pc shuts down at boot-safe mode

February 17, 2005 at 00:39:44
Specs: win me, 933 mhz

My pc automatically shuts down at boot, but will allow me a restart with safe mode access afterward. I know this is probably a virus. Prior to this, exactly prior, a program came with an abandonware game I downloaded, I think it was called shock(not shockwave) Anyway, I didn't click on it, and my avg scanner didn't read it as a virus(updadted to the new version a day before, shut down and restarted fine), but it was the only other file in the .zip. The game was steg the slug, if that matters. Any suggestions?

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February 17, 2005 at 01:06:12

If you can boot into Safe Mode, then you should be able to run a manual virus scan.

You can also run MSCONFIG and in the Startup list, locate any new program added to the startup programs. You can try isolating the ones you think were just added. Normally they will be near the end of the list.

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February 17, 2005 at 05:04:55

Thank you so much for the quick reply. I have made quite a bit of headway into the problem. It has to do with the system.ini file. Disabling it allows me into windows. The virus scanner detected nothing new, and I have been able to rule out selective startup by trial and error. Is there anything I can do about system.ini?

I'm really grateful for this forum, and for the help.

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February 17, 2005 at 05:10:55

See if Microsoft site can help you


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February 17, 2005 at 12:19:41


You can manually restore a previous 'System.ini', with a known good one.

Or, as you said, this all started after this game issue. So, if, if you can uninstall it, start there. If that doesn't correct the problem, we could roll-back the registry {which also restores a good system.ini}

Also, could do a System Restore, before it was installed.

As I said, you can even manually restore, an archived system.ini file. {The ones that are archived with the registry. Either by a registry back-up, or by a registry back-up by system restore}

Could even modify/correct the existing system.ini That, might, might be more involved, then you would like to get.

One way, to restore a previous registry. Start the computer in safe mode.{can also be done in Normal mode} Then, Start, Run and type this;

scanregw /restore

Press Enter

Now, choose a date, before the problem happened, and has the word started by it. I think it will be explained to you, as to what actions to take. So, I won't give a long explaination.

Let us know, which way you would like to proceed, and we could lend a hand. You could even paste a co........ nevermind that for now. Let us know, what your plans are. And if you need help with it.

Good Luck,

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February 17, 2005 at 13:37:20

The game is long gone, I hope to never see it again. I can't move back to a system restore point, for some reason either.

I'd like to either replace the system ini file, or manually change it(although I'm not sure what that entails). I looked into scanregw, and it just prompted me to back up my system .ini file. It came up as having no errors, but that usually doesn't mean anything.
I began to follow the instructions for editing the system ini file at bootup, but the instructions linked to were for win 98 and left me confused at the first step. I couldn't get to the command prompt using f8, at least not with windows me. I'm also wary of using win98 instructions with an ME os. Should I try to follow the win 98 instructions?


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February 17, 2005 at 14:22:22

I'm not sure if this will help, but this is my system ini file.


mouse=*vmouse, msmouse.vxd




[Password Lists]

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February 17, 2005 at 14:30:06


"I looked into scanregw, and it just prompted me to back up my system .ini file. It came up as having no errors, but that usually doesn't mean anything."

First, that's;

scanregw /restore

not just;


If you didn't have/use the "/restore", all you did was, checked the registry and made a new backup. You didn't roll-back the registry, to a previous time.

Before they may get lost/overwritten, let's make copies of the archived system.ini files, ok. Somewhere in your computer, make a new folder.{name it what ever you want} In that folder, make five(5) new folders, named one(1) through five(5).

Now, Start, Run, type;


Press Enter

A window will open, and in that window will be things named rb00*.cab {the * will be replaced by a number} Right-click one of these, and then click Explore.

In what opens, in the right-hand side, you will see a system.ini Right-click this system.ini, and then click Extract. With what shows, navigate to the folders you made and put it in folder one(1) {highlight the folder and click OK}. Close that explorer window, and repeat the steps, with each rb00*.cab Putting each system.ini, in its own folder.

