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#1 megs13


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Posted 28 December 2008 - 11:12 PM

I have an old Dell Inspiron 8200 that I used in college. It quit on me this summer. Now i'm thinking of either selling it as is, trying to salvage it and get some files off of it, or disposing of it properly. I have no money to take it in anywhere. What option do you think is best...

What happens is, it powers up and when it goes to start Windows XP Home Edition, I get a big blue screen and this ugly white font reading:

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


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 hardward 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."

Then it says to use safemode if necessary.

I have tried restarting and always get the same message. That is all i know how to try. I don't know what safemode is. There wasn't anything "new"-- hard or soft-- introduced to the computer in years. It probably doesn't have windows updates since about 2002. THANKS FOR READING! please help!

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#2 DJBPace07


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Posted 29 December 2008 - 01:25 AM

There could be many reasons for this message, a corrupt drive, a virus, hardware failure, or Windows has had a fatal boot error. Check the Microsoft KB555302 article for more information. You can try reinstalling Windows XP, but if it is a hardware failure, it will not solve the problem.

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