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Hi Folks.

A bit of background.

I installed an ms win xp home patch on wednesday evening. Re started my pc on saturday evening and I now get an error message something along the lines of "Lsass.exe is not the expected version - Please check version number" (It's something very close to this anyway !) After twenty seconds, the pc reboots and it does the same thing in an endless cycle ! The screen is blank by the way. Sometimes the keyboard works, sometimes it doesn't. I got it into safe mode once and the screen is still black and nothing else but safe mode in all four corners, as you'd expect.

I have investigated this online and it mostly seems to be related to the sasser worm, but I have up to date virus software and the pc is firewalled etc. (I know this doesn't make it totally safe but i've not had any viruses for two years or so), I always install the patches that ms releases and it is currently at service pack 2.

I'd been thinking it needed a rebuild anyway, so i'm gonna buy a new hd and use the "current" one as a slave.

Now, I just need a 40 gig (or similar sized), ata 100 >, ide hard disk. Can someone recommend me one. Nothing flash, just a bog standard disk that I can use to run the os from.

I've seen this one.. http://tinyurl.com/d29v6

It's only ?32, seems like a good buy. Does anyone know anywhere else that will give speedy delivery and good prices. I can't be without my pc over crimbo [:|] Sad, maybe, but I'll have a mountain of topics to catch up on here if I don't look at the forum for two weeks !

So, any good ? any recommendations ?

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Right, first things first.

When you have your new hard drive, do a scan on your existing drive, i.e. the slave for the file win.log. If you have that, you have the sasser virus. Im 99% sure you do anyway. Basically you have updated windows, replaced files and now the virus cant find its file, so it goes off and keeps rebooting.

Anyway, I'd reccomend scan.co.uk for a new hard drive, purely on delivery. About ?7 delivery which should be with you in time for crimbo, its always been 2 days delivery time for me anyway. You may have the option of next day too.

If your gonna re-build though, why not go for a bigger hard drive, say 160gb, format your current 40gb and use your current 40gb as the system disk and the new larger one to store your porno.....sorry, files?
 

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Right, first things first.

When you have your new hard drive, do a scan on your existing drive, i.e. the slave for the file win.log. If you have that, you have the sasser virus. Im 99% sure you do anyway. Basically you have updated windows, replaced files and now the virus cant find its file, so it goes off and keeps rebooting.

Anyway, I'd reccomend scan.co.uk for a new hard drive, purely on delivery. About ?7 delivery which should be with you in time for crimbo, its always been 2 days delivery time for me anyway. You may have the option of next day too.

If your gonna re-build though, why not go for a bigger hard drive, say 160gb, format your current 40gb and use your current 40gb as the system disk and the new larger one to store your porno.....sorry, files?
Ahhh, right. So, I may have been harbouring the sasser virus for a while and the patch has just made it look elsewhere for a home ?

I could do that as I have loads of "files" lol.. just kiddin. They are all pics of bloomin' vee dubs ! I'll take a look at scan.co.uk.

Cheers G [Y] [:D]
 

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Loads of files eh, me too [;)], share and share alike [:p]
They are, honestly, all of cars ! I have a huge collection of veedubs that I have collected over the past eighteen months or so and i'm damned if i'm gonna format the hd and lose 'em cos of bloody xp !
 

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That's an excellent drive, you get 5 year warranty on the Barracudas as well. If you can stretch to the one with 8MB buffer then even better.

Six years ago I paid ?390+VAT (trade!) for an IBM Deskstar 75GB drive, but it was so ridiculously far ahead of anything else I just had to have it [:p] Still serves me to this day.
 

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That's an excellent drive, you get 5 year warranty on the Barracudas as well. If you can stretch to the one with 8MB buffer then even better.

Six years ago I paid ?390+VAT (trade!) for an IBM Deskstar 75GB drive, but it was so ridiculously far ahead of anything else I just had to have it [:p] Still serves me to this day.
That's what attracted. the 5 year warranty. Decided to go for an 80 gig model now but can't find a seagate with that !

http://www.microdirect.co.uk/productlister.aspx?GroupID=195 <---- looking there ! - There is one, but it's only a 2mb cache. Is that very poor ? [:^)]
 

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I can't be without my pc over crimbo [:|] Sad, maybe, but I'll have a mountain of topics to catch up on here if I don't look at the forum for two weeks !
Dude, that's what laptops are for [:D] I use mine to check e-mail while the desktop dinosaur is still booting (or has crashed...) so I'm never off-line [H]

When they're both up, I have different forums on each machine. Talk about efficiency [:p]
 

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I have used one of those HD's you listed mate and it was fine.

A system disk of 40GB and the big disc for files is probably a good idea too. If the O/S crashes or the system HD fails, you aint lost any of your stuff.
 

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Right.. I managed to take a picture of the error message on my cam phone last night. but I forgot my cable this morning dammit ! [:$]

I reads "lsass.exe - System Error

Indicates a revision number encountered or specified is not one known by the service. It may be a more recent revision than the service is aware of"

If I click ok, it reboots the system. If I don't touch it, in 30 seconds it reboots the system too ! [8o|] [:mad:]

It seems ms have a fix for it but I have to ring them when the system is on and they have a fix they can apply somehow, but I can't even dial up (I never get to see the desktop), so god knows how they think they can do that. Said i'd ring 'em tonight anyway and see what happens. Rather superbly, their "tech support" line is only open til 7pm. Brilliant idea Bill. superb [Y] [:mad:] and once you've rung em twice. each additional support request is ?49..... + VAT ! [:O] LOL.. what a joke [:mad:]
 

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Shame you dont live closer, you could probably tweak XP using Recovery Console to reinstall the correct lsass and then rebuild the boot sector for the OS.

However, I can't post how you do it because I've not done it in *AGES* (so I'd have to wing it) and it's not for the faint hearted either [:)]

New HDD would be easier - call it a crimbo pressie for the pooter [;)]

Merry Christmas mate

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I Have another suggestion reload windows to the existing drive using another folder to put windows into then copy all the suff you need to save to disc etc then reformat the drive to reinstall windows on a clean drive. I have done this loads of times when i dont have a spare drive around or i have crashed my system permanantly. Its quite time consuming but it does work
 

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Woohoo.. well I am back online now.  I will update what the solution was later on but I think i've just had my first postitve microsoft experience !
 
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