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#1 brndn0422

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 05:31 PM

My toshiba laptop is running windows xp but when i try to turn it on it says Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys How do i fix this problem without a startup disk?

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 07:09 PM

Hello... There is a Microsoft fix here for you to try.
To resolve this issue, use Recovery Console to replace the Isapnp.sys file.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315311
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 09:16 AM

You can download the Recovery Console (an .iso file) and burn it to disk.

But I don't believe that you will be able to follow the instructions in the link supplied by Boopme...because that link assumes that D: is an XP install CD, complete with XP install files.

But I've been wrong before...and it's worth a try. If you run into problems, post back and someone will try to figure out how to overcome such.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 02:10 PM

i tried the link but i don't have the setup disk. is there anyother way?

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 04:20 PM

The CD is not the only place those files are stored...there should be copies in any service pack folder on the system.

I myself find 4 copies in the following locations:

C:\Windows\System32\drivers
C:\Windows\System32\dllcache
C:\Windows\ServicePackFiles\i386
C:\Windows\$NTServicePackUninstall$

The last one appears to be the oldest (2003, 35KB) and is slightly smaller than the others (2008, 37KB).

I would try the fix provided by Microsoft...but substitute a different file location for D:. Since it is the file active in the drivers folder which needs to be replaced, I would copy one from either the dllcach folder of rthe i386 folder...where the fix suggests copying from D:.

Not sure that would work (never had to do such) but it's worth a try.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 12:48 PM

i should have said earlier i cant even use my toshiba at all i have been using my desktop for to write this forum. so how would i copy the file to a disk

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 03:18 PM

Perhaps your best "plan" would be to borrow a Microsoft XP install CD...use that with your valid license key...and attempt a repair install.

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Posted 19 July 2009 - 03:34 PM

I'm with Louis.
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Posted 20 July 2009 - 12:38 AM

if i can't find one through my friends where else can i look for one?

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 01:28 AM

If you cannot find one in a store you can probably buy one at softwareoutlet.com. Just do a search for Windows Xp on their site

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Posted 20 July 2009 - 05:29 AM

My toshiba laptop is running windows xp but when i try to turn it on it says Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: system32\DRIVERS\isapnp.sys How do i fix this problem without a startup disk?

My first suggestion would be to enter the Windows Advanced Options Menu (by tapping F8 after pressing the ON button) and and using the option "Last known good configuration that worked" .... several times, if necessary. I am not particularly optimistic, in this case, though.

My second suggestion (a sure-fire method) is to either ...

Use a Linux based OS (there are many options to choose from here ... Ubuntu, Knoppix, or make your own with Bart's PE Builder***500MB - my preference, and see links below, etc) that will run from a bootable CD, and simply copy/paste to replace the original file that is either missing or corrupt. This involves a download of something like 700MB, and burning an .iso file to CD, and if you use Bart's PE, you need an XP installation CD, and burn the CD using your desktop computer.

some info: http://www.windowsdevcenter.com/pub/a/wind...07/Bart_PE.html

Bart's site: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

OR ...
Take the hard drive out of the laptop and attach it to your desktop computer and use the desktop's OS to do as above. This method may not be convenient for you if you do not already have to necessary hardware on-hand.

Oh yes .... not forgettng a possible third option ....
First, on your desktop, copy/paste the file you want to a floppy (from the ServicePackFiles location).
Use a CD to boot into Recovery Console, on your laptop.
Copy/paste from the floppy to C:\Windows\System32\drivers
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