Solved Computer wont boot after running System Mechanic

August 16, 2012 at 16:50:30
Specs: Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, centrino/1Gig ram
System Mechanic messed up my hdd. Won't boot. Recover files? The last info box said: "Two more files to move after reboot"

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August 17, 2012 at 18:21:01
Geez - yet another victim of System Mechanic wrecking things.

You can use a Linux Live CD (made on another computer) to get your stuff off and onto a Flash Drive. I happen to prefer Puppy Linux 4.3.1 for this but about any will do it. "Barts PE" can also do this.

Definitely don't format until you have got your important files saved.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
August 16, 2012 at 18:32:54
Hopefully you made a back up.

Any chance you have an XP tablet cd?

Google is evil


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#2
August 16, 2012 at 23:27:28
You have heard of dodgy mechanics haven't you? They do more harm than good!

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#3
August 17, 2012 at 01:17:41
System Restore via Safe Mode to a time before you installed the Crapware System Mechanic........

The only software I use are:

Malwarebytes
CCLeaner
MSE or another free AV solution

ARM Devices the future. Windows have accepted the fact!


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#4
August 17, 2012 at 15:24:05
Wish I had backed up everything (files), but yes, have a XP tablet CD, but it wants me to format the disk (but I'd loose everything on the HDD?). Not sure I want to do that. Not sure I can restore to a previous restore point, since it won't boot in the first place. I think I've tried to boot in safe mode, but will try again later. At this point, I'd be happy to retrieve just one particular file that goes to my resume', and maybe some pictures.

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#5
August 17, 2012 at 18:21:01
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Geez - yet another victim of System Mechanic wrecking things.

You can use a Linux Live CD (made on another computer) to get your stuff off and onto a Flash Drive. I happen to prefer Puppy Linux 4.3.1 for this but about any will do it. "Barts PE" can also do this.

Definitely don't format until you have got your important files saved.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
September 10, 2012 at 16:33:11
Burned a CD with burnCDcc , but having trouble using (puppy) wary-5.3 on this HDD. Seems to load drivers, but then times-out to "pause" then nothing...

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#7
September 10, 2012 at 17:25:23
Never used either - sounds more like Puppy itself that is playing up tho.

Might be best to try Puppy 4.3.1 which works fine on my XP:
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=05720
Unlike later Puppy versions it doesn't save to the HD (saves back to CD if required). Adequate for getting your files off and general diagnostics.

Just for info, I happen to use ImgBurn:
http://www.imgburn.com/

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
September 11, 2012 at 15:13:24
Not sure if I'm burning the iso file correctly to cd. puppy seems to launch it's startup screen, then two lines of text, and screen goes blank, with a blinking curser top left...how long do I wait?

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#9
September 11, 2012 at 15:27:17
Just tried mine and it booted to the Puppy desktop well within 3 minutes. The lines of text should continue but not stop for any unreasonable length of time.

Something is definitely not right, perhaps the download got corrupted. Browse the disk in Windows. You should see a number of files and folders if the ISO burned correctly.

EDIT:
Silly me, I forgot you can't get to Windows.

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#10
September 11, 2012 at 17:53:31
Just had a thought! Does it make a difference if it's XP Tablet PC Version? Downloaded, burned to CD and ran puppy 4.3.1 Got two lines of text: "Loading vmlinuz.............Ready" and: "Loading initrd.gz.............." Nothing after that.

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#11
September 11, 2012 at 18:38:31
Sorry, I really don't know about tablets. I would have expected it to run well enough for file saving files to a flash drive but maybe I'm wrong. Did a bit of Googling and found nothing that made me think that a Linux Live CD wouldn't run on a tablet.

Not sure what to suggest. A lot of folk reckon on Knoppix Live CD for this sort of thing but I've no idea whether that would fare any better.

Sorry about my silly remark about looking at the CD in Windows (which you obviously can't get to) - unless you have another computer kicking about.

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#12
September 12, 2012 at 16:51:41
Gateway M1300 by Motion Computing. Thanks for the suggestions. I ran the cd on my other tablet (Motion M1400) & it seems to have burned ok, but can't get past the second line in either case. I'll check it out with my friend in E. Syracuse or send it to my brother in Long Island. Thanks again!

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#13
September 12, 2012 at 17:07:38
I'd be interested to know what happens.

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