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    ok well, dell inspiron 1520 with vista

    it loads up to the users screen, and then if you leave it too long it freezes.

    if you manage to get it logged on, it'll stay saying 'welcome' for a very very long time.

    it will then either freeze on the welcome screen, freeze when it loads, or go to a blue screen, where it says it's encountered an error and says it's dumping the memory, and then turns off.

    so.... any ideas?

    ok the blue screen comes up with the NTFS STOP message Stop 0x00000024, which i presume means something is wrong with the ntfs.sys file?
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    Microsoft KB article says it's a filesystem issue. Your best bet would be to run CHKDSK on your drive to scan for errors. If you have an XP/Vista install CD, that would be the best way. Drop into recovery mode using the CD and you can run CHKDSK fairly easily.
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    Do you have a Windows Vista disk? You should be able to boot into the CD instead, and then when prompted you should be able to select the Windows Recovery Console. Select the partition that Windows is installed on, and once you enter an administrator password you should have a command line interface. Type "chkdsk /r" (without quotes), wait for it to finish (perhaps a long time), and then if it completes successfully and reports that it's fixed some errors, boot back into Windows and fingers crossed. Hope this makes sense. Good luck
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    I had a problem like this and it turned out the HD was dying. I'd backup your important files now just in case.
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    yeaah i don't have the vista disk unfortunately i dont have any disks, but i do have the xp disk, so i might just do a fresh install... if it's stll messed then, it must be something hardware related. although i'm a bit pleugh because it's only 2 years old.

    the code keeps changing though now, it's gone from 24, to 77, to 74 so i think it's just fecked.
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    The XP disc will let you into recovery mode...
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    will the xp disk let me into recovery mode for a vista pc though?
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    you can get free (legal) vista repair disks I think

    Edit: here - note: it is legal
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    o cool thanks!
 
 
 
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