Physical memory dump complete

July 12, 2010 at 07:21:14
Specs: Windows xp, 1024MB
Hey guys the problem with my laptop is when I
turn it on a sudden blue screen appears saying:

STOP: c0000218 {registry file failure}
the registry cannot load the hive (file):
or its log or alternate
It is currupt, absent, or not writable
Begining dump of physical memory
Physical memory dump complete

It says this eveytime I turn it on so I can't even
log in or use any of the programmes. I have no
clue but something tells me it's to do with the
hardware but I honestly don't know

I need help knowing what is wrong with my
laptop and what I can do to fix it. would i need to
buy anything? Thanks :)

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July 15, 2010 at 22:30:49
memory dumps can be for more than a few reasons; and have plagued the entire NT family since early days...

If you can grab the actual error mesage in full, there are (somewhere) how to interpret it sites - out there...

Typically it can be due to a dodgy hard-drive; it's starting to fail. Have you run a full scan/chkdisk routine and let it find and fix etc. dodgy clusters etc.. Even better run the utils for the drive (downloaded from its website) - they are usually more intense and detailed etc...

RAM can also be acting up - and age is no issue here... RAM doth go awry when it feele like it... You can run a memtest util to see if finds anything amiss; but they take an age... Other way to replace RAM with known good stick(s). If two or more already present - reduce to a single stick and try each in turn - min of 128Meg required...

Worse case scenario...

Try a repair installation - the overwrite of the current installation. This detailed fully here...

and read it carefully - you are "not" using recovery console for this operation...

If you have only a recovery disk... then possibly you are into a restore routine - which of course means you lose everything (data etc.) on the drive...

To avoid data loss; boot with a knoppix or ubuntu disk (linux variants on a dvd) and then transfer/copy all data etc. to external media (optical or another good hard-drive). Verify copies are truly acceissble on at least one toehr system as well. Then set about the recovery routiine.

Also wise to do copy data of via knoppix etc. before you go for a repair installation. and both have free ISO to download to a hard-drive; then burn ISO to dvd and boot with that...

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July 15, 2010 at 22:45:58
ooopsss... you're using NT not XP so the link I posted isn't excatly what you need...

Try this site:

in effect you can run a standard NT installation and point it to overwrite the current location...

and this extract form M$-land:

Start your computer with the three Windows NT 4.0 setup disks (or boot with the NT CD).
Select "R" to Repair your Windows NT installation.
Select "Verify Windows NT System Files" and continue.
If prompted to insert Windows NT setup disk 4, press ESC to continue with the Repair process.
Replace any of these files when prompted.
Reboot the computer and restart Windows NT.

explains the two different approaches for NT/W2K..

is slightly more detailed and although discussing W2K - applies equally to NT...

and this ancienty post has a couple of references re' repair routine as well (again the site is tagged W2K but discusses NT as well):

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July 15, 2010 at 22:47:06
And finally - dun you not have an ERD (Emgermency Repair Disk)?

If so use that approach. If not then once you have a working system again.... make one and keep it both current and safe...

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