BSOD on boot, but Last Known Config ok.

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May 11, 2012 at 01:39:38
Specs: Windows 2000 Professional, Intel Single Core / 2048 MB RAM
Hi all. Am now resorting to forums. I am getting desperate. I never ever thought I'd be back here again after all these years debating Win 2k issues.

Anyway. One of our old computers died. But it was running some very special software that controls one of our measuring devices. My only solution was to transplant the HDD to a new machine, along with the PCI cards used to control the measuring device. After switching, I was able to boot the OS into Win2k and it went along happily detecting all new devices and installing the drivers. After it stopped, I had to manually install / point to the drivers for the 2 special PCI cards in the PC. It worked and I can start the software and all is peachy besides an anoying NVidia driver error that I can just bypass.

Problem is that if we shut down the PC or power fails or whatnot, when I try to boot the PC it'll BSOD on me when loading windows. Something about IRQ. Couldn't get the exact error. So I F8 and boot last known good configuration (not the default, that BSOD's as well). The LKGC will allow me to boot back into Win2k, but I then have to set up all the drivers again. So I guess the problem has something to do with the PCI devices / drivers.

I tried performing a repair install, but during the second stage, where it's detecting hardware, the PC reboots before completing and goes into a loop, rebooting each time it reaches the same stage of the config.

so, here I am, asking for help and advice. I can get the PC to work, but how do I get it to save my changes and reboot normally?

Help greatly appreciated.

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May 11, 2012 at 03:21:34
It's putting your Win2K hard drive into a different PC that's causing the problem.
Unless all the internal hardware on that PC is exactly the same spec as the PC that died, you will run into all kinds of driver issues.

You need to install Win2K from scratch on the PC you are having issues with.

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May 11, 2012 at 03:37:30
Unfortunately this isn't an option. Too much at stake. The company that sold us the solution years ago has since closed it's doors. There are too many reg keys, software configs and stuff that I'd have to configure. I'd never get it working again. I managed to identify the PCI card responsible for the BSOD. When I pull it, all works at the OS level. I can boot, reboot, install, uninstall, etc... No problems at all.

But when I put it back in, I can boot the PC only using the LKGC. Otherwise I get the DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x000000D1 error. So this seems to be a driver issue since when I remove the drivers, I can then reboot with the card plugged in and no issues at all. Once in the OS, if I install the drivers and don't reboot, everything works peaches and I can start the software and all. But if I dare reboot, it's BSOD again and restart with LKGC and reinstall drivers. Also worth a mention, I am installing using the files already installed previously (found in winnt\system32\drivers). I don't have the drivers for the card off hand.

I am trying to find drivers for the card, but I can't identify it. In the OS it gets picked up as a "Colibri". It's a video card of sorts from what I can tell. On the back of the card I can make out a reference BTI ML-1. The card has a chip labeled IDS Imaging Development Systems. But there is no maker anywhere.


Oh yea, the second PCI card is all good. I can install using the existing drivers in the OS hdd and boor and reboot no probs. Just this one PCI card and drivers stand in my way now.

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May 12, 2012 at 16:30:42
"all is peachy besides an anoying NVidia driver error that I can just bypass"

The problem is probably the nvidia driver. Why don't you install it (or uninstall it) as the case may be? If it's a chipset driver you need (I'm guessing you have old hardware), try choosing Legacy for the product type, then see if what you're looking for shows up in the choices beneath it:

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May 14, 2012 at 01:04:05
Hey riider. Thanks for the reply. The video card isn't a big issue. I found and installed the latest (or should I say last) version available for the RIVA TNT2 model cards. I managed to install, but was getting the same error with one difference: now I couldn't bypass. I am pretty sure most of my issues come from the fact that I am not doing a clean install, but as stated, I have too much to loose from doing a clean install. More than I have to gain actually. I am still having issues with the boot sequence. So far, I have managed to identify the card that's giving me grief as a Falcon Plus video card. Video, not graphics. Also have figured out it can work with either one of 2 drivers. One for the Falcon Plus, and one for a so called SAC Colibri. Seems that they are both one and the same, just from different vendors or whatnot. Be that as it may, after I install the drivers, either one, I still run into a BSOD. The code is "Stop error code 0x000000D1" (the IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error). From what I can make out so far, this is definitely a driver error, but I can't find my way around it. Basically it's the only thing keeping me back right now. I have the entire rig working. All set up and ready to go. Just the damn driver issue bogging me down. I can install the drivers. They work if I don't reboot the PC. But if I reboot, restart, power off and on, have a power failure, whatever.... All gone and have to do it over again. I don't have a clue. Please. Anyone. I am at the end of my proverbial rope here :(

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