XP repair leading to BSOD - BAD_POOL_CALLER

  Keith4321 16:10 10 Apr 07

Following a couple of power cuts, Windows (XP Home SP2) cannot start because \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM is "missing or corrupt".

When I try to use the XP install CD to repair, as recommended by the error message, I get a blue screen with a BAD_POOL_CALLER message. Error code is 0x000000C2 (0x00000043,0xC3059000,0x00000000,0x00000000).

What does this mean? I've removed all PCI cards - what should I try next?

  VoG II 16:11 10 Apr 07
  Keith4321 16:22 10 Apr 07

Been there, but it's when I try to get into the Recovery Console as described in this article that I get the BSOD as described.

Also, slightly concerned to see in the referenced article a statement that this procedure should not be used if the computer has OEM Windows - it has!

  Graham. 16:41 10 Apr 07
  Keith4321 17:47 10 Apr 07

Been there too, but can't make much sense of it. As far as I can see, my "Parameter 1" is 0x43, which doesn't feature in the list. And how do I get my hands on the "Kernel Debugging tool" referred to? And if it is something to do with a driver, how can I fix it when I can't even get the PC running?

  moorie- 18:08 10 Apr 07

could be a memory issue,is there more than one stick,so that you can try one at a time? or try pulling out/check and reseat

  Keith4321 18:18 10 Apr 07

Only one stick, which I've pulled out and inserted into the other slot. No change. And POST memory check runs OK before first error message appears.

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