First post, by notindeed
So i installed this: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=66402.0 (not sure where the main topic is, and i cannot register to that site as they have closed sign ups)
I didn't get it from there but i can't remember where i got it - the main page for soft15khz and the documentation and downloads all appear to be down.
Anyway, I installed it on my windows installation and it blue screened when i was trying to attach the composite. Restarted the computer. Then i could no longer get anything to display after the loading windows xp logo had come up. Anyway, as my gpu has been playing up generally anyway with corruption and bluescreening sometimes (i think the memory might be suspect from the dodgy seller on forums i bought it from as it's always been a bit weird. Or maybe it could be my PSU? Or the drivers have gotten corrupted?).
I had thought that the program simply added 15khz modes to the selectable resolutions but it seems that it must have forced them. So I tried connecting it from the 8 pin mini din to composite adaptor to my tv and it wasn't showing properly (before i installed it, it could do that but naturally would only output 480i or about in which made things really blurry or forced you to scroll around the screen with weird mouse panning).
So i thought I would try installing it on my other windows xp installation on another partition on the same disc. Unfortunately it had the same effect, although the tv picked something up but it was slightly corrupted.
At this point, i didn't realise you could press F8 to force VGA mode or that safe mode would force resolutions. So instead of doing that i thought that there would be no way for me to uninstall soft15khz as i couldn't see anything in windows anymore.
So i remembered that it created .reg backup entries when i installed the 15khz for both OSes.
I ran a kaspersky recovery disc thing that had a registry editor (as there doesn't seem to be one for linux). I worked out which install was which by lookiing at the software entries and imported each backup .reg file that soft15khz had created to the corresponding install of windows.
Unfortunately, this made the problem worse - I can no longer even get it to boot windows. I think it has corrupted the registry somehow.
Instead of showing the windows logo it now just reboots the computer. If i tell it to turn off auto error reboot (in the f8 menu) then it shows
config_initialisation_failed STOP 0x00000067 (0x00000001 0x00000008 0xc0000032 0x00000000)
It won't even boot forcing VGA mode or safe mode.
So I am guessing it's some registry corruption due to me adding those reg files (i thought it would just overwrite the things that had been changed?)
I tried a chkdsk /r from the windows cd on both partitions and that didn't help. I don't really want to try a fixmbr or fixboot because i assume that would break my grub boot loader with windows wiping it and could make things worse. In fact i think both of my windows installs have the same id as they are seperate partitions of the same backup install, which i had issues with having to manually edit boot inis in the past but i can't remember exactly.
I had read that soft15khz was simply adding registry entries for display modes and so i thought manually adding the backups it created would fix things, so i'm not sure why it did this.