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 Post subject: Stupid Computer Problems.....
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 10:44 am 
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I have this friend of mine who is a complete idiot when it comes to computer. so one day he was fooling around with some files and he right clicked a executable(*.exe) and chose open with. in the program list he picked notepad. after that whenever he trys to run any *.exe files he'll just have a notepad opens up and a bunch of weird texts. then he tried to fix it by fooling around control panel. somehow he finds the UPS settings to be fun to play with. so after God knows wat he clicked now whenever he turns on his PC it automatically turns off in 5 second. he's unable to boot off safemode and cannot run any executable. I.E. the Winnt32.exe, so he cannot reinstalll windows. Damn, his rig can't even boot from CD even when CD-Rom was set to first boot device. now he is totally stuck. what can he do?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 12:53 pm 
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It sounds like there's more to it than just a reassociation going on.

What would happen if he had boot floppies created and tried booting from those?

Oh, and this can help us help you: http://www.maximumpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1360

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 1:28 pm 
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sry i didn't put his comp spec in the first post because i thought it doesn't give any help. but here it is:P4 1.8ghz. 256MH PC133, 20G hdd, and i don't know the manufacture of his motherboard. he has tried windows xp CD but the cd-boot does not work and his system goes straight to windows, which results auto shutdown. i didn't try floppy and i don have a bootable floppy in hand, where can i get one?


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 2:36 pm 
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check out www.bootdisk.com and make a bootdisk of windows. good luck


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2004 6:30 pm 
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keymaker wrote:
check out www.bootdisk.com and make a bootdisk of windows. good luck

thankx. i'll convince him to pay $4 and download the disk and see what happens. thanks for the advises.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 10:24 am 
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Something to try as a last resort is take your friends hard drive out of his system, install as a slave on your system, then format. Make sure you have a boot floppy handy, reinstall the hard drive, and go for a complete OS reinstall.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:34 pm 
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SuperChip64 wrote:
It sounds like there's more to it than just a reassociation going on.

What would happen if he had boot floppies created and tried booting from those?

Oh, and this can help us help you: http://www.maximumpc.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1360

SC64


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What about doing the Batt Dance and clearing the BIOS? Maybe he mucked with the BIOS? Then it might boot and the .exe association could be changed.

I wonder what would happen if you had a .exe startup program trying to run in notepad? Wouldn't that cause a reboot possibly?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 17, 2004 1:44 pm 
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homelessboy wrote:
keymaker wrote:
check out www.bootdisk.com and make a bootdisk of windows. good luck

thankx. i'll convince him to pay $4 and download the disk and see what happens. thanks for the advises.


a bootdisk shouldn't cost money. i don't use that site, but still...


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