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#1 wizardofaus

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 07:06 PM

I turned my machine off as normal this afternoon.

When I went to restart it literally nothing would happen - it could not find a drive.

I put the hard drive from my machine in my wife's computer (unplugged her CD ROM and put the hard drive on the 2nd bus) - checkdisk ran. There were a load of missing bits of files.

When the computer eventually started I ran AVG spybot and adaware on my disk and found nothing.

I then put the drive back in my machine, started it and it went into a cycle of XP flash page - blue screen - error msg - restart. The error msg was "lsass.exe. an invalid parameter was passed to a service or function" This would have continued all afternoon if I had let it. The machne wouldnt startin safe mode, nor would it revert to an earlier version.

I checked on the net and found : http://www.askdavetaylor.com/lsassexe_syst...ot_windows.html

I did the replacing the security file thing as mentioned.

Now, when I start my machine it stalls just before the password box comes up, showing a msg that starts" when trying to update a password...." I cannot read the rest, the msg disappears too fast

I have tried putting a new hard drive into my machine and doing a fresh install of XP, but it's a dell machine and the dispaly setting just wont change from VGA. I guess its a propreitary driver thing....

Any ideas? I have saved all of what I HOPE is the stuff I need of the drive, but I cant see a way of getting my machine to boot.

It wont start in any mode except off the CD, or in VGA mose off the "new" drive

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 08:01 PM

I guess that I don't understand the bit about the "VGA setting", but let's move on.

I guess that I don't understand why you could not run chkdsk from your own system. You do have an install CD, correct?

In any case, I suggest that you download a manufacturer's diagnostic from the website of the hard drive manufacturer...and start eliminating/confirming suspects. Run the long test.

Can you access the system BIOS? If so, change the boot options to reflect the CD-0 drive as the primary option (before attempting to run the XP CD). If using a floppy for the hard drive diagnostic, change the boot option to reflect the floppy as first option.

This is a desktop, right? Manufacturer/model?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:15 AM

Its a Dell, so no install disk

I couldnt run checkdisk from my own machine because my own machine claimed to have no drives attached at all, so went straight into blue screen.

I think I hav eit OK, except for not being able to get as far as the password. It certainly loads OK

Is there a way to reset the password having the disk in another machine?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 08:46 AM

Negative on resetting password in another system.

The hard drive is geared to have the settings of your system...so the only way that you can change system files/settings for that install...is to boot into that install (which you cannot do on another system).

I believe that recovery CDs are available from Dell, at a small cost. IMO, these are well worth the time/effort/money it takes to acquire for a system where the owner does not have a MS install CD.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:25 AM

OK

So I put in a spare drive I had and did a clean install of XP

So far very minor problems assciated with setting up email etc etc etc.

However, AVG is now saying that lsass.exe wants access to the internet.

I cannot work out why, and after my previous problem am not disposed to grant it

Does this mean I have an infected lsass.exe? I have run search and I have 2 instances:
C:\WINDOWS\system32 size 13.0 KB (13,312 bytes) size on disk 16.0 KB (16,384 bytes)
C:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache

Both show dates of 2004
I assume these are OK, but I cant understand what is making lsass want to connect.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 08:49 AM

On my XP Virtual Machine, lsass.exe will access the network using ntoskrnl.exe - and all requests that I've got are for local addresses (192.168.x.x or 127.0.0.1) My version info won't help as it's from the SP3 beta

Here's a link with more info about lsass.exe: http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/Services/IPSEC_Services.htm

lsass.exe can be exploited by the Sasser worm - but if you've got SP2 that vulnerability has been patched.
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