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brainwave89
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Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

I have xp media center edition 2005 on a Dell xps 400.
When I boot I receive the following message:
windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\windows\system32\config\system

it keeps on giving me that message and I can't access safe mode - blah.

when I try to boot of the xp cd I get to where it says it is starting up and I get the following bsod:
windows has suffered a critical error (or something close to that)...
stop: 0x0000007B (0xf7caf524, 0xc00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot off of the os disc.

 ok, so I nuke and formatted the hard drive and I run into the same exact issues.

I then put in a hard drive I never had issues with. It already has xp on it and I have the same exact issues.

I will guess it is hardware related but what hardware could be the problem? Your suggestions would be

appreciated on how I can resolve this problem.

Ok,

 

 

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Davet50
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Is you XP disk a Dell or non Dell disk?

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brainwave89
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Dave, it is a non-Dell os disk.
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Davet50
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Your issue is that you need to load the sata drivers first. Go Here and download the driver. Extract itas it is a self extracting zip file and place it on the root directroy of a floppy disk. If you do not have a floppy drive you can try a USB or flash drive but there is not much suscess reported with this way. The only other way would  be to slipstream them into the install disk.

When the prompt to load drivers press F6 comes up then you need to load the SATA driver.

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brainwave89
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

 

Thanks Davet50.

 

If I find my xp pro dell disk would that prevent from loading any sata drivers?

 

Cheerss!

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Davet50
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Yes they would already be on the disk.

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johnstonkw
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

I am having a similar problem with my XPS 400. When mine loads, I get an error screen that says the vlume is dirty. It then automatically runs CHKDSK which stalls on step 2 (verifying indexes). I have tried to run it in recovery console with the same results. I have tried to perform a repari install of XP from the boot disk and it stalls at 25%. I am not sure what else to do. I need to get a lot of files off of the drive. Is it possible to either install an additional hard drive, load windows on it, and access the other drive. Or, is there any way to read that drive with my Dell XPS M1330 laptop?

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brainwave89
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Johnstonkw you can boot your computer using Knoppix. Go to this

to get the software. Hopefully, you can then hook up a external hard drive to your computer to back up 

the necessary information.

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johnstonkw
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

Can you explain a little more how it works? The website was not very descriptive other than it is linux based. How does that let me get to the files on my XP hard drive?
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brainwave89
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Re: Can't boot, can't access safe mode, can't boot to a xp cd

I feel your pain. Booting off the Knoppix cd allows you to see the contents of your hard drive. When you put a

usb flash drive or an external hard drive (whatever the connection may be) it can see that also as long as the 

format of the drive is FAT32. Then it is a matter of copying the files you want and pasting them onto your

storage device of your choice.

There are few steps you still need to do that I haven't explained. I would be happy to tell you about them

if you send me a private message with contact information. I will assume this can be accomplished in this forum. 

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