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  1. #1
    gratchet Guest

    windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of death.

    i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.

    3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just after the
    windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually reboots itself but
    windows won't start.

    The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump and the
    file viamraid.sys.

    Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the safe
    modes, normally or using last good configuration).

    My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2 gig of
    ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.

    Things i have tried but still have the problem :

    cleaning inside the pc
    putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is recognised but
    still windows does not boot.

    Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.

    Running windows recovery options to repair windows.


    Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.

    I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot this
    install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to access all my
    files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to back everything up).

    From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag and also
    tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it got to 14% and
    just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just rebooted once it got to
    a certain point. Note that when trying to install via drivers one of these
    the computer just hung and i had to reboot subsequently this 2nd version of
    windows would also not boot. Has my hard drive broken?

    I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.

    Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how to
    resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of considering
    formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i have everything backed
    up but i would prefer it if i could fix it without doing this as i don't want
    to have to reinstall and set up all my software.

  2. #2
    Gerry Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of death.

    You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.

    Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.

    Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    Automatically Restart.

    Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you have
    solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants of the
    Stop Error message.

    An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and select
    option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.

    If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.

    --



    Hope this helps.

    Gerry
    ~~~~
    FCA
    Stourport, England
    Enquire, plan and execute
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    gratchet wrote:
    > i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.
    >
    > 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    > after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    > reboots itself but windows won't start.
    >
    > The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    > and the file viamraid.sys.
    >
    > Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    > safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    >
    > My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    > gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    >
    > Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    >
    > cleaning inside the pc
    > putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    > recognised but still windows does not boot.
    >
    > Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    >
    > Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    >
    >
    > Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    > windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    >
    > I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    > this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    > access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to
    > back everything up).
    >
    > From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    > and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it
    > got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just
    > rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying to
    > install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i had to
    > reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also not boot.
    > Has my hard drive broken?
    >
    > I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    >
    > Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how
    > to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of
    > considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i
    > have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i could fix it
    > without doing this as i don't want to have to reinstall and set up
    > all my software.




  3. #3
    gratchet Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of de

    thanks - i did as you describe and the error says

    STOP - 0X0000007B (0XBA4C7528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).



    "Gerry" wrote:

    > You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.
    >
    > Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.
    >
    > Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    > allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    > the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    > Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    > Automatically Restart.
    >
    > Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you have
    > solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants of the
    > Stop Error message.
    >
    > An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and select
    > option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.
    >
    > If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    > substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.
    >
    > --
    >
    >
    >
    > Hope this helps.
    >
    > Gerry
    > ~~~~
    > FCA
    > Stourport, England
    > Enquire, plan and execute
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >
    > gratchet wrote:
    > > i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.
    > >
    > > 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    > > after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    > > reboots itself but windows won't start.
    > >
    > > The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    > > and the file viamraid.sys.
    > >
    > > Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    > > safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    > >
    > > My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    > > gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    > >
    > > Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    > >
    > > cleaning inside the pc
    > > putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    > > recognised but still windows does not boot.
    > >
    > > Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    > >
    > > Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    > >
    > >
    > > Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    > > windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    > >
    > > I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    > > this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    > > access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to
    > > back everything up).
    > >
    > > From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    > > and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it
    > > got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just
    > > rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying to
    > > install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i had to
    > > reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also not boot.
    > > Has my hard drive broken?
    > >
    > > I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    > >
    > > Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how
    > > to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of
    > > considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i
    > > have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i could fix it
    > > without doing this as i don't want to have to reinstall and set up
    > > all my software.

