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my comp stays on all day and night, I came home one morning and the computer was off. I opened her up and powered on to notice the power supply fan was barely running.i figured that caused it to overheat and shutdown and then read online that a slow psu fan is a sign of a dieing power supply. Keep in mind i fired it up and noticed the fan going slow but everything loaded fine and went to desktop. I ordered a new power supply from newegg.com a Thermaltake 430w. When i first started up with the new power supply it went to the windows load screen and just stayed there so i shut down. I then powered up again and get the windows error screen (black and white screen asking to start in safe mode or normally) I choose to run normal and ever since i get a windows/system32 corrupt or missing. Only solution i can find online is to repair using the XPcd, which i dont have. Any help or ideas? :smilie_sc
 

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To proceed with a repair, any XPcd will work, including the OEM versions. Just to repair. You can make a copy of the CD without breaking any license terms, as long as you have the license for your computer.
If the situation comes to the point you have to reinstall, I normally use BartPE. Great tool to get into systems that are not booting.
 

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I doubt booting into safe mode will help.

Who knows what is missing in the system32 directory. Just hope and prey that only the system32 directory got trashed and not the registry and such.

Also not every XP disc will work. If you have XP home installed it will not like using a XP Pro disc and vice verse. Also a few OEM copies will not like 3rd party hardware. I tried using a Dell OEM disc once for a repair job on custom built system and got a error about some hardware GUIDs not matching up.
 

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Our office receives between 6-8 a week with similar problems. Sometimes the user does not have a clue which version they have installed. And we do not have every single CD for every manufacturer or OEM version. So, for basic repair, any XP CD will allow you to go into recovery console and run the CHKDSK /P

The CD is only used to boot, and the tool is taken from the Windows folder.

In most cases, the reported corruption of files in the SYSTEM32 folder is just some mismatch between the file and security attributes.

OEM CDs will cause problem is you are running the Windows Repair, not the recovery console.

Black screen errors normally happen before the registry is loaded. BSOD are usually related with later stages.

A couple of runs of CHKDSK /P on the recovery console will do.

As a side note, many of our customers say other shops just reinstall Windows without caring for their data. Nice, right?
 

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thanx for all the info...i'll probably end up going in halfs with a friend on a new xpdisk. right now my 60$ craigslist computer is holding me over.
 

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heres what happened>

my comp stays on all day and night, I came home one morning and the computer was off. I opened her up and powered on to notice the power supply fan was barely running.i figured that caused it to overheat and shutdown and then read online that a slow psu fan is a sign of a dieing power supply. Keep in mind i fired it up and noticed the fan going slow but everything loaded fine and went to desktop. I ordered a new power supply from newegg.com a Thermaltake 430w. When i first started up with the new power supply it went to the windows load screen and just stayed there so i shut down. I then powered up again and get the windows error screen (black and white screen asking to start in safe mode or normally) I choose to run normal and ever since i get a windows/system32 corrupt or missing. Only solution i can find online is to repair using the XPcd, which i dont have. Any help or ideas? :smilie_sc
You know that the FAN in the PSU can be replaced with a 80mm case FAN. If that PSU fan fails then the PSU will get hot and shutdown. Now that you had ordered a new PSU and and that works. But now XP doesn't bootup because something got corrupted in the OS this happens. You can download Bart PE to replaced the corrupt files or just re-install a new copy of XP.
 

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do i download bartPE off of limewire...any links and does it cost? thanks
 
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