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Vista BSOD on startup


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#1 funnytim

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Posted 23 June 2009 - 11:12 PM

Hi everyone,

I have a problem with my computer. Halfway through an attempt to install a bluetooth driver software (which is probably what is causing this problem) the computer crashed with a BSOD.

Now, whenever I try to boot up into Vista, I get a BSOD with a "REFERENCE_BY_POINTER" error.
Technical Info: STOP: 0x0000000018 (0x000006,0x8A036818, 0x000000002, 0xFFFFFFF)

***vadmulti.sys - Address 8A036818 base at 8A034000, DateStamp 3fa941d8

Booting into Safe Mode also resulted in a crash, and Last Known Good Configuration did not work.

And For some reason when i tried booting using the Vista DVD it did not seem to work.
By the way I have a dual boot config. Windows XP is the other OS, which works fine (maybe i can use that to fix the Vista BSOD problem?)


Thanks for your help!

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#2 killerb255

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:36 PM

Driver problem--particularly with whatever uses vadmulti.sys. In other words, you're right: the Bluetooth install is causing the problem.

You might be able to get away with turning off your Bluetooth device so Windows won't detect it, boot into XP, remove vadmulti.sys, and reboot in Vista's Safe Mode...

Edited by killerb255, 24 June 2009 - 02:38 PM.


#3 funnytim

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Posted 24 June 2009 - 07:47 PM

Hi,
I've tried to remove the vadmulti.sys in c:\windows\system32\drivers , but it still crashes even in safe mode.

Oh, and I've figured out now how to boot from DVD (some settings were *somehow* changed in the BIOS). I'd try startup repair, but not sure if that would mess up my dual-boot configuration . ANd I'd like to try other steps before doing a re-install of Vista. Thanks!

Edited by funnytim, 24 June 2009 - 07:50 PM.





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