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Hello all- I need some real help. I built this computer by myself, shes about a year old. So far I've replaced the motherboard and a hard drive. Its had a handful of operating system wipes. Before I tell you the computer info I'll start with whats going on. The computer always runs perfectly fine until one day I get a blue screen of death error. Normally I keep restarting the computer until it can hold on its own (without the blue screen of death interrupting) and I can find out what the problem is. Normally this all ends when I reinstall a fresh new copy of windows XP. I'm really fed up with this. All I want is a stable gaming computer.
This time however things have turned up differently. I log onto the computer and begin to start a game when the BSD (Blue screen of Death) appears with this: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005,0x8054B10D, etc). Ok so now I restart and I notice a quick glimpse of "Invalidboot.ini starting from c:\windows". When I finally get to the desktop I send out the error report to windows and the computer locks up. I reset and start to do a Virus scan (Klaspery) and its locks. I try a second time and it lock. I get on the internet and it locks. Soon after I get another BSD: "0x0000004E (0x00000099, 0x00000019, etc). Ok so now I've had enough and go to install a new fresh copy of XP on the computer and an error comes up when its almost done installing "Error 0xC0000409 at location 0x77BE17D3" I really hope someone can help- I don't know what else to do.

Computer system-
XP Home edition
Biostar I45
ATI Radieon 4800HD
500GB HD
4GB RAM
Duo Core 3Ghz
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Ok so new news. After trying to reinstall a new copy of windows XP it again gets close to being done and then it freezes with two bright red bars one at the very top and one at the very bottom.
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Hi,

Welcome to GeeksToGo :)

Ok a few points:
  • Have you installed service pack 2 + 3 for Windows XP?

    if not go to Start > Control Panel > Windows Updates and then search for and install all the available updates
    Read This Microsoft Article for more help

  • STOP: "0x0000004E is usually attributed to a RAM issue.
    Read This Tutorial on how to run Memtest and then report back any errors it find. Make sure you only have 1 stick or RAM installed.

    Then after runnign that post back and we will look into what drivers you have

Edited by rev_olie, 13 August 2009 - 04:56 AM.

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Hello! Thanks for the greetings and your help. I have SP3 installed on it. The computer has already been wiped :) . I am now currently trying to install Windows XP on it. I might just have to buy vista :).
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Does anyone know why the computer won't allow me to install windows on it?
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The windows installer always gets to the very last part of it it normally locks. This time the BSD popped up. 0x0000000A. Anyone?
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The BSD has come up again with 0x0000008e which again leads to RAM issues. I've taken 1 out and am trying to reinstall windows.
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After taking one stick of RAM out windows installed finally. I'll replace both of them soon.
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Let's check your memory and make sure there is no issue with it. Download memtest86 from the link in my signature below.
Just a suggestihere:
Try running the test on just the memory module that is the suspected problem first.


Get the file that is named Download - The one you want is "Download - Pre-compiled Bootable ISO (.zip). When it downloads, it will be labeled memtest86+2.11.iso.zip
Unzip the file once you download it. You should have a .iso file in the unzipped directory. It will look like a zip file in some cases but the file name will now be memtest86+2.11.iso

if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files get burncdcc in my signature below.

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. Start BurnCDCC
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its memtest86.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

Make sure the bios is set for the cd drive as the first boot device
Put the cd in the cd drive and then boot your computer.

Running the Diagnostic Program:

The basic diagnostic screen has five main sections of relevant information. Three at the top which are labeled, PASS %, TEST %, and TEST #. This will basically show you the total progress of the current test, the overall progress of the diagnostic test, and the test number is currently performing.

On the middle left hand side of the of the program interface there is a “Wall Time” section that will keep track of how long the diagnostic test has been running for. This just gives you an idea if you are not attending the testing process.

The main section to look for is the lower half of the screen which is usually blank. As long as the memory testing is going ok with no errors this section of the screen should remain blank. If the diagnostic program finds any serious faults in the memory you will see it display a memory dump of address’s in this section. This is similar to what is displayed on your screen when you encounter a blue screen of death.

You now have most everything you need to know about setting up and testing your memory with diagnostic programs. This guide should help you get to the source of any intermittent problems related to your memory.


Run memtest for at least 2 hours
If it starts showing any errors during that time then you will have to replace the memory
If there are no errors after 2 hours press Esc and that will end the tests
We will then try other options
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Hi,

I would agree with rshaffer61 that you probably have a RAM issue.

Just to let you know there is also a guide on How to use: Memtest on GeeksToGo :)
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Ok so now that the computer is completly wiped I installed all the drivers- updated to SP3, etc etc. When I go to install World Of Warcraft an error comes up saying its unable to read. This happen when installed by disk OR by downloading the client! So I'm thinking its the harddriv- I use a external hard drive and what do you know- it installs fully! So do I need another hard drive as well? Isn't there a warranty on the hard drives?!
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Hmm possibly.

There is usually a Manufacturers 1 year warranty on drives.

Can you tell me what the make and mode number of the drive is please? We will be able to get hold of some diagnostics software.
While your waiting don't forgot to run memtest as instructed.
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Seagate SATA 3.5" Barracua 500GB- the box says it has a 5 year warranty but I havn't quite got a hold of keeping up w/ recipts and what not :) . 32mb Cache @ 7200. This is acutally my 2nd seagate that I'm on for this computer. New Eggs got a 72 hour deal going on and I'm thinking about picking up a Western Digital 750GB, 32mb Cache @ 7200rpm for 70 bucks. I should buy RAM too.
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Wow you guys are awsome and throuogh- I really hope to be as smart/intuitive as you guys are. I will run the mem test soon. I was wondering could I just let it run and go to bed? Will it still be up when I awake?
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Ok the memory test has been going on for almost 6 minutes and theres already 128+ failing addresses. I don't get it. How can it get like this? I've only had the HD for maybe 6 months. You guys are very awsome. I love how shaffer has all the links in his sig that people would need. What do you guys do for a living? I'm in the Navy currently but I want to get out to work on computers I just don't know what field. You guys are very inspirational. I'm probably going to let the memtest run all night. At least 5 hour before I have to wake up. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks again for your time.
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