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Can't boot normally, Safe Mode will boot, then usually last known config works

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#1 Fredex


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Posted 16 August 2010 - 12:16 PM

I can boot into safe mode then (usually) last known good configuration will boot normally. I've found several threads on topic with varying results.

Dell Inspirion 530 32bit
Vista Home Premium SP 2

Problem began after a boot up resulted in all short cuts on desktop shrunken in size, a later boot scrambled their order as well. launched windows also became erratic (not launching in full size and in various placements on screen.)
After fiddling with resolutions and font sizing options to no satistactory end, began re-boots. Generally after the load bar and vista logo/chime I'd get a blank/black screen. Sometimes with

I tried various options in safe mode, repair showed nothing. System restore did not fix problem. Last good config usually (but not every time) would result in proper boot, but still have
sizing issues.

Video drivers checked as ok.

I ran MacAfee and Malwarebytes no problems

Don't know if this is related, but I seemed to have developed upload issues after "upgrading" to IE8, which never seemed to be quite right. During this process I've gone back to IE7, but still can't upload (I'll put this to a separate topic).

Here is a BSOD file following instuctions from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...hl=boot+problem
Dump File : Mini081510-01.dmp
Crash Time : 8/15/2010 10:44:16 AM
Bug Check String :
Bug Check Code : 0xc0000218
Parameter 1 : 0x8ce64dd8
Parameter 2 : 0x00000000
Parameter 3 : 0x00000000
Parameter 4 : 0x00000000
Caused By Driver : ntkrnlpa.exe
Caused By Address : ntkrnlpa.exe+cdb8d
File Description : NT Kernel & System
Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company : Microsoft Corporation
File Version : 6.0.6002.18267 (vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Processor : 32-bit
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\Mini081510-01.dmp
Processors Count : 2
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 6002

looking up that driver didn't seem to find any help focusing on only one issue.

Any help would be appreciatted.

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#2 AustinTerry


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Posted 16 August 2010 - 03:59 PM

Do you have your Vista CD, or can you boot into the recovery console?

Try this link...

Dell Vista Repair

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 04:09 PM

or if you have your OE Vista disc...

Startup Repair

kind of the same thing... but 2 different ways to go about it...

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