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  • Hi all,

    although this is not a specific install problem the topic didnt seem to fit in any other category.

    I have a brand new IBM/Lenovo Thinkpad R60 with Vista Business pre-installed. Everything worked great so far for a work. The 120GB hd was not partitioned apart from a 5GB Lenovo specific rescue system.

    For various reasons, which I dont need/want to discuss here, I resized the large partition to 70GB and installed a dual/triple boot system: Lenovo Rescue/Windows Vista/Linux. Suffice it to say I do need this extra OS on my laptop.

    The partition was cleanly written, and the installation was cleanly installed and a bootloader (GRUB) also cleanly installed.

    The problem now is that while all OS boot, the original two now simply 'hang' on the crcdisk.sys.
    The Lenovo Rescue OS (which seems to be a stripped down Windows Vista) and the Vista partition boot fine to the point where thedriver file crcdisk.sys is loaded and stop there.

    I ve searched for solutions and posts and did find a surprisingly large number of them all related to the crcdisk.sys driver. However, I couldnt find any solution. the repartitioning, at least, didnt not necessarily have caused the problem.

    I am able to log into my linux. From their I have read access to the windows partitions and they are fine. No corruptions found. So this really doesnt seem to be the problem. I assume it's more like a "oh, lets check the hard disk for failures -- strange, there seems to be a different hard disk then before -- so lets stop here" behaviour...


    I have found one solution advising to reinstall Vista, which seems to me like using missiles to shoot at birds (or whatever the saying is in English)

    Any ideas or ways to solve /pinpoint the problem.

    Any help is greatly appreciated

    TIA

    Chris



    Thursday, March 1, 2007 1:46 PM

Answers

  • Ok, the problem is solved now.

    For those interested, it seems to be an issue somehow (Laptop/notebook specific) connected to hibernation mode.

    The partition resizing was obviously done when Vista was in hibernation mode. After several hours of trying and researching I figured it was time to save the data I had on the drive and reinstall Vista. When mounting the ntfs-partitions in Knoppix (with ntfs3g support) I was told that the drives were still mounted by Vista and consequently dirty.

    A chkdsk in windows would have solved the problem, but since I couldnt boot into Vista, and didnt have the boot disks at hand this was not an option.

    Using linux' ntfsprogs & ntfsfix with admin rights on the NTFS partitions finally did the trick & solved the problem.

    Thanks tho



    Friday, March 2, 2007 8:11 AM

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  • You may need to update the drivers for your drives. the .sys reveals that this is a driver issue.
    locate or contact the manufacturer of your device and see if they have and updated driver for your drives.
    Next during the upgrade if asked if you would like to install and third party drive select F6 or any other key select the option and insert the disk with the drivers.

    This should resolve the issue
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    Thursday, March 1, 2007 3:24 PM
  • Ok, the problem is solved now.

    For those interested, it seems to be an issue somehow (Laptop/notebook specific) connected to hibernation mode.

    The partition resizing was obviously done when Vista was in hibernation mode. After several hours of trying and researching I figured it was time to save the data I had on the drive and reinstall Vista. When mounting the ntfs-partitions in Knoppix (with ntfs3g support) I was told that the drives were still mounted by Vista and consequently dirty.

    A chkdsk in windows would have solved the problem, but since I couldnt boot into Vista, and didnt have the boot disks at hand this was not an option.

    Using linux' ntfsprogs & ntfsfix with admin rights on the NTFS partitions finally did the trick & solved the problem.

    Thanks tho



    Friday, March 2, 2007 8:11 AM
  • I had the same problem with my ASUS A8R-MVP Mobo and VISTA Ultimate... It was not only with VISTA but also with WINXP SP2 . I thought it was related with a new PCI-Express card that was installed. After investigating and track record I've consluded that I upgraded my BIOS to the ASUS [[A8R-MVP Beta BIOS 0602]]. I had to make a dos boot disk and revert back to 0503.

     

    Once restarted it seems to be working fine.!!

     

    Thanks

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:25 AM
  • Can you tell me what exactly you did?

