Heres the deal, A friend brought me his older than dirt computer. on the startup screen it shows its a dell 4500s bios revision 1. I believe it has 512 mb of ram ( 2x256) dont know the proc but probably a p4 ?
when he brought it to me we couldent load into windows, couldent even get to the windows load screen. It would say something along the lines of " primary IDE controller is operating outside of normal parameter" Got it to load into safe mode once, tried to run chkdsk /r but couldent. after that it wouldent load again but would go straight to 0x000000f4. Tried to reload windows to his old hard drive. got most of the way through it to where there was 39 minutes left on the load, then bsod to the same error ( 0x0f4). Tried reseting cmos by useing the jumpers. Last but not least I have put in an old hard drive of my own which I know was good since i pulled it out of my other machine where it ran fine the same day. Formated and loaded windows and the same thing happened as the old drive.
I have run memtest and let it run 10 times without an error, also ran the hitachi diagnostics to and it came out fine, coded 0x00 which i read to be good.
problem as it stands is that I am trying to reload windows, or at least pick up where it left off before it went to bsod. I run from cdrom, it loads drivers, but when it is supposed to go to the format screen where it asks where i want to write to it just bsod's to the code : 0x0000007B ( 0xF8983524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000).
Also for the record I am geting multiple keyboard failure errors on initial startup, used 4 different keyboards and got it with all of them. Sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesent...
All in all I am thinking its the IDE controller and will have to get a new motherboard ... any ideas here ?
Thanks for your time.