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#1 JohnCe

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 01:27 PM

My brothers lads have been playing with the keyboard on his Dell Dimension 3100 ( XP home edition SP2, 512 Mb ram, 80 GB serial ATA Hard drive, ) and now it will not boot at all.
The BSOD codes are OX.OO-- ED, OXC,OOOOOO6, OX,82375E58, .
I have spent a lot of time trying to find out about this - but can`t figure out if downloading a boot disc for XP will help or even if it will work on a dell computer as the Recovery Consol may not be in the XP file!
My brother was not supplied a system restore CD, would my own XP Media Edition one will be of any use?
A pointer to a site for a solution ,that can be used from a CD drive and full instructions, would be most welcome if possible please? Regards JohnC.

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Posted 26 March 2008 - 04:19 PM

You can download the recovery console from here:

http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/rc.iso
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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:10 PM

I loaded the above file to a CD and tried it tonight.
I put the disc in the drive and turned the computer off then on again.
Safe mode came up, so tried last known good configuration - the XP screen appeared for about 5 seconds and then the BSOD.!
Same thing happened on all the scenarios from safe mode.
Does this mean that I have to tell the computer to boot from the CD drive?
Regards JohnC.

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Posted 27 March 2008 - 04:15 PM

Yes, but you'll also have to use an ISO burner to burn the file to a CD. The file comes in a special format that requres it to be burned to a disk in a certain way. I like this free tool to do it with: http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

Just follow the instructions there for creating the CD. Then put it in your CD drive and restart the computer. As the Dell screen comes up, press F12 in order to get to the boot menu. Select your CD drive and press Enter to boot from it.
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Posted 29 March 2008 - 08:54 AM

Tried for a couple of hours last night - ended up on the hard drive diagnostics page!

Spent an hour looking for commands this morning on my machine - popped round to my brothersplace, typed in CHKDSK /P and after remembering to take out the recovery disc - away she went!
I left after leaving `Bleeping Computers`on bookmarks for Him, getting rid of an anoying anti-virus programe and downloading AVG.!
Thankyou Budapest/usasma. Regards JohnC.

Edited by JohnCe, 29 March 2008 - 08:55 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:12 PM

FWIW: chkdsk /p does not result in anything being repaired on a system, it's a read-only command.

Either chkdks /r or chkdsk /f will result in repairs being made, with the chkdsk /f functions also accomplished by chkdsk /r.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb491051.aspx

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:50 PM

I`ve just checked my notes for yesterday Hamluis and I ran CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption - but couldn`t get the thing to boot then. Thinking about it now I probably tried to boot with the CD still in the drive - but can`t tell from my scribbles! Thanks for the correction. Regards JohnC.




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