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Blue Screen of Death? Please Help.

By IonSen88 ยท 4 replies
Mar 11, 2006
  1. Not exactly as advanced with computers as I initially thought. Eariler today my computer was shutting off and on. The first time, I was surfing a sports news website(KFFL) and it restarted on me. Then when it came back up, it restarted again about a minute after it past the traditional "Welcome" screen (on an Windows XP Professional system). From then on I had the same problem. Restart, come back on, restart, come back on....I don't know why.

    Nevertheless, I went to turn off "Automactically restart" in the avanced properties so I could see the error. At that point I recieved this error towards the bottom of the screen:

    *** STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x80557197, 0xF8FDE7A0, 0x00000000)

    Please help!! :dead:
  2. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    I believe a stop error is a driver problem. The last time I had one I ended up reinstalling XP. You could try booting up in safe mode. If you can't boot up in safe mode try booting from your XP CD and doing a repair. If you do get into windows you may want to check this setting.
    Disabling the restart on system failure feature:
    Right-click on My Computer, click Properties, click the Advanced tab.
    Under Startup & Recovery, click Settings.
    Under System Failure, uncheck the box in front of Automatically restart.
  3. IonSen88

    IonSen88 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used my WinXP CD to repair it. It went through the installation and now its giving me another error. It won't let me in the desktop now. Right after it goes through the XP Professional Splash(animated bar thingy), it takes me to this BSOD.

    Right now, I'm using WindowsXP Media Center Edition 2005 to type these messages. I got the space partitioned off and MC2005 is running great(like it's suppose to be). The problem is the XP Pro.

    Thanks for your help! MUCH appreicated. :)
  4. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    Stop errors are a real pain to trouble shoot. If memory serves me correctly a repair didn't work for me ether. I ended up formating and reinstalling windows. I think the problem is an important driver file is corrupted, one that windows needs to boot up. In order to fix it you need to get into windows to delete it, that is if you actually knew what file it was. If you can't boot up into safe mode I think you are hosed. If you go that route you may want to go and get a copy of your boot.ini file from the boot partition. You may have to edit the new one created during the install to get your dual boot back. Which OS did you install first Media center edition or XP? If you installed media center first and XP second you shouldn't have to worry about it or have to edit it after you reinstall XP.
  5. IonSen88

    IonSen88 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I installed XP Pro first and then Windows Media Center. Can I get the boot.ini file from the Media Center Edition running? Because I really don't find reformatting too much, but hopefully theres a way I can do it without reformatting....

    Edit: I can't get into Safe Mode.
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