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Old 04-01-07, 10:45 AM   #1
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Hey you sexy computer people, I think I borked my computer...

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STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure**
The registry cannot load the hive (file):
\SystemRoot\System32\Config\SOFTWARE
or its log or alternative.
It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.

Beginning dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete.
Contact your system administrator or technical support for further assistance.
This started lastnight. Turned on my computer and it shows up immediately after the Windows boot-up screen. Resetting my computer, it went to the option screen of Safe Mode, Last Good Configuration, or Normal Mode. Any option I chose goes to the above quoted blue screen.

Is there anyone here who has seen this or can translate it for me?

EDIT: Uhhhh, yeah. I figured I'd try google, too, and found this. Printint it out right now. I'll have to read it on the road (at work, right now). If anyone has anything to add that this might miss, then please do so. Thanks.
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Old 04-01-07, 10:47 AM   #2
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scan down a little ways

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822705
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Old 04-01-07, 10:56 AM   #3
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Assuming this isn't a joke for April Fool, any ID9, 11 or 15 event logs? I had a similar failure a couple of years ago after I overclocked the cpu too high (Who'da thunk you couldn't overclock a PII chip 35%!) and fried it. I got this screen on boot just before I heard a sharp crack and the PII chip literally exploded! Before anyone flames me, I was playing with a salvage computer, seeing how high I could clock it before failure mode.
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This started lastnight. Turned on my computer and it shows up immediately after the Windows boot-up screen. Resetting my computer, it went to the option screen of Safe Mode, Last Good Configuration, or Normal Mode. Any option I chose goes to the above quoted blue screen.

Is there anyone here who has seen this or can translate it for me?

EDIT: Uhhhh, yeah. I figured I'd try google, too, and found this. Printint it out right now. I'll have to read it on the road (at work, right now). If anyone has anything to add that this might miss, then please do so. Thanks.
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Run the chkdsk command from the run tab feature selecting the full version 1 - 5 the complete check. You should do periodically anyway.
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Old 04-01-07, 11:05 AM   #5
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Assuming this isn't a joke for April Fool, any ID9, 11 or 15 event logs? I had a similar failure a couple of years ago after I overclocked the cpu too high (Who'da thunk you couldn't overclock a PII chip 35%!) and fried it. I got this screen on boot just before I heard a sharp crack and the PII chip literally exploded! Before anyone flames me, I was playing with a salvage computer, seeing how high I could clock it before failure mode.
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Sexy, huh?

I don't know about that.

Anyway, that sounds like a CPU problem.

Like the time I overclocked my Intel Core 2 Duo e4300 Allendale from 1.8Ghz to 3.35Ghz on air.
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Well, I got a little trigger happy and just did a fresh install. Computer works fine now and all my important files were backed up to an external drive. Well... except one. Seems I never backed up the text file I had my wireless network key written on (I'd lose a paper version... heh). This wouldn't be a problem, because when I did the install, I selected the option to back everything up to another folder. However, when I try to go to My Documents and Settings for the backup (where the text file is), it tells me the folder is not accessible. Is this normal? It doesn't even give me a chance to enter a password.

And, of course, I can't access the router's configuration directly because I was sneaky and put a use name and password on there. Guess where that user name and password are written down...
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No. That's where I keep all my important phone numbers. Keep guessing.
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Well, I got a little trigger happy and just did a fresh install. Computer works fine now and all my important files were backed up to an external drive. Well... except one. Seems I never backed up the text file I had my wireless network key written on (I'd lose a paper version... heh). This wouldn't be a problem, because when I did the install, I selected the option to back everything up to another folder. However, when I try to go to My Documents and Settings for the backup (where the text file is), it tells me the folder is not accessible. Is this normal? It doesn't even give me a chance to enter a password.

And, of course, I can't access the router's configuration directly because I was sneaky and put a use name and password on there. Guess where that user name and password are written down...
Try right clicking on the folder - If you are on a fresh xp install you will have to go to windows explorer and tools -> folder options -> View Tab -> (scroll down to the bottom) and uncheck "use simple file sharing" and hit apply and then okay

Then go bak and right click on the folder and click on properties -> Security tab
Click advanced and click on the "Owner" tab . Select your username (assuming you are an admin and try to retake ownership of it)
Okay your way oout of there.

If you're on vista the instructions are basically the same - it's just filled with 20 or 30 allow/deny dialogs
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Try right clicking on the folder - If you are on a fresh xp install you will have to go to windows explorer and tools -> folder options -> View Tab -> (scroll down to the bottom) and uncheck "use simple file sharing" and hit apply and then okay

Then go bak and right click on the folder and click on properties -> Security tab
Click advanced and click on the "Owner" tab . Select your username (assuming you are an admin and try to retake ownership of it)
Okay your way oout of there.

If you're on vista the instructions are basically the same - it's just filled with 20 or 30 allow/deny dialogs
Groovy. I'll do thing when I get home. Thanks, TG.
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It sounded like a hard disk problem to me. The machine was trying to load a file and could not. Possibly because there is physical damage to your hard drive. How old is the drive? Did you reinstall Windows on the same drive? You may want to consider a new one.
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It sounded like a hard disk problem to me. The machine was trying to load a file and could not. Possibly because there is physical damage to your hard drive. How old is the drive? Did you reinstall Windows on the same drive? You may want to consider a new one.
It's a laptop I bought in mid 2004 and I haven't changed out the drive. So far, the reinstall hasn't given me any problems.

If the drive is damaged, would Windows try to reinstall over the bad sectors or does it block them?
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I believe it would ignore bad sectors and you may be fine. On a reformat the OS will map bad sectors so it knows about it in the future. But do realize you may be operating on a bad drive so back up often. If you run scandisk it may tell you that you have bad sectors(it's been a while so I don't really remember) And I think you may even be able to repair bad sectors. In reality probably a lot of drives out there are operating with bad sectors but keep an eye on it.
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It's a laptop I bought in mid 2004 and I haven't changed out the drive. So far, the reinstall hasn't given me any problems.

If the drive is damaged, would Windows try to reinstall over the bad sectors or does it block them?
Usually if your hard drive is borked, the windows installation takes forever and a day and then some and often times won't complete. It would never hurt to use caution, however - always backing up stuff properly and occassionally running the chkdsk and disk defragment once a month to ensure something doesn't happen
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Hmmmm... since I'm working with a fresh install, anyway, might as well just get a new hard drive. I'm still planning on upgrading the ram, too. Photo editing on 512MB is a bit tedious.

Assuming I can find a compatable hard drive, would there be much of a performance gain if I went to a 7200 rpm drive (current is 5400)? All my large files for editing are already on an external (8MB cache, 7200 rpm).
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