Windows Vista will not boot with error code c0000218

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January 27, 2014 at 21:51:06
Specs: Windows Vista, Pentium T4200@2GHz/3GB RAM
I am having a problem getting my notebook to boot up. It will not boot into safe mode nor any of the advanced options at this time. Here is the info on the computer and the error code:
HP G70 Notebook PC
Intel Pentium Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz
RAM 3GB
Vista Home

Error Code in shortened form is c0000218.

Any suggestions?


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#1
January 28, 2014 at 10:20:45
Apparently a registry file failure. Many times when Windows reports a registry error it actually turns out to be bad RAM. Firstly remove the RAM and clean the edge connectors with a pencil eraser. Pop the sticks in and out a few times too so that any oxide is removed from the sockets.

Try one of the RAM sticks at a time if you have more than one, which will show which one (if any) is defective. There are also RAM tests you can create on another computer - boot from the finished CD.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
January 28, 2014 at 17:08:42
I removed the RAM sticks and cleaned them with a pencil eraser. I inserted each separately into each of the sockets repeatedly. I still get the same error of c0000218.

I pressed F2 to enter System Diagnostics and ran Start-up Test with these results:
Memory Test Passed with 100% (3 GB) of memory testing OK.
Primary Hard Disk Self Test Passed
SMART Check has Hard Disk Passed

Upon returning to System Diagnostics I pushed F3 to run Run-in Test with these results:
All the same from above, plus the Run-in test saying 3 GB system memory OK/Passed, Quick test failed to start #10008- Replace Hard Disk 1 (in red) rent test item, SMART Harddisk Passed.

Then again in System Diagnostics I pushed F4 and these are the results:
Quick Test failed to complete, #10008 - Replace Hard Disk 1 (in red) rent test item.
Full Test stopped at 71% with #10008 - Replace Hard Disk 1 (in red) rent test item.
SMART Check SMART Hard Disk Passed.



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#3
January 28, 2014 at 17:24:46
Do you have the Vista Home CD?

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#4
January 28, 2014 at 17:35:56
Nope, HP and their infinite wisdom and cheapness, did not supply one. As well, in my own, I didn't make a rescue/recovery disk when I got the computer.

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#5
January 28, 2014 at 17:40:50
I know you can't get into Safe mode.

Have you tried system restore?


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#6
January 28, 2014 at 18:06:09
Ask everyone you meet, work, schools, friends, relies, someone is bound to have a copy of Vista Home.

Then use it to run chkdsk.

https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=6565


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#7
January 28, 2014 at 18:08:21
Re #2
OK forget RAM then - its just that I'd seen that registry misreporting so many times.

Re Safe Mode. Even if you can get to the Command Prompt option it can be done from there, so let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
January 28, 2014 at 19:03:48
Cannot get into Safe Mode

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#9
January 28, 2014 at 19:27:38
This is the actual stop code:


STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\DEFAULT or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable.


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#10
January 28, 2014 at 19:33:45
"STOP: c0000218 {Registry File Failure} The registry cannot load the hive (file): \SystemRoot\System32\Config\DEFAULT or its log or alternate. It is corrupt, absent, or not writable"
Yep, googling c0000218 reported that.

You are going to need a Vista disc.

Refer my posts #5 & #6


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#11
January 28, 2014 at 19:51:24
Nobody seems to have one. Is there no other avenue to successfully repairing this computer?

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#12
January 28, 2014 at 19:57:42
Ok, I'm thinking & googling now.

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#13
January 28, 2014 at 20:35:06
Here are some other possibles, they will reley on you having System restore enabled on the faulty drive.

Slave the drive in another machine. Look for your system restore folder & if found, look for the corrupt file name.
Rename the SystemRoot\System32\Config\DEFAULT to .old and then copy a previous version from the snapshot folder of system restore point.
Or, use this to do above.
R-Linux Data Recovery
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.softpedia.com/progScreen...
http://www.dirfile.com/r-linux_free...
http://www.data-recovery-software.n...
http://www.ancysoft.com/free-data-r...

If R-Linux gets you a Command Prompt, you can run chkdsk.

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#14
January 29, 2014 at 06:36:50
If you are unable to browse the drive when slaved then the HD has failed.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#15
January 29, 2014 at 15:10:43
OK, connect HDD to another computer and it was seen. Chkdsk ran with no parameters added (1-3) and corrected one orphaned file. (Whether that was on the PC or the Laptop HDD I have no idea. I then opened a command prompt, changed the drive letter to E: (the assigned drive) and am currently running chkdsk /r /f. I will report back when it finishes. The first three areas on the current chkdsk did not report any issues.

