I have a WinXP Home system thats giving me a major headache. A while back the system started randomly displaying the dreaded BSoD until it eventually stopped working altogether. The system would get past the first WinXP boot screen and then immediately hit me with a BSoD when I logged into any user account, thus making the system virtually useless.
Thinking it was the HD, I ran System Restore, did a full CHKDSK scan, full virus scan, tried repairing the Windows Installation, etc all to no avail. Eventually I formatted the entire drive and recreated the partion in WinXP setup. When I tried to reinstall Windows, the same thing happened again! Right after XP's first boot I get slapped with a BSoD!! I have used XP's setup at least 4 times now, and everytime I format and repartition, same thing happens (BSoD on first boot). Sometimes XP setup will run, but when I get to the 'Finishing Installation' stage, I get hit.
I even downloaded utility software from my hard drive's manufacturer, Western Digital, and ran a full drive scan - which states there is nothing physically wrong with the HD. I also did a FULL WIPE (writing zero's to the entire disk) and that still didn't work! Same thing happens again during installation, after XP's first boot...BAM! BSoD!! More like SOB!!!! I even changed the memory to another slot, disabled onboard sound, LAN and USB, and still I get that screen during installation. Updating the system BIOS doesn't help either!!!
Now I'm thinking its the RAM, or possibly some other component. If anyone can offer me some insight, it would go a long, long way. My system specs are listed below. Thank you for your consideration.
-512 MB SDRAM
-80GB Western Digital Hard Drive
-Intel Motherboard (D865GLC: Integrated Video & Sound)