How Do I Get Around BSOD on XP Home Install?

November 16, 2010 at 16:14:01
Specs: Windows XP, 896 MB RAM
Originally did a System Restore to last Thursday when the PC was freezing on me, even in Safe Mode. When it finally finished, I got some Pareto update screen on some nonsense driver thing my wife had installed that was apparantly part of the startup. This large update screen displayed over my desktop, but I could see that no icons were loaded. After trying to kill the blasted thing for a few minutes, I shut off the PC. When I rebooted I got a msg about a missing or corrupt Msconfig file, with a suggestion that I used my XP CD and do a Repair.

This is a Dell Dimension 2400, and I booted off the Dell CD, hit enter for the install and then 'R' for repair. I got an error that some file could not be copied (I didn't write it down), and I had to abort the repair. Then I tried the repair with a Microsoft XP CD. Different file that could not be copied, but again, I had to abort.

Then I tried to install using the MS CD. No go. I deleted the partition, reformatted, and selected that partition on which to install Windows. I got past the Product ID entry and to the point where it was Registering Componets. It said there was 17 minutes left for completion. An hour later it still said 17 minutes, and the green bar hadn't budged. I turned it off

I then used the Dell disc and attempted an install. This one never prompted me for a product key, and went past the 17 minute remaining mark. Now I must say that on BOTH CDs I got messages that some file or another was not copied correctly. But when I would hit enter (to retry) it would go past that file, and then give me another. On both discs I encountered 2 or 3 instances where I had to hit enter to retry the copy problem. AFAIK, it worked okay. Anyway, this time it completed the install, and rebooted, only to give me a BSOD.

PFN_LIST_CORRUPT with a 0x0000004e (0x00000099,then 2 entries with all zeroes, except for an X in position 2.

Both of these CDs cannot be bad. What do I do now?.

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November 16, 2010 at 16:51:36
The dell disk will not ask you since it is an OEM.

You need to start testing the computer. Might start with memtest and or hard drive diags. You'd need to be able to boot to a live cd or maybe a floppy even if that boots.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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November 16, 2010 at 21:57:54
Actually I think it might be the extra memory installed. I'm going to try a reload with only the original bank of RAM

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November 17, 2010 at 15:38:51
That was it... I took out the extra RAM, booted from the CD, did a repair install, but when it finished and restarted, it took me to the 'Installing Windows' step (which puzzled me). But I just let it continue, and it installed perfectly.

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