|You haven't said whether you can still get into Windows despite the BSOD error.|
If you can......
You are given the choice of allowing the SP3 updates installation to save files so that you can un-install the SP3 updates if you have problems with them. If you allowed it to do that, you can un-install them.
Go to Control Panel ( - Classic View) - Add or Remove Programs,
If SP3 updates are listed, un-install them.
If you can't get into Windows because of the BSOD error....
- is there a problem file named on that screen when you get that error ?
If yes, tell us what it is.
- go into the bios Setup and disable any shadowing or caching setting, Save bios settings
The key you press to get into the bios Setup depends on whether you have a generic desktop system and your mboard is a retail model, in which case the key you press is Del, or a mboard in a brand name system, which probably has the brand's bios version, not MSI's, in which case it would NOT be Del. If you don't know which key it is you press, if that key is not specified in a line on the screen you see while booting the computer, tell us which brand name system brand it is.
- If you have Windows installed on a SATA hard drive, go into the bios and set the SATA controller mode to an IDE compatible mode of some sort, instead of SATA or AHCI .
I can't tell you what you'll specifically need to change in the bios if your mboard has a brand name system bios version - whatever the setting is, it's changable, at least one choice is probably SATA or AHCI, at least one other choice is an IDE compatible mode.
If you have a MSI bios version, see the mboard manual on the MSI web site - it probably has info about the bios settings in that.
- try loading Windows into Safe mode or Enable VGA mode.
Remove any bootable CDs or DVDs.
Press F8 repeatedly while booting, don't hold down the key, and when the (Windows) loading choices men appears, choose
or Safe mode with networking
or Enable VGA mode.
If Safe mode works, your problem is caused by something that is loaded when you start Windows normally that is not loaded in Safe mode.
If Enable VGA mode works, your problem is probably related to the specific video drivers loaded when you load Windows normally. You can always un-install the specific video drivers in Add or Remove Programs in Enable VGA mode - you may not be able to do that in Safe mode.
"My mobo is an MSI RS480-M2."
Your mboard can be either
- a retail model in a generic desktop system that has MSI's bios version,
- or a mboard in a brand name system that has that brand's bios version, not MSI's .
MSI RS480M2 (a.k.a. MS-7096 v.1.6) support
(motherboard version 1.6)
Set to Manual
Set to Drivers
If it is a mboard in a brand name system, you can use anything there EXCEPT the MSI bios updates !
"I am looking into the system drivers, now:
Is it normal, that I find 5 instances of "PCI standard host CPU bridge"? (My laptop only lists one)
A few other system devices also have multiple listings in device manager:
"Motherboard resources" 3 times,
"PCI standard PCI-to-PCI bridge" 2 times"
Those are all related to the main chipset drivers.
In this case, the mboard has the
• ATI Radeon® XPRESS 200 Chipset
which includes the southbridge chip:
• ATI ® SB400
Installing the AMD Chipset drivers listed on the MSI web site will install all that is necessary for the main chipset.
Installing the VGA drivers listed on the MSI web site will install all that is necessary for the onboard video.
Un-install any drivers listed for the main chipset or for the onboard video or ATI anything in Add or Remove Programs BEFORE you install those drivers !
Then look in Device Manager - if there are still some leftover entries there or multiple entries like you had, un-install them - they should not re-appear in Device Manager as devices that have no drivers or unknown devices after you have restarted the computer.
If you managed to un-install the SP3 updates
- un-install ALL anti-malware software and and third party software firewall programs. Then try installing the SP3 updates again, after doing all the other things already suggested that you should do before installing them.
If you can't un-install the SP3 updates,(or if you can and did but trying to install them again didn't solve your problems), if Windows still isn't working properly, you have puzzles you may never be able to find all the solutions to, at least not in a reasonable amount of time.
You are a lot better off, regarding time spent solving your problems,
- copying all your personal data that's on the same partition Windows is on you don't want to lose to elsewhere., -
- and installing Windows from scratch.
If you do that, for less total work you'll need to do after Setup has finished to update Windows, you might as well make yourself a "slipstreamed" CD, a CD-R works will all optical drives, that has had the SP3 updates integrated into the
contents of your original XP CD, and optionally the SATA controller drivers for your mboard integrated into it, and use that CD to install XP with SP3 updates, along with your original Product Key, rather than you using your original XP CD.
The freeware nLite program can integrate both things.