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Old 04-23-2006, 12:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Computer will not boot


when I try to start my computer, I get the following message:
Windows cannot start because the following file is either missing or corrupted
System 32\DRIVERS\pci.sys

It then goes on to say I should try to repair using the windows xp cd. and press "r". Which I tried, I ended up at this repair counsel which was worthless.
I then tried going into safe mode and got the same message.

I think this may be a hardware problem because the same thing happened about 2mos ago. At that time, I assumed it was from a virus, so I just reformatted the disk and started from scratch. I don't want to do that again!

But , for some reason, even though I started from scatch. It always took a long time for the computer to boot up. 5-10 minutes. during the boot sequence a row of white rectangles would appear at the bottom of the screen and slowly fill in as a solid bar until finaly windows would appear. I should have taken the cue that all is not well in kansas. But noooooo! I was just happy the dam thing worked. So here I am same problem as 2 mos ago.

I read about in this forum about a person who had a very similar problem. One of the suggestions was to purchase a new hard drive and install windows on that and use the old hard drive as a slave so I can retrieve the data on it. This would be the way to go if it is a hardware problem to begin with. Can sombody here tell me from what I discribed if it is a hardware problem. It seems the computer was having problems loading data from the hardrive. Could it be in
the motherboard? Or the hardrive?

Thanx and please help

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Old 04-23-2006, 07:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well the recovery console can help. You just have to copy the pci.sys file off the disc into the Windows/system32 directory. But that might not solve your problem.

You could try to do a Repair install.

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Old 04-23-2006, 09:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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do a repair install
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Old 04-23-2006, 02:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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befere I go through with a repair install I would like to try to replace the file using the recovery counsole. I know how to get to the counsole, I just don't know what comands to use to find and install the corrupt file.

I have a 2002 oem version of windows xp. I don't remember a repair install feature on it. Would I have to purchase a newer retail version to do this?

And once again I ask, does anybody know what could cause my computer to take so long to boot up in the first place? Even after I did a complete reformatting?

Thanks for the replies
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Old 04-23-2006, 05:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Try this
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:53 PM   #6 (permalink)
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tried using the commands on the llink and got a "access is denied"

Step #3 said I had to give an administrator password? I never had the computer set up with any passwords, so I did not enter any. Is there some kind of password I have to enter?

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