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BSOD registry error C0000218

Cannot get any further than the BSOD. Won't go into safe mode or anything else I try. Can't get to Command Prompt either. Is there anything that can be loaded into the SD card slot at boot time to help get any further?
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You could try to boot from you Windows Installation CD and perform a system restore.

What version of Windows do you use?
You should also be able to boot to the Dell diagnostic partition just as the machine boots. I believe there should be an f12 option to get to it. It may be hardware related. You could also burn a ubcd for windows disk. It will allow you to boot the machine and see whats going on and at least recover data if needed. http://www.ubcd4win.com/
The fix is to replace the corrupt registry hive(s) from the backup copies in the System Restore folder. UBCD4Win has a utility that will restore the registry and UBCD4Win can be installed on a bootable flash drive.  http://foribb.blogspot.com/2009/01/make-your-pen-drive-bootable-install.html

The alternative is to use the Recovery Console and information here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307545
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you can also boot from a bootable cd (UBCD4Win) or Knoppix live, and post the minidump for more info  : ftp://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.7.0CD-2011-08-01-EN.iso   

find it in windows\minidumps
Sudeep SharmaTechnical DesignerCommented:
The error suggests that you might have some issues with the Hard Dis. You may need to run chkdsk to fix it, if it is recoverable.


if a disk problem is suspected -  best have a backup first, then troubleshoot
personally, i first run a disk diag on it (you don't know what chkdsk does on a bad disk)
then you can run chkdsk
disk diags can be found on ubcd : http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/      

you can also use my article then : http://www.experts-exchange.com/Storage/Hard_Drives/A_3000-The-bad-hard-disk-problem.html
atayqedAuthor Commented:
The ridiculous outcome of this situation is that the problem disappeared, before any of your offerings could be tried. I went to the machine the next day to try your various offerings and it booted up as if nothing had ever happened. It is now two weeks later and continues to act normally. Weird, huh?
atayqedAuthor Commented:
Lower than grade A because the fault just fixed itself. I did nothing.

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