blue screen (bad image checksum)

August 11, 2008 at 08:58:50
Specs: xp pro, p4 512

At startup I get blue screen (bad image checksum) - image ole32.dll is possibly corrupt. The header checksum does not match the computed checksum. Any suggestions? thanks,


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August 11, 2008 at 10:05:43

Are you attempting to do a Dell restore (Dell format) of your system?

Or is this a normal boot of a system that has been working fine?

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August 11, 2008 at 10:12:41

normal boot that had been working


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August 11, 2008 at 10:48:07

I hate to recommend replacing a DLL file because you might get the wrong version. That said, you can download ole32.dll at the following URL.
It belongs in c:\windows\system32. But I suggest waiting for other options from experienced Dell people.

You could have a memory or hard drive problem that caused this to pop up. You might want to check your RAM. Run memtest for a few hours.
Memory test
There is a version to create a bootable floppy diskette and/or an ISO for creating a CD.

Checking your hard drive might also be a good idea. You can find the location of diagnostics for your drive at this URL:
HD Diagnostics

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August 11, 2008 at 15:22:53

Might have to boot to cd and use sfc.exe /scannow

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, are in my top 10

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August 11, 2008 at 19:03:03

thanks to aegis and jefro for your input. i reset ram, no change. must be hard drive. i'm going to reformat and reinstall os. thanks again, vandal67


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