You might want to consider removing the hard drive from his system and attaching it to a working system, then check out some things. If you can read the files on that drive, consider copying off anything he would not want to lose. Also, check to see if the drive has very little free space, since that could be the problem. You may also want to run the drive manufacturer's diagnostics on the drive to see if any errors are found.
I removed the drive and installed it in another PC as a USB / External drive.
I ran Super Spyware and MS Essentials on it (removed a couple items, but nothing significant). I also ran an XP Tools\Error-check on it (took forever to complete).
Anything else that would be suggested?
Unfortunately, when I re-installed it back in the original PC and attempted to boot it up, the PC is now emitting some kind of error tones (I think it was 3 long beeps, but I'll have to check again).
I ran out of time last night, so I 'll try again when I get home tonight.
Any idea what the beeps are about now??
... the PC is now emitting some kind of error tones (I think it was 3 long beeps, but I'll have to check again).
Just fixed a Vista eMachine that was doing the same thing today ... three beeps and then 'nada' (nothing, no boot). A quick search on Google led me to believe the three beeps might be a RAM problem so I unplugged the two 1GB RAM modules, switched slots, plugged 'em right back in and it booted right up. (?!) Ran Windows Memory Diagnostic and everything appeared to be OK. Don't know what caused the problem, and don't really care. <shrug> Customer's happy.
White Label drives are ones that have failed in the field and have been repaired at a facility other than the original manufacturer's. The law and original manufacturer then require that the repair facility remove or hide the original manufacturer's label and replace it with one of their own. Thus, the repair facility applies a "White Label" over the original label to hide it from view. These are basically re-manufactured/repaired or re-certified hard drives. They may very well not be new or unused. Some of the Calvary branded external hard drives have MediaMax labeled hard drives in them.
I stupidly bought a 2TB white-label WL2000GSA3272 Mediamax 3.5 inch hard drive for $110. The price per byte was good, but the hard drive was the worst driver I ever bought. I generally purchase approx $200 to $400 in hard drives per year (for last 10 years). This was the largest single drive I bought. As soon as I emptied 5 other drives onto it (1.3 TB), the drive died. I heard that Western Digital made this drive for a generic OEM, but the WD Data Life Tool software said it is not a Western Digital drive and would not work! I tried Seagate, Maxtor, and 5 other hard drive software utilities to try to bring it back to life. Nobody's SW would work on it. I think it's because they changed the model from a WD2000... to a WL2000GSA when they made it. This keeps ALL hard drive SW from recognizing it and performing any repair operations on it. I found one SW that will scan for bad sectors, but it's been running for 4 days and has 13 days left! NEVER BUT THIS CHEAP NO-NAME DRIVE! If you look for support, you will not find it (not even on the MediaMax website!). I just lost several years of data that I spent days of my life to acquire, format, organize, etc. I'm trying to recover the data from my original 5 drives, but I cut the files instead of copying them.. Oh well... In future, all 2TB+ drives will have to be cloned in RAID.
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If you look on the back or sometimes the side of the computer you'll find a white tag with some numbers or even numbers with letters, this is called the Service Tag. If you post those here, we can find exactly what that model Dell your friend has. From googling what you posted, it seems this computer is a GX model but there are several of those and with the tag number, we could find exactly which one.
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back at it tonite.
I ran another check of the HDD in another PC and it checked out with no errors, so I re-installed back in the original PC and rebooted, same error "Stop: C0000218 (Registry File Failure)"
followed your directions Broni. no luck there either.
rebooted with xPUD CD 4 times:
first 2 times, received a message "searching for restore points.... please wait", then it locked up
3rd time, it rebooted, but no .log file on the USB (I checked from xPUD that the rst.sh file was on the USB (sdb 1 drive)
4th time, same as the first 2
I don't want to spend much more time on it. Is there a way to get his iTunes stuff off and back it up?
I can reformat and re-install XP, but he asked me to save his iTunes (for the record, I HATE iTunes)
Intel® Pentium® 4; design provides for future Dell-supported upgrades.
Level 1 (L1) cache
Level 2 (L2) cache
1 MB pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back SRAM
400 & 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
small form-factor computer: 2
small desktop computer: 4
desktop computer: 4
small mini-tower computer: 4
mini-tower computer: 4
128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, or 1 GB non-ECC
dual-channel: 256 MB
single-channel: 128 MB
small form-factor computer: 2 GB
small desktop computer: 4 GB
desktop computer: 4 GB
small mini-tower computer: 4 GB
mini-tower computer: 4 GB
Data bus width
Address bus width
BIOS chip (NVRAM)
400 & 533 MHz
integrated network interface with ASF 1.03 support as defined by DMTF.
Capable of 10/100/1000 communication:
Green — A good connection exists between a 10-Mbps network and the computer.
Orange — A good connection exists between a 100-Mbps network and the computer.
Yellow — A good connection exists between a 1 Gb (or 1000-Mbps) network and the computer.
Off — The computer is not detecting a physical connection to the network.
integrated Intel Extreme Graphics or PCI Express x16 DVI video card
AC97, Sound Blaster emulation
16-bit analog-to-digital; 20-bit digital-to-analog
small form-factor: one serial ATA controller supporting one device and one parallel Ultra ATA/100 IDE supporting two devices per channel with one channel
small desktop: one serial ATA controllers supporting one device each and one parallel Ultra ATA/100 IDE supporting two devices per channel with one channel
desktop: two serial ATA controllers supporting one device each and one parallel Ultra ATA/100 IDE supporting two devices per channel with one channel.
small mini-tower: two serial ATA controllers supporting one device each and one parallel Ultra ATA/100 IDE supporting two devices per channel with one channel
mini-Tower: two serial ATA controllers supporting one device each and one parallel Ultra ATA/100 IDE supporting two devices per channel with one channel
PCI Express 1.0a
PCI: 33 MHz
SATA: 1.5 Gbps
USB: 480 Mbps
PCI Express x1: 5 Gbps
PCI Express x16: 80 Gbps