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Does anything seem out of the ordinary with my C:\boot.ini file?


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#1 bqm8751

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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:40 PM

Currently when I try to boot up my computer (xp) it makes it to the loading screen, but soon after just crashes. The blue screen displays "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGE_AREA". I am currently booting off of a linux cd and have been able to look at my boot file, which says the following:

[boot loader]

timeout=30

default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS

[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


I was wondering if there was anything that looks out of the ordinary in this file. I only have one harddrive btw. thanx in advance

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:12 AM

It looks normal.

PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGE_AREA may indicate RAM issue.

A. If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below. DO NOT proceed with memtest, if you can go with option A

B. If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, most likely, you have bad RAM.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:24 AM

ok, sorry, I didnt fully tell you every thing that led up to this. I heard that this particular error can be caused by bad hardware OR a change in the registry. Right before this problem started, I had created a file in notepad and saved it as "fix.reg" which saved it into the registry I supposed. I'm pretty confident that this is what caused the error, however, I am not sure how to fix this problem, since I have already searched for and deleted the file itself. Any help would be appreciated, thanx

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:32 AM

What was that "fix" for?
Did you try safe mode, last known good configuration?
Do you have Windows CD?

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:48 AM

I created the file to help remove this virus that i have that pretty much started all of my problems. Safe mode is really screwed and all it does is crash. I haven't tried last known good configuration yet and i do have a copy of the windows cd.

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Posted 01 March 2010 - 12:51 AM

I haven't tried last known good configuration yet

Go ahead then...

If that doesn't work, try system restore from recovery console:

If you have Windows XP CD... (if you don't have Windows CD, scroll down)

1. Boot from the CD.
2. When the text-based part of Setup begins, follow the prompts. Select the repair or recover option by pressing R:

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3. You'll find yourself at this screen:

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4. Once you are at the Recovery Console you will be given at least one choice of Windows installations. Normally the choice you want is the number 1 choice. Click the number 1 key at the "top" of the keyboard and click enter.

NOTE: at this point your numbers to the right of your keyboard are turned off. If you insist on using these keys for your numbers remember to hit the Numbers Lock key before clicking a number over there or your computer will automatically reboot and you will have to wait through the previous steps to get back to the console.

5. You will be given a message asking for the administrator password. Unless someone or something has messed with your computer there is no password so you just click the Enter key.

6. This will bring you to a prompt that says:

C:\WINDOWS>

7. Type:

cd \

Press Enter

Note: between "cd" and "\" there should be a "blank space" otherwise the command won't work

8. The prompt should now say:

C:\>

9. Type:

cd system~1\_resto~1

Press Enter.

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Note: If it gives an error "Access Denied" while accessing the folder, follow the method below

Type: cd \

Press Enter

Type: cd windows\system32\config

Press Enter

Type: ren system system.bak

Press Enter

(note the spaces between ren and system, and then between system and system.bak)

Type: exit

Press Enter

now the computer should restart, then follow steps 1-9


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10. Type:

dir

Press Enter

NOTE: When you hit enter it will list all the restore points folders like "rp1", "rp2" we have to see the last restore point to copy the file from a recent backup. If the restore points have more than one page then you have keep on hitting the key to view the last restore point folder.

NOTE: It is a good rule of thumb to choose the files from the restore point folder which the second to the last one.

11. Type:

cd rp{with the second to the last restore point number }

Press Enter

Example: cd rp9. if rp10 is the last restore point

12. Type:

cd snapshot

Press Enter.

NOTICE: Now the command prompt will look like this:

c:\system~1\resto~1\rp9\snapshot

Note : restore point 9 assumed for clarity of the content.


13. Type:

copy _registry_machine_system c:\windows\system32\config\system

Press Enter

14. Type:

Exit

Press Enter.

Final note : If the above procedure won't solve the problem, repeat all steps, but in step 13 type:

copy _registry_machine_software c:\windows\system32\config\software

Alternatively, select different restore point.



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Download Windows Recovery Console: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso
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Using Imgburn, burn rc.iso to a CD.
Boot to the CD...let it finish loading.
When the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears, press R to start the Recovery Console.

Follow steps 3 - 14.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:37 AM

9. Type:

cd system~1\_resto~1

ok, this might sound retarded, but I dont know what the symbol is for that squiggley thing "~". I thought it was the key to the left of "1" but when I type that in and press enter, it says access denied.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:54 AM

ok, this might sound retarded, but I dont know what the symbol is for that squiggley thing "~". I thought it was the key to the left of "1" but when I type that in and press enter, it says access denied.

Note: If it gives an error "Access Denied" while accessing the folder, follow the method below

Type: cd \

Press Enter

Type: cd windows\system32\config

Press Enter

Type: ren system system.bak

Press Enter

(note the spaces between ren and system, and then between system and system.bak)

Type: exit

Press Enter

now the computer should restart, then follow steps 1-9



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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:08 AM

Thanks Andrew :thumbsup:

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