    I have the same Problem on my ThinkPad Z61m after installing Ubuntu and therefor shrinking the partition, but a simple run of sudo ntfsfix /dev/sda2 didn't fix it.
    Tuesday, May 1, 2007 8:37 AM
  • any suggestions?
    Thursday, May 3, 2007 6:27 PM
  • Try turning off USB Legacy Emulation in the bios
    Sunday, May 6, 2007 4:18 PM
  • Having had the pleasure of this wonderful experience, oh let's say about 100 times now, I can tell you that none of these replys will help you with the problem. I believe someone even said to disable the legacy usb support. That's just plain mean.. You'll need to reset your CMOS to get your USB keyboard working again or you'll need to hunt around for a PS2 keyboard.

     

    The problem does in fact stem from the MBR (Master Boot Record). During the initial build and after you load all of the manufactures drivers the system will run fine. However, later down the road, when you decide to run automatic updates you will suddenly have this problem. So that simply say's that the manufacturers drivers that were submitted to Microsoft are not as up to date as those that are on their website and that are compatible with the latest bios updates.

     

    Unfortunately the only choice you have after you've let microsoft update your computer is a complete rebuild. There is no way to put the right drivers back on the system since you can't even see the drive, (or array as was my case). Yes you could boot to linux and try to replace the drivers but they wont work unless you can update the registry also.

     

    Solution: When you rebuild your system, disable automatic updates. Update your system to the latest BIOS and then install the latest drivers from the manufacturer. When everything is dialed in go ahead and get your updates but just make sure that you disable updates for any drivers. You'll still get all your basic updates and security updates which is all you really need.

     

    Manufacturers and Microsoft are both to blame for this. The Manufacturers don't understand enough about Vista to build a BIOS that can support it right the first time so they build something that works most of the time and then when they need to fix a glitch they do. However the new drivers need to go through whql and that can take some time.  

     

    Of course we have already had the problem so we search for solutions and the most logical one is the bios update. We do that but now the drivers are out of synch. Need I say more..

     

    You can't really fix the problem all you can do is try to avoid it.

     

     

    • Proposed as answer by bernie23424 Wednesday, January 21, 2009 8:31 AM
    Saturday, October 20, 2007 7:50 PM
  • Thanks for the tip, but I've tried the ntfsfix route with ubuntu, and even though it completed successfully, Windows Vista still freezes at crcdisk.sys load in bootup. I posted on this before, but failed to mention that Vista was previously hanging on chkdsk. Now, it won't even get that far. So, I would still like a fix from MS.
    Monday, November 19, 2007 10:22 PM
  • I had a similiar problem that non of the Recovery CD or installation CD works. The problem happened after a resize in a linux as 2nd/3rd OS on my PC. Linux works fine but Vista stoped booting and alway stuck at crcdisk.sys (seems that way but actually problem is not).

     

    After many googlings and tries, finally I got it resolved this way:

    • Disconnect the hard drive connector (SATA or IDE cable, but keep the power connection). This is neccessary in my case where
      • Vista DVD won't boot,
      • Norton Ghost won't boot,
      • Manufacturer's Recovery CD won't boot. 
      • Ultimate Boot CD boots but lack of useful tools for NTFS chkdsk.exe
      • -- very helpless situation, right?
    • Boot from an installation CD/DVD, in my case, I used Vista installation DVD.
    • Once it boots, connect the hard drive cable.
    • Now, find out the hard drive letter from Repair console, in my case it is H:
    • Launch Command Console (DOS)
    • Do a CHKDSK/F H:
    • Reboot after it finishes

    Now the Vista is back to normal. It took me quite a while to get this recovered. Now I have a triple boot machines with Vista, Fedora 8 and Ubuntu 7.10 right before Thanksgiving. Great!

     

     

     

    Wednesday, November 21, 2007 8:26 PM

  • The advice about unplugging hdd is good. But here is another data point. I have been running Vista Ultimate 64 on a old Shuttle for several months. After playing with hardware to fix previously working XBOX wireless controller, Vista stopped booting with the symptoms described in this thread.

