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Autochk program not found


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#1 Chris4835

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 03:08 PM

This is a Windows XP machine that I got from a friend. After his son downloaded some music driver, or whatever. The computer would no longer boot. The original message was: HAL.DLL file is missing or corrupted. So we ran the Windows XP recovery Console, from a new XP CD and that error is gone.

But now we got another error message: Autochk program not found, skipping autochk. But the computer only keeps on rebooting forever. And it will not boot in safe mode either.

I found one solution? on the Web about editing the partitions, it has 3 partitions on the hard drive, with Powerquest's Partition Table editor. But it shows that the partition is bootable. Does anyone have another solution. Unfortunately he doesn't have a recovery CD.

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 03:35 PM

Most often problems of this sort are caused by hard drive issues (although it can be missing files or Windows corruption).

I'd suggest trying FIXMBR and FIXBOOT in the recovery console (answer yes when it asks if you're sure).
Beyond that, I'd suggest a bootable hard drive diagnostic - usually available from the manufacturer of the hard drive. There's a list of the most common ones in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

If that doesn't show/fix the errors, then I'd have to suspect a Windows corruption - and without a Windows CD of the appropritate type, chances of fixing it are slim.
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Posted 18 October 2008 - 03:39 PM

IMO, worth reading: http://www.windowsbbs.com/windows-xp/46438...-not-found.html

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Posted 18 October 2008 - 04:26 PM

Thank you very much usasma, for the quick reply. I'll try one of the hard drive utilities. Then I'll let you know.




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