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i keep plugging away at this problem. when i run chkdsk, it goes in a loop, where it keeps restarting, and i have to use last known good to avoid a hard kill. my computer has had this problem since i bought it from my neighbor about a year and a half ago. i was advised to run seagates hard disk diagnostic, which i did, and it passed all tests.
i initially asked for help with registry info, but having intermediate knowledge at best, i would welcome any help or advice i can get.
my computer is a compaq presario with 256 ram and xp.
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CHKDSK running every time he starts his computer

http://www.pctipsbox.com/checkdisk-runs-on-every-startup/

Click on the Start menu and open the run dialog.
2. Type "cmd" and return (without quotes)
3. Next type "fsutil dirty query <letter of drive that chkdsk keeps checking>" (for example, C:
4. If the returned message indicates that the volume is dirty, go to step 5
5. Next type "chkdsk <drive letter> /f /x"
If you get this below answer YES.
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? <Y/N>
6. After that finishes, repeat step 3.
7. If the volume is no longer dirty, reboot and chkdsk should not reappear.

The "fsutil dirty query" reports the current state of the flag.
"Chkdsk /f" forces Chkdsk to run whether or not the flag is dirty--- it's a way to ensure that errors are fixed, regardless of what the flag says.
"Chkdsk /x" goes a little further and helps ensure that any files that were left open get closed; it actually implies "/f" so you don't need the /f if you're using /x .
With either /f or /x, at the end of the run, Chkdsk should set the flag to clean
 

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ThorXP,
my fault.
i should have mentioned that i already tried that (both suggestions). with all that has happened i forgot. sorry.
i am going to try it again anyway. what the heck, it can't hurt. i just wish i knew of another way to get out of the checkdisk other than "last known good", but at least i can do that. i've tried checkdisk about 8 times now, and it's always the same thing.
thanks for the reply.
 

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If you have a Full Operating System on CD then you can try this:

1. Configure the computer to start from the CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. For information about how to do this, see your computer documentation, or contact your computer manufacturer.
2. Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, and then restart your computer.
3. When you receive the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
4. When you receive the "Welcome to Setup" message, press R to start the Recovery Console.
5. If you have a dual-boot or multiple-boot computer, select the installation that you have to use from the Recovery Console.
6. When you are prompted, type the administrator password, and then press ENTER (if none was set, leave it blank and press ENTER).
7. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /list, and then press ENTER. The entries in your current Boot.ini file appear on the screen.
8. At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file. For example, follow these steps to add a Windows XP installation to the Boot.ini file:

a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
[1] C:\Windows
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
Press Y hit ENTER.

b. When, you receive a message that is similar to the following message:
Enter Load Identifier
This is the name of the operating system. Type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER. The name is either Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.

c. When you receive a message that is similar to the following:
Enter OS Load options
Type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.

Take the CD out of the drive.

Type exit then press ENTER.

Note: The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
 

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ThorXP,
my fault again.
i don't have an xp cd rom.
i actually do have the recovery console accessible, and it's been tweaked in a way that there are few limitations, but it's probably useless without the xp cd rom. i think i have read that somewhere.
the fsutil came back as "NOT dirty". i don't know whether or not that is good. if it is not dirty could that be a problem?
there has been a new development in the chkdsk issue. i ran a chkdsk, and after it ran once through i caught it as it was counting down to run again and pressed "enter", it went straight into windows normal mode desktop. there was no need to use last known good. could this be because i downloaded .NET framework 2.0? i don't even know what .NET framework is or does, and i don't see why or how there suddenly would be a change to chkdsk that would allow me this out, this wasn't available before.
i know it's not automatically going to windows normal mode desktop like it's supposed to, but it's liveable. now i know that i can run the checkdisk with the benefits it's supposed to provide. using last known good provides nothing but a waste of time.
also, your link provides info about the registry that i will research. apparently the difference is a "\" (without the quotes).
you really know your stuff, ThorXP, i have read many articles about this and you repeated much of that info, and more.
thanks for the reply.
 
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