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Old 02-21-2012, 02:49 PM
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Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:47 PM
 
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If you were able to recover all of your files, (depending on the age of your computer) I would just shred the old hd and install a new hd. They are relatively cheap now.
The OP stated that his files had been recovered by his IT guy.
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Have your It guy install a program called "combofix!" It takes all viruses out and completely restores your computer.
You can't install anything if you can't boot the system, read the OP's post.

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Make sure you shop around. Drive prices have gone up since the Thailand floods.
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There is nothing to indicate that the drive has failed.
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From reputable sites Random opinions or "guesses" from anonymous people on the internet is the worst possible advise.
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:55 PM
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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The error is stop 0x0000c1f5. From reading online, it appears as if there is a corupted file. My IT person did the bar minimun and was not about to help me out any further. I was lucky that he at least got my files backed up onto my external hard drive. I am at a loss of what to do. I would rather buy a new laptop than spend a lot of money to fix this. I appreciate all your replies
niembre, here's an article on Microsoft's Support page that may help - if you have a Win 7 disk (or can borrow one), it may be able to fix the corrupt file.

How to work around Stop Error 0x0000C1F5 on a Windows Vista-based computer

IF you get this to work, immediately safe mode and update your antivirus, and if possible let it run. Any indications that something was going wrong with your laptop before it BS'd?

I run Win 7, XP, and Vista here. (and Mac). XP is hands down my favorite, but I like 7 too. YMMV.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:50 PM
 
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if it keeps blue screening even while trying to load a new OS, it's likely there's some bad hardware. try getting new RAM for it and see if it boots up.
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:05 PM
 
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It can be hardware related indeed - RAM or BIOS malfunction. In such case, a new HD will not help. Try opening the cover and see if any module came loose. It may be a bad contact. Other than that, the small internal battery can be exhausted.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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Well I got it fixed. since my IT guy was able to backup all my critical files, I just took out the hard drive from my laptop, inserted it into an enclosure and formated the OS partician, leaving the recovery partician. Once I formated it, I put it back into the laptop, was finally able to install vista from the CD and then was able to get into f8 and run the recovery (from the recovery partician), so that when it was done, my computer was back to what it was when I purchased it. Now the fun part of installing updates and software that I previously had.

thanks all for all your input
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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On a side note: Why can't your IT guy fix it for you?
Really? I assume he means the IT guy at his job. Speaking for all IT guys at all workplaces around the globe:

*********! (bad phrase directed at you and everyone else that thinks we are your personal "IT guys".....)
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Old 02-22-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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Really? I assume he means the IT guy at his job. Speaking for all IT guys at all workplaces around the globe:

*********! (bad phrase directed at you and everyone else that thinks we are your personal "IT guys".....)
Took the words directly out of my mouth. I get bombarded weekly with stuff like "my home network won't do this, can you fix it?" - when I tell them I'll moonlight it at $100/hr they always seem to decline Since when should I have to work for free for everyone and anyone who knows my name?
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Old 02-23-2012, 03:28 PM
 
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Hello everyone, i had to give my recommendation on a computer consultant. a guy Joe from j2computerservices. He fixed a few computers for me and my family half the price of Geek Squad. One of them was "unfix-able" said the geek squad and Joe was able to fix it! If you google j2computerservices (one word) you can find them, they are in Raritan next to Somerville. I live in Westfield NJ and was given a referral from someone that used him previously for a web site.
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