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 PostPost subject: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:36 am 
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Well, someone wanted me to fix an emachines M5122 laptop. It got sold to him by someone and he didnt get a recovery cd with it, and the winXP home serial number sticker on the bottom has been literally ripped off. Basically, the battery ran out whilst it was writing to the hd i think. I've managed to get all the data off it .. but i need a recovery cd.. nobody supplies recovery cds for it any more .. and i was just wondering if anyone could help .. ?

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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 6:53 pm 
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First of all, what's wrong with the system?

Second, you can extract the serial number from the registry.

Third, why don't you try to fix the problem with it? (if you know the problem that is). Or is it locked down in some way?

Fourth, did you do a binary dump of the drive? (using Ghost etc).

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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 9:10 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 2:08 am 
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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 1:46 pm 
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mrpijey: i believe the battery ran out when it was writing to disk, so the volume got corrupted. The partition was ok and i managed to get the files off of it. I then created another volume/partition, copied the files back and done fixmbr/fixboot in the recovery console. This got the boot sector back but unfortunately every driver that ran on boot wouldnt load so i replaced them. Now i need to replace the "System Initalization process" or w/e it was called, but the BSoD only gave that description, not a filename and a google search proved fruitless. So I decided to reinstall but the recovery media was absent and so was the winXP serial number sticker.

Day2Die: I was going to try that, but I'd need to get the thing on the network after booting into ERD Commander ti get the serial number .. :/

Anyway, since i can't find recovery media maybe i will just install WinFLP on it and the apps that came with it and get it back to its rightful owner .. :/

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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 7:31 am 
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Day2die you have the same Windows 7 x64 product key as me :?


Quite a possibility when it's a publicly available key?

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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Sat May 09, 2009 4:43 pm 
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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Mon May 11, 2009 1:37 pm 
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Right,

1) the chat has gone offtopic
2) it's not really needed anymore as i reinstalled the laptop with a WinFLP cd.

So it can be locked now.

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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 1:48 am 
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Before it is locked, did you ever find out if the recovery stuff is on t\he HDD in a hidden partition?


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 PostPost subject: Re: eMachines M5122 recovery cd ?        Posted: Tue May 12, 2009 2:07 am 
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The registry being corrupt might be the reason it won't boot. If System Restore was enabled there is a way to manually copy the backup copies of the registry from a restore point using the Recovery Console.


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