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BSOD - What to do?

By kcav ·
After changing hardware and rebooting, instead of loading Windows 2000 I get a Blue Screen, or else the Windows Setup routine will freeze before finishing the job of loading Windows 2000. In either case, the only access I have to my system is to boot to DOS from a floppy disk. When I do, I can run disk diagnostics from the A drive. Usually this tells me my disks are physically OK. If not, I know what to do. But most of the time, I find my hard disk drives are electro-mechanically OK. At thispoint I could run FDISK. But if I do I destroy the contents of my drives. So what I have been doing is, I disconnect all my peripheral devices and remove the PCI cards, then I try to boot my system. Sometimes it loads Windows 2000 from my hard drive. Other times it will not. When this happens, I place my Windows Installation disk in the CD-ROM drive, and boot from it. Then I run Repair. This usually works. Once I am back in Windows 2000 I start putting boards back-in, one at a time, and rebooting after making each change.

It seems to me if I had device drivers that I could place in a DOS config.sys file, I would have a number of worthwhile alternatives. For example, I could run CHKDSK and Scandisk on my drives. Or maybe I could loadevent logs into a text editor, and determine which files are corrupt. Then maybe I could replace them from a backup. Or maybe instead of using a text editor I could use a program that reads the physical sectors and find and replace a corrupt program. And I suspect the Master File Table. It seems to me this approach would be quicker and easier than what I have been through.

Has anyone faced a similar problem? What do you do when faced with the BSOD? You don't take boards out do you? Please advise what should I do?

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by djent In reply to BSOD - What to do?

You don't mention what hardware was changed. I will assume is was the MB and the HD has an OEM IDE driver installed. With the HD in the original machine replace the IDE driver with the default driver and move the HD back to the new MB.

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