Tech support

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May 16, 2007

Tech support by spokenrope at 5:11 AM (935 Views / 0 Likes) 6 replies

  1. spokenrope
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    Earlier today, I messed my computer up pretty good. For nostalgia's sake, I wanted to play some Warcraft III Frozen Throne with a friend of mine. I gave him my copy of TFT and assured him that I would be able to find an install disc and a key so that we could play.

    Once my first key didn't let me play over b.net, I went out on the internet and tried to find a keygen program. I happened upon this site and downloaded (I believe) this program, against my better judgment. And I'd definitely recommend you not download anything that you find at either of those links, obviously.

    Installing the program caused my computer to hang a bit, and then flash a quick blue screen of death, followed by the "Windows Boot Manager" where I was told that Windows is unable to start because windows\system32\winload.exe is missing or corrupt. Upon multiple resets, I've been unable to get the computer to boot windows. I can get into the BIOS by pressing f2, the boot manager by pressing f12, and that's pretty much it.

    Dell tech support had me hold down alt and f11 at startup to do... something... but it still just lead to the "Windows Boot Manager" screen.

    The computer originally came with Windows XP installed, which I upgraded to Vista a couple of months ago with a bittorrent version of the OS.

    Just to see if it'd help, I downloaded and burned a Windows XP install cd (none came with the computer initially), but loading that doesn't seem to help at all. I would be able to download an install DVD of Vista, perhaps, except that the only DVD burner that I have is in the computer that isn't working right now.

    Sigh.

    I guess I'm getting what I deserve here, but if anybody here has any ideas on things I might try or places that might know the answer to my question, I'd love you forever and might offer to be the mother of your children at some point in the future.

    :'(
     
  2. Jiggah

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    ARG! Matey! You need to learn to be a better pirate.

    Can you even get into safe mode? Tap F8, just right after the bios boots.

    This is one of those lessons where you need to learn to not download random stuff.
     
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    Yeah if you can get into safe mode see if you can use system restore under "system tools"/"accesories" in the start menu. That thing has saved my ass many a time.

    If not then I dunno what to say. Most likely all your data is fine, so you'll probably have to find a friend who can get you a new copy of windows and/or plug our hard drive into his machine and back all of your stuff up
     
  4. fischju_original

    Banned fischju_original I used to be a jerk before i got banned

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    I would get a linux live cd or minipe/bartpe and make a new partition, back up your stuff, and reformat =\
     
  5. spokenrope
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    That's an interesting idea, right there. I'll certainly make sure to try that idea out.
     
  6. spokenrope
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    Alright. I have the computer up and running a Gentoo live cd. Anybody know what the process would be from here? I've never had to partition a drive before, or mess around with linux very much, so doing both is a little daunting right now.

    Ideally, I'd like to just be able to replace that winlaunch.exe file, but i'm not sure if that's possible.
     
  7. hanman

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    if you're not familiar with linux, it'd be best to get UBCD4Win. it's like a live cd, only for windows. granted, you'll need another computer to make one on, but that's probably not a big deal since you're posting here.

    to answer your question, you'll have to mount your harddrive, then copy the files somewhere else, i.e. another drive. if you don't have another drive, you'll have to repartition your current drive with something like partition magic or gparted first. most linux live cds don't have NTFS write support, so the Gentoo Live CD probably won't help you. like i said, it would be alot easier on you if you get UBCD4Win.
     

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