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PC wont boot up. BLue screen with IRQL_NOT_LESS_or_ EQUAl

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#1 mr2005


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Posted 22 December 2008 - 03:43 PM

I need some help. My pc will not boot up. It starts with windows screen like its loading then goes to a blue screen and the error message says IRQL_NOT_LESS_or_ EQUAl.

I tried to boot from the windows xp cd and my computer freezes up. I ran the dell diagnostics and it fails with a 00f0:0244 error code. I googled that error and came the conclusion that my hard drive is toast.? can anyone confrim that?

any advice as what to do next?

i have small back up internal HD, would I be able to load windows and boot from that drive?

is the all the info on my main c:drive gone?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 22 December 2008 - 04:59 PM

10 things you can do when Windows XP won't boot - http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877-6031733.html

FWIW: Failure/inability to boot from CD...can be accounted for by any number of situations...but a hard drive failure is not among them. Did you change the BIOS setting to boot from the optical drive...rather than the hard drive?

I'm not familiar with Dell diagnostics, but I would run a manufacturer's diagnostic if I wanted to test the functionality of a hard drive.

Hard Drive Installation and Diagnostic Tools - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

IRQL error messages are (typically) driver issues, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/818501

Help Diagnosing BSODs And Crashes (BC) - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/176011/how-to-receive-help-diagnosing-blue-screens-and-windows-crashes/


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