    However, I cannot repair the system because I have only Vista Upgrade CD. Apparently, the Upgrade CD won't boot unless there is a working system to upgrade - smart!

        OK, I was wrong about this. 64 bit DVD doesn't boot even if there are no hdd's in the system. 32 bit Vista's boot fine (home or ultimate). But the hardware has not changed! Athlon 64 and 2G memory.

    BTW. I managed to run chkdsk and the drive is fine. The advice from other threads about removing drivers etc doesn't seem to apply since the system worked before. Do I have to buy  a full version of Vista?

    (I installed a spare Vista Home 32 on another hdd and could run chkdsk - the hardware is fine)

    Monday, December 3, 2007 5:51 PM
  • After some BIOS tweaking it - 64 bit Vista - booted fine; apparently I lost my settings when playing with the hardware.
    The "safe setting" doesn't work for 64 bit.

     RomanJB wrote:

    The advice about unplugging hdd is good. But here is another data point. I have been running Vista Ultimate 64 on a old Shuttle for several months. After playing with hardware to fix previously working XBOX wireless controller, Vista stopped booting with the symptoms described in this thread.

    However, I cannot repair the system because I have only Vista Upgrade CD. Apparently, the Upgrade CD won't boot unless there is a working system to upgrade - smart!

        OK, I was wrong about this. 64 bit DVD doesn't boot even if there are no hdd's in the system. 32 bit Vista's boot fine (home or ultimate). But the hardware has not changed! Athlon 64 and 2G memory.

    BTW. I managed to run chkdsk and the drive is fine. The advice from other threads about removing drivers etc doesn't seem to apply since the system worked before. Do I have to buy  a full version of Vista?

    (I installed a spare Vista Home 32 on another hdd and could run chkdsk - the hardware is fine)

    Monday, December 3, 2007 11:35 PM
  • In my case the problem turned out to a DVD I had had trouble with and had forgotten in a drive.  Thankfully I used the same drive when I went to restore using the WHS restore CD.  The computer was sitting at CRCDISK.SYS line booting to a command prompt and when I opened the drive it went on, all the way to the command prompteditted for clari.

     

    HTH

    Monday, January 21, 2008 1:13 AM
  • I have the misfortune of encountering this problem too. After fiddling with the PC for a while I manage to get it to boot properly by using the restore from last successful boot option.

     sschefer wrote:

    I believe someone even said to disable the legacy usb support. That's just plain mean.. You'll need to reset your CMOS to get your USB keyboard working again or you'll need to hunt around for a PS2 keyboard.

     



    PS: And thanks to sschefer for the post. Good thing I have a USB to PS2 converter readily available Smile

    Friday, February 22, 2008 2:03 PM
  • I have experienced this problem on a few occasions and it has cost me hours of trying all sorts of work arounds (including unplugging all USB devices). I now have the solution that works for me: unplug the network cable. In my case, this was probably due to a problematic US Robotics NIC driver, but unplugging the network cable may work for you too.

    Sunday, April 6, 2008 9:17 PM
  • I've read all the posts on this & am left somewhat frustrated. I have a Lenovo IBM Thinpad T61 with few modifications. All I've done is put an extra 1Gb of IBM memory in (to take it to 2Gb) & allow Microsoft to automatically update Vista (Home Premium).  After 2 months it suddenly started hanging on crcdisk.sys. PC Doctor says everything is fine & so does Symantec antivirus. The Thinkpad Restore & Recovery hangs right at the end of the process whether I do a quick restore, a restore to previous version, or a full factory restore.  Lenovo/IBM support washes its hands of any problems & is sending me out CD's so I can do a full factory restore from CD.  I'm not overly technical & therefore dont know what to do other than what they say.  I reckon its a total cop out by Microsoft & Lenovo. My bet is its an incompatibility caused by a Vista automatic update..Any advice much appreciated....
    Friday, April 18, 2008 12:37 AM
  •  

    Hey ChuckL, I've got the Lenovo T61 as well.  And guess what, I've hit the same problem with the hang on crcdisk.sys.  I noticed the problem this morning.
    Saturday, April 19, 2008 11:31 PM
  • Where is Microsoft in this thread? Why aren't there any responses from the folks who created this sunken flagship of the company? How long before Windows 7?

