WinXP BSOD: Page Fault on every boot and option PROBLEM: Cannot get into winxp, I get a bsod right after the loading screen (before the login screen). A LITTLE BACKGROUND: I'm the type of guy who hates the guys that format their disk as soon as they encounter an evil monster. I like to get mine slayed. And I usually manage to do that. This one has got me too worried for two days now. I got a machine older than my kitchen table (256 ram on athlon running @ 1000mhz) but in better shape - and I like to have alternatives; I got my main drive (fat32) partitioned in three, the two of which are reserved for my two OSs (WinXP SP1 / Win98 FE) and another ntfs 250gb drive that is used and recognized as 130gb, but let's not get into that right now. Of course I got the Win98 as a backup solution and it has helped me a lot indeed. HISTORY LOG: Something must have run in the background (coincidentally right after downloading and installing july's xp update; note: the installation failed the first time but succeeded the second) and loaded my virtual memory with crap, the pc hang for a bit. I noticed my pagefile reaching 750mb approx, while its default is around 390, causing my OS's partition space to empty. I got it to reboot, thinking that, no worries, my pagefile is gonna shrink to normal as soon as it gets re-created after the boot. But no, I get a disk check, fixing some errors and informing me of the 150mb I got left, then bam!, it's BSOD! FACT #1: I always get a disk check and I always get a BSOD after it; PAGE FAULT IN A NON-PAGED AREA STOP: 0x00000050 (0xcd500000, 0x00000000, 0x804d6dc8, 0x00000000) FACT #2: I get the error in safe mode, last configuration and every gorram choice F8 gives me. FACT #3: I didn't have my XP installation disk, I managed to find one. Guess what, right after loading the recovery console and choosing the OS location, I get the same BSOD there as well. So much for the recovery console. FACT #4: I've browsed a lot, I know the hex code has something to do with the memory, though I believe it's the virtual memory not my physical; it passed memtest and besides, I run win98 just fine with my mere RAM. FACT #5: I had to take refuge in 98. Deleted the pagefile from there to free space and backed up/deleted some files that were modified during that cursed time. Did further tests. Results: bull$hit. FACT #6: Yes yes I disabled caching in bios, no results. FACT #7: I did a thorough disk check from win98 to the partition where XP is installed. The fully detailed summary provided said there were some errors found and fixed (though we will never learn which were they). I attempted a defrag as well, but it stopped due to disk errors, advising me to run a disk check. No $hit. FACT #8: EVERY TIME I pass from a disk check (before the blue screen) I get errors; Out of nowhere I got lots of bad links (lost chains?) which are being converted to files with huge total sizes. Each time I get back to win98 and delete all these converted files which vary from 30-40 to over 100mb. That really got me worried. After having 'emptied' almost a GB of those 'bad links' I stopped carrying out the disk check out of fear I'm losing my data. I just skip it and get to the bsod. So, since all ways of getting through to XP have been blocked, I hope to find a solution through 98. I wouldn't like to get it serviced, but if it's serious I might just do that. But there's always a glimmer of hope in here... (I hope...) Greetings and nice to find you here.