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    Is my computer dead?

    I was moving stuff around yesterday, and accidently unplugged the computer when it was on. Now when I turn it on, it won't start up, even in safe mode, and always ends up at a blue screen with the following:

    C0000218 registry file error \system32\config corrupt, absent or not writable. (something like that, I can't read my own writing now)

    I found a way into the diagonostic software (the screen seems to be enlarged so I can't see everything on the start up page), and it appears that everything on the OS boot is suffering from system memory failure, on the system board at DIMM_1 and DIMM_2. Hopefully all that makes sense to someone, as it doesn't to me.

    So is it dead? Thanks for any advice



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    My first instinct is to say "yes," but I'll wait for somebody more authoritative.


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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    My first instinct is to say "yes," but I'll wait for somebody more authoritative.
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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    It appears from the diagnostics that system memory- MATS and system memory March A are failed every test across the board.



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Can you pull the offending dimms out and see if it will boot without them? or is it all of them?


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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Can you pull the offending dimms out and see if it will boot without them? or is it all of them?
    Seems like 95% of the problem is with DIMM_1, and the other 5% with DIMM_2. Everything else appears to be passing. I'm assuming these are on the main board, and are easy to pull?



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Let me guess- a Dell?!



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    Seems like 95% of the problem is with DIMM_1, and the other 5% with DIMM_2. Everything else appears to be passing. I'm assuming these are on the main board, and are easy to pull?
    Yes they are easy to pull. Usually a tab on each side to push down on to release them from the board then just slip it out.




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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    I think those are the only two memory boards, as nothing happens when they're out except a bunch of beeping. So is this as simple as replacing both boards, or am I better off replacing the whole thing?



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Maybe swap the sticks and see if the percentages flip. Might help decide if its the memory or the board. Good luck.



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    I'd be surprised if just unplugging your computer would damage any hardware. To me, it sounds like a problem with your registry. Reinstall Windows.


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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    You could try these steps to recover the registry files as it appears they may be corrupted.

    How to recover from a corrupted registry that prevents Windows XP from starting



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    This is a software problem not hardware.



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    I appreciate the advice......what if I don't have a Windows start up disk?



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    Re: Is my computer dead?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    I appreciate the advice......what if I don't have a Windows start up disk?



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