     

    Friday, July 11, 2008 4:22 PM
  • dw

     

    This thread was started 16 months ago. The member who started the thread, posted the solution to the problem in the 3rd message on this thread.

     

    Over the past 16 months, there have been many messages posted in this thread about 'similar' problems but most of these messages do not include much information or details about the specific problem the member is experiencing.

     

    If you are having an issue, it's always a good idea to start a new thread, with a descriptive subject, and include as many details about error messages, make and model of your system, version of Vista that is installed, installed and attached hardware components, etc.

     

    What was done on the system, just prior to the error occurring? Has anything been done to try and fix the problem?

     

    This will allow you get a reply with specific information for your specific problem. 

     

    Thanks for understanding.

     

    .


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Friday, July 11, 2008 5:26 PM
    Moderator
  • Ronnie,

    Thanks for the advice and I will do as you suggest! In the meantime though, it would be helpful if you could point me to any info about this problem that you know of that can be found in Microsoft's Knowledge Base or website. As you so aptly point out this thread started 16 months ago. That means that Microsoft has had that long to find a solution to the issue.

    When I ran a search on "crcdisk.sys" on Microsoft's KB search engine I received not a single reference to even the driver much less any boot problems related to it.

    Thank you,

    David Whittlesey

    Microsoft Certified Professional

    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

    Microsoft Registered Partner

    Microsoft Small Business Specialist

     

    Friday, July 11, 2008 8:24 PM
  • I have an HP Pavilion dv6000Twith Vista Business Operating system, I tried to install SP1, while I took the defaults for it to boot the system during the install found after 3 hours my system was hung at driver: crcdisk.sys. I tried to boot in SAFE MODE, but when it got to the driver crcdisk.sys or crcdisk.dll (don’t remember which), then it crashes with the blue screen and same message indicated below.

     

    NOTE: I have already tried the Notebook Recovery Disc Set Windows Vista Business 32 bit, which still results in the blue screen with this message below. I only have one recovery disc called "SYSTEM RECOVERY DVD WINDOWS VISTA BUSINESS" which Is included in the box.

     

    BLUE SCREEN MESSAGE EACH TIME:

    "A problem has been detected and windows have been shut down to prevent damage to your computer. If this is the first time you've seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

     

    Check to make sure any new hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any windows updates you might need.

     

    If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use SAFE MODE to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup Options, and then select SAFE MODE.

     

    Technical Information: *** STOP: 0x0000C1FS (0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)"


    If Microsoft knew about this problem and they are responsible for the lost of my computer. HP does not give you a full operating system CD - so there is no way for me to reinstall the operating system from scratch. HP also refuses to get me a full operating system disk for Vista Business. I have never had a problem like this with Windows XP. Vista is a terrible bug ridden piece of junk. I believe Microsoft should send us a free operating system that works.
    Friday, September 5, 2008 10:34 PM
  • Make sure all of your CD/DVD drives are empty.  That is what cuased this problem for me.

     

     

    Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:39 PM
  • my laptop is Presario V3704, same problem happened after once unusual power off. Still can not start now.

    Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:19 AM
  •  

    My laptop is Sony Vaio VGN-CR120E(bought it 1 year ago frm CircuitCity). I am also facing the same problem that booting is incomplete, gets stuck at crcdisk.sys and shows a blue blankscreen and restarts (sometimes shows about could find registery file on a bluescreen and something about crash dump). I tried all boot options with no success. I didn't get any installation or recovery disk, it came preloaded for me. Now I dont have access to Vista Home Premium. But I have a Vista Business Edition (Will it help to repair vista home).
    Monday, September 29, 2008 3:07 AM
  • Crzylittle

     

    As you don’t have a Vista DVD, you can download and create a Recovery Disk (32-bit x86 or 64-bit x64) here http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ After downloading the image to your hard disk, create a CD in ISO format (a DVD is not necessary as the 32-bit version is 120MB and the 64-bit version is 148MB).

