I can't load Windows XP in normal or safe mode ... I keep getting the following BSOD / GSOD (green) error: "An attempt was made to write to read-only memory" with Stop error 0x000000BE (0x806FE800, 0x006FE121, 0xF78AE784, 0x0000000B) at the Windows XP start-up screen.
Over the last few days I cleaned a few viruses (maybe 1 or 2 rootkits) off my computer using Spybot S&D, Super AntiSpyware, MalwareBytes, AntiVir, CWShredder, HiJackThis, several other online anti-virus/malware scanning engines and then cleaned the leftover temp files and registry keys using CCleaner and RegistryBooster. Throughout the process, I made several registry backups using ERUNT. Windows XP did not have any noticeable problems loading throughout all this.
Last night, I installed DataPilot software by Susteen (used to backup data from cell phones). This software installs over 300 registry entries along with numerous [unsigned] cell phone drivers. The installation seemed to go well and Windows XP loaded up fine 2-3 times after the initial install.
When I booted up the computer this morning, I received the BSOD error. The BSOD screen was actually greenish colored (GSOD) instead of the normal blue color. I have tried all of the following but still receive the BSOD error: I disconnected all USB devices and rebooted; I used some compressed air to clean out the case; I reseated the RAM; I de-/re-attached the hard drives; I tried “last known good configuration”. When I try “Safe Mode”, “Safe Mode with Networking” or “Safe Mode with Command Prompt I notice that all drivers load up to a question asking “Press enter to continue loading SPTD.sys” … whether I press enter or not, I still get the BSOD. (I noticed that SPTD is related to Daemon tools. I uninstalled Daemon tools last week and didn’t notice any problems at that time. I guess SPTD may still be trying to load. Disabling the “SPTD” service via the Recovery Console did not affect the BSOD error.)
A few other things I tried, but no improvement …
* Chkdsk fixed a few errors
* I tried restoring a previous “good” registry via ERUNT
* From the Ultimate Boot CD (UBCD), I ran the following: Memtest86+ (no faults detected after 16 cycles), Windows Memory Diagnostics (no faults detected after 6 cycles)
I can’t use restore points because I stopped those during the virus removal steps (they contained some viruses).
I just burned a UBCD4Win DVD to look for faulty registry entries (like a deleted or disabled safeboot).
I read that I can use NirSoft's BlueScreenView to read the minidumps to look for problematic drivers. The BSOD screen is not showing that it is saving minidumps nor could I find any recent minidumps in the “C:\Windows\minidump” directory. So, how do I access the minidumps (if they are being produced) when I can’t load Windows XP?
If the problem is related to bad drivers and/or registry entries made by DataPilot, how can I identify and remove those without being logged in to Windows XP?
Asus P6T V2
Core i7 920
Corsair Dominator RAM
Windows XP SP3