Can't even boot in safemode=error 0x0000008E

April 9, 2011 at 14:03:49
Specs: Windows XP Professional SP3
Last night when trying to move my computer(which is rather heavy) back against the wall, I managed to flip it a bit and it hit the floor slightly. I didn't notice anything back then, but when I woke up and tried to start it, I got a bluescreen when it was about to load windows interface. One of the error codes I got was 0x0000008E so I thought that the RAM memory might have been damaged. However I managed to load it in safe mode, but didnt find any solution in there. So I opened up the comp and made sure everything was stable+removal of dust. Now when I started it, it told me that there were files missing in windows32/system + that NTLDR was missing, and I'm not able to start in safemode anymore. I did CHKDSK and it didnt find any problems with the HDD. I'm thinking about trying fixboot or fixmbr but Im not sure about the risks? In worst case I could ofc try to reinstall everything but I dont have all the drivers discs and Im not sure which program were used for overclocking last time+ the loss of data ofc. So I would be infinitely helpful if you could find me some solution.
Thx in advance

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April 9, 2011 at 15:43:13
I would check the ribbon cable on both ends, where it connects to the HD & the motherboard. Since you banged it, something maybe loose.

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April 9, 2011 at 16:25:15
Often when a computer suffers a bang, devices with edge connectors move onto an position where there is oxide.

Take out all boards with edge connectors (including the RAM and any add-on video card), then clean the edge connectors with a pencil eraser. Pop all devices in and out a few times so that oxide is also cleared of the sockets themselves.

Ensure all connections are firmly pressed home.

I would do this before fixboot, fixmbr, or any tinkering with the software otherwise you might end up adding to the problem.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.

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