Yes it boots from the DVD drive, It begins by "Starting BCDW....ok." then just some GNU stuff, it gets to the point of "Loading XMS driver" then this error code:
"Invalid Opcode at 000B 0000 0402 086F 025D 0702 0702 0A83 0CEE 2132 0000 0000 0000"
Then it just stops. The system is Vista HP 32 bit, on a Dell Inspiron 1545. The reason I want to run SeaTools Utility is because it has been having problems booting. Sometimes it boots fine, others it needs to do a repair prior to booting. Then when in windows, again sometimes everything works fine, and sometimes things don't. There seems to be no consistency, and there are no minidumps, and the only errors that show up in "Event Viewer" say that "this usually points to a hardware problem", I have run Memtest86, and it came back without errors.
I get this exact same Invalid Opcode error running the latest version of SeaTools for Dos, which I was also told to run by SeaTools for Windows after it failed the Long test. Interestingly, it's also a Dell Inspirion 1545 and the drive is a Model: ST9500420AS. When loading SeaTools I pushed F8 to step through the autoexec.bat and saw that the error occurs right after trying to load himem.sys.
It seems there are many cases of this problem when doing a search, but no real solutions, even at Seagate forums. Is there a way to edit the autoexec file in DOS and change the himem.sys command to make it work? The current command is something like "device=himem.sys"
Or did you ever find a working copy of Seatools?
Edited by hamluis, 09 July 2012 - 09:36 AM.
PM sent new OP - Hamluis.