I don't know how to provide you with everything you might need, I'll start with this:
I have a Dell Dimension 9100 (no derision please...it was the best I could do at the time )
Running Windows XP Professional (Media Edition)
I'm getting ready to scrape my drive clean and install Windows 7, but would like to use the XP system for a while longer.
The only recent change I made was to upgrade my Java and my Adobe Acrobat Reader.
I can not run Avast nor Malwarebytes, always ends in a blue screen error.
I can boot in SAFE mode, can not boot in NORMAL or I would do system restore. It was functioning (albeit slowly) a week ago.
EDITED TO ADD: I can start with "Last known good configuration" but even though I can log in to my user, I cannot DO anything...buttons don't work, sometimes mouse freezes, can't communicate with system.
Here is the error message (which, on a search, appears to be a hardware or driver error):
STOP 0x0000000D1 (ox00000018, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0xF73EF261)
EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: one more line from error message says "iastor.sys - Address F73EF261 base at F73E0000 Date Stamp 426d0c8c"
Every time I get the BSD the error might be a little different, should I collect a bunch of them?
Is that enough info for now?
How can I determine if this is virus caused, hard drive failure, or just that I knocked a card loose while looking at hardware?
I have had trouble with a video card (Nvidia GeForce 6800 that the fan toasted on, and I think the drivers are not great for that).
Thanks for your thoughts.
Edited by beachbirdie, 10 December 2012 - 04:48 PM.
Moved from XP to Am I Infected - Hamluis.