Vista not booting up after connecting a PCI wireless card !
I put together a white box a few months ago and installed Vista 64bit on it. It was working beautifully no problem, until I decided to install a PCI wireless adaptor: D-Link DWA-542
Ever since, it never booted up properly. First it shows the "Windows Error Recovery" page:
"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem.... "
but then it doesn't even boot up in safe mode, showing another page:
"Windows Boot Manager"
File: \Windows\system32\config\system status: 0xc00000e9 Info: Windows failed to load because the system registray file is missing, or corrupt.
Now, even after removing the card, it's still the exact same scenario.
I'm just stumped how installing a pci card (while the system not even booting up) could damage the registry file and cripple windows like this.
-------------------------------------------------- system specs: Mother Board: M3A78-T RAM: 4gb 2X (2gb OCZ) Video card: Sphire HD 2600 Pro sound: onboard hard drive: 2Xseagate (1TB and 0.5TB) OS: Windows Vista (64bit)
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repair the windows installation using your windows vista DVD try that and see if that helps
Could be a bad card... did you unplug the AC before installing that card? It's something that I agree shouldn't have to be done... but it is still something you should always do just in case.