Posted 06 October 2010 - 12:15 AM
I have a clone Win XP Pro computer that gives me a BSOD 0x0000007E when attempting to boot. The Windows logo and scrolling bar show up for about 6 seconds, then the BSOD. It has a Sempron CPU, an ECS motherboard, and a Western Digital 120GB HD, and Win XP Pro SP3. Now for how I got to this point...
The computer had a virus. I attached the infected hard drive to a test computer, used Malwarebytes and AVG to remove the virus. After this the system would not boot (not even to safe mode). So, after trying rebuilding the bootcfg and doing a fixmbr from the Win XP Recovery Console (which did no good), I performed an in place upgrade of Win XP to avoid having to reinstall applications. Unthinkingly, I did the in place upgrade using my test computer instead of the one the drive came from. The installation worked and allowed me to boot into the user profiles, but also indicated that I have to activate Windows (which I chose not to do).
At this point, I returned the hard drive to the original computer and got the BSOD. It will boot into safe mode and safe mode with command prompt. When I boot into safe mode with networking, it says that Windows must be activated before anyone can log in and since activation does not run in safe mode, I must restart the computer. in safe mode, I was able to install all the device drivers needed (except the sound driver installation program hung). Successful Driver installattions include: VGA, Chipset, and LAN. I attempted to upgrade the BIOS, but the BIOS file on the motherboard's drivers webpage was not the right file.
I tried disabling all onboard components except the IDE controller. I tried a different video card. I tried different RAM. All to no avail. I tried looking at the bootlog, but it only contained info of the successful boots into safe mode.
I tried running the in place upgrade again, this time on the original machine. The installation ran fine until the system rebooted after copying the Windows XP files from the CD. After the reboot, the BSOD appeared. So Windows could not finish the installation. I tried booting into safe mode at that point, but that failed because Windows cannot install in safe mode. I then put the hard drive back into the test machine, and Windows completed the installation. I put the drive back in the original machine, and now get the BSOD I described in the 1st and 3rd paragraphs above. Any suggestions (other than format and reinstall) ?