     

    It works in the same way as the Vista DVD, i.e. boot from the disk, choose ‘Press any key to boot from CD/DVD’ and Vista will start to load the Windows files. Select your language, time, currency and keyboard then click ‘Repair’ in the bottom left corner. Within the repair option there are five choices: Startup Repair, System Restore, Backup Restore, Memory Test and Command Prompt.

    Monday, September 29, 2008 3:04 PM
  • BurrWalnut

    Thank you very much for your kind reply. I will try the suggested as soon as possible. I will get back to you if I any other problems...
    Wednesday, October 1, 2008 3:49 AM
  • This may not be as simple for you, but it worked for me
    I removed the CD disk from the computer and rebooted, my pc came right up
    Wednesday, October 29, 2008 1:04 PM
  • I also had the same problem with a PC and the last thing i remember doing was a Windows update.
    I found it strange as nothing had really been changed but shortly afterwards it wouldn't boot anymore. I had a strange feeling it might have something to do with the settings in BIOS, so i decided to experiment a bit.
    Under the power menu i enabled the settings ACPI APIC Support and ACPI 2.0 Support, as i'm pretty sure it was enabled before. Afterwards it worked; Vista booted again . All other things such as USB and onboard LAN were left enabled. I hope this might help others who have the same problem but can't seem to find a solution. The board i'm using is an ASUS M3A.

    Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:33 AM
  • I have the same problem with my PC installed Vista days ago. By referring the suggestions in this thread, after hours' trying, I worked out a solution:-

    - plug out all USB devices (if necessary, the network cable as well)

    - then you can start & login Vista

    - in Vista's command prompt (run as Admin), correct the file system by using command "chkdsk/f c:" (c: means where your windows installed)

     So far, it works in my PC, though I don't know exactly why the problem occurs, I guess something linked to some drivers' update and crcdisk.sys (not sure...). 

    Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:35 AM
  • Dave Sunn
     
    Your chkdsk/f c: command cannot possibly work! I'll leave you to work out why.
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 9:18 AM
  • BurrWalnut said:

    Dave Sunn
     
    Your chkdsk/f c: command cannot possibly work! I'll leave you to work out why.



    BurrWalnut,

    In my PC, unplug the USB connectors (maybe network cable as well) can let system login proper. After login you need to correct the file system of the drive system boots from, using chkdsk/f. Then it's okay to start Vista normally.

    I donot know why it doesnot work in your system, as I'm uncertain it's a standard solution.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 2:42 AM
  • Last night, when I restarted PC, I had the problem again. So I unplugged the USB devices + network cable but this time it didn't work. Trying it again in safe mood, as known it stopped at crcdisk.sys. At this moment, my phone rang, so I answered the phone call... After 1/2 hour or more, when I was back to the computer, I found the screen saver was running. I understood it passed through crcdisk.sys and I login under safe mood and ran chkdsk/f c:, then restarted in normal session and this time it's ok.

    Now I wonder if crcdisk.sys really halts or just it needs more time to load through.
    Friday, February 6, 2009 8:10 AM
  • I have HP Pavilion and I got this same now.. all the problems started 2 weeks ago. I just left my HP laptop to hibernate overnight (I just closed the lid) and next time I opened it was not responding to anything. So I booted it again (after long press of power key), then Vista asked me to give the Product Code. I inserted that several times, booted several times and then suddenly Vista was asking me: something like "Booting failed. Do you want Vista to fix boot". I selected that, but no success.. and booted again, it asked the same etc.. and finally now, when all I can do is to boot to command-prompt, I will get this crcdisk.sys loaded as the last file, but then nothing happens and it freezes.

    So, for me this seems to be a Vista bug, everything started from that hibernate and Product code things. Any ideas how to fix this? Unfortunately HP do NOT help me and neuther does Microsoft. This really makes me sick, since I have paid for both of them for the HW and SW, just less than 2 years ago.

