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coleen

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I've been trying to do a repair install for windows xp pro.To begin with it said I didnt have "w20mlres.dll" which I found in system32. Then it said "windows could not load the installer for media" among others. The screen started flashing and eventually when I pressed a key the dreaded blue screen came up saying "kernel data inpage error" and dumped the memory.

As the repair install had already started it told me I couldn't start in safe mode and so just repeated the same problems.

I've followed some instructions about doing a system restore from the recovery console but that's just made things worse. Now I can't restart the repair installation because it says I have a partition and if I press a key it threatens to overwrite all my data.

I can get into recovery console but it doesn't seem to give me any options to help me save my files but then again I'm not an expert on these things.

I just want to recover my data and format. I couldnt back it up before I started all this because I didn't have a place to put it.

All this because my computer stopped recognizing my usb stick....

Please help.
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Hi coleen and welcome to Geeks to go.
Before we start, we will need some more information. depending on what you answer will depend on how we proceed.

Is this a laptop or a desktop?
Is this a name brand like Dell, HP, Gateway, etc? or a home built one?

There are ways to get the data from the drive. Depending on your answer, we can slave it to another computer, place it in a USB enclosure (needs another computer), or use a linx based OS that runs strictly from the CD.
A lot also depends on what you feel comfortable in doing.

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Thanks for replying 123.

Its an acer travelmate 800 laptop. I would rather not take the computer apart but if need be I can. i have a Dell Inspiron laptop available if this helps.

There's no way to fix the reapair installation(!)?

Thanks again
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After an evening of gnashing teeth, I've got Bart's PE Builder up and running. I can see my files but how do I get them off? There seems to be many applications on the PE Builder but not many instructions. I've tried hooking up a cable between two laptops using tcp\ip and the HDHost plugin but the computer running PE Builder says "Unable to install network adapters". (Typical, the one thing i need to do I can't).

I'm not even sure if I can just connect the two computers by a cable or do I need an interface. Currnetly searching for this though.

The damaged machine is an Acer travelmate 800.

So, do I need to download and install network adapters because they're not on the PE Builder? Do I need to connect the two computers in a different way? Do I need to throw my computer through a window?

My USB port doesnt work for Storage devices (everything else though) by the way.

Any thoughts please?
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