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Old 06-14-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Okay, So my roomate's laptop which is on Windows XP Proffessional started acting funny. Yes it does have Service Pack 3

It seemed like a problem that could be fixed with a Defrag, but Defrag wouldnt work.

So I tried Disc Check and it didnt work.

For the heck of it, I tried Disc Cleanup, and it freezes instantly and doesnt work.

It would be easy enough to fix if there was a restore point in System Restore, but for some reason that program hasnt made any restore points. ( go figure)

I have been working on this computer, trying every defrag and disk check fix I could find. Including all the command prompts, regsver32, installing new components, everything. Still no go.

More specifially, for defrag my error is: "Disc Defragmenter could not start"
It doesnt work when defrag c: is entered into Command Prompt.

I finnally got disc Check to respond by using command prompt and telling it to schedule a check for the next start up, but it didnt work. When the computer starts up I get a error like "Disc check cannot be used on RAW files" for a split second.

Starting the computer in safe mode doesnt make them work either.

Is there anything else I can do? Or do I just have to wipe everything and re-install the OS?

Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2009, 07:08 PM   #2
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I would first run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )
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Thanks =)

The computer is a Toshiba, and I have tried that, and the hard drive Passed under it's diagnostic utility
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I should mention, I'm worried Service Pack 3 could have something to do with it ( possibly ) so at the moment I am trying to re-install it to see if that fixes the problem
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re-installing the service pack did nothing =(
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Yeah . . not likely to be SP3 . . You could do a repair install . . the applications and data should not be effected, but you will loose service packs and windows updates

This is a good guide to performing a repair install

https://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Thanks a bunch, I'll definately try that =)
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