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#1 Studio Era

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 06:42 PM

5 variables.

1. Uploaded latest Windows updates today.
2. Plugged in my 16GB flash drive. (Lexar)
3. Was listening to music on Windows Media.
4. ?????
5. Started a Torent download. (can anyone say Oh-oh?)

Then Boom! (no actual sound but...) XP doesn't even give me the time of
day or reason for it's moodiness and dies like a bullet to the head.

Never has that happen to me in XP. 98, yes. XP, first time.

Thing is, I can't even logon in safe mode.
And the usual error code is flashed on screen so bloody fast, I could only capture it on video/print screen on my laptop here . . .
(hope you can make it out)

And it just keeps re-starting, over and over and over . . .

Hope you have the answer All Mighty Gurus and Elders.
I need a true Wizard to show me how to fix this box from the outside in!

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:06 PM

FWIW: See OA in left column at http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.htm.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 12:55 PM

FWIW: See OA in left column at http://www.aumha.org/a/stop.htm.

Louis


What a way to start a Monday . . .

Well, I've installed XP on my D: and am now recovering 'lost' files via NTFS Undelete (freeware) to at least get my files (that I have just spent
3 days organizing) out of there and on to a backup Hard Drive.

Thanks for the link. I will be spending the next hour or so learning error codes.

I've also learned to shut off the 'auto restart' from My Computer>Properties>Advanced
Alot of good it does me this time though . . . can't even boot in Safe Mode.
Sad :thumbsup:

Back to it.

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Posted 26 October 2009 - 01:58 PM

You never know when things are going to go as unplanned...that's why backing up is important, if ignored by many.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:49 AM

Hmmm, things have gotten interesting.

I downloaded a recovery .iso, burned CD, Booted from disk and it started running as normal and then before the Setup Screen comes up, it hits me with this STOP error message:

(all redundant "0"s are taken out)
STOP:0x7E (0xC0000005, 0xF748E0BF, 0xF78DA208, 0xF78D9F08)
pci.sys - Address F748E0BF base at F7487000 Datestamp 3b7d855c

So,
I now have 2 XPs on both hard drives on my machine.
The second/newer installment seems to be working fine.

Any new suggestions?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:04 PM

Let me see if I understand...you have two XP installations and are now able to boot into each?

Where did you get this "recovery .iso" that you used?

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 12:35 PM

Good morning Louis,

Let me see if I understand...you have two XP installations and are now able to boot into each?

Yes and No.
I have 2 installations. But,
The first one is the one that crashes and reboots continuously.
The second is the one I installed on D: to recover my files.
The second installation works fine, ironically.


Where did you get this "recovery .iso" that you used?

From here: http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/files/rc.iso


Good to hear back from you.
This is the biggest mess I've ever been hit with.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 02:12 PM

OK, that's a bootable CD containing the Recovery Console for XP, nothing more.

The problem with 7E STOP error...many potential causes.

The fact that you now have 2 O/S's installed on the same hard drive...might be thought to rule out hard drive problems...but that's fools gold :thumbsup:.

When a hard drive has problems, it may not be an all-encompassing situation affecting the entire drive.

If nothing else, I would run chkdsk /r on the original install...from the second install of XP.

I would also search the old install...for any .dmp files which may help pinpoint what the system thinks is wrong.

Louis

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 01:16 PM

This is peculiar....the same thing happened to me only 3 nights ago. So it IS possible to install XP on another partition then backup the system?

Thanks for that :thumbsup:

@hamluis:
how do you go about running chkdsk /r on Install 1 from Install 2?

@Studio Era:
can I install another copy of XP off of that rc.iso?

Edited by geno93n0, 01 November 2009 - 01:21 PM.


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Posted 01 November 2009 - 02:53 PM

<<how do you go about running chkdsk /r on Install 1 from Install 2?>>

Easy.

Just boot into the working install, then Start/Run...type chkdsk X: /r (where X represents the partition letter assigned the old XP install) and hit Enter. Note that there is a space between the colon and the / in that command.

You cannot install a copy of XP from a CD created to contain the Recovery Console. There are no XP install files on that CD, the only files it contains are those designed to provide access to the XP Recovery Console.

Louis

I'm curious as to how you made this second install of XP on D:.

Edited by hamluis, 01 November 2009 - 02:55 PM.


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Posted 02 November 2009 - 12:47 AM

Upon looking up, I see that he didnt use the rc.iso to install XP, my bad.

So now my question is, can you access the files on C: from your XP install on D:? Because I'd at least like to back up my files before formatting, which I believe is the easiest solution atm.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 07:36 AM

It doesn't matter...how many installs of XP exist.

If a drive/partition is viewable from any of the installs...then the data files can be accessed and moved...in the absence of file structure or hard drive problems which prevent such.

Programs on one install cannot be accessed/run from another install.

The data files in Docs & Settings will normally display an "access denied" message when a different O/S tries to view/move them. This is routinely overcome by taking ownership of the files, following the procedure in the link below.

How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 07:53 AM

A post on my thread says that I could use an Ubuntu Live CD to back up my files. I have an external HD, but I need a second opinion. Do you concur with that, ham?

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 08:40 AM

I don't do linux at all...so I cannot answer.

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Posted 02 November 2009 - 11:25 AM

No big, solved mine with a repair install, so I'm good.




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