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Hi

I have a dell that has been problematic of late, and after replacing one of the drives (two a dvd+-rw) I kept getting 0x0000008E Blue Screen of Death. Kind of sick of it all, and the solutions for 0x0000008E are pretty complicated, so now I want to format and reinstall everything because it has other errors too.

The dell discs are all gone, and after reading online, I noticed a lot of people cannot use a dell disc to install on non dell machines. This only goes one way correct?
I can use a regular XP Home CD and install that onto the dell pc (and it should load all the drivers as a regular XP install would) right?

Only reason I ask this is if this doesn't work, it may end up being more difficult than taking the time to fix the 0x0000008E and other errors...
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Your Dell should have recovery partition, which you should be able to access by pressing CTRL + F11 at Dell's logo.
It'll return your computer to its original state.

You can also use Windows XP CD, but you'll need to reinstall some drivers.
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Interesting, not sure how I missed the Ctrl - F11 future.

That would be perfect, except I have added a new dvd drive... which seems to have started my 0X0000008E blue screen of death (although unplugging my internet stick (which I've had for a long time) prevents the BSOD.)

Thanks for the tip, I will try a few more things before I give it a shot. Going to try uninstalling and reinstalling the bell (internet) software.
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I've seen cases, exclusively related to XP, when having two optical drives was causing BSODs.
See, if removing one drive will help.
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the dell recovery console can be reached by pressing F12 by itself during the dell screen and then follow the instructions
also if any of the drives is set as a master and on the same IDE channel as the main hard driver this can cause issues which can be alleviated by ether changeing the drive to a slave or changing the cable so that both master drives are not on the same IDE channel
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the dell recovery console can be reached by pressing F12 by itself during the dell screen and then follow the instructions


<Ctrl>+<F11> = Dell Recovery

<F12> = Dell Diagnostics
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Hey guys

I checked the settings, it was at master, so I switched it to slave... this didn't help. So I checked the other drive (it was set to cable select) so I did the same on the new drive.

This seems to help with that problem.

I uninstalled my turbo stick software (bell mobile connect) and restarted the computer. The computer actually restarted successfully (first time in a very long time.)

I reinstalled bell mobile connect, and BSOD again. I guess the new drive must be a coincidence because the restart issue was something that I was unable to solve previously... and the BSOD was something that did not appear until the new drive was installed...

Had I known this, I would not have opened a new thread, but here is the previous thread (issue) that I am referring to (the reason I never finished it is because work got really busy and I had no time until recently.)
http://www.geekstogo...rt-t261397.html

Any suggestions on what to try to get the turbo stick working would be appreciated, and the suggestions thus far are also very valuable!
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Well, I guess, you should PM some mod and ask for reopening of the other thread.
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