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Vista - Can't boot normal or safe


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#1 funkyavocado

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 01:46 AM

I can no longer boot my laptop. It's running Vista Business SP2. I'm pretty sure I know what I did. I tried reinstalling the Realtek audio drivers ... didn't reboot like it asked me to... then decided to uninstall them from the device manager since I wasn't sure I had the right version... then rebooted and am now in an endless loop.

Both regular boot and safe mode put me in the same spot "Startup Repair". That fails with this:

"startup repair cannot repair this computer automatically"

Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386.6.0.6000.16386
Problem Signature 03: 6
Problem Signature 04: 1507351
Problem Signature 05: BadDriver
Problem Signature 06: BadDriver
Problem Signature 07: 3221226017
Problem Signature 08: 1
Problem Signature 09: WrpRepair
Problem Signature 10: 0
OS Version: 6.0.6000.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033

I try all 4 system restore points and that fails with "The system cannot find the file specified. (0x80070002)"

I tried chkdsk with no errors

I tried all of the above off of the harddrive and off of the vista dvd

I tried copying the driver files into system32 and windows from an identical machine with working drivers from the command prompt

I'm currently backing everthing up to an external drive expecting to have to wipe and reinstall, but I would love it if someone had a suggestion on something else I could try.

Can I prevent windows from trying to load those drivers? I found this program called pcregedit that allows you to boot into linux and edit the registry, but I'm not sure where to look in the registry.
If it is a driver issue, I don't understand why I can't use system restore though.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 07:42 AM

Just a clarification...you ran the chkdsk /r command?

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Posted 31 October 2010 - 11:31 AM

yes




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