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Old 02-01-2007, 06:34 PM
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Default Re: Blue Screening computer?

When you start the pc, does it beep? This will indicate that it is going through the "POST" procedure, which is power on self test.

If it gets passed that it may be an os issue. If you right click on my computer and click on manage, you will find a section that shows errors that have occurred.

My issue was a memory problem which was fixed by replacing the memory modules. I have posted some other info below.

Along with occurring as a result of hardware or software problems, the blue screen of death may also occur when your computer experiences a critical boot loader error, which means that your computer could not connect to the boot partition (the container for all of your operating system and support files) due to a corrupted storage driver or any one of a host of like problems. You'll be able to identify the blue screen as a boot loader error if you see the following error code: STOP 0x0000007B (INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE). If the blue screen keeps crashing during mid-boot despite repeated attempts to restart your computer, you can use the Check Disk (CHKDSK) command to scan and attempt to fix your system files. In this case, you must turn your computer off, insert the Microsoft Windows CD your operating system came with, and boot from there.

Using CHKDSK to Check Your System Files When Windows Won't Boot

Insert your Windows XP CD in order to boot Windows manually.

When given the Press any key to continue prompt, press any key on your keyboard.

At this point, a Welcome to Setup screen should appear. DO NOT under any circumstances reinstall Windows XP at this time. Instead, press R to access the Recovery Console.

A screen listing all of the operating systems on your computer will appear. Type in the number of the system you were using when the blue screen crashes started (most people only have one operating system installed, so you will in all probability type 1).

At this point, you will be prompted to enter your administrator password. If you don't remember it, you'll have to bring your computer in for service, since you can't access the Internet to search for free administrator password retrieval programs. If you do remember it, type it in.

A screen with the prompt C:\WINDOWS> and a blinking cursor should appear.

Type in CHKDSK /R and press Enter. Make sure that you include a space between the 'K' and backslash.

Check Disk will spend anywhere from 20 minutes to several hours checking the integrity of your system files. When it's done, type Exit and hit Enter.

Make sure that you select the option to boot normally as opposed to from CD when your computer restarts.

Using CHKDSK to Check Your System Files When Windows Will Boot

Open the Start tab in the lower right corner of your screen, and click My Computer.

Right click the drive or disk you want to scan.

On the menu that pops up, click the last option, Properties.

Click the second tabbed option on the resulting menu Tools.

In the error-checking box, click the button marked Check Now.

A box pops up giving you the ability to check two different boxes: Automatically fix file system errors and/or Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors. Click on both.

When Check Disk finishes, restart your computer.

If you had any corrupted files, Check Disk should have corrected them. If you are still encountering blue screens of death, at this point, you can perform a repair install (note: only if you have Windows XP).

This entails uninstalling the corrupted parts of Microsoft Windows you currently have on your computer and replacing them with the correct versions on the CD. This takes far less time than reinstalling the entire operating system. You can find detailed instructions on how to do this on the Internet.

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