Solved On booting into XP, there is a BSOD and the system reboots

January 29, 2012 at 08:12:44
Specs: Windows XP, ?Sempron/4 gigs
Windows XP boots in 2 stages, when the progress bar stops then starts again. At random times, between the two, a BSOD on a DOS window comes up for 0.5 second (about my reaction time) then the computer reboots. There seem to be about 8 lines of text in white on a blue ground and the last word is <ENTER>. This has survived a reinstall for other reasons. Is it a BIOS thing?

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January 29, 2012 at 08:19:11
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In order to be able to supply more info from the BSOD screen, you need to disable "automatically restart when an error is encountered" next time Windows loads properly and you can access the Control Panel.

In Control Panel (with it set to Classic view), double-click the "System" icon.
The "automatically restart" check-box is under one of the tabs there. I no longer have XP so I can't be more specific than that.

Next time a BSOD is encountered, it should stay on-screen so you can read it fully.

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January 29, 2012 at 08:24:34
Thanks. Gee, that was quick!

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February 5, 2012 at 00:04:44
Sorry, it didn't stop the bootup. It must work only when Windows is up and running. The tab says that errors are logged, but probably the same thing applies. The bootup log showed nothing unusual except a long list of drivers not loaded at startup.

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February 26, 2012 at 21:54:39
Changing the setting in Control Panel didn't work. What DID stop it was the following:

I let PCTools' Registry Mechanic apply whatever tune-ups it wanted. It applied the "Balanced" config. As a result, both parts of the bootup are much faster, and the present issue has disappeared. How, I have no idea. The time from the "Welcome" screen to a fully loaded desktop is no different.

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