NO_MORE_IRP_STACK_LOCATIONS (severe trouble re-updating / installing Windows XP)
Posted on 2005-03-01
I have a very serious problem at hand, and I'm in need of professional help.
Yesterday, after running "Stinger" on my system, I restarted my computer.
When I was inside the XP environment again, strange behaviour started to occur.
I had some worms and viruses on my XP drive that "Stinger" (successfully removed and repaired.. which I'm not sure
of at this very moment). I launched E-mule, and as the downloads were starting, I navigated through one of my drives.
Suddenly the computer restarted. I was like, what!? When XP had launched, I ran E-mule once more, but without doing anything else on my system. And at that time, everything worked. A few hours later, I was about to delete some folders on one of my drives (E-mule was running), and when I deleted the folders, they were moved to "recycle bin"; okay, so I did like I always do. Right-clicking on the recycle bin, and "empty recycle bin". The folders and files were deleted, but a few seconds later, the computer restarted again. After launching XP again, I noticed that the files that I thought were deleted, weren't deleted at all. I tried once more (on a different drive), and the same behaviour happened again.
After launching XP once more, I started my FTP client, and