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Happy New Year - hope yours is starting off better than mine!
I've been running XP Home on this PC for more than a year. Stopped working yesterday - no new software or hardware recently installed.
When booting from hard disk, get error "... missing or corrupt windows\system\config\system."
If booting from CD, I can get a few different messages, all before reaching the setup menu:
"Line 1 of the INF file \i386\txtsetup.sif is invalid"
"File \i386\vgaoem.fon could not be loaded. The error code is 7"
Blue screen ... "Stop 0x0000007B ..."
The system won't start in Safe Mode under any option.
I've been running McAfee and don't file trade, so believe that boot sector virus is unlikely.
Am wondering about motherboard (Asus) or physical memory? I have two hard drives and the system won't boot from CD no matter which HD is connected (only one is bootable, but would have hoped the CD boot would at least get to a Setup menu using the other hard drive).
I've tried resetting the BIOS to default values with no success.
Any ideas? I don't have a bunch of spare parts to swap out and next stop will otherwise be the local repair shop.
It appears that you might have a boot sector virus, even though you didn't want to hear that! At least according to Microsoft, that is the number one reason why you might receive such an error message. There are other reasons however. To learn more about the Stop error 0x0000007B click HERE.
Happy New Year to you, too!
Edited by Albert Frankenstein, 03 January 2006 - 11:16 AM.
ALBERT FRANKENSTEIN I'M SO SMART IT'S SCARY!
Currently home chillin' with the fam and my two dogs!