    >
    >
    >


  4. #4
    nass Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of de


    Try to start in Recovery Console and run this command:
    CHKDSK /R
    How to troubleshoot "Stop 0x0000007B" errors in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324103
    You receive a Stop 0x0000007B error after you move the Windows XP system
    disk to another computer
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314082

    "STOP 0x0000007B" error message when you restart your Windows XP-based
    computer
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316401
    "STOP 0x0000007B: INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE" error message when you start
    your computer from a WinPE CD-ROM or from a Windows Server 2003 CD-ROM by
    using a USB CD-ROM device
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/839210/
    You may receive a "Stop" error message on a computer that is running Windows
    Server 2003, Windows 2000, Windows Small Business Server 2003, Small Business
    Server 2000, or Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892000
    Troubleshooting Bootable CD-ROM
    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms940808.aspx

    How to install a clean copy of XP:
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    HTH.
    nass
    -------
    www.nasstec.co.uk

    "gratchet" wrote:

    > thanks - i did as you describe and the error says
    >
    > STOP - 0X0000007B (0XBA4C7528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).
    >
    >
    >
    > "Gerry" wrote:
    >
    > > You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.
    > >
    > > Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.
    > >
    > > Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    > > allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    > > the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    > > Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    > > Automatically Restart.
    > >
    > > Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you have
    > > solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants of the
    > > Stop Error message.
    > >
    > > An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and select
    > > option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.
    > >
    > > If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    > > substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.
    > >
    > > --
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > Hope this helps.
    > >
    > > Gerry
    > > ~~~~
    > > FCA
    > > Stourport, England
    > > Enquire, plan and execute
    > > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > >
    > > gratchet wrote:
    > > > i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.
    > > >
    > > > 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    > > > after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    > > > reboots itself but windows won't start.
    > > >
    > > > The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    > > > and the file viamraid.sys.
    > > >
    > > > Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    > > > safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    > > >
    > > > My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    > > > gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    > > >
    > > > Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    > > >
    > > > cleaning inside the pc
    > > > putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    > > > recognised but still windows does not boot.
    > > >
    > > > Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    > > >
    > > > Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    > > > windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    > > >
    > > > I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    > > > this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    > > > access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to
    > > > back everything up).
    > > >
    > > > From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    > > > and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it
    > > > got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just
    > > > rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying to
    > > > install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i had to
    > > > reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also not boot.
    > > > Has my hard drive broken?
    > > >
    > > > I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    > > >
    > > > Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how
    > > > to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of
    > > > considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i
    > > > have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i could fix it
    > > > without doing this as i don't want to have to reinstall and set up
    > > > all my software.

    > >
    > >
    > >


  5. #5
    Gerry Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of de

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms795508.aspx


    --



    Hope this helps.

    Gerry
    ~~~~
    FCA
    Stourport, England
    Enquire, plan and execute
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    gratchet wrote:
    > thanks - i did as you describe and the error says
    >
    > STOP - 0X0000007B (0XBA4C7528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).
    >
    >
    >
    > "Gerry" wrote:
    >
    >> You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.
    >>
    >> Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.
    >>
    >> Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    >> allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    >> the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    >> Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    >> Automatically Restart.
    >>
    >> Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you
    >> have solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants
    >> of the Stop Error message.
    >>
    >> An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and
    >> select option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.
    >>
    >> If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    >> substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Hope this helps.
    >>
    >> Gerry
    >> ~~~~
    >> FCA
    >> Stourport, England
    >> Enquire, plan and execute
    >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >>
    >> gratchet wrote:
    >>> i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i
    >>> have.
    >>>
    >>> 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    >>> after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    >>> reboots itself but windows won't start.
    >>>
    >>> The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    >>> and the file viamraid.sys.
    >>>
    >>> Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    >>> safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    >>>
    >>> My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    >>> gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    >>>
    >>> Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    >>>
    >>> cleaning inside the pc
    >>> putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    >>> recognised but still windows does not boot.
    >>>
    >>> Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    >>>
    >>> Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website -
    >>> used windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    >>>
    >>> I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    >>> this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    >>> access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able
    >>> to back everything up).
    >>>
    >>> From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    >>> and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk
    >>> it got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer
    >>> just rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying
    >>> to install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i
    >>> had to reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also
    >>> not boot. Has my hard drive broken?
    >>>
    >>> I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and
    >>> how to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the
    >>> stage of considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling
    >>> windows - i have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i
    >>> could fix it without doing this as i don't want to have to
    >>> reinstall and set up all my software.




  6. #6
    umwhat Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of de

    Going by a recent experience of mine, Windows would not start, booting up
    brought me to a black screen with the message NTLDR is missing. I tried
    installing Windows XP Home SP2 and from memory I think the setup passed
    the Eula then the installation said there was no hard ddrive.

