I have a Dell Dimension 4500 with Windows XP Home.
A week ago, I had many different blue screen crashes (many different codes). For a while I could get into my computer in Safe Mode, so I got to backup all my photos, songs, etc... I also got to update my drivers, etc... My local computer guy did some tests and said "the memory looks okay", "the hard drive looks okay", "the power supply unit isn't in great condition, but doesn't seem to be the problem"... he suggested I try a repair install as the blue screens became worse and Safe Mode was no longer working...
So I tried the repair install last night and it got almost all the way through, in fact i got to "Repair Existing XP Installation", it did the "setup is copying files" even got through the "Restart" to the point where you get the Home Edition Installation screen ("39 minutes to install") etc... I thought I was home free, but then got a blue screen fatal system error... I've tried a few more times and the computer tries to Install the repair/update but at some point during the install I get a blue screen error (seems to be a different error code each time).
So, my questions are:
- any suggestions as to how I can get my computer to finish the repair install?
- does this sound like a hardware error (power supply unit maybe)?, or
- is my next step to try some hardware fixes or should I go directly to the total reformat/ total reinstall of Windows?
- and, if the computer won't complete a repair install, does that mean it is likely to screw up a complete reinstall also?
Thanks for any direction or suggestions....