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
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.