Problem – Cant get Windows Installation to recognize my hard drives – then results in a Blue Screen (but BIOS recognizes HD’s)
I had wiped my hard drives and decided to install Vista. All was well for awhile, until I got fed up with non-compatible software. So I decided I was going to revert back to XP. I put in the XP disc and when it got to the screen that asks me to Create/Delete a partition it didn’t recognize my HD’s and when I pressed enter it gave me the Blue Screen.
Stop: 0x0000008e (0xC0000005, 0xF7418C13, 0xF6FD67E4, 0x00000000
setupdd.sys - Address F7418C13 base at F73ECC000, Datestamp 411107c8f
I did some research on this error and most people said it was due to faulty hardware, more specifically RAM. So I took out the RAM, switched slots, etc… no change.
I then decided to troubleshoot. I ran many utility programs to make sure the HD’s were clean. Ontrack/Derek’s Boot and Nuke, the works. Hard Drives checked out fine. I even went to the store and bought a new HD, and the same problem occurred.
I then decided to flash the BIOS. No change.
I read somewhere that maybe the MBR got screwed up from Vista. I booted into the recovery console and when I Typed in fixmbr or any of the other commands, didn’t work.
I’m really at a loss. If there is anyone that has some advice, Id love to try it out. I won’t be home until this evening, but thought Id see what everyone had to say. Thanks!