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January 19, 2005 11:33:16 PM

Hi. I have encountered a problem with a couple of PC's I've been given to fix. They won't boot and display the error 'file windows/system is corrupt' If I reinstall Windows it works fine for a while then after a week or so bang - the same problem. I've swopped out the main components - memory, mainboard graphics etc but this keeps comin back. Anyone any thoughts what the main cause of this might be? You can get all my contact details at www.barrada.co.uk thx Paul

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January 19, 2005 11:49:48 PM

Probably the wrong forum. Your hard drives seem faulty or the ide controller may be at fault. That'd be a good start.

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January 20, 2005 2:31:13 AM

Or he's using VIA chipset boards, you'd be amazed at how many times a simple configuration issue makes their hard drive controllers go loopy.

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January 20, 2005 4:29:25 AM

Run memtest86. If it fails, up the v-dimm.
Have you enabled hdd smart check in bios?
January 20, 2005 8:39:26 AM

Smartcheck isn't enabled - would that help it?
January 20, 2005 8:47:41 AM

Crashman - I am using VIA chipsets on Socket A boards - one Asus and the other Gigabyte. What alternative do you recommend is better?
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January 20, 2005 4:52:58 PM

Nothing from VIA surprises me, that's due to the fact I avoid them at all costs.

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January 20, 2005 6:04:10 PM

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Nothing from VIA surprises me, that's due to the fact I avoid them at all costs.

Same here, and that's due to the fact that I've had the misfortune of having a VIA mobo on my work PC a few years back. :( 

What really sucked about that was that three years later when my monitor died I was able to dig up the invoice (to find the purchase date and see if it was still under warranty or not) and it turned out that my company <i>had</i> ordered me the 440BX that I had requested after all. And it had been the OEM that we had ordered from that had screwed me with that VIA POS. :o  All that time I had just thought that my company hadn't listened to me.

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