
I would be most grateful.
PS many years ago I received two manuals with a computer one on Windows 3.1 the other on MS DOS sadly I have have lost both books and in any case I have forgotten most of what I read

A:Repairing XP installation

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OK, I've found this several times on the internet, but no clear and thorough answer. I'm getting desperate. Here's the situation. I was on the internet, and all of a sudden it froze and wouldn't do anything, including bringing up the task manager when I tried to shut down the browser. I had no other option but to do a hard shutdown. When I tried to restart, I got the typical Windows did not shut down properly message, and chose to start windows normally. However, it went to a black screen and never did anything.

I hard booted again, and got a screen stating the computer did not start properly, and I could either run Startup Repair or start Windows normally. Startup Repair eventually took me to the unmountable boot volume error, while tryiing to start normally did nothing. I booted from my Vista disk and went into recovery to repair the system. However, under select an operating system to repair and click next, there is nothing listed. If I just click on the next button, I get the options as normal to run Startup Repair, System Restore, Complete PC Restore, Memory Diagnostic Tool, and Command Prompt.

So. Why is there no operating system to select under the select box? And if I do skip this and click next, which option should I be choosing on the Choose a recovery tool menu? These are the questions that aren't seeming to be clearly answered on other sites. From what I've gathered from researching, damage was done to a boot file when I did the hard shutdown. Please help, I ha... Read more

A:Repairing the OS/Booting

"unmountable boot volume error" often means hard drive issue.Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...ive+diagnostic)Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=Serv...ties#diagnosticNote : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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I didn't know quite where to put this and how correct (or legal) it is but I found this You Tube video that gives a reference link for for booting into Vista and as many do not have a rescue disk/s as such I thought it may be handy to have.

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Is repairing WinXP the same as installing a new windows but without losing any files or programs installed?

I want to try it but just to make sure is it safe? what happen to the recent updates to WinXP and other saves in System restore? can anybody tell me in details what will happen after repairing WinXP?

A:Repairing WinXP


It is always best to make a backup if possible.

The repair process if successful would leave your system settings and applications

intact. You will have to reapply the Windows Updates.


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Hi all
 My old PC has no USB on the Bios and the CD drive is not working. I have "Bootmgr is compressed". Can I put the HDD concerned into another PC running XP and not win 7, and repair the fault with the Win 7 CD ? I also have a seperate enclosure on my XP PC. 

A:Repairing Bootmgr

A " BOOTMGR is compressed " message is usually caused by a combination of the below reasons.
1. There is no hidden 100 MB "System Reserved" partition in the machine. If it exists, Windows will always use it as the "Active" partition and store critical boot file in it. Usually this small partition is only created if you do a clean install of Win 7 - re-partitioning the disk. If the disk is already partitioned in an earlier version of Windows, installer will simply installs the "Bootmgr" to "C:".
2. You compressed "C:" which in turn compressed all files including "Bootmgr". The bootstrap code which is used to start Windows don't have the capability of decompressing  files. As a result the bootstrap code will present you the error message.
Please try the below steps.
Connect the HDD as a slave drive ( USB enclosure/direct connection ) .
Identify the drive letter of slave drive's Windows partition. For our example , "E:".
 Open a command prompt and type the below commands one by one.
      attrib -s -h e:\bootmgr
      compact /u e:\bootmgr
If the above steps shows any error messages, post the exact messages or screenshots with next reply. Also a screenshot of "Disk management" window will be helpful.

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when I try to back up my files i get a Disk C: has errors. So I tried the disk checking method on the next reboot and it automatically cancels it before it starts. and it boots to my desktop so now i dont know what to do.

A:repairing computer

Use this to save all your important files:Ubuntu Live CD to back up files from your dead Windows

Then follow this guide to make a diagnostics CD to test the hard drive.

Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics for ISO (CD) not the one for Windows.
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. isoimageburner
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos.
Seagate, Maxtor & Quantum
Western Digital
If you have a Toshiba/Fujitsu hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.
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How or where do you repair IE in Windows 2000? We would either like to reinstall it, or repair it. For some reason none of the buttons on any web page works. We're guessing it's a java problem, but would rather just reinstall or repair IE instead of hunting down the java system. Thanks

A:Repairing IE in Win2000

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I just bought THIS video card on Ebay. I figure, if I can get this thing fixed for a minimal price, I just got myself a smokin' desl on a graphics card. He claims it was softmodded to unlock all 8 pipelines, which to me, makes no sense. The card would've had to be a 9500 non pro, softmodded to open up the remaining 4 pipelines, then overclocked to 9700 pro settings. I e-mailed him, asking him exactly what he meant by softmodded, if he even knows what's actually going on. What do you guys think? Good deal or no?

