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#1 bvdaily

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 04:45 PM

So yesterday I was on my Dell computer (Vista SP2). Everything was fine, there were no problems or changes, nothing. I tried turning on my computer today and it stops at the "Windows Boot Manager." This is the message it came up with:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the case. To fix the problem:
1. Insert your Windows Installation disc and restart your computer.
2. Choose your language settings, and then click "Next."
3. Click "Repair your computer."

File: PCIIDEX.sys
Status: 0x00000e9
Info: Windows failed to load because a required file is missing, or corrupt.


[*Note I can't get into safemode] I tried everything I know to fix it with the original disc. I tried a System Restore, but unfortunately that was disable (I thought I had enabled), a Startup Repair (which found a problem but couldn't fix it), Windows Complete PC Restore (Which couldn't find a backup image). I also tried booting from the operating system on the CD itself and I got this message when trying to fix it:

C:\PCIIDEX.SYS is corrupt.

c:\windows\system32\drivers\pciide.sys is corrupt.

Error code:0x2


I even did a Dell Diagnosis which is installed by default on the hardrive and it came up with this error, but I don't even think it has anything to do with my real problem:

** Hard Drive - DST Short Test **
Test Results: Fail
Error Code 2000-0142
Msg: Hard Drive 0 - self test unsuccessful. Status: 79


If there is anything I can do or any step I can take please let me know. I tried searching all over for solutions but obviously I did not succeed with that. My only option left is to completely format my hardrive and reinstall Windows Vista, which I do not want to do at all. Thanks!

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#2 garmanma

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 05:40 PM

My only option left is to completely format my hardrive and reinstall Windows Vista, which I do not want to do at all. Thanks!

Kind of senseless to reformat and reinstall if your hard drive is getting read to fail
First run chkdsk f
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67612-ch...isk-chkdsk.html

Also go to the support site for the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their diagnostic utility and run that

Edited by garmanma, 30 September 2009 - 05:44 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2009 - 06:10 PM

My only option left is to completely format my hardrive and reinstall Windows Vista, which I do not want to do at all. Thanks!

Kind of senseless to reformat and reinstall if your hard drive is getting read to fail
First run chkdsk f
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/67612-ch...isk-chkdsk.html

Also go to the support site for the manufacturer of the hard drive and download their diagnostic utility and run that


Yeah, but like I said, that wasn't most likely the case, and it wasn't.

What I did was burned that specific file onto a disc and copied it via command prompt onto my PC, and it worked like a charm! Thanks for the help though.




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