I am going to do a format
I do not think that will help you at all. Based on the info from the only minidump that you have provided, it would seem likely that one (if not both) RAM sticks are likely to be faulty.
this is what's called a "stride" pattern of memory corruption. It means a contiguous region of memory physically went kaput.
It would have been wise to check more minidumps before jumping to any conclusion ... but based on what I have so far, I suggest that you test the RAM (memory) instead of re-installing a Windows operating system.
BSOD BUGCHECK SUMMARY
................................................................Loading Dump File [C:\CactusIsland\joshmurray_BC\Mini020412-03.dmp]
Built by: 2600.xpsp_sp3_gdr.111025-1629
Debug session time: Sun Feb 5 14:56:09.765 2012 (UTC + 11:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:24:50.312
Probably caused by : memory_corruption
Bugcheck code 1000008E
Arguments 80000003 806f1cd7 f0052cd8 00000000
BiosVersion = 3.05
BiosReleaseDate = 03/01/2002
SystemManufacturer = HP Pavilion 04
SystemProductName = P7477A-ABA 751n
SystemVersion = 70000RE101MISSO
BaseBoardManufacturer = ASUSTeK Computer INC.
BaseBoardProduct = P4S-LA
BaseBoardVersion = REV 1.xx
CPUID: " Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 1.80GHz"
Test the memory (RAM).
Memory needs to be tested outside of Windows, so memtest86+
is run from a bootable CD.
To make a bootable CD with memtest86+
- Extract the downloaded zip file:
- In Windows XP, right-click on the zip file and choose Extract all.
The contents of the zip file (the .ISO image file) will be extracted to a folder in the same location as your zip file.
- Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO images to disc ...
- Download and install ImgBurn.
- Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.
- Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.
- Choose Write image file to disc.
- Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.
- Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.
- When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will be bootable.
Boot from the newly created CD.
- You may need to configure BIOS or the Boot Menu to boot first from the CD.
- memtest86+ will begin running automatically: You need do nothing else at this time.
- Allow memtest86+ to run un-interrupted.
See the screenshots in this informative link: Diagnose with Memtest86+
There MUST be NO
- If you see an error, stop the test.
- Then proceed to test each stick of RAM separately to sort the good from the bad.
test for some confidence in the result, should be 7 full passes
(each "pass" is a series of different types of tests), with NO
- Allow memtest86+ to run for 24 hours for maximum confidence in the test result.
memtest86+ will continue running until you stop it:
- Press the <ESCAPE> key to re-boot the computer, removing the memtest86+ CD.