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 Post subject: Windows 7 Pro goes into Startup Repair at each boot
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 23, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Hi Scott

I recently upgraded my system which includes an Intel Q8400 quad processor.
I have two drives in my tower. One SATA, the other an IDE drive.
After several attempts to install Windows 7 pro on the IDE drive, on booting, Windows 7 goes to the Startup Repair screen and attempts to repair the problem. I made a note of the message I get at the end of each repair :

File: \windows\system32\config\system

Satus: 0xc00000e9

One thought I have had ,is that there may be a hardware problem and that the IDE drive could be faulty. I have XP Home on the other drive and there is no problems.

Also, I need to learn more about error messages and wanted to know if your book on repairing windows covers this topic.

I would be grateful for a reply.

Thanking you

brakers


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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:23 am 
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One thought I have had ,is that there may be a hardware problem and that the IDE drive could be faulty.

Bingo! Your instincts are good. If you look up the Status: 0xC00000E9 code in the list of NTSTATUS values, you'll see that it indicates "STATUS_UNEXPECTED_IO_ERROR", which is probably caused by a defective drive, cable, etc. I'd try replacing the cable, then the drive, and make sure that the host adapter is properly configured (normally autoconfigure in the BIOS Setup), the drive is properly jumpered (set it to cable select), and properly connected to the black (master) connector on an 80-conductor cable (blue connector goes to the motherboard).

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I need to learn more about error messages and wanted to know if your book on repairing windows covers this topic.

Windows error messages are definitely covered in my URWindows book. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:27 pm 
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Hi Scott,

Many thanks again for your help. I have an 80 conductor cable and will swap it with the existing one. I will get a copy of your book on repairing windows to expand my knowlege on software related faults.

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 Post Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:33 pm 
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Hi Scott,

Just a follow up on my Windows 7 issue. I just replaced the IDE 40 wire with an 80 wire cable and everything works fine. I re-installed Windows 7 with no problems. In another incident some time ago, I had a similar problem with another computer that wasnt able to identify and boot from a CD drive. In hind sight I am wondering if the cable may also have been the problem as all BIOS settings and connections were found to be OK.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:49 am 
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Thanks for letting me know the outcome. Cables can be the source of problems, especially with higher speed connections like HDDs. Note that only 80-conductor cables should be used with PATA (Parallel ATA) HDDs dating from 1999 and newer, as they are required to support ATA-66, ATA-100, and ATA-133 transfer speeds (aka UDMA modes 4, 5, and 6). Scott.


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Scott, Quick question, Are there any specific P/SATA Cables you recommend?

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David McMahon


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For PATA connections I recommend 80-conductor ribbon cables that are 24" or less in length, and which are not "rounded". Scott.


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