I recently reinstalled XP Pro on a desktop which was having an NTLDR detect issue - different story and likely not relevant.
The OS is installed on a SATA drive. When booting the machine would run a consistency check on the one IDE drive each time but not find any issues.
After updating on about 70 items from MS Update the computer started up normally. The next boot however resulted in a
BSOD: Machine exception error
I am able to get into XP safe mode but when loading xp it gets to the Windows XP screen and the blue bar made of 3 squares runs through 16 times before coming to a halt. Sometimes it just goes to BSOD.
Having done some reading on this issue - it seems a hardware fault is indicated and I'm not sure I want to go through taking it all to bits and rebuilding the machine again.
BTW I'm runing a GA-K8NSC939 mobo with a AMD 3200+ CPU.
I have also tried running the XP Pro disk again for a repair or install but this resulted in a BSOD as above one of the times. The other times I didn't go through with reinstall deciding to try and isolate the problem further.
My main question really are
- if I can get into safe mode, could it be a driver issue rather than hardware?
- Is there any relatively simple tests to run for isolating the issue?