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XP gets random BSOD on startup

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#1 Rauchster


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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:56 PM

HP Pavilion Laptop zv5060us
3.6Ghz Pentium 4
Windows XP Home w/ SP3

As a starting point of information. I have had to replace the HDD in this computer twice in 2.5 years. Was replaced last in May '08.

Recently, I had experienced a period of startups where the computer would blue screen real quick in the middle of the bootup. It did the same BSOD every startup at the same spot. Did a Windows Repair via the startup disks, and the computer booted fine three tiems after taht.

Then the weird things started to happen.

Boot 4 after Windows Repair: No Video. Windows booted successfully, as I could hear the Windows Startup sound when it reached that point. As well as the Windows Shutdown sound when I tapped the power button.

Boot 5 after Windows Repair: BSOD during the Windows Splash Screen, unknown code

Boot 6: BSOD during the playing of the Windows Sound, Code 0x4F

Boot 7: BSOD during the Windows Welcome Screen, Code 0x50

Boot 8: BSOD immediately following BIOS splash screen, Code 0x7B

Boot 9: BSOD during Windows Loading splash screen (Loading Bar screen), Code 0x8E

Boot 10: Windows booted successfully, AVG Anti-Virus errored out during startup.

Boot 11-12-13-14-15: Windows booted successfully. No anomalies detected.

Boot 16: Windows booted successfully. Winlogon crashed immediately after Windows start, forcing immediate Windows shutdown.

Boot 17: C:/windows/system32/config/system missing. Failed to boot.

Boot 18: Windows booted successfully. No anomalies detected.


Several different Anti-Virus/Malware/Spyware programs detect nothing wrong, and computer shows no real virus activity or symptoms.

BSOD codes don't lead to anything specific.

Memtest86 passes (Tried on 3 different occasions with all three ways of putting in RAM)

Chkdsk shows no errors.

Drivers are all accurate and up-to-date.

BIOS version is the most recent.

Nothing has really been changed in the past few days except for security software updates, and a Windows update or two.


I honestly have no idea where to go from here.
Perhaps some wiser soul out there has an idea that makes sense.

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:07 PM

This is, IMO, the most significant error:

Boot 8: BSOD immediately following BIOS splash screen, Code 0x7B

It means that the boot device on your system isn't accessible.

So, the first thing to try would be a bootable hard drive diagnostic. A listing of the more common ones is in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/

If the test passes, then it's time to go into the Recovery Console (tutorial here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-install-the-windows-xp-recovery-console/ ) and run several commands:




Press Enter after each one and answer "Y" (for Yes) to each of the dire warnings that it gives you.

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