These last few weeks I have been getting a blue screen STOP: message on boot - not every time but more often than not. (I do reboot every so often as my confuser seems to clog up after a day or two).
The STOP: is followed always by 0X0000008E then five bracketted hex numbers, the third of which is often different. Typical third numbers are 0XF7FD4B90 and 0XF8B64B90.
If I reboot while pressing F8 and select the "Normal Windows Start" option it continues to boot OK and runs normally except that there have been one or two odd things happen such as no window having the input focus and system freezes once or twice.
Would this indicate perhaps memory failures in the POST test? If so, would reseating the 2 x 256MB RAMs help? Is there any aerosol or something like that which can be used to enhance the contacts if this is the problem? I am not too keen on delving into the thing since it's still got the HP seal on it!
HP Pavilion, P4 3.2GHz, 512 Mb RAM Windoze XP Home
Thanks in advance.