I have a friends Compaq Mini, that initially wouldn't boot past POST. Evidently a worn cable that connects the webcam was the cause. After unplugging the webcam behind the bezel, it now boots past POST, past a black screen with a progress bar that says "Starting Acer eRecovery Environment", into the animated WindowsXP splash screen, and promptly crashes with a BSOD error 0x0000007b (0xf789ea98 0xc00000034 0x00000000 0x00000000)
I booted the machine with an Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows, and found that the hdd was not readable. I ran Chkdsk and Testdisk and now the1st (recovery) and 2nd (main) partitions are readable, but I still get the BSOD and error code. Using a PLPBT boot disk, I booted to the 2nd partition, got the "Windows did not start successfully..." screen, and whether I select Safe Mode or normal mode, I still get the same BSOD and error code. BTW, the 1st (recovery) partition is flagged as bootable, the 2nd (main) partition is not.
Almost everything I have read about that error code on this machine relates to installation problems (the SATA driver needs to be slipstreamed into the installation disc), or a bios setting for the hdd (SATA/IDE), which this bios does not have. I have permission to reinstall/recover, which I would do if I could get it to successfully boot to the recovery partition, but if I could get past the BSOD I probably wouldn't have to! I have been reluctant to screw around with the boot partition, MBR, fixboot, bootcfg, etc. because TestDisk says they are ok, and the boot.ini (located on the 2nd partition) looks like:
[boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS [operating systems] multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
Any advice someone can offer would be greatly appreciated. And thanks in advance!
Edited by d-r, 01 April 2013 - 09:22 PM.