Once that's done, copy the folder you made, to a floppy, for safe keeping.

If you didn't use the "/restore" part, in the run. Try it again, and see what happens. Do this, after you've backed your system.ini files up, to a floppy, ok.

Forget about the other instructions, for now.


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February 17, 2005 at 19:44:53

Ok, I've followed your instuctions up to your last post, and my pc at least looks the way it should. Desktop, images and sounds all working fine. However, I cannot load web pages(dialing and connection are fine), run my virus scanner, or much of anything else. Its just running at a very rudamentary level.

Also, I still have my system.ini file disabled through msconfig. Enabling it just starts shutting down the pc at boot all over again.

When all this is done with send me your snail mail address. I'm sending you some homemade cookies. You are really helping me out here. I cannot thank you enough.

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February 18, 2005 at 10:23:41

Hello greenhalomagica,

"I'm sending you some homemade cookies."


Seriously greenhalomagica, it's not fixed yet, and I know someone that would either get them before I did, or give me, not a verry good look, for eating them. Thanks all the same. Your generosity, is dually noted.

I can't believe, you just turned down cookies. I think you need to go see a doctor.
^^Comments, from my stomach^^

Back to the problem at hand.

The system.ini files, I had you back up. How do they compare, to the one you're using now? {similar, same}

What virus software, do you use, and was it installed after the date you chose to roll the registry back to? (recent)

Do you use any spyware removal software? (e.g. Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, ect.)

You can connect to the internet, but, all pages give an error? yes-no, and which eror. So can pi..

I have to do something right now. I'll come back and finish this later. Some more system.ini you possibly have, are....

Start, Run, and type;


In that window, you will have >cab's, that start with RG Extract a system.ini out of one of those, with a date, before the problem...

I really have to go and I'll check back and finish helping

Don't proffread to hard ;-)

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February 18, 2005 at 13:29:57

I'll compare the system ini files(i guess by just opening them and comparing the two?), but like I said I have the msconfig set to disable the system ini. If I just delete what isn't in the old one, will I be able to replace the switch back to the pervious ini files?
The internet connection just reads every page as "...com could not be found. Please check the name and try again." Dialing, connection and everything else seem to work. Since this restore we did, I can't open avg or a handful of other programs. They bring up messages about kernel 32 errors.

My virus software is avg, and ad-aware is what I check for spyware with.

Also, I forgot to mention that I had six ini files in the directory you told me to backup. The last one was dbad.ini or something similar. I backed it up in case I needed it too, but should it even be there? I remember you said there would be five.

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February 19, 2005 at 08:50:51

My problem is fixed!
I had inadvertantly removed some aspect of dial up networking, or winsock. This could also have been caused by a virus, or it may have been removed accidentally by a spyware removal tool. Anyway, If anyone else ever has this problem(internet connection but unable to use a browser), search for Winsockfix for win98, 95, or winME. Another version, Winsockxpfix, is also avalible for windowsXP. Both programs are freeware and are self explanatory in thier execution. Thanks again to everyone who helped me.

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February 19, 2005 at 10:54:18


Glad to hear you got it all sorted out. When duty calls, have to answer, sorry about that.

Good Luck,

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February 22, 2005 at 00:37:45

I had almost the same problem on exactly the same day, also with WinME, but in my case in normal startup mode accompanied by a message that the computer could not restart because of an error in GDI.exe and Windows had to be reinstalled. I tried everything I could find on the net about GDI.exe (which is quite a lot, also at Microsoft), but to no effect. Restoring the register, even restoring an older image (which worked fine before) did not do the trick. I installed the older image in another machine, which helped. Installing the first 'error'disk in the other machine surprisingly produced the GDI.exe message once again... I will soon try something else, but am suspecting the AVG Free-update I downloaded that morning...

Anybody familiar with this error?


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March 1, 2005 at 18:19:33

thank god u had this problem before me so i can use your thing to fix my comp thank you man thank you

thank, ender wigin

p.s. i was going to reformat my hard drive

tanx, ender

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