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#1 nigglesnush85

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 02:43 PM

Hello all,

My PC has some issues, need some help and advice.

Problem 1: every time I boot the system, it goes bios->windows loading-> a blue scvreen that says the following....\SystemRoot\Windows\System32\Autochk.exe program not found - skipping Autocheck. then it starts windows without any more problems.

Steps taken: the usual, AV Spyware etc scans. sfc /scannow. chkdsk, defragged. cant do system restore as there are no restore points.

Problem 2: I have 2 hard drives 1 which is C drive with system on it, the other is my backup drive. the backup drive seems to have disappeared,

Steps taken: restarted, replaced the cables checked to make sure the jumpers were in the correct place.

Thats it, I think.

Any ideas or thoughts?
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Alan.

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 03:54 PM

For the first problem, try this:

1. Go to Add/Remove Programs and ensure that Show Updates is checked.
2. Locate Windows XP KB824105 patch and uninstall it.
3. Reboot.
If that doesn't work, or if Windows XP KB824105 doesn't exist, try this:



1. Get your Windows XP CD handy and turn on the computer.
2. Boot into Windows as your normally would.
3. Insert the CD and navigate to X:\I386 where X: is the letter for your CD drive.
4. Copy autochk.exe from \I386 directory to your Windows\System32 directory.
5. Go to Start and click Run...
6. Type regedit and press <Enter>
7. Backup your registry as we may be making Registry changes. In the Regedit program go to File->Export to save a copy of your registry (you must give it a name and choose where to save it like any file).
8. Navigate to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager]
9. In the Right pane, ensure that the value of BootExecute is autocheck autochk * . If it isn't change it. If it doesn't exist, then create a new Multi-String Value named BootExecute and make the value autocheck autochk *.
10. Reboot. Post back as to the results.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 28 February 2007 - 04:00 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2007 - 05:16 PM

Well it looks good for the most part, the pc didn't have the update, the autochk file in the system32 folder didn't want to go quietly, I used unlocker to shift it to the desktop, it was 3kb larger than the one I replaced it with.

The registry entry didn't exist at all for some reason, so created it. looks good

thanks for the help.
Any idea about the hard drive
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:38 PM

Can we get some specifications on the errant drive? Make/Model # size IDE/ATA/SCSI? Details!

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 06:40 PM

it was 3kb larger than the one I replaced it with.



:thumbsup: that smacks of an infected file methinks. Have you posted a HijackThis log yet?


Did we solve the original problem with Autochecker?

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 28 February 2007 - 06:41 PM.


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Posted 28 February 2007 - 07:47 PM

How old is the the backup harddrive? It may have died on you.

"A coward dies a thousand times before his death. The valiant never taste of death but once." -William Shakespeare

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 10:36 AM

Hello,

yep the original problem with autochecker has been resolved, everything looks fine on that front.

Regarding hijackthis, I have used the tool, and disected my logfile myself several times with my good friend Mr. Paranoia and am 100% sure that there are no infections. plus, the hijackthis team seem to have a lot of work at the moment, I dont want to add to their load. I have also run virtually every anti malware AV spyware adaware scan known to the human race and they have all come back negative on infections.

Regarding the Hard drive, it is a 300GB Maxtor IDE it is acting as a slave in the number 2 slot. Most of my work has been archived to this disk. It is quite unusual as sometimes when I start the system it appears/works and other times it doesn't appear at all. the HDD is approk 1.5 years old if that.

Any help is greatly appreciated
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:08 PM

Try downloading and running PowerMax, Maxtor's diagnostic utility:

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?loca...000dd04090aRCRD

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 04:21 PM

Hello

I downloaded PowerMax and told it to run, that was a fun three hours :thumbsup: it came back and passed all the tests. ah well, any ideas?
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:19 PM

Go to the Device Manager (Control Panel->System then Hardware->Device Manager)

Expand the Disk Drives branch. Right-click on the malfunctionong drive and click "Uninstall". Click yes to any confirmations. Reboot. Windows should automatically detect the drive and install drivers (or prompt you to do so) for the drive. See if this helps.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:34 PM

Regarding the uninstall and reinstall of the HDD drivers, I have done that, it doesn't seem to have worked. every other reboot i can see the harddrive but it still dissappears every so often.

any thoughts?
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:37 PM

Have you checked Maxtor's website to see if there are updated drivers?

Also, have you contacted Maxtor's support department. It's possible that other customers have experienced similar problems and they have a solution. Is the drive still under warranty?

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:35 PM

I have just done a search for updated drivers and couldn't find any. i also did a bit of looking and no one seems to be having the same problem. I'm starting to think that the drive itself is fine and that my problem lies deep within the depths of windows.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:31 PM

Seems simple, but why not: Did you check to make sure all the cables are securley in? And if you can, try switching the cable and/or port and see if it does anything.

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Posted 02 March 2007 - 12:44 AM

Also, if possible, try connecting the drive to a different computer.




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