    My lessons learnt is that I will never ever buy anything from HP and I will say to all the people I know that HP is not worth of spending money. All you get is problems but no help when needed.
    Monday, May 4, 2009 3:44 PM
  • I had the same problem. Restoring the partition and other here discussed things did not help. But changeing the SATA connector on one of the disks to a previously unused one was successful. Don't ask why...

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009 12:29 PM
  • I am seeing the same problem now. But apparently this is not because of Vista. Vista is bad at detecting the problem and reporting some details at least via BSOD screen.
    It just hangs.

    In my case crcdisk.sys error is always preceded by some problems in BIOS loading. BIOS either does not start PC at all - even without producing some POST sound code.
    Or it starts but detects SATA drives very slowly. Sometimes everything looks ok but BIOS reports strange names of HDD drives (and it's really hard to notice).
    In my case hang on crcdisk.sys is apparently faulty hardware, but I beleive sometimes it is not so obvious.

    Due to some symthoms like inability to restore fro mSTR I suspect that the problem is somehow connected with ACPI support.

    I am going to reflash BIOS + unplug and plug back all PC components, and if it does not help I just plan to change motherboard and reinstall OS.


    Update: The reason was that one of my hard drives was slowly dying. My old n430-based MB did not report any SMART problems. If I were less biased towards Windows Vista I would have lost less data :)
    Wednesday, July 8, 2009 6:58 AM
  • I have the same problem just because I change BIOS.Now, I fix it.
    • Proposed as answer by maced Saturday, August 8, 2009 8:23 PM
    Monday, July 27, 2009 3:50 AM
  • I am throwing this info out in the hopes that it may help someone.

    I have read all of the posts with interest due to a similar problem.  I had to replace a motherboard in a HP Pavillion and because you can't but the exact MB from HP or thrid party, I went with a Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H as it had the nearest match on capabilities.  After getting it installed and everything connected, I installed Vista Ultimate and started getting the same exact errors described here. 

    I tried several fixes described in this and other forums but none seemed to work.  I decided to update the BIOS just in case this was the issue.  One thing worth noting is that the documentation for the board says to make an AHCI/RAID drivers disk but on the Vista install instructions it states that this is not required and that Vista will take care of the drivers.  On the first installation, I let Vista take charge and the BIOS SATA mode was set to AHCI and this is when I experienced the error.

    I decided that if the book can't get it straight, then go ahead and try to load the drivers.  I scratched the first install and loaded the drivers during startup and everything went swimmingly after that.  I am in the middle of installing all of the updates for Vista as we speak and the system is running fine.

    I would say (maybe a stretch) that in those cases where the systems were running and then errored out, that Vista installed something that either replaced the drivers or interfered with them.  In that case it may be worth trying to either roll-back to a previous set of SATA drivers or get the latest from the manufacturer. 

    Like everything, this worked for me and I can't guarantee it will be the same for all others but unfortunately there are more posts with no success than those that are successful.  Good luck!
    Saturday, August 8, 2009 8:36 PM
  • Hello everyone,

    I have had a problem that at least intersects with the problems presented and discussed on this thread.
    I managed to fix it.

    I will quote sschefer:

    Having had the pleasure of this wonderful experience, oh let's say about 100 times now, I can tell you that none of these replys will help you with the problem. I believe someone even said to disable the legacy usb support. That's just plain mean.. You'll need to reset your CMOS to get your USB keyboard working again or you'll need to hunt around for a PS2 keyboard

    He said that, specifically, disabling the legacy usb support would be bad (because your USB keyboard would stop functioning and you would end up in a virtually irepairable situation since you couldn't go back to BIOS setup, presuming you're not using a laptop that has an built-in keyboard, and that you also aren't using a vintage keyboard, connected through a PS2 port).

    He is right. Specifically, disabling the legacy usb support would be bad (even more specifically it might be harmless, and I mean if you don't use a keyboard connected through an USB port it wouldn't be bad at all).

    But generally speaking, because most of us use USB keyboards, it would be bad is preety much a true sentence.