A:Will need help repairing 9700 Pro

It's sounds like you got the 9500 series. You're right, the 9700 already got 8 pipes. I'm guessing you might wanna try and flash it with a 9500 bios. And if it works, at least you got a working card.

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I have one more problem. My laptop that has Windows 8.1 wont boot to my operating system. it just gives me my manufacteres boot screen and that loading circle thing and it takes forever to load. once it loads, it either goes to the blue screen saying "Your pc ran into a problem and needs to restart" Or it will go into the safe mode screen which i've tried most of the options to fix my computer and none of them work my computer just continues to do the same thing. I would like to get back into my computer without having to buy a new hard drive or a new operating system. I've also tried posting my problem online and peoples solutions dont help.

A:Help repairing windows 8.1

Possible dying hard drive. You can use what is called a portable S.M.A.R.T. test to see if the hard drive is in fact dying.

No need to buy another copy of 8.

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i'm trying to repair my son's comp.,when i put in the installation disk to repair xp it promts me that it couldn't copy driver.cab,thentells me either to exit or skip, windows won't operate properly if i skip.decide to skip and while installing it prompts the file'asms' on windows xp home edition service pack 1 cd is needed.type the path where the file is located. E:\. what am i doing wrong?

A:repairing xp home

Your CD Rom drive might be D: at least until XP re-installs itself. Is this a XP Home CD with SP1 already on it or a Recovery CD? Does it give you an option to "browse" to the file?

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I have a HP computer that has XP Home w/ SP2. But winlogon.exe seems to be infected, taking up much memory or something, preventing the computer to act up to speed. So the computer boots up but takes FOREVER to do anything. So I've been trying to repair XP without deleting everything so that I can quickly back up my files and then uninstall Home and install Professional.
So I've tried repairing with a friend's slipstreamed SP3 Cd. I've done my research on how to do this but my computer is acting quite strange. I've been able to get to the Windows screen saying it's installing drivers and completing installation. But after it seems to be done, the computer restarts without warning. This reboot is never mentioned at this specific moment in many guides. The screen is supposed to change and say Thank You but I never get it. So after I reboot, I've both let the cd in and taken it out. Both times, the computer goes back to installing XP. It doesn't get any further. If I take out the CD, the screen goes to that part of the installation and asks me to put in the cd.

The first time I tried this about 2 days ago, I got an error saying that my CD was missing i386 or some file containing that phrase. But after that first try, I've never gotten that popup again. What am I supposed to do? I'm thinking of getting a different XP Home Cd because I would really like to backup my files.
Thanks in advance

A:Repairing XP Home that has SP2

Dude, you should probably get the CD that you originally installed Windows XP with and try it with that. If that's not an option, and you can't boot into safemode, you should find a Ubuntu CD and boot off of that. Then grab exactly 17 flash drives and start transferring the data off of the Hard drive, onto the 17 flash drives. That's what we usually at the Helpdesk.

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My Wife's Laptop Hard drive went belly up. It is a "Momentus 750GB hybrid drive. I moved it to my desktop PC and ran "7-data Partition Recovery" on it.

After several days and hours of work. I now have what appears to be the entire recovered HD approx 700GB of file data on an external Hard drive. I think the only files which didn't makeit were those that were trapped by my virus checker. I'll worry about those later.

My Question is: what's the best way to restore the physical drive sothat she'll be able to boot and run Windows 8 again? Of course I have no Win8 install disc, "Thank you very much Microsoft!" However Samsung was nice enough to send me a "restore disc" which will reinstall all the initial software (and included junkware!)
MY current path is to wait for the Restore CD use it to write over the existing HDD and then attempt to copy all the files from the restore directory on my external HDD to the laptop boot drive either the original (if it will still work) or a replacement if it is totally fried (cant be too bad, I guess, I recovered 700gb of data in 7 Partitions (Both NTFS and FAT)) .

Will this be enough to recreate her hard drive to just before the failure?

Is there a better way to proceed? Any gotchas I should be aware of like files being uncopiable, read only etc?? do I need to do something special with the partition's placement, boot records, MFTs, etc?? I'm not at all familiar with these aspects of window 8
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A:Repairing a glitched up HDD

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.

You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.

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