HP laptop boot to BSOD Stop:0X0000007E

May 30, 2010 at 05:01:22
Specs: Windows Vista, not known/1gb
I was recently given a Packard-Bell Hera GL laptop with a problem that when it booted up it came up with 2 options. Boot normally or Repair computer. If you selected boot normally it just rebooted to the same point and if you selected repair it just stayed prompting the same 2 options.
I used a repair dsik (Vista Home Basic, which is what the laptop was running). It appeared to reapir the computer, except for a couple of missing drivers. I obtained the drivers for the LAN and WLAN which worked OK, then tried updating the graphics driver. After trying to install this driver the machine decided to go on strike!
Trying to boot to the repair cd it is sitting with the Windows progress bar whizzing along merrily, but never getting to the repair/install options. Instead it is taking a few minutes then coming up with the BSOD and stop message of 0X0000007E (0X847290AE, 0X8573BA0, 0X8515389C) volsnap address 847290AE base 84724000 datestamp 47918f92.
I cannot get past this error message and am wondering if 1)Would a full re-installation of Vista be the answer? or 2)Is there any way of resetting the BIOS completely a la desktop motherboard jumpers (cannot see anything on the motherboard to achieve this) or 3)Is it beyond hope?
Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

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May 30, 2010 at 06:38:05
You can try going into the bios and restting it to see if that helps.

Most likely a fresh install will be your solution, although the HD may be worn out. I myself would do a fresh install of windows 7 as vista is not the OS of my choice because of all their problems.

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May 30, 2010 at 07:10:52
I have tried resetting the bios with no joy.
Unfortunately I do not have a valid copy of 7 to upgrade to and, not being my laptop I really just want it back in some form of working order so Vista works (I totally agree that 7 is far superior, it basically is what Vista should have been)

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May 31, 2010 at 07:50:36
I had a similar problem, your problem may be as simple as you need a new HDD Drive

check this, that was my problem

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June 2, 2010 at 02:51:06
OK, sorted now....if it also helps anyone in the future. Although the laptop is running Vista Home I used my Windows 7 upgrade disk, chose repair and it worked.....Don't ya just love Microsofft software!
Thanks for all help and advice

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