BIOS restarts and vista won't load

April 21, 2009 at 20:14:02
Specs: Windows Vista Home Ultimate, Intel Quad Core/ 4 gigs of ram
It all started with a critical error while playing World of
Warcraft. My system restarted after a very quick
flash of a BSOD and went ahead and booted my
BIOS. After that it made it to the black screen with
the small windows loading bar at the bottom but after
just a few moments restarted to my BIOS again.
Then it just continued trying to boot to vista but with
no windows loading bar and the BIOS coming up only.

My first thought to fix it was to take my vista install
disks and try to repair/reinstall vista. My system
loaded the vista CD and I was able to maneuver thru
the screens until the one where it has the check next
to 'copying system files'. It looked like vista was
going to be successful in writing itself but...BSOD.

Now I believe my vista OS is just plain messed up
since it seemed to start to reinstall it and was not
successful. But, I have also been told that this may
be a hardware problem. I have just built this computer
about a month ago and all parts have been working
without a hitch until tonight when World of Warcraft
updated with a patch.

I have tried taking out my ram and putting it back in. I
have also tried burning a Vista recovery disk offered
free from windows and when I put that CD in the
BSOD comes up. The error code/message is
0x0000007e with a reference to PSHED.dll

All other BSODs show 0x0000008e.

I have no idea what to do :(

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April 22, 2009 at 00:48:05
I have googled this error message and it is said that this is a RAM issue. It's possible the RAM in the system has either failed or isn't compatible with your motherboard. I recently survived a RAM issue although like you I thought it was initially my Windows installation. Find out if the RAM you have installed is compatible with your system. If not, you should replace it. Most RAM comes with a guarantee so that it can be returned for refund. If you could access windows to download I would say to run Memtest on your system, but as you can't I'd say take it in and make sure you're using compatible RAM.

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April 22, 2009 at 05:07:02
I have been using the ram for about a month and this is the first time there has been an issue with my computer at all. When your RAM failed, did it cause a problem immediately?

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