possible Corrupted .DLL's

Dell / Dell dimension 2400
January 8, 2009 at 15:23:32
Specs: Win XP, 2.66GHz / 256MB
so my computer has been acting up recently. there's a few symptoms

about half the time, when i boot it up, it goes to a black screen and gives a simple error "Error loading operating system"
other times it loads just fine

another symptom is i can't run certain programs, for instance Winamp . it returns the error
"Error Signature: AppName: winamp.exe AppVer: ModName: ntdll.dll"

which kind of makes me think one or more system .DLL files might be corrupted.

this is new and I don't remember making any big changes recently except trying to reinstall a printer driver

I'm wondering what the best method is to reinstall/restore system .DLL's
I can't simply replace them myself cause it says they are currently being used and can't be overwritten.
I have my reinstallation CD if needed. what's the best/easiest way to do this?

thanks for any replies


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January 8, 2009 at 16:11:59
256 MB of RAM ???
That can be low for running XP + other processes.
Best to have over 512 MB of RAM.

Each file resides on one or more Sectors on your HDD.

Do this to scan and fix bad Sectors ---
How to Perform Disk Error Checking in Windows XP

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January 8, 2009 at 17:01:13
I agree with Chuck 2. Run chkdsk /R and it will scan your drive for weak or bad sectors. It can rewrite/fix weak sectors and assign alternate areas for bad sectors.

It takes a long time so it might be a good idea to run it overnight.

It might not be a bad idea to also test your memory:

There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.
Let it loop overnight and any failures are unacceptable.

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January 8, 2009 at 18:00:48
To replace corrupted system files click Run and enter sfc /scannow. Note the space between c and /. Have your XP disk handy as it may be required.

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January 8, 2009 at 23:23:06
Winamp.exe is a music application process by Windows. You can simply reinstall it to replace the corrupted dll. The dll is just a file shared by multiple application. Or you can google the dll and download it. Also simply deleting the files works sometime. Here is a tutorial page to show you how to repair the dll file:


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January 9, 2009 at 03:12:12
Message: Error loading operating system May mean it cannot read the file correctly. Possible bad disk or bad file. Chkdsk or scandisk should be run.

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