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unable to do a clean install of Windows

Posted by gilloz (My Page) on
Fri, May 3, 13 at 9:57

Acquired a Dell XPS 400 computer which was free only if I was to remove the original HD and destroy it in front of the widow of the original owner. So, I bought a new WD HD and installed it. I have been unsuccessful in doing a clean install of Windows XP Pro on this new HD. It starts up loading files and when it gets to the part that Windows is Ready to Start, I get the BSOD with a Stop Error of 0x0000007E with PCI system address F748EOBF at base F7487000. According to the widow, the computer was functioning fine prior to her spouse passing on. I tried a spare HD and the same problem occurs. Tried SATA drivers when clicking on F6 during installation, no help. Ran WD's diagnostic CD for their HD's and it was good. Bios setup shows the correct information for the new HD. Cleaned connectors to RAM, Optical drives and video cards. No go. Ran MemTest 86 on RAM for 4 hours and they were fine. I have also cleared CMOS and set up to restore Defaults settings. Anyone have any suggestions at this point? thanks.

This post was edited by gilloz on Fri, May 3, 13 at 10:57


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RE: unable to do a clean install of Windows

What did you use to install windows xp ?

Here is a link that might be useful: non Intel processor - Windows XP install


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RE: unable to do a clean install of Windows

Thanks Mikie for your response. My original disc was just Winidows XP Professional 32 Bit. When I switched to a disc I burned a few years back only slipstreaming SP-2 on the disc, it got rid of my BSOD. I also had to load the SATA drivers for the computer from the Dell Support site. My machine is up and running great.


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