I'll start with the usual disclaimer (which I'm sure you've heard ad-nauseum): I have little-to-no computer knowledge. All I've learned has been from this (wonderful!) forum. On to my issue...
HP Pavilion dv7-6b32us laptop
For the last year, I've been having more and more BSOD's, freezes, etc...and all of the indications pointed towards a failing hard drive. I wish I could tell you specifically what the error messages said...but I honestly don't remember them exactly. I can say that each time I took the diagnostic steps, it always reported a problem with the hard drive. Usually, I was able to get it going again...but it continued to happen more and more often. Finally, it refused to start Win7, so I figured the hd had given out.
No big deal, hard drives are cheap! So I ordered: http://www.ebay.com/itm/1TB-Hard-Drive-for-HP-Pavilion-DV7-6198NR-DV7-6B01XX-DV7-6B32US-DV7-6B56NR-/331090088523?hash=item4d1681d24b:g:pLcAAMXQBkpSMOM4
Installed it yesterday. Unfortunately, I don't have a Win7 disk (came pre-installed)...but the machine does have the reg key sticker on the bottom. Soooo my plan was to install XP (the only disk I have) to get onto the internet, then download Win7 ISO file onto a flash drive, then just boot from that (that should work, right??).
Anyway, put the XP disk in, and it appears to load the XP files just fine. However, just before it wants to start Windows (I think) - the attached BSOD screen pops up (hopefully it's attached).
In case it doesn't attach...it's essentially the usual BSOD, and near the bottom it says:
*** STOP: 0x0000007E (0x0000005, 0xF73B8D66, 0xF78D1EA0, 0xF78D1B9C)
*** acp1.sys - Address F73B8D66 base at F73AD000, DateStamp 41107d27
I've been googling STOP errors for 2 days now, but I only understand a fraction of what I'm reading. I think the acp1 is important, and possibly is referring to a hardware problem (memory?). But honestly, I have no idea.
Hence I once again come before the masters here. HELLPPPP!!
And THANX! as always. Striper