Blue Screen of Death - BIOS error?

February 6, 2011 at 11:42:29
Specs: Windows XP
I have a problem which I expect is due to a corrupt BIOS chip. I'll explain everything I've done, so someone can perhaps figure out what I've done, and how it can be fixed.

A friend of mine asked me to format and re-intall windows due to it running very laboured and slow (I did add some RAM to help with speed). So, I used my old XP disk, but during set-up, there were quite a few files which couldn't be installed. XP then tried to start, but froze on the black XP screen with the blue progress bar running accross. I suspect the XP disk was damaged, so I tried again, using another XP disk, but it kept freezing in exactly the same place.

I then put another hard drive in, and had the original as the slave, and tried installing XP again, but still had the same problem. SO, I disconnected the slave, but no change.

I tried resetting the CMOS, and took the battery out a few times, for up to an hour, but no change.

I then got a hard disk from another computer with a working copy of XP on it, but with this one, it would go to the black screen asking whether you want to start in safe mode, but no matter what option I choose, it goes to the Blue Screen of death, with a 0x00000007B error.

I'm really desperate for help, as this is my friend's machine, and I'm worried I stuffed it up with a corrupted copy of my Windows XP disk.

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February 6, 2011 at 12:06:43
Your mistake was using your WinXP CD.

What is the brand and model of the computer?

That has absolutely nothing to do with the BIOS chip.

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February 6, 2011 at 12:16:42
Hi, it's a medion (PC MT5) MED MT 270

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February 6, 2011 at 12:34:35
I no absolutely nothing about that brand.

Watch the screens at start up to see if you can restore the computer to the factory state by tapping certain keys when prompted.

Many pre-assembled computers have a hidden restore partition on the hard drive which can be used to return the computer to the factory state.

You do realize that will remove all your friends' personal files and programs.

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February 6, 2011 at 12:34:43
I'd start with memtest.

"The era of big government is over," said Clinton 1996

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February 6, 2011 at 13:06:11
I have just removed the RAM and left the ONE stick of the original RAM in Slot0.
I still get the blue screen

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February 6, 2011 at 15:08:18
how much ram does it have with both sticks installed?


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February 6, 2011 at 15:10:02
0x00000007B = inaccessible boot device. I doubt the problem is RAM related.

You need to wipe the drive & start from scratch. Get a decent XP disk.

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