Solved *** STOP: 0x000000F4 while installing Windows XP

November 21, 2012 at 15:55:19
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core 2 Duo/3 GB RAM

i need help dealing with a 0xF4 blue screen. i know that this error code means that a system process stopped (e.g. csrss.exe). but, i got windows xp formatted on my solid state drive, and right in the middle of it installing, it decides to crap out with a 0xF4 blue screen. some say its the ram, or my sata connection. i heard somewhere that it could be my CMOS battery thats causing this problem. idk, what do yall think?

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November 24, 2012 at 16:48:23

"the only options that are there is raid or ide. its currently set to raid"
It's got be something involving the bios & raid.

Google ( research ) as many different key words that you can think of, including tutorials & how to.



#1
November 21, 2012 at 16:23:51

*Check RAM off the list by removing each one and trying the install.
(You normally get two extra beeps at startup, indicating RAM fault)

*Remove any external device except the keyboard, mouse and screen. Try install.
(A lot of times it can be a hardware fault)

*It might be due to unsupported disk controller hardware. Check to see if the BIOS (Basic Input\Output System) is set to IDE. Enter BIOS and check for the settings. Change the option from SATA to IDE (if available).

Please reply and let us know if our help worked. Your feedback helps others. Maybe you?


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#2
November 21, 2012 at 16:37:14

the first one wouldn't work, because my computer only makes one beep, and i tested my ram not to long ago. the second one wont work, because nothing else is plugged in, except keyboard, mouse, and monitor. the third option is a 50/50 situation, because i modified my windows xp installation to include the text-mode (F6 Floppy Drive) drivers needed for my ssd, and i tried out ide mode.

i dont know if this is related, but i have 2 ssd's connected to a pci-e card. could that be it?

also, i tested my memory with memtest86+


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#3
November 21, 2012 at 16:56:13

"i dont know if this is related, but i have 2 ssd's connected to a pci-e card. could that be it?"

When installing a new operating system, don't have any other drives ( including thumb ) connected.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
D to Delete the selected partition ( XP )
http://www.blackviper.com/os-instal...
Here are some examples of why you delete all partitions.
http://forums.spybot.info/showthrea...
http://forums.whatthetech.com/index...
http://blog.eset.com/2011/10/18/tdl...


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#4
November 21, 2012 at 17:47:00

i forgot to mention that the 2 solid state drives are for a raid 1 setup. also, johnw, the links make no sence on why 0xf4 occured during windows xp setup...

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#5
November 21, 2012 at 17:51:55

"im trying to figure out why it crashed in the middle of installing xp"
I answered that.

"not in the middle of formatting"
To make sure you get a clean install, did you DELETE ALL the partitions?


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#6
November 21, 2012 at 17:55:38

yes, i deleted all the partitions

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#7
November 21, 2012 at 18:04:08

"yes, i deleted all the partitions"
Ok, trying to get my head around the issue, I suspect the answer will be in the bios settings.

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#8
November 21, 2012 at 18:39:32

"STOP: 0x000000F4"
Don't think that is the EXACT error message, can we have the full error message please.

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#9
November 22, 2012 at 07:04:04

You're lacking a lot of details. No system specs, no SSD models, no PCIe SATA card model, no explanation as to why a PCIe SATA card is being used, etc. Is it that your motherboard doesn't natively support SATA or doesn't support RAID? And why are you running a RAID 1 config in the 1st place? Are you attempting to install XP SP3 or an earlier edition? Did you read & follow the instructions for configuring the SATA controller card's BIOS settings? Do the instructions recommend using the F6/floppy disk method for installing the SATA drivers?

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#10
November 22, 2012 at 09:34:37

i have a dell inspiron 530
my motherboard is compatible with sata connections
this computer is using RAID 1
i dont have a floppy drive, so i modified my installation to contain the text mode drivers for my sata drives.
also, the model of my ssd is a marvell. and the pcie card is from StarTech
im gonna try it without the pcie sata card to see if that was it.

i didnt setup this computer to contain a pcie sata connection card, someone else did it for my aunt, and my aunt gave me this computer.


