power surge BSOD

May 4, 2010 at 14:36:11
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Anthlon 64 3000+/ 768 MB
When trying to load a game (GT Legends) on my computer during an overcast day, a flash of lightning happened and my computer and sound froze. I restarted it and when starting Windows regularly got, the BSOD. I tried a gain and this time used recent settings. When I logged on, I found out that my sound drive had been wiped clean! I then deceided to restart my computer to see if that would fix it, but when trying to use recent settings I got the BSOD also! What can I do? This is an emergency! Please HELP!!!

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May 4, 2010 at 15:01:10
do you have a surge protector or are you directly plugged into the wall socket?

what do you mean by sound drive?

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May 4, 2010 at 15:17:33

If you have full version XP CD... you may be able to rebuild - as in repair - the system... IF you have only a dreaded recovery disk then it depends on the options it allows; and likewise the same recovery process via the hidden partition on the hard-drive... (if that partition exists - and usually it does these days).

So what make and model do you have; and do you have a full version XP disk (or access to one or an upgrade version even)?

Also if there is "stuff" on the drive you really want t keep, safeguard etc... set about that "first"...

To this end you can either use a knoppix or ubuntu disk (linux variants ona cd/dvd). You boot with either disk and then can access the entire hard-0drive; then copy "all those important files etc. to optical-media. Verify they can be truly read/accessed too on at least one other system, Then set about rebuilding/repairing/recovering a working system..

knoppix.com and ubuntu.com both have free downloads of their respective ISO images. Save to a hard-drive; burn it to a dvd; boot faulty system with that dvd and then save data/files etc. as above...

IF I can find the reference for a winternals repair utility suite (poseted here recently by another regular) I will post that too. That suite of utilities will usually rebuild a system too; and often without loss of data etc...

Hopefully whoever posted that reference/link recently will coma across this post and repost that link here?

Using a recovery disk will usually mean you lose all those important files etc... Using a full/upgrade version of XP (and a repair installation route) does allow a path of low risk of data; as it usually safeguards data in the process (but "never" wise to totally believe it - far better to first safeguard your data as above...)

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May 4, 2010 at 15:48:35

is the reference/link to which I referred above. There is an ad at the start of the page display - and you can skip it after a second or three...

The download is a wee way down; read screen contents/details carefully; - so you get "all" the info/data you need to run and use it...

This utility will allow a rebuild of any installation it finds - if it can repair it; and it will tell you if it can't.... It has a range of useful items built-in; and one is to enable you to again copy data to optical or external drives...

As before - first safeguard your data; then set about repairig the system itself...

And in the future ensure you have all your files/data etc. copied elsewhere - off the system entirely. And also get your self a decent surge protector - even better a suitable ups system... The latter will enable you to safely complete what you're doing (usually) and then safely log-off/close down... The former "may" (depends on size of surge and quality/specs of the surge protector) keep the system running OK.. Overall a ups is better though (and of course cost more...)

As I said in my post above this link (or one that would lead to this one) was posted here recently...

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