    I think a or some boot files may be missing. I had a VIA Raid1 setup but I
    had been fooling around in the bios and I had raised voltages to maximums
    and so on for +++, oh dear, the PCI Sata addon card was spitting sparks to
    in the end near the center of the motherboard to the tune of a clacking Sata
    hard drive. Gee that was spookie, I never moved so fast in all my life. FOr
    a whole month I thought the clacking was fan doing something odd.
    I had Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD and booted form it, formatted
    the hard drive for 9 hours then reinstalled XP. Its been going fine for 4 or
    5 days now.
    I looked at the clacking hard drive in Seagate Disk Wizard and Disk Wizard
    said it could not pass the short DST ?? test or the Long Tests so I have put
    it aside for now. I may try to format it with Disk Wizard later.




    "gratchet" <gratchet@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:57B7505D-18A8-4A34-92F0-2FEE75C133A1@microsoft.com...
    > thanks - i did as you describe and the error says
    >
    > STOP - 0X0000007B (0XBA4C7528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).
    >
    >
    >
    > "Gerry" wrote:
    >
    >> You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.
    >>
    >> Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.
    >>
    >> Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    >> allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    >> the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    >> Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    >> Automatically Restart.
    >>
    >> Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you have
    >> solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants of the
    >> Stop Error message.
    >>
    >> An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and select
    >> option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.
    >>
    >> If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    >> substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> Hope this helps.
    >>
    >> Gerry
    >> ~~~~
    >> FCA
    >> Stourport, England
    >> Enquire, plan and execute
    >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >>
    >> gratchet wrote:
    >> > i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.
    >> >
    >> > 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    >> > after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    >> > reboots itself but windows won't start.
    >> >
    >> > The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    >> > and the file viamraid.sys.
    >> >
    >> > Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    >> > safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    >> >
    >> > My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    >> > gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    >> >
    >> > Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    >> >
    >> > cleaning inside the pc
    >> > putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    >> > recognised but still windows does not boot.
    >> >
    >> > Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    >> >
    >> > Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    >> >
    >> >
    >> > Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    >> > windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    >> >
    >> > I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    >> > this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    >> > access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to
    >> > back everything up).
    >> >
    >> > From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    >> > and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it
    >> > got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just
    >> > rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying to
    >> > install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i had to
    >> > reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also not boot.
    >> > Has my hard drive broken?
    >> >
    >> > I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    >> >
    >> > Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how
    >> > to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of
    >> > considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i
    >> > have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i could fix it
    >> > without doing this as i don't want to have to reinstall and set up
    >> > all my software.

    >>
    >>
    >>


  7. #7
    CJ Guest

    Re: windows xp will not boot - driver irql error blue screen of de

    I'm having the same issue, My pc just crashed and then wanted to keep
    restarting no matter what option I choose. I got to system recovery after
    trying everything else, went to format the drive, it crashed... Now it won't
    even let me into command prompt so i can install over the top or retry system
    recovery. All it will do is start to enter system recovery, then crash. I
    tried a new install with XP but even that won't allow me in, it restarts
    itself after it loaded up!

    HELP! I'm about to chuck this thing!

    "umwhat" wrote:

    > Going by a recent experience of mine, Windows would not start, booting up
    > brought me to a black screen with the message NTLDR is missing. I tried
    > installing Windows XP Home SP2 and from memory I think the setup passed
    > the Eula then the installation said there was no hard ddrive.
    >
    > I think a or some boot files may be missing. I had a VIA Raid1 setup but I
    > had been fooling around in the bios and I had raised voltages to maximums
    > and so on for +++, oh dear, the PCI Sata addon card was spitting sparks to
    > in the end near the center of the motherboard to the tune of a clacking Sata
    > hard drive. Gee that was spookie, I never moved so fast in all my life. FOr
    > a whole month I thought the clacking was fan doing something odd.
    > I had Seagate Disk Wizard on a bootable CD and booted form it, formatted
    > the hard drive for 9 hours then reinstalled XP. Its been going fine for 4 or
    > 5 days now.
    > I looked at the clacking hard drive in Seagate Disk Wizard and Disk Wizard
    > said it could not pass the short DST ?? test or the Long Tests so I have put
    > it aside for now. I may try to format it with Disk Wizard later.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "gratchet" <gratchet@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:57B7505D-18A8-4A34-92F0-2FEE75C133A1@microsoft.com...
    > > thanks - i did as you describe and the error says
    > >
    > > STOP - 0X0000007B (0XBA4C7528, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000).
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > "Gerry" wrote:
    > >
    > >> You need to post complete copies of Error Reports.
    > >>
    > >> Please post a copy of the Stop Error Report.
    > >>
    > >> Disable automatic restart on system failure. This should help by
    > >> allowing time to write down the STOP code properly. Right click on
    > >> the My Computer icon on the Desktop and select Properties, Advanced,
    > >> Start-Up and Recovery, System Failure and uncheck box before
    > >> Automatically Restart.
    > >>
    > >> Do not re-enable automatic restart on system failure even after you have
    > >> solved the problem as it's better disabled. Check for variants of the
    > >> Stop Error message.
    > >>
    > >> An alternative is to keep pressing the F8 key during Start-Up and select
    > >> option - Disable automatic restart on system failure.
    > >>
    > >> If you are using a wireless keyboard and the F8 key does not work
    > >> substitute a wired keyboard and mouse for this exercise only.
    > >>
    > >> --
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Hope this helps.
    > >>
    > >> Gerry
    > >> ~~~~
    > >> FCA
    > >> Stourport, England
    > >> Enquire, plan and execute
    > >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    > >>
    > >> gratchet wrote:
    > >> > i am hoping someone will be able to help me with a pc problem i have.
    > >> >
    > >> > 3 days ago when booting my pc i got the blue screen of death just
    > >> > after the windows xp home logo comes up. The system then continually
    > >> > reboots itself but windows won't start.
    > >> >
    > >> > The error was driver_irql not equal and it mentioned physical dump
    > >> > and the file viamraid.sys.
    > >> >
    > >> > Since the error Windows will not boot in any mode (i.e. any of the
    > >> > safe modes, normally or using last good configuration).
    > >> >
    > >> > My pc is windows xp - the motherboard is a asus KV8-MX, there is 2
    > >> > gig of ram. Its a 160GB Sata Hard drive.
    > >> >
    > >> > Things i have tried but still have the problem :
    > >> >
    > >> > cleaning inside the pc
    > >> > putting the hard drive on the other sata connection - it is
    > >> > recognised but still windows does not boot.
    > >> >
    > >> > Removed 1 ram stick and then the other - still same error.
    > >> >
    > >> > Running windows recovery options to repair windows.
    > >> >
    > >> >
    > >> > Tried to install new via drivers after downloading from website - used
    > >> > windows xp boot disc and the f6 option.
    > >> >
    > >> > I installed windows in a separate folder c:\windows2 - when i boot
    > >> > this install of windows the pc works fine and i have been able to
    > >> > access all my files on the hard drive (thankfully i have been able to
    > >> > back everything up).
    > >> >
    > >> > From the working install of windows i have run chkdsk, disk defrag
    > >> > and also tried installing various via drivers. When running chkdsk it
    > >> > got to 14% and just hung. When running disk defrag the computer just
    > >> > rebooted once it got to a certain point. Note that when trying to
    > >> > install via drivers one of these the computer just hung and i had to
    > >> > reboot subsequently this 2nd version of windows would also not boot.
    > >> > Has my hard drive broken?
    > >> >
    > >> > I tried renaming the file viamraid.sys to oldviamraid.sys.
    > >> >
    > >> > Does anyone have any ideas of what might be causing the error and how
    > >> > to resolve it? Anything else i can try? I am almost at the stage of
    > >> > considering formatting the hard drive and reinstalling windows - i
    > >> > have everything backed up but i would prefer it if i could fix it
    > >> > without doing this as i don't want to have to reinstall and set up
    > >> > all my software.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>


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