Skip to comments.Help Needed: Blue Screen of Death (Vanity)
Posted on 10/01/2002 6:33:19 AM PDT by tictoc
Can a Freeper techie help me out?
My main work PC is on the blink, crashed one day while surfing the net.
I've tried to completely reinstall Windows 2000 in a freshly reformatted system partition. Installation seemed to go well while the screen was blue with white lettering (formating system partition, installing Windows 2000 files from the CD-ROM). Then it changes to a turquoise background. A few times I made it almost all the way through the hardware recognition procedure which follows: but never until completion.
Every time it ends in a Blue Screen of Death but each time with a different error message:
"A device driver has damaged the system memory administration pool"
... and sometimes memory addresses (different each time) and a file name (sometimes ntkrnl or atapi.sys) are indicated.
I've tried everything I know: created four HD floppy disks using MAKEBOOT to boot from drive A:, used the various repair and checking options during initial installation (they work fine), started Windows 2000 in Secure Mode, VGA mode, Debug Mode etc.
It always ends more or less at the same point.
Could this be a faulty RAM chip that only makes itself noticed when "higher memory areas" are accessed? However, during bootup sequence the computer tests the RAM (128 MB) and says "OK".
I've gone into BIOS and disabled all caching and shadowing options, and changed system timings to the slowest values. Nothing seems to help.
If yes. Did you install it on the same machine/hard drive that you are trying to setup today?
You can try going to DOS and typing "FDISK /MBR". Sometimes that will take care of a corrupt master boot record.
Check the CPU fan. By that I mean the fan on the processor itself (a failed CPU fan can cause this type error from excess heat)
Does the BIOS allow you to check voltage output from the power supply? (A power supply with an over/under voltage can cause the system to fail to load and/or run properly)If not, barrow a known good power supply from another system and try loading 2000 again.
Does this motherboard have a VIA chipset? If so, replace with an Intel chipset motherboard. Ive had no end of trouble with Via boards that would work for a year or more then just go walkabout on me.
2 years ago, Office 2k had an undocumented bug that really trashed my system when the install crashed. Only way I could fix it was to delete the partition and reinstall the OS from scratch.
How and when do I get to a DOS prompt? I hit the F8 key during Windows 2000 bootup sequence, attempting to get "Secure Mode with Prompt", but did not get a DOS prompt that way.
Have read mixed reviews regarding Windows emulators and/or Star Office and am not willing to take the risk.
No fair ... not on this thread. Folks will really hate you if they think you have "secret" Microsoft knowledge you can't share with the masses who are saddled with this secondrate also-ran OS.
Not true. You can run with FAT32.
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