Blue Screen Error and Bios problem

Dell Dimension e521 desktop
May 11, 2010 at 21:37:18
Specs: Windows XP
I've got a problem that, if fixed, would by-pass other problems.

I got a virus on one of my Dell Dimensions (E521) and figured I would simply just reformat the hard drive and do a clean install of Windows XP. I backed up all my information, put the hard drive in my second PC (E520) and reformatted the hard drive.

So I ended up getting Windows XP installed on this newly reformatted hard drive by using my second computer (E520) to reformat then install using the Dell operating system disk.

I put the hard drive back into the first computer (E521) where it came from and I get this blue screen error with "Stop: 0x0000007B" I know that this means there are a lot of different things that could be going wrong, but it is mostly due to the computer not being able to load the OS from the hard drive. Thanks to

This is a big problem, but the bigger problem is my USB keyboard is not being recognized at start up on the first PC (E521) meaning I can't get into bios or do anything really since when the hard drive tries to load it gets this blue screen error.

I've tried updating my bios by making a bootable bios update disc and forcing my computer to start from disc by unplugging my hard drive, but it wouldn't work because I needed a keyboard to start the bios update from the disk in the dos prompt. - If there's a way to make the update start automatically it may update the bios, fix the keyboard problem, where I'll be able to get into bios and make sure the hard drive is being recognized properly.

I figure if I can fix at least one of the problems I'll be able to fix the other. If I can get by the blue screen, I'll be able to get to windows and do a bios update there since the keyboard will be recognized OR if I can get the keyboard to work I'll be able to get into bios where I'll be able to fix the hard drive problem.

-Other Info-
The keyboard does work on the second computer (E520).
The hard drive works fine and loads up Windows XP with no problems while inside the second computer (E520).

Bios version is 1.1.10 on the first computer (E521) The bios update is 1.1.11 and "Enhanced compatibility for USB devices" according to Dell site. Bios version on the second computer (E520) is 1.1.11.

Neither computer has a floppy disk drive, PS/2 or serial ports. Came stock that way.

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May 11, 2010 at 23:14:01
BadWonka, SWAG, think I might know 'what' happened. You probably got a nasty that hid itself in the MBR and wasn't touched during the format so it was 'on' the new version.
Now the question is what to do about it. There're cleaners around which can handle such nasties. Problem is finding one which can run independently since your KB's disabled. Can't help there. All I'm familiar with require a KB. Maybe someone knows of one?
Ed in Texas.

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May 12, 2010 at 00:11:47
The HD is not compatible with your motherboard.

Changing a Motherboard or Moving a Hard Drive with XP Installed

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May 12, 2010 at 09:57:36
Thanks for the replies.

Ed - I'm hoping that's not the case. Maybe if I could find either a cleaner that runs automatically or a bios update that can be set to run automatically.

Johnw - I read through the link you supplied, that's something I didn't think about when I installed the OS using the second computer (E520). I did think about that afterwards though, I reformatted the HD once again using the second computer (E520) and tried installing the OS using the first computer (E521) hoping that if the OS disc was in that maybe it would run automatically and I'd be able to install it using the first computer. No luck though, the drive tried to boot and came up with the "NTLDR is missing" message.

What I was wondering, was if I got a new HD and tried installing the OS using the first computer (E521) if it would work. But again, I have no keyboard to get the computer to boot from the OS disc. I figure once I get into the OS install set up though I should be able to use my keyboard. Maybe there is a way to make my own OS install disc which will force the computer to load it?

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May 12, 2010 at 10:39:41
'The keyboard does work on the second computer (E520).

How about replacing it? Does the origional PC accept a PS2 keyboard?
If so, try one.

How about nuking the drive using Dban?
That way if there is a boot sector virus it will be wiped clean.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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May 12, 2010 at 15:38:12
"Maybe there is a way to make my own OS install disc which will force the computer to load it?"

Once your comp is squeaky clean ( no viruses, trojans, spyfiles or any other clitches ) get all your updates ( sp2 etc ) & do this. I use nlite.

Upgrade the XP CD, this is done by slipstreaming.
Universal Windows Slipstreaming and Bootable CD Guide

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