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ecache.sys is corrupt/vista won't boot properly


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#1 kaylacox

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 07:24 AM

Okay, I seem to be making progress in fixing my computer. (I started a topic here, but now it's more of a Vista problem than an internal hardware problem) For a while it wouldn't recognize my hard drive. Now it will, and I can even get as far as the recovery console.

Basically, I can't get Windows Vista to boot properly. I get to the recovery console, but after running startup repair, it says it can't automatically fix itself and gives a list of errors. (I'm not currently in front of that computer, but I do remember signatures 5 & 6 were corrupt.) [NOTE: It doesn't find any restore points, so I can't do system restore. Memory check finds no errors. I can get into DOS, and I've tried everything I know to do from there.]

It also gives me a message saying that ecache.sys is corrupt.

I've run chkdsk on C: multiple times, and it's like the errors it fixes keep coming back. it also can't send stuff to the log because of an error 50.

I've looked at DISKPART, and my C: drive which is the OS, doesn't have "boot" in the info, but PQservice does have the note "boot" under info.

I've run bootrec, but it doesn't find an operating system on my C:.

Can anyone help? I'm usually pretty good at fixing computers, but this one has me completely stumped.

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Posted 11 October 2010 - 06:43 PM

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...ive+diagnostic)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.
For Toshiba hard drives, see here: http://sdd.toshiba.com/main.aspx?Path=Serv...ties#diagnostic

Note : If you do not know how to set your computer to boot from CD follow the steps here

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 09:24 PM

Ran Datalifeguard, didn't find my hard drive. But yet I can see it when I run DOS, parted magic, etc.

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Posted 12 October 2010 - 10:18 PM

Does the Datalifeguard display any info?
What is the message?

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:18 PM

Well, I finally just gave up, and instead installed Ubuntu on here. I sit here at my desktop typing this even as we speak. So far, my husband and I are loving Ubuntu.

Thanks for trying to help everybody. I guess it was just a horrible windows problem. My hard drive appears to be fine.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 01:31 PM

Linux has a way of makig bad hardware work by de-allocating bad sectors and what not from being accessible.

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 06:58 PM

That's the really odd thing, cryptodan. Every time I ran chkdsk, it never found any bad sectors..Most of this stuff is waaaay over my head, so I'm glad to have a workable solution :huh:

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:25 PM

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