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I went to help out my buddy with his computer, he said he was on MSN, then it froze and restarted. Now it says "File missing Windows/System/vgaoem.fol (I think its FOL). So i tried repairing through windows and it comes up with

C://

I tried typing in the file name there, didn't work..what am I supposed to do. We decided to format. I started the format, it got to 3% and gave me some weird error saying can't format, atapi something or other, and then blue screened.

Think a new HD could fix this?
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post #2 of 9
wouldn't hurt to replace it....
post #3 of 9
hm...atapi errors are usually fixable but it can be messy. i would just use a new HD. im sure a new one would fix this, however i am still thinking how to save the old one.
    
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Might be a motherboard issue also, just a suggestion.
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post #5 of 9
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Saving the old one is not necessary, they just need a working computer. They didn't care if i formatted they just want it to run.
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post #6 of 9
If you are getting BSODs on a fresh install I would inclined to say that you have a bad hard drive.

Try installing with 1 stick of memory or check the memory with Memtest to make sure that its not the culprit.
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Its an old maxtor 40gb drive on an XP 1800+, and it BSOD's when I try to format. This isn't by any means a good computer lol
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post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kopi View Post
Its an old maxtor 40gb drive on an XP 1800+, and it BSOD's when I try to format. This isn't by any means a good computer lol
I'm gonna say about a 70% chance of a bad hard drive if it isn't overclocked in anyway.
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post #9 of 9
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Its not overclocked. You know how some people have had the same computer for 12 years?

Thats them.

What are you supposed to right in the C:// prompt
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