my whole event viewer is empty

hi,
I checked my event viewer this morning and all the logs are empty.  If i open the evt file, there is garbled text in it b/c i am opening it in notepad instead of a evt viewer.  Anyone know how to get my event viewer back?
frebayAsked:
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oBdACommented:
Go to Control Panel/Administration/Services, set the Event Log service to "disabled"; reboot.
Go to C:\WINNT\system32\config, move the .evt files to a different location (or delete them); set the Event Log service to "automatic" again; reboot.
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frebayAuthor Commented:
i tired that and it didn't work, any other suggestions?
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frebayAuthor Commented:
start, stop, restart, pause, and resume are all grayed out on the event service.
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oBdACommented:
That's why you have to set the start type to "disabled", then reboot. That will stop the event log service, then you can move/delete the .evt files, because they're not in use anymore. Once you've set the start type back to "automatic" and rebooted again, W2k will create new log files.
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sdow3Commented:
When the same thing happened on my Domain Controller, all I did was right click on each, and 'Clear all Events'. Took care of the issue.
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thewiegerCommented:
Try this MS KnowledgeBase article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];829246
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