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Seem to have lost RPC

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#1 Rob the doctor

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 12:56 PM

Hi Folks,

I've been running XP Home SP3 on an Athlon XP 4000+ for a while now with relatively few problems until a windows update on Friday.

Following this, which didn't appear to have anything controversial in it the whole system has gone a little crazy. Initially it was dropping out and restarting as soon as windows loads while still loading all the usual gubbins that's on my system. It was also complaining about not having a valid boot.ini file.

Safe mode loading hung at Mup.sys, which I'm pretty sure isn't likely to be the culprit and ultimately it took a manual registry roll back from in the recovery console (after running check disc and finding no problems).

Now I find myself in the situation that the system will load in normal mode but RPC will not, the system will restart pretty quickly if I don't set RPC errors to being ignored. sfc /scannow finds a couple of errors but with SP3 installed and an SP1 original CD I'm not getting much joy with repairing those (have tried downloading and extracting developer versions of the service packs into c:\i386). Pretty much anything I know of that will allow me to interrogate the system won't run without the RPC.

Safe mode still hangs at Mup.sys.

The boot.ini file did indeed appear to be entirely absent and replacing it removed the error but still doesn't get things back to normal.

Checked for viruses using an online checker, nil and had run a virus scan the day of the problem which was clean. The blasterworm checkers are clean too.

A repair install of windows hasn't changed anything.

I've considered that it may be hardware but switching out memory modules doesn't change anything and pretty much anything else would require buying new parts for me to test.

Anyone know of anything else that I can try?

Thanks in advance.


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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:00 PM

Have you tried doing a System Restore to a date before the problems started ?

Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore.

BTW, Are "gubbins" programs ?
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 02:40 PM

Aye, system restore doesn't change anything.

Gubbins were things like messenger, zone alarm, avg. Not a lot else on startup.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 04:17 PM

You can use nLite to slipstream a proper XP CD (with SP3 installed)...and then run sfc /scannow or do a repair install.

nLite, http://www.nliteos.com/download.html You will also need to install MS.NET, which is near the bottom of that link.

You cannot do a repair install of a system at SP3 level...with a CD that only goes through SP1. Better to do a clean install and update properly, if you insist on using that CD.


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