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Safe mode hangs at drvmain.sdb


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#1 Eyesee

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:27 PM

Dell Dimensions GX270 system with XP SP3

I worked on this system last week removing AV Security Suite or a variation thereof
Cust said the system worked fine last night.
Black screen today when booting normal or last known good configuration
Safe Mode hangs at drvmain.sdb

I have not seen this before and am not finding anything helpful on Google
Anyone have any ideas?
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:38 PM

I tried googling drvmain.sdb I came back with a lot of hits regarding this file.

Please allow me time to further research this file and what its relationship is to the system functioning normally.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:45 PM

Here is a link I found from microsoft with some hopefully helpful solutions. http://search.microsoft.com/results.aspx?m...mp;x=6&y=17

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:50 PM

I have two copies of this file on my system...one at C:\Windows\AppPatch, one at C:\Windows\System32\dllcache. Creation dates of 14Apr08.

I cannot tell what the file is supposed to do but it appears to be a database file.

Some info on file extension, http://www.fileinfo.com/extension/sdb.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:53 PM

Thanks Bruce!

I saw that already. Not very helpful
I saw on another forum that Windows will recreate the file if renamed.
Am looking for confirmation on that as I might try it

Odd that this happened all of a sudden. Nothing unusual occured last night
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:54 PM

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Are the file sizes the same?
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:56 PM

Yes, 10KB :thumbsup:.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:59 PM

I saw on another forum that Windows will recreate the file if renamed.
Am looking for confirmation on that as I might try it


If this procedure is tried I strongly suggest making a system restore point and backing up the hard drive, I know the back up is a time consuming procedure, been there many times, trust me on that, but those back ups are a total life saver when things go wrong.

Once the proper precautions have been taken to recover the system in the event the deletion or re-naming of this file makes the computer non-bootable, I would give your idea a try.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 03:01 PM

I also saw that suggested at one of the forums where a potential rename/recreate scenario was discussed regarding this file.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 03:07 PM

Cant make a restore point as this is a no boot situation

I am going to try a rename and copy the one from the dll cache, if present, here in a bit
Will post back with results
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 03:14 PM

No wonder I am getting grey!!!


I know the feeling, which is why my cat Oreo's picture is on my profile and not mine. LOL :thumbsup:

Actually computer trouble-shooting is a hobby of mine, I almost always think of it as a computer quest adventure game, it helps to make it a more fun, enjoyable hobby, and does not allow stress to be a part of the game.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 03:58 PM

No joy renaming the file
Wasnt another one in the dll cache folder

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 04:11 PM

Some Windows files snafus...can be overcome by reinstalling SP3...safe, no risk effort. done without using Windows Update.

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 05:02 PM

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Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:08 PM

Update:

XP fails during the copying files stage.
Now I am wondering if I may be dealing with a bad HD
Am running chkdsk /r overnight

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