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By julioairizar ·
I have a Windows XP running PC with two DIMMs 256MB RAM each. Some days ago I removed one of the DIMM to use in other PC after that I tryed to put it back, but when I start up the PC, after POST, show the following message once:
"Windows could not start because file is missing or corrupt: C:\Winnt\System32\Drivers\Pci.sys"
I shut down the PC and wait about a minut, after that boot again and after POST received the following message: "Windows could not start because of an error in the software. Please report this problem as: load needed DLLs for Kernel" I shut down again and removed the DIMM and the PC boot OK. Think the DIMM is damage and tryed in another PC and works fine. Can not understand what is happen here! Any help?

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by TheChas In reply to Load needed DLLs for Kern ...

Windows can have problems loading some VXD and other files if there are problems with the memory.

First, since the amount of installed RAM is one of the product activation items, I STRONGLY recommend against swapping memory around between PCs with XP installed!

Now, what I think happened, is that there is either some dust in the DIMM socket, or a pin was bent or damaged when the DIMM was replaced.

You may need magnification to see the damage or debris.

Are you sure this was the sameDIMM that was removed from the PC to begin with?
I have seen many DIMM combinations not work well together. I am to the point where I may replace all the DIMMs on a motherboard when upgrading RAM to avoid DIMM conflicts

Chas

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by julioairizar In reply to Load needed DLLs for Kern ...

Yes Chas, the DIMM are the same. I will try lookin with magnifying to see if any debris or damage. Thank!!

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by julioairizar In reply to Load needed DLLs for Kern ...

OK, TheChas, I swaped the DIMMs and this time Windows boot OK. I gues that one of the DIMM was not in a totally right position, exactly dont know, because i swaped without seeing first. Thew most important is that the problem is solved and new hardware lesson I learned (this every day, ah?) Thank to you for your help.

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