blue screen error message on start

June 7, 2009 at 16:22:56
Specs: Windows XP
blue screen comes up on every attempt to boot XP.
Usually see IRQ-NOT-Less-OR-Equal, with different
technical codes each time. Anything I can try? Thanx

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#1
June 7, 2009 at 16:56:56
Try booting into safe mode, if possible, and look at Event viewer. Also try a program like windebug. You may then have to update drivers. Did you make any recent hardware or software changes ?

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#2
June 8, 2009 at 10:28:07
Thanx for your response. Can't seem to boot into Safe Mode
as I could earlier. I've tried an XP re-install several times,
including formatting, without success. I get all the way to
"Starting Windows" and then get the blue screen right after
the logo shows up. I've also tried a different HD with the
same results. How could I check to see if it's a hardware
problem? I've tried switching RAM sticks. Incidentally, I've
tried use the Recovery Console to run 'fixboot' and ''scandisk'
but the DO command for /r isn't accepted. Do I use 'chkdsk/r'
or just /r or maybe chkdsk.c=/r? Thanx for your patience.

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#3
June 8, 2009 at 10:53:40
You need a space: It should be 'chkdsk /r'
Can you give some more info on your computer: OEM brand name, self built ? What type of RAM, psu, video card ? Have you ever successfully booted into XP ?
"I've tried switching RAM sticks." Do you mean that you switched slots ? Try with just one stick.
You could also run memtest to check the RAM.

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#4
June 8, 2009 at 21:46:57
Computer is custom with P4 1.6GHz CPU/40GB HD/756MB
SDRAM/GeForce2mx400 video card/Sound Blaster audio. I
tried each stick in both slots, one at a time and both sticks
in different slot positions. I finally got the /r command right
and after running that the blue screen didn't come up, but I
got: "boot failed because
\windows\system\configuration\system is missing or
corrupted." It then said to return to Recovery to fix this, but
I'm not sure what I would do there. I'll try memtest. Will a
program like windebug or regcure boot and run from the CD
with the kind of problems I'm having? I can get into Safe
Mode now, but it doesn't complete the boot - I get a long list
of drivers. Thanx again for your help.

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#5
June 9, 2009 at 06:32:41
I would forget windebug or regcure for now. After trying memtest, if the RAM is OK, I would try running the diagnostics from the hard drive manufacturer if you have the disk for that.

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#6
June 9, 2009 at 08:24:04
TROUBLESHOOTING WINDOWS STOP MESSAGES

http://aumha.org/a/stop.htm

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
Theodore Roosevelt New York City, February 17, 1899


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