I'm running Windows XP SP2 (unfortunately) on an HP Pavilion ze4400 (please don't laugh at me?
512 MB ram 40 gig HDD, and recently, and for seemingly no reason my computer started to go into a reboot loop.
It allows me to log in, and then bam, BSOD.
After doing the usual startup with automatic restart disabled, I was able to read the following stop error message, along with the usual fatal error message.
0x0000007B (0xF9FD5528, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).
NO idea what that means, but there you go.
The computer will NOT run in safe mode or safe mode with command prompt, but WILL run in safe mode with networking.
Go figure eh?
After running chkdsk /f, Ccleaner,and Malwarebytes from safemode (I found 32 counts of spyware that had not been there yesterday morning when it did its scheduled scan, and cleaned those), the problem had not been fixed.
Here's the real kicker.
I go 'oh well. All the important stuff's clean and on my removable, I'll just format and start over, its been getting laggy anyways.'
My computer's disc drive doesn't work (Surprise!) Reinstalled/rebooted the drivers, nothing. I'm assuming its a problem with the laser or the reader and needs to be replaced.
So I slave the hard drive into my old laptop (A Dell Latitude c510), which still works by the meanest definition, and attempt to reformat by booting off my Windows XP disc.
When under the f12 menu at bootup, i select DvD/CD, etc. and it kinda completely ignores me and gives me the "Windows did not start properly" message with the normal safe mode menu selections.
After a long string of cuss words, I then tried to replace my old hard drive (a pathetic 20G, but it works on my old laptop), and it gives me the same error message, regardless of which drive I use. So, my logical conclusion is that the problem isn't the drive, but something in the computer itself. What that IS, I have no idea. I suspect it may be my RAM being fried, however I don't have any compatible RAM lying around to test this theory.. (This computer was OMG NEW FANCY in the late 1990's. >.>)
ANY tips at all? I have a HijackThis log saved and attached. Also able to upload if it will make any difference,but looking it over, I don't know if there's anything I shouldn't know about/don't recognize that would need to be deleted. Is there any POINT in trying to fix it?