    Now... Most of the people said something about disconnecting malfunctioning or incompatible devices that were initially connected to the computer via USB, and so on..

    That ideea is what saved me.

    First of all, my problem was manifesting on an:
    - HP Compaq 6510b
    - running Windows Vista Business (preinstalled by HP)
    - with activated Windows updates (including driver updates).

    The situation was mostly the same as everyone else's (although Ronnie was trying to tell us that these threads are not sorted based on simptoms but rather based on causes, which of course we don't know since we're here to find them).

    My laptop's simptoms were:
    - Vista Business wouldn't boot up,
    - when started in safe mode, it would hang while trying to "load" crcdisk.sys.

    Possible solution to fixing this:

    I remembered, after reading all of this thread, that a week ago my laptop's DVD Burner had malfunctioned (in the sense that it couldn't read a plain CD that other computers could).

    So, I went to BIOS Setup, deactivated the DVD Burner completely, and everything is now back to normal.
    So, although disabling the legacy USB support may be a bad ideea, excluding that function and that alone, you might want to try to disable
    certain functionalities from the BIOS Setup. To avoid ambiguity, you might want to disable one function / device at a time and then retry to boot up.

    The devices that are built-in the laptop can malfunction (and thusly cause Vista to fail booting up) just like any other device that you notice with the bare eye
    simply because they have some form of external connection to the computer (USB, PCM CIA, etc).

    Ok, see ya, so, before reinstalling the system, try to disable stuff like the Network cards, CD ROM, etc, from the BIOS setup and see if that was the problem.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:41 PM
  • I just received this issue on a Windows 2008 x64 Server that was running for over a year without problems.  It happened after rebooting from the a Windows Update that required reboot.  (KB972036, if you were wondering.)  I tried safe mode and got the common stopping point at crcdisk.sys.

    After reading this post, I unplugged the keyboard and mouse, rebooted and finally got passed the startup screen!  But then the screen just hung with a black background and the mouse cursor in the center.  So I plugged the keyboard and mouse back in and received the continuation of the startup.  Then some Windows Update Stage 3 of 3 started processing -- which is normal.  After logging in, I noticed that my mouse was dodgy and the "Signal Quality" window appeared on my screen.  I changed out the batteries of the mouse immediately.  (I'm going back to wired mice.  These wireless mice are more harm than good nowadays.  I am using a Microsoft Laser 5000 atm.)

    So all is well again.  I could've been the USB mouse, USB keyboard, the Windows Update Stage 3 of 3, BIOS, anything.  Regardless, try to unplug your USB peripherals FIRST before doing anything else drastic -- as was mentioned in this post earlier.

    edit: Oh and just yesterday I disabled the memory-eating NVidia Stereoscopic Windows service.  It has been said that the nvidia drivers cause the issue too.  Figured I'd note that change in case it has merit.

    Thursday, September 3, 2009 3:44 AM
  • I had the same problem. After hours of trying to fix it, the solution was quite simple. My solution was to disable all the non critical devices from BIOS. After doing this everything worked perfectly. I tried to pin out the device that caused this by enabling the devices one by one, but after enabling every device, the system was still running smoothly.

    Next time I face this problem, I'll disable the devices one by one.
    • Proposed as answer by JET0547 Monday, May 24, 2010 12:41 AM
    Sunday, September 6, 2009 12:08 AM
  • Way to go, "MVP"! Way to go!
    More than a year (!) had passed since your post, and even then problem was 16 month (!!) old. And it still alive and well! Thanks, Microsoft, thanks for suggestion to use mentioned "fix", "MVP"!
    Hibernation is the problem?? I've never, ever used that on any computer, on any operating system. And "use linux to avoid critical problem with Microsoft problem"? Oh, this is something to write home about. Oh, no, I mean to point Microsoft Support to take a look at this conversation. It is going to be fun!
    Linux? May be it is a solution. A final one. I need a computer that works, you know. And I do not want to spend time and aquire expertise for solving your problems - for somthing I had to pay you!!
    This is a disgrace.
    Thursday, September 10, 2009 3:18 PM
  • I also had the same problem with a PC and the last thing i remember doing was a Windows update.
    I found it strange as nothing had really been changed but shortly afterwards it wouldn't boot anymore. I had a strange feeling it might have something to do with the settings in BIOS, so i decided to experiment a bit.
    Under the power menu i enabled the settings ACPI APIC Support and ACPI 2.0 Support, as i'm pretty sure it was enabled before. Afterwards it worked; Vista booted again . All other things such as USB and onboard LAN were left enabled. I hope this might help others who have the same problem but can't seem to find a solution. The board i'm using is an ASUS M3A.


