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XP Pro reboot - MUP.sys, I really, really, really hate you....

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by inthefrey, Mar 24, 2010.

  1. inthefrey

    inthefrey Moved on...

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    XP Pro Service Pack 3 NTFS

    Standard P4 setup w/Agp - nothing fancy here.
    Tuesday = Thunderstorm.

    Computer boots to MUP.sys then reboots. (I hate you POS!)
    What is the CHKDSK switch? (/r /s ???)

    It was probably was in the middle of some sort of WRITE operation when the power died.

    Any help appreciated.
     
  2. srhoades

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    If you just want to fix disk corruption chkdsk /p
    If you want to wait around all day while it looks for bad sectors then /r
     

  3. kc8ykd

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    This article:
    http://www.aitechsolutions.net/mupdotsysXPhang.html

    points towards faulty hardware.


    Another article I found said to boot from a windows xp cd, hit R for recovery, then execute the chkdsk /r command and reboot.

    The /r switch has the computer examine the disk drive for bad sectors and try and relocate salvageable data from them to good sectors.

    I've never heard of the /s switch in windows xp, can't find any documentation about it either :(
    (the /p switch was invalid on my xp machine)

    I would try the chkdsk /r, and if that doesn't work, start removing all the external devices and see if it boots, then start swapping hardware if it continues to malfunction.

    considering it stopped working after a storm and power loss, I'd seriously consider the possibility of a hardware failure being the cause and would consider all the hardware in the machine suspect if the cause is a component failure.
     
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  4. Blitzer

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    Download and use Spinrite 6.0 from Gibson Research to fix the drive and recover the data.
     
  5. HKUSP45Css

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    Unplug any USB devices except the keyboard. Boot to WinXP CD and hit "r" for recovery console.

    chkdsk /r is what you want. If it's a corrupted file or sector chkdsk /r will fix it. It can be other things though.
     
  6. inthefrey

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    UPDATE:

    So, after banging my head against the proverbial brick wall for 2 weeks trying every confounded fix known to the XP intellectual community, I pulled the BIOS battery and shorted the pins. Battery was good so I replaced it. Fired that puppy up and it booted ONCE. - then back to the reboot-cycle. S#!T! Now I was pissed! Called Tiger Direct 500W pwr supply $20) Got it, hooked it up, boot cycle. S#!T!!! I was now almost apoplectic!

    I was able to get the CHKDSK going and it found a few problems - fixed them - still boot-cycling.

    The system has 2 drives - a SATA and an IDE. I went into the BIOS start config and, just for grins, changed the boot priority from the OS drive to the drive with just data on it; making the OS drive the 2nd drive in the pecking order. OMG! THE POS booted!!! I pulled the cable on the IDE drive. IT BOOTED AGAIN!
    Now we're getting somwhere I thought! I plugged the IDE back in.
    It booted just fine.

    At this point, I was taking the victory and I ran clone drive and backed it up!

    This morning the wife calls me in saying, " I was doing something and the screen just sent blank." I still had a green sync light on the monitor but no video. I power-button rebooted it and it started fine but, 2 minutes after booting, the screen went blank again. I had a spare vid/card in the drawer - plugged it in and it did the same thing about 2 minutes after boot.

    SO, with 4 years on this P4P800 Delux motherboard, I'm putting a bullet in it this weekend (litteraly) and buying a new MB combo. Seems the lightning hit did too much damage. It put up a good fight but my patience with it is at an end.

    At least it gave me the opportunity to make a backup before it finally died. I made a bunch of money with this rig. I'll miss it.
    ( about as long as it takes me to throw it in the trash!)