STOP: 0x0000008E (0x80000003, 0x80ac2229, 0xf731435c, 0x00000000) My laptop (Dell Inspiron 5100) stopped responding to the keyboard and the touchpad only worked for about 3 minutes after startup. I used a USB mouse and the virtual keyboard to re-install (a fresh version) XP (three times!). Now I can't do Windows updates and when I plug in a USB flash drive, I get the BSOD mentioned in the first line. Other information on the BSOD screen suggests BIOS updates, adequate disk space, and disabling BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. I also get a BSOD if I try to go to Safe Mode. After the third XP re-install, I only loaded AVG 7.5 and CDBurnerXP Pro3 which I used to burn 7 CD's of information I wanted to save, so the machine is "bare bones". Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!