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atapi.sys bsod

By joe.maule ·
I cannot do a fresh install of xp because it states that it cannot find atapi.sys-- tried to continue the install however the puter booted again and now all I get is a bsod with a stop message of 0x0000007af and other values. I have spent the past hours trying to find something on this to no avail! is there something I can do here-- It happened about a month ago took it to a tech and I lost data on a 160 gig sata and a 80 gig ide. Got a new hard drive and now its doing it on the new 160 gig-- I dont want to buy another hdd because of this darn problem. HELP ME PLEASE!! THANKS

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A couple of checks

by Jacky Howe In reply to atapi.sys bsod

Have you installed any Virtual Drive software like Daemon Tools. If you have try uninstalling it.
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You could run the sfc /scannow command to have XP's System File Checker look at all the important system files and make sure they are not corrupted.
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Have you added any memory (RAM) to the PC recently. If you have put it back to the way that it was before.
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Check the Cable and Connectors if it is an IDE Cable try another IDE Cable.
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Have you got access to another CD\DVD Drive. If you have swap it over and see if you are still having problems.
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Possibly a pointless question

by seanferd In reply to atapi.sys bsod

Do you have a version of DOS installed on the HDD, where you are booting DOS <i>then</i> trying to install XP?

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