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#11
November 22, 2012 at 11:05:02

"i modified my installation to contain the text mode drivers for my sata drives"

I assume that means you used nLite to create a new XP disc with the SATA drivers slipstreamed into it?


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#12
November 24, 2012 at 11:16:55

yes. it took a few tries but i got it working. but, now im trying to fix that bsod that pops up

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#13
November 24, 2012 at 11:44:58

Could I have a dump file please.

Minidump file is located in C:\Windows\Minidump
Kernel memory dump is located in C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP
If the folders are empty > Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
Then select Advanced system settings Tab on the left menu.
Under the Startup and Recovery section, click on Settings.
Make sure "Write an event to the system log" is checked and "Automatically Restart" is unchecked. In the drop down menu under "Write Debugging Information," select Small memory dump (128 KB) press OK and OK again.
Now next time the comp has a problem, get the EXACT error message off the screen & see if there is a .dmp file in the Minidump folder.
If it is still empty, repeat the process, but change > Small memory dump (128 KB) to > Kernel memory dump.
If a .dmp file is produced, upload it & give us the link.
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#14
November 24, 2012 at 16:08:27

you do realize i got this during the installation of windows xp, yes? how can i possibly retrieve a dump file if windows xp didnt even install?

heres how it went: booted from cd, accepted license terms, formatted hdd with ntfs, copied files, restarted computer, booted into windows xp, detecting hardware,
*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, ...) "A system process or thread critical to system operation has unexpectedly exited." the only time i see this type of blue screen is when i force crash windows vista, or 7, but this time, its coming up by itself. something is causing windows xp setup to crash.

i can try recovery console, and try to see if i can get a dump file, but i dont know how it would work without windows xp installed. ill get the full error code popping up, by trying to install xp again, and ill post back the full code.


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#15
November 24, 2012 at 16:23:38

"you do realize i got this during the installation of windows xp"
No, originally I did, but your post #12 was enough for me to ask for a dump file.

That extra info may help.
STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003
http://is.gd/ceuzhF


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#16
November 24, 2012 at 16:34:47

sorry for the confusion. lulz.
anyway, i redid the install. it still came with the same bsod.
heres the full error code:
*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003,0x87533020,0x87533194,0x805D22DA)

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#17
November 24, 2012 at 16:37:11

Another thought, make sure AHCI is selected in the BIOS ( not ide )

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#18
November 24, 2012 at 16:39:27

the only options that are there is raid or ide. its currently set to raid.

wait, i just recently installed a new graphics card. its a radeon x1300/x1550 series. could this be it?


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#19
November 24, 2012 at 16:48:23
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"the only options that are there is raid or ide. its currently set to raid"
It's got be something involving the bios & raid.

Google ( research ) as many different key words that you can think of, including tutorials & how to.


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#20
November 24, 2012 at 16:50:14

"wait, i just recently installed a new graphics card. its a radeon x1300/x1550 series. could this be it?"
No idea, try.

Just use the onboard graphics.


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#21
November 24, 2012 at 17:00:44

tried it with the onboard graphics, and a different error code showed.
*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x876F1608, 0x876F177C, 0x805D22DA)

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#22
November 24, 2012 at 17:09:47

"tried it with the onboard graphics, and a different error code showed"
So it's not the card.
The error code still has the first part, so now you do as per my posts #15 & #19

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#23
November 24, 2012 at 17:42:24

oh my god!!!!! it works! it finally works!!! i found the problem! remember what i said about those pcie cards. that was it! those cards were to blame!! and it wouldnt have been if it werent for those medalling kids! thank you all for the help.

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#24
November 24, 2012 at 17:45:44

One thing I noticed in the googling, if AHCI is not present, you need to align the ssd. This info should be in your ssd help files or at their site.

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#25
November 24, 2012 at 17:47:13

"oh my god!!!!! it works! it finally works!!!"
Good news, what a relief for you.

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