Posted 14 June 2008 - 12:18 PM
Hi Guys, My wife has a Dell Dimension Desktop computer she bought back in 04 as a package deal.Since then it had to have a new Motherboard put in.A Biostar was put in it by a Technician.I was trying to get the Linksys USB adapter or whatever it's called I forget, to Connect to my Linksys Wireless-G Broadband router with SpeedBooster ,204 GHz, 802.11g.It is a DSL Connection we have used a long time.Anyway I shut my Router down,ie unplugged it,turned the Modem Embarq 660 Series off, and shutdown the power to my Computer and Monitor.I then turned the Power off her Computer.Not sure about the monitor.I think I left it on.Anyway the past week approximately I have not been able to do a Disc Defrag. on her computer.It says it had 11% free space but needed a minimum of 15%.I told my wife 5-6 times to get rid of a bunch of the You Tube music videos.She gradually removed some.I noticed yesterday before the following happened that her C Disc showed 17% free space.It still would not defragment.It said Chksdk /f. was scheduled to run.I could not reboot it even after trying to set it up under the option you can go to under Right clicking "Properties on the option to recover bad sectors and fix missing files,something to that effect.I would reboot it and it tried to do a Windows Disc check but kept saying it was canceled.Why I do not know .I did run Chkdsk f I think it was through the Command prompt before this and it did remove a corrupted file.But it stated something to the effect that f (fragmentation values I think it was were missing.I know she had a corrupted file a long time because Outlook Express 6.0 would only open up to the first minimized window that always opens but would not go any further.Well to get to the point.I thought some of this background info might be pertinent and it is I guess.I started My Modem back up to get back to where I was talkng about shutting everything down.I then restarted my computer, and powered the router back up then after all was back up I started het computer back up.It will nould not boot up.The Linksys light on the little unit/adapter was and still is not on.The only things it can be done is to press del to get to the Biostar Motherboard option.I click F7 to optimize defaults and F10 to save/exit.It WILL not Boot up at all.The following is the message it shows to the letter:Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM BELOW this it says:You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows Setup using the original Set-up CD-ROM select "r"at the first screen to start the repair.After trying to get it to reboot by all options I could try it came up and basically said the Motherboard Settings or CPU had been changed and it was set to the default settings.Why because the drivers etc, are missing I was told which was sort of what I thought.A friend of mine said the whole Windows would have to be set-up again and I was looking at about 6 hours work.I have tried her original Dell Windows setup disc to put in ServicePack 1A and the Biostar Drivers Disc,and every other disc nearly that came with the Computer.It would and will right now NOT do a thing.Nothing,0,zilche.I tried the Dell Resources CD.Everything.Even some Love One Care One Version 1.5 I think it was where you back up your data to CD.The new 2.0 version wants you to back up to a pc hub network,etc.No disc I tried in top and bottom drive will do nothing.Even the tiny local net disc we used when the system was first setup on dialup.IF there is ANYTHING I can do including re-installing a version of Live One Care 1.5 after it's booted up,that is if it can be booted up, to reload any of her data would somebody help tell me what to do.Is it cheaper to repair or get a new Tower/Computer.This one had 512 memory.I do not know if I cauded the lock up or if it was just overloaded,or had a corruptrd disc/file.It dosen't matter.If anybody can give me any suggestions I would truly appreciate it.I am disabled and will probably have to go the cheapest route.Thanks and God Bless you in advance.Sincerely,Heartbeat85 P.S. I hope I have not totally confused you people.