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    Startup/shutdown problem

    A friend reported that his XP Pro machine would not shut down and I've now looked at it and the following is what I've discovered.

    1. In the first place the machine comes up with an error message as it loads XP, before it gets to the logon screen. The dialog is titled "Parser Message" and the message reads "Parse error 'pd' at line 595". Pressing the OK button causes the error to appear again and this happens 10 times in all and then the machine shows the logon screen.

    2. If either the Turnoff or Restart option is selected, nothing apparent happens (though see below). The machine doesn't freeze or anything nasty and nothing gets written to the event log.

    3. If Logoff is selected then it does so, although shows the parser error 10 times before showing the logon window. From here it is possible to shutdown or restart HOWEVER if the turnoff option (2 above) has previously been tried then it will not logoff.

    4. I've tried the troubleshooter for startup problems but to no avail. Disabling the various msconfig options makes no difference.

    5. The troubleshooter for shutdown problems doesn't even recognise this type of problem. It wants the system to freeze before it's interested!

    6. Booting into safe mode shows the same problem.

    7. The only error shown by the event viewer is a system message from the Service Control Manager saying that it couldn't start the Software Cinemaster NT4.0 Driver because it couldn't find the file specified.

    8. Looking at services running, there are two set to start automatically which are not running; ATI Smart (which, upon request, starts and then stops, I assume having nothing to do) and Script Blocking Service (part of Symantec's stuff which starts when requested).

    9. Looking for a previous system restore point, there aren't any! The facility appears to be switched on but the only ne seems to be from today which it took while I was looking at things.

    10. Logging the boot process shows nothing that immediately leaps out at me, although I'm not really familiar with this sort of thing. In case there is any clue within it, I'm adding it to the bottom of this message.

    11. I've scanned for viruses using the Norton product which is on the machine and also with a bang up to date version of AVG and nothing is found. Despite this...

    12. If I go to the System Restore function and then select 'System Restore Settings', Norton leaps into action with "Malicious Script Detected", identifying the Windows Script Host Shell Object and the file rstrui.exe. It then suggests I stop it running. If I allow it to run, the normal window comes up. If I use the alternative route via control panel (classic view) -> system then nothing pops up.

    13. Thinking it might be theme related (anything's worth a try!) I tried "Windows XP" amd "Windows Classic" but after rebooting, the problem remained (ge'd not used a specific theme, anyway, just changed the background AFAICT)

    At this point I've run out of ideas and would welcome any of yours! The word 'script' does seem to feature rather a lot in this so for now I'm off to see what I can find out about that start up message.

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    The boot log produced is as follows...

