Blue screen death & Configuration error

June 29, 2009 at 12:03:14
Specs: Windows XP
Fujitsu Siemens V2045 Laptop
Got the blue death screen on trying to upgrade to XP Professional from Home edition.
Getting following messages and cant boot from CD, doesnt read hard drive at all. Loads windows drivers and then quits to blue screen again.
1) System Configuration Data Read Error (Fixed disk 0 Samsung HM080JI)
2) 0xF8952640

I am not an expert so simple answers please, no new hardward or any items installed.



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June 29, 2009 at 15:43:37
What do you expect to gain by going from Home to Pro? Wipe the hard drive & start from scratch.

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June 30, 2009 at 01:28:13
I no longer had the Home discs so purchased XP Professional. I cant start up anything from the Disk drive even in safe mode it returns to blue screen.
Tried several recovery disks but nothing is picked up and if it does start picking up whats on the disks then it doesnt find the hard drive to copy it to????
Any other suggestions please?

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June 30, 2009 at 03:05:34
Jam gave you the simplest solution here. If you have a new copy of XP Pro, then you should be able to boot the machine with that CD even if the computer has no hard drive at all.

You are then given the option to pick a partition to install to.

(watch as the computer comes up, it will ask if you want to boot from CD - you have to hit a key)

If you aren't able to boot the machine with the CD, then you will most likely need to enter the BIOS when the computer boots, and change the boot priority so that CD is first.

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June 30, 2009 at 04:32:04
It still shuts down when trying to reinstall XP, no option to partition is given so maybe shutting before that, goes so far on the installing and then says "cant find hard drive" but when I start up still see the list of drivers on the hard drive. The bios has been changed so that it should boot from CD first but still shuts down. Wont accept any recovery discs or new installations.
Getting msg to chk dsk /f (or something like that) but cant even get into dos to do anything.
Error codes are 0x0000007B (0xF8952640 and 0xC0000034)
Any other ideas please?

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