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XP Laptop hangs on 'Windows XP' screen?


buel

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Hi, My 5 year old XP laptop hangs on the blue 'Windows XP' screen and does exactly the same when i try to start in safe mode, also the same in 'Last Known Good Configuration'. I do have an OEM XP CD.

Please can i have some/any tips as to what to do?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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If boot sequence stop at one file *.sys, it doesn't mean there is problem with THAT file.

It could be problem with driver which follow last shown driver.

Plug drive into other machine >

go to \windows\system32\drivers folder on bad drive and check, if there any *.sys file with 0 length. make a note of them delete.

then copy a good version of the file either from the XP CD or same folder if your good machine is using XP.

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buel

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My GOD you're good!!!

I'll get on it.....

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buel

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Ok, it is connected.

Please can i ask you to clarify what you mean by '*.sys file with 0 length'?

What does '0' length mean?

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buel

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Ah, you mean 0 bytes.

Im afraid no .sys files have 0 but MsftKernelRimSerial_01007.WDF and two other similar ones have 0 bytes?

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buel

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Would it help if i copied all the .sys files anyway either from the CD or another XP laptop i have?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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I don't have that one but I do have 3 files MST....

with 0 bytes

so I suggest they aren't the problem so leave them alone.

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buel

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Rightio.

Please dont hate me for trying but i am trying to be proactive so i searched about for the same problems and someone cured there's by, quote, 'Same problem and I fixed it restoring pciide.sys from cd and deleting an empty file .sys (0 kb) in windows\system32\drivers.'

from this link: http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp/906381-safe-mode-boot-stops-isapnp.html

Worth a go, Fruit bat?

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Ok if no files with O byes

put it back in the laptop and try to boot into safe mode again and tell us exactly which file it stops on.

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buel

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Im on it....

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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you could check file sizes against same files in a known good machine and copy the good file over.

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