Hello everyone and thanks in advance for replying to this topic. I was asked by my wife's boss to work on his laptop. I'm fairly handy with stuff but this one has me pulling my hair out.
AMD processor 2.2ghz
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 - Bit
When the computer was given to me it would not boot at all. He is a business owner and of course had all of his info on the laptop with no backups... I tried running BootSuite on a cd to see if the file system was intact. It recognized that there was a C: drive but wouldn't read it. First thing I did was remove the hard drive, connect it to my computer and boot in to Linux. I managed to back up his data to another drive. I then repaired the NTFS file system in Linux and checked the drive for errors.
After putting the drive back into the laptop I got the windows loading screen before it crashed again. Ran bootsuite CD one more time and recovered the MBR. I was then able to boot into vista. While trying to download Malwarebytes it once again crashed with a BSOD reading 0x000000F4.
I'm not able to find much on this BSOD code concerning Vista and what I have found is all over the place. I've seen RAM, Video, Hard Drive.. all sorts of explanations. I've currently booted into a version of Windows 2Go and I'm scanning the drive with MalwareBytes from there...
Does anyone have any suggestions on what to check with this BSOD code?