I got the blue screen of death - arghhhh!!!!

  Bailey08787 09:45 27 May 03

Good morning all.

Thought I would start this thread early, so that hopefully there will be an answer for me by the end of the day.

Yesterday I suffered my first blue screen of death in a long long time - and this time the blue screen seems to be living up to its name.

Yesterday the little devil inside me popped up, and I decided to have an online flutter. So I downloaded the casino thingy from click here (feel 666 would have been more appropriate). Anyway, all went well, and I had a good few hours of staking a buck here and sometimes even two bucks there.

Anyway, I went back to it later on in the evening, and it wasn't working correctly - as no cards were being dealt for the rounds - so i thought the site must be down, and was about to exit, when the blue screen of death appeared.

Here's the statement:


and then further down, this:

STOP: 0x0000000A (0x00000166, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x804ECF8E)

and then it started to dump the physical memory - which once finished, rebooted to the blue screen - and no further.

I have tried using Roxio's GoBack - but when it gives you the opportunity to goback in the boot, it only gavve me the opportunity to go back 5 hours - this did not work.

I tried booting in safe mode - only gets as far as blue screen

I tried selecting the option to go back to when the system booted safely last

I tried booting from my os cd - and then tried the system installation recovery tool - no joy

i went into the command prompt, and did chkdsk - but it came back to me with a message about unrecoverable problems or something.

So now what do I do??

I have a P4, 1.8ghz, 768mb rdram, 80gb hdd, XP Pro.

Hope you can help



  Dr. Charles 11:38 27 May 03

Maybe, I am not sure on this and am impressed you run Goback. You also have "System restore Wizard" on XP? Try that - - -You did say you had tried System installation recovery tool. Thats different I think.

Have you tried running this instead of Goback??. I am not sure if System restore wizard is more powerful and supercedes Goback. Its worth a try and I will be interested to see the outcome.

You amaze me that Goback offered you so few and close options , was this on Bootup you ran Goback?Maybe more options will be available when booted up - -try both. What a strange mystery.



  JoeC 11:47 27 May 03

It is a good place to start.

click here

  Bailey08787 11:50 27 May 03

thanks charles

i know that running goback from my desktop would give me a lot more restore points (ie for previous days), but as I cannot get that far, I have been trying it during the boot process - and this is when it will only offer me a revert point of 5 hours or so prior

i'm not sure how to run system restore wizard during boot-up.

i have attempted to boot into safe mode, and selected an option for reverting to last safe/successful boot - but both take me to the blue screen.

  Dr. Charles 12:15 27 May 03

I have the big XP book with the CD about it and it doesn`t give advice if you are not "Booted up". I think you will have to just wait until someone with more experience of XP comes along.

This is one of those things, you have to wait until someone comes along who has had your unusual problem and solved it. XP is still quite new. Did that reference site of JoeC `s not help. It looks as if you can download a fix, but if you cannot bootup you have "Had it".

The last person along will be FE who probably has done this but its a tricky one.

Good luck,


  Bailey08787 14:03 27 May 03

thanks. i guess i await the fe in shining armour to come along.


  VoG™ 15:51 27 May 03

You will have to do a repair of XP from the disk. click here

  BarryKeith 16:32 27 May 03

I have found the easiest solution when there is a problem such as yours, is to re-install Windows without removing the previous installation. That should get your system up and running again with only a few settings and drivers to be sorted out as the install program puts the u$oft settings and drivers in again.

  Dr. Charles 17:09 27 May 03

Bailey, If you can get it up and running, might it be possible to try and restore either with Goback or system restore wizard, to get your information back and save yourself this reinstalling of drivers etc??? I don`t know for sure, but if you can I would be interested. Otherwise it looks as if there is a "Lot to do"

Best wishes,


  Dr. Charles 17:11 27 May 03

BarryKeith has got the answer I think if it works. He is pretty good!!! Please post what worked for you.

  Bailey08787 09:28 28 May 03

Good morning

All my efforts to restore my system last night proved fruitless. I booted from the WinXP Pro CD, and went for the repair installation - but that only took me to c:/ command prompt - from which, I ran several tests, ie, chkdsk /p & chkdsk /r - all doing very little good.

So I was tempted to do a fresh installation - but when progressing through the relevant screens, windows asked me to create a fresh partition for the new installation - no problem i thought - but it wouldn't let me - it insists that i delete my current partition (my current 80gb hard drive is unpartitioned) (so i guess it is taking up all the room, and therefore won't let me make another partition - although i know i'm using only 60gb of the 80gb drive, so i'm not sure why windows cannot just make another partition from the remaining space).

If I go with windows, and delete my current partition, would that be wiping all the info on my hard drive? (ie, media, photos, music, data, etc.) I obviously want to avoid this.

If this is the case, would anyone advise me buying another hard drive - just a cheap 2gb one - disconnected my current drive - hooking up the new one - making a fresh installation of WinXp on the 2gb drive - which will hopefully have be back up and running, and the reconnecting my 80gb drive?

sound like a good plan? or have i missed out some IT fundamentals?

(Another idea was to create WinXp Pro boot disks - using the 6 floppies needed - and try booting from this - would booting this way help me at all? - or is booting from floppy mainly for those who can't access their cd-rom drive (with the winXp cd in it?)

Or any other advice


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