occasional blue screen on startup

Dell Inspiron 6000 notebook
August 29, 2009 at 07:44:16
Specs: Windows xp, pentium M 1.5 ghz/2gb ram
i get a bluescreen error on my laptop occasionally at startup.

this is what it appears to be
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

the technical information they give is this:

*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003),0x89CE56E0,0x89CE5854,0x805C8C88)

could this be a windows update?
any idea what this is?
where can i find the log that shows the blue screen error on my computer?

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August 29, 2009 at 08:42:31
It may be something as simple as closing the laptop before Winders shuts down. But, here's a link I googled for you:


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August 29, 2009 at 09:54:42
i looked i still dont get it. it mentioned a hard drive on that site related to 0x000000F4 but i dont have another hard drive on the laptop
so what would that technical information mean?

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August 31, 2009 at 09:48:20
can anyone help?

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August 31, 2009 at 10:37:34
Blue screens are often extremely difficult to diagnose exactly
(easier if they give file info causing the problem) - there are too
many stop codes, most you can't find an exact match for and
the ones you can (or nearly) & have a fix - the fix often doesn't
work. Most common causes are bad hardware or bad
driver(s). So if the problem started after you'd made a
hardware or software change, that's an obvious pointer. If it
was happening since new I'd contact supplier - but I suspect
not. The BSOD should be recorded in the event log (run
eventvwr.msc to view). If its hard drive related (it would mean
your main/only drive) running chkdsk and/or drive
manufacturer's diagnostic would be a good idea (also check
event log for 'bad block' errors).

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