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#16
January 29, 2014 at 15:16:32
Here is where to see the log.

Viewing the system log for the scan results of Check Disk (Wininit)
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...
Administrative tools - Event viewer - Windows logs - Application - Click on 'source' at the middle top to sort by ascending/ descending order. Locate 'wininit' and click on it to view.

Obtaining CHKDSK Results ( log file ) Copy & Paste the conternts of the log please.
http://www.cpucare.net/OS/XP/Viewin...
How to get to Event Viewer.
In Windows XP there are four ways to get to event viewer.
Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer.
Right click > My Computer > Manage > Event Viewer.
Start > Run > Eventvwr.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt, paste > Eventvwr & hit Enter.
Obtaining CHKDSK Results
Once Event Viewer is open, select Application.
The 4th column of information in the right-hand pane is titled Source, click on the word Source at the top of the column to sort by that column.
Scroll through the Source column to find the most recent entry titled Winlogon.
Double-click Winlogon to open the CHKDSK results.

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#17
January 29, 2014 at 19:50:04
I have done this now three times and have gotten the same error at the same point.
Chkdsk /r /f fine for stages 1 through 3, completing the file verification, index verification, security descriptors verification and finally the Usn journal verification.
When it starts to verify file date, stage 4, it makes it to 10% and hangs until it kicks it out of chkdsk with this specific error:
The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters detected in file 19304 of name . An unspecified error occurred. Then it goes back to E:\>

When I view the results of the last chkdsk scan it shows only the results on the C: that ran the first time that the HDD was connected to this machine this afternoon.

Also, I have not yet changed the file to .old and replaced it with a snapshot of the restore version of it. Having an issue finding the restore version. I am not sure how to use any of the programs offered to assist in this process.


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#18
January 29, 2014 at 22:38:16
"The disk does not have enough space to replace bad clusters"
http://is.gd/vHcgmB
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...

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#19
January 30, 2014 at 00:37:54
If it turns out, your drive already has plenty of spare space, you then can try different chkdsk switches.

Also you will see when you are researching the google link, a lot of people were infected.
We then will use some very deep scanning programs. See how you go with chkdsk first.


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#20
January 30, 2014 at 23:27:08
Didn't get to the research and chkdsk scans today but will do it on Friday. Thank you for the assistance.

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#21
February 4, 2014 at 22:39:44
Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, had an issue on the pc that I connected the laptops hdd up to. I no longer have access to that pc at all and the laptops hdd still will not boot. The pc that I have now does not have a SATA connection on it so I cannot attach it to be able to see the data on it.

I did look at the links that Johnw posted and understand that it is possible that the hdd is going bad or is already there. It is mentioned to defrag the drive and to get rid of junk but I do not understand how that could be done without access to the windows partition.


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#22
February 5, 2014 at 01:33:05
"The pc that I have now does not have a SATA connection on it"
http://is.gd/tDzh5K

sata connectors


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#23
February 5, 2014 at 20:14:15
Johnw, in post #13 you give me several Linux recovery links. I understand what they can do but am not sure how to use the software. As well, is it necessary for me to connect the problem HDD to another system again to use it?



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#24
February 5, 2014 at 21:05:42
" but am not sure how to use the software"
tutorial R-LINUX windows vista
http://is.gd/GaCSZj
Try the first link on that search & see if it helps.

"As well, is it necessary for me to connect the problem HDD to another system again to use it?"
You slave the problem HDD, if you can't get the hang of using R-LINUX.


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#25
February 11, 2014 at 20:58:00
OK all of you who have helped me thus far, thank you very much. While I am not certain that the system is back the game, it is booting and the startup recovery was able to run. It is currently on the 4th stage of 5 of a chkdsk /r /f.
Here is what I did to get it this far:
After trying to get an understanding of R-Linux, I put it aside and did a search online for Windows Vista Home Premium ISO's. On one of the many sites I found a very easy to follow tutorial with links to the three individual files needed. Then after scanning the files with a few different anitivirus/antimalware programs and finding no negatives, I made an ISO image and burned it. Then I booted the problem computer from the disc, ran recovery and rebooted. When it booted up without issue I gave it the command for the chkdsk and rebooted. It is working so far and I will post again when it is done and the give the results if necessary.


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#26
February 11, 2014 at 21:24:48
" It is working so far and I will post again when it is done and the give the results if necessary"

Sounds all good, my post #16 shows where the chkdsk log is.


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#27
February 11, 2014 at 21:45:48
I will post that as soon as I can. Thanks again

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