I'm having trouble with an old HP Pavillion running pre-installed XP Home.
It has never been upgraded, and the hardware is all original.
Here it is:
It crashed years ago, so I shelved it and bought a new machine. My daughter is now old enough to use a computer for homework, and I would like to get it up and running for her if possible.
Here's the problem.
I thought I was XPeriencing a software issue, so I bought a set of 4 recovery DVDs (RestoreDisks.com) and proceeded to recover it. The first disk created a "recovery partition" and then began the recovery. About 20 minutes into the process (around 5% completed) up pops the nasty BSOD "Page_Fault_In_Nonpaged_Area" with error code 0X00000050. I researched the code and found suggestions indicating I should update the display adapters, or replace the RAM, or even replace the HDD. Replacing the HDD or RAM seems pretty straight forward, but how can I confirm that either is the real problem?
The HDD "sounds" great, and while I realize this is no indication of its true condition, I replaced one in the past that sounded like a dumpster being dragged across concrete. By contrast, this little 250GB gem quietly hums a sweet song of innocence. My best guess is that I've managed to wipe out the OS and can't re-install it. The RAM is snug. Other connections are solid. I think I've finally arrived at the point where I need to ask for help.
Nothing against old Harvey toubleshooter down at the Mom and Pop shop. He offered to look at it for a hundred bucks and then spent 30 minutes trying to sell me a wristband. I think I'd rather put that hundred toward some hardware (or some beer if I get really lucky). Anyway, I've got some tools here and I'm not afraid of blood, sweat, tears, or being electrocuted. I'm ready to dig in and go elbow deep if necessary.
Please point me in the right direction.