After uninstalling Bootvis....

July 25, 2005 at 00:29:55
Specs: Win XP, 1.7 Ghz P4/512MB

Well I had bootvis installed for a long time, and I saw 2 very large bin files with bootvis's file type on it.(70-80MB each). So I uninstalled bootvis, and rebooted. Everything worked OK. After that, I checked if the two large files were gone, but there they were, still there. So I thought, hmm uninstall must have missed these two. So I deleted them. Then after a reboot, the laptop wouldn't go past the BIOS and into windows. I cannot get into the bootmenu, just getting into the BIOS setup. The file's name that I deleted was Trace_Boot+Drivers.bin, I don't remember all of it but that's pretty close. Can anyone help me?

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July 25, 2005 at 03:19:21

Bruce, seems rather obvious that whatever the files were, they were needed. Couple of options spring to mind. Perhaps the easiest is to take a look in the recycle bin and see if the files are there. If so, they can simply be restored. The other option that comes to mind is restore. Dunno if that'll get you back to a time while the files were still around, but ...
Ed in Texas.

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July 25, 2005 at 05:22:59

Well, I can't boot past the BIOS which means I can't get into windows or even dos. I have tried the windows XP cd-rom and even a boot disk. The laptop doesn't get to the point of reading the cd-rom/disk. All I can get into is the BIOS setup. Any ideas?

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July 25, 2005 at 06:04:51

There are a few things that I know about bootvis:

1. It's a Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design that M$ discontinued supporting back in 2003. Contrary to some published reports, Bootvis cannot reduce or alter a system's boot or resume performance. In any case The boot optimization routines invoked by Bootvis are built into Windows XP which does the same thing every third day.

2. Any problem you encounter after removing Botvis usually calls for XP reinstallation.

In your case, (1) change BIOS order of booting to CDROM. (2) insert the XP CD in the drive. (3) save BIOS changes and exit.


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July 25, 2005 at 07:01:43

I think I can tell you quite conclusively that your problem is absolutely nothing to do with Bootvis at all !

Bootvis is a stand alone applet which doesn't install anything over and above the stuff in it's own folder and the big .bin files you say you deleted were it's trace logs which have no bearing on anything else nor would they have been deleted when you uninstalled Bootvis which is why they were still there afterwards.

Also you state that the machine booted perfectly AFTER the uninstall so this confirms that Bootvis is not the culprit.

What I think could have happened (and I hope I'm wrong) is that subsequent to, but quite seperate from, the uninstall "something" undesirable may have got into your machine and has sat there waiting for another reboot to wreak some damage and from the symptoms you now describe it looks as if it may have attacked your BIOS which is seriously BAD news. There are still several virus's around that will do this !

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July 25, 2005 at 18:32:43

Thx for your input everyone.

Xpuser: I was thinking or reinstallation, but cannot get past the BIOS, and when I change BIOS settings to boot from the CD-Rom, It freezes before anything runs, in this case the XP CD. So I need to get past whatever is hanging. I can only go to the BIOS setup before the computer freezes, It freezes after It displays the drives.

Sangamoura: Thx for your input, now I know maybe what is wrong with it.

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