    Turning APIC worked for me,  Thank You!
    Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:53 PM
  • I'd have to say that after reading through this thread, the non-participation of Microsoft, save one lone posting, is astonishing.

    Currently in the middle of <sigh> yet another SP1-related nightmare. Currently praying chkdsk works.

    I currently recommend to all our home-user clients that the Mac loaded with OpenOffice is the only way to go.


    Wednesday, February 24, 2010 11:15 PM
  • I've been working on a similar problem for about 24 hours now. A Dell Vista business laptop (Vostro 1700) crashed when updating to SP1 and black screened running through about 90,000 files , hanging at a file numbered about 30,000. I forced a shutdown and rebooted to get a BSOD with the 0x0000C1F5 error. The MS page on this suggests a fix which didn't work and then a work around of installing XP and upgrading. That didn't work as the XP install disks couldn't find the SATA drive and I'm not sure how to force that without the SATA driver and a floppy drive.

    I've tried reinstalling Vista from scratch into an empty NTFS file system and the install hangs on Finalising Installation. Forcing a shutdown and rebooting into safe mode ends up stuck at crcdsk.sys like a lot of the other posts here. There is  nothing wrong with the machine as a full install of Ubuntu 9.10 works perfectly.

    I should also add that on similar machines to this, the wireless adapter won't connect to my BT HomeHub router...it seems to insist that it is a public network and gives itself a 169. apipa address.

    This is my first experience with Vista and I have every hope that it will be the last. The silence from both Dell and Microsoft on this issue is deafening.

    Any suggestions gratefully received and will be acknowledged.

     

    AM

     

    Monday, April 26, 2010 11:45 PM
  • Hi there

    If your machine hangs on the  crcdsk.sys you can try this:
    I had a hiren's boot cd that booted a mini Windows XP.
    Then you run a chkdsk.
    In my case, the chkdsk found some errors so I ran it twice.
    The second chkdsk found no problems.
    Restart the machine but with your windows Vista CD.
    Repair the computer.
    Restart again.
    If it dosn't work, restart again with the Windows Vista CD.
    Repair the computer.
    Restart again with no cd.

    In my case, my prob was resolved.

    Monday, July 19, 2010 8:34 PM
  • I had this problem as well on my HP6500 laptop. For several years I had no problems, but started letting my grand daughter use it a month ago. Then this morning the crcdisk.sys was there, and the Vista system would not load. I cut off my wireless, restarted in safe mode which didn't work, then restarted again normally. The same thing happened, but I know enough to let the hard drive light finish before giving up. I went to the kitchen for a cup of coffee then came back and the system was up. I guess the trick is to have patience.
    Thursday, September 30, 2010 1:46 PM
  • Ronnie,

    I too am having a problem with crcdisk.sys in vista home prem 64 bit.  The error says the crcdisk.sys file is missing or corrupt.  My vista system was fully updated with all important as well as all optional updates.  When I boot to a windows vista 64 bit repair cd and run all of the diagnostics it announces that a repair could not be completed.  When I got to a dos prompt at C:\ and ran "dir crcdisk.sys /ash /ogne /s" it returns with file not found.  I believe that all I need to do is get a vaild copy of the crcdisk.sys file and copy it into the windows\system32 directory and that may solve my problem.  How can I do this? 

    Bob.Funkey@ATT.net

    Thursday, August 4, 2011 6:05 PM