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Registry error forcing continuous reboot


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#1 tomreidwilson

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 10:07 PM

Hi everyone!
It has been a while since I've posted to this amazing community. If anyone has any suggestions regarding my problem, I would greatly appreciate some help (hoping not to take my comp to the shop :s ).

Here's the deal:

- I run XP on my 3 month year old home-build pc.
- Everything was running fine last night. I shut it down before I went to bed.
- Today I went back on and it booted but froze at my desktop. I could not right click, ctrl alt del, open the start menu, access icons, etc.
- I rebooted a few times but nothing fixed the problem.
- I rebooted in safe mode, seems to be okay...
- Now whenever I reboot I get the following error: "One of the files containing the system's registry data had to be recovered by use of a log or alternate copy. the recovery was successful."
- After about 30 seconds of seeing this error, the computer reboots itself-- rinse, wash, repeat.

Registry errors scare the living bejesus out of me... so, any thoughts before I send this badboy into the shop?

THANKS! :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 11:09 AM

Sounds like you need to repair the MBR
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058
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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:59 PM

What do you think I should do when I start recovery?

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:27 PM

Oh yeah, and the weird thing is that it runs fine in safe mode (the same error comes up), but the system does not reboot.

Mark, would you recommend running a program like this: http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-boot-r...lilo-fixmbr.php
?

Thanks! I'm feeling this isn't as scary as I once thought... But still, registry freaks me out. :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:37 PM

I have no knowledge of that application, so I couldn't give you an opinion one way or the other
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 04:12 PM

Thanks Mark.

So does anyone know what I should be doing at this point? Is there a registry fix I can do? Diagnostics? etc...
I'm just at a loss and google searching is not giving me much.

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 05:49 PM

<<One of the files containing the system's registry data had to be recovered...>>

Seems like 100 posters have 101 different ideas of what's going on (using Google).

I would try running chkdsk /r (Start/Run...type chkdsk /r (with space between k and /)...hit Enter. When onscreen message appears, type Y in response and hit Enter. Reboot and let the command run to completion, system will reboot when command is completed.

As for fixing the registry...forget that. Chkdsk runs through all files/registry entries. If it cannot fix what is wrong, there are other things to try.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Registry

Did you look at the links provided by Garmanma?

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 07:20 PM

Hi Louis!
Bleepingcomputer wins again. :thumbsup:
I'm now able to boot normally- a new error message pops up, however. It does not, however, seem to be affecting the performance of my computer at all.

The new error message is as follows: "The system has recovered from a serious error". The error signature is as follows:
BCCode : 51 BCP1 : 00000004 BCP2 : 00000001 BCP3 : E19AC0A8
BCP4 : 00035D20 OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 256_1

Error report contents are as follows:
C:\DOCUME~1\Tom\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERb86d.dir00\Mini062109-01.dmp
C:\DOCUME~1\Tom\LOCALS~1\Temp\WERb86d.dir00\sysdata.xml

Any suggestions about how I can resolve this?

And, once again, thank you thank you thank you thank you Louis and Mark!!! :flowers::) I can play oblivion again. ;)

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 09:00 PM

Seems to be a driver issue...I'd make the video driver the prime suspect (just because video drivers seem to cause so many problems).

I would uninstall the current drivers...and then install either drivers from original CD or updated drivers from website.

I'd also do a check of Event Viewer errors, in hopes of finding clues. There are all sorts of drivers that could be responsible, but the video drivers are a good place to start.

http://forum.soft32.com/win3/XP-Home-Versi...opict90821.html

You might also see if you have a .dmp file relative to your situation. If you do, consider following the procedures outlined in Help Diagnosing BSODs And Crashes (BC) - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/

Louis




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