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Invalid Boot File & Blue Screen Of Death


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#1 fu510N

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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:01 PM

Having major XP issues here...

This is my cousins computer and all he pretty much does is download music and God knows what else, so I guess it was a matter of time before he got the dreaded blue screen of death...Here's what happens...When I start up his laptop, I get the little Gateway welcome, and than it goes to the following...

"Invalid BOOT.INI file
Booting from C:/windows/"

After that it goes to

"Windows could not start because of an error in the software.
Please report this problem as :
load needed for DLLs for kernel.
Please contact your support person to report this problem."

Than it just sits. If I hit the enter key, it just reloads and displays the same messages...
I tried booting into Safe Mode, and I get the same thing. I also booted from "Last known Good Configuration" and get the same thing.

I got out his recovery CD from Gateway, but when I try to boot from that, I get the Blue Screen of death with the following:

"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

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 cashing or shadowing. If you need to sue Safe Mode to remove or disable componernts, restart your computer, press F8 to select Advanced Startup options, and than select Safe Mode.

Technical Information

***SOTP: 0x00000050 (0xC74C0000, 0x00000000, 0x8043D403, 0x00000000)"

I'm not sure what to do, any help would be GREATLY appreciated...

Thanks...
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 03:46 PM

Are you sure that the computer is set to boot from a CD? Check the boot order in your BIOS.
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:35 PM

Yes, I checked the BIOS and it is listed first...
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:49 PM

What exactly happens when you boot from the CD? That is, what happens before you get the BSOD?
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:51 PM

Once it boots up... I get prompted to press "R" to go to System Recovery Settings, and than I get the Gateway logo and a little "please wait" text and than it goes to the BSOD...
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 04:55 PM

Unfortunately, all sorts of things can cause 0x00000050 stop error messages. The first thing I would do is test the RAM using memtest86.
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Posted 05 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

I ran a scan and it looks okay...The problem is that I can't run the Recover Disk which would help me clear the DLLs kernel problem...I may have to try reinstalling Windows, but I don't have a setup disk, only recovery disk...
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 03:16 AM

Try running the memtest scan again. You have to let it run through at least three passes, which will take several hours.
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 09:14 AM

As this BSOD is closely related to memory, I'd suggest that you let MemTest run overnight to see if any errors are generated.
Also, this BSOD can occur with problems in the L2 cache memory (the CPU) or the video memory (VRAM).
You can disable caching in the BIOS on some systems - so that will help to eliminate it as a cause.
As it's a laptop there's no easy way to isolate the video card - so that can't be eliminated as a cause.

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 03:54 PM

Okay, what I ended up doing is using a different Microsoft Windows Operating System Disc that came with my friends computer...It was the same edition, and I ended up having to completely reinstall it...I am now having an issue setting up a Wireless Connection, but I will post this in the Networking Forum...Thanks for all the help...

Edited by fu510N, 06 January 2008 - 03:59 PM.

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