Leader of Birmingham.pm [pm.org] and a CPAN author [cpan.org]. Co-organised YAPC::Europe in 2006 and the 2009 QA Hackathon, responsible for the YAPC Conference Surveys [yapc-surveys.org] and the QA Hackathon [qa-hackathon.org] websites. Also the current caretaker for the CPAN Testers websites and data stores.
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I had earlier set up my old works machine to run on my new LAN, via NetBUI, and had got it up and running in no time at all. Then I just needed to add the NetBUI protocol to my PIC machine, so it and the other machines could talk to each other. After rebooting it got halfway through windows initialisation and crashed, only to reboot in safe mode. After many, many attempts to remove settings, startup apps, and the network protocols, I was still getting nowhere. I phoned a friend (I would have asked the audience but had no email of internect activity) who gave me some pointers, but still nothing.
I have now discovered a little file, known as BOOTLOG.TXT, which logs all the activity when the machine is booting up. However, when it crashes and boots up in safe mode the BOOTLOG.TXT file is overwritten with the safe mode boot! After eventually realising I could drop straight to the command line and read the file (it was 9 hours later), I discover the offending file to be esdi_506.pdr. I changed it's name and rebooted
So what is this file? Something to do with the network or windows settings?
After nearly 10 hours of trying fix the wrong thing, I have learnt a valuable lesson. I should have installed Linux