    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys
    Microsoft (R) Windows (R) Version 5.1 (Build 2600)
    1 19 2004 11:04:54.500
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\hal.dll
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\KDCOM.DLL
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\system32\BOOTVID.dll
    Loaded driver ACPI.sys
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\WMILIB.SYS
    Loaded driver pci.sys
    Loaded driver isapnp.sys
    Loaded driver pciide.sys
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\PCIIDEX.SYS
    Loaded driver MountMgr.sys
    Loaded driver ftdisk.sys
    Loaded driver dmload.sys
    Loaded driver dmio.sys
    Loaded driver PartMgr.sys
    Loaded driver VolSnap.sys
    Loaded driver atapi.sys
    Loaded driver disk.sys
    Loaded driver \WINDOWS\System32\DRIVERS\CLASSPNP.SYS
    Loaded driver sr.sys
    Loaded driver Fastfat.sys
    Loaded driver KSecDD.sys
    Loaded driver NDIS.sys
    Loaded driver Mup.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\processr.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ati2mtag.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\i8042prt.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mouclass.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\kbdclass.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Imapi.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\cdrom.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\redbook.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbohci.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbehci.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\sisnic.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ctoss2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\ctprxy2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ctaud2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\gameenum.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\fdc.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\serial.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\serenum.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\parport.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\audstub.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rasl2tp.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndistapi.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndiswan.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\raspppoe.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\raspptp.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\msgpc.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\psched.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ptilink.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\raspti.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rdpdr.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\termdd.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\swenum.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\update.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\NDProxy.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\usbhub.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\ha10kx2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\ctac32k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\emupia2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\ctsfm2k.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\flpydisk.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\lbrtfdc.SYS
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Sfloppy.SYS
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\i2omgmt.SYS
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Changer.SYS
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Cdaudio.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fs_Rec.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Null.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Beep.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\vga.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\mnmdd.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\RDPCDD.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Msfs.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Npfs.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rasacd.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ipsec.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\tcpip.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\netbt.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\netbios.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\PCIDump.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\wanarp.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Fips.SYS
    Loaded driver Fastfat.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\Cdfs.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ATINTTXX.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\atinmdxx.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\atinxsxx.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\atinraxx.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\atinrvxx.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\atintuxx.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\afd.sys
    Loaded driver \??\F:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\SYMTDI.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\ndisuio.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\drivers\afd.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\rdbss.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mrxsmb.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\mrxdav.sys
    Did not load driver \SystemRoot\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\CINEMSUP.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\Drivers\ParVdm.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\System32\DRIVERS\srv.sys
    Loaded driver \??\F:\Program Files\Symantec\SYMEVENT.SYS
    Loaded driver \??\F:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\VIRUSD~1\20010808.016\NAVENG.SYS
    Loaded driver \??\F:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\SYMANT~1\VIRUSD~1\20010808.016\NAVEX15.SYS
    Loaded driver \??\F:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\NAVAP.SYS
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\sysaudio.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\splitter.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\aec.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\swmidi.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\DMusic.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\kmixer.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\wdmaud.sys
    Loaded driver \SystemRoot\system32\drivers\drmkaud.sys
    Loaded driver \??\F:\WINDOWS\System32\Drivers\SYMREDRV.SYS

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    Sounds kinda theme related, does he use Style XP, Windowblinds or changed his Logon screen ? uninstall any of these if he has them.

    Put the XP CD in and open the Command Prompt window and type sfc /scannow make sure there's a space between sfc and the /.

    If that doesn't work then do an XP repair.

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    Friendly Neighborhood Super Moderator phishhead's Avatar
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    personally I would do what Fastgame said with the sfc command. and if I can add to his post you will need your xp cd in the drive to run the command. it basically in a nutshell replaces any corrupt system files with good ones off the cd. if this works just make sure to rerun your servicepack1. then if that does not work do as FG said and to a xp repair, making sure and try to back up your personal data for safety.



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    I'll give that a try and see what drops out.

    As I said in the original post (item 13), themes do not seem to be particularly in use... the only thing I noticed was a different background.

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    Old and Cranky Super Moderator rik's Avatar
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    You might also try reinstalling .NET

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    Hey everyone,

    I have just recently copped the same problem. Just befor the Windows XP logon screen I get the Parser Message "Parse Error ';' at line 173". My computer will no longer shutdown or restart, turning the PC using the off switch and then starting in safe mode I still get the error. I am at the point where I am seriously thinking of reinstalling Windows XP but I want to leave that as a last resort.

    I have done the sfc /scannow in the command prompt and when that finishes it just goes away, so I am assuming everything is fine in that degree. I also get the System Configuraion Utility starting up every time, but I cannot fix the problems with that until I can reboot my machine safely. So I just want to know what do you guys mean by XP repair? please be more specific for me.

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    XP repair is done by starting a reinstall from the original XP CD. When it asks Install or Repair using recovery console select 'install' and later it gives you the option to reinstall the system files.

    From my experience this is a safe thing to do (I've not lost anything yet) but is rather tedious!

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    Thanks for your help Ken. I did the repair it took a long time but now I can shutdown and restart properly, and no errors during startup. And on top of that I didn't lose anything off my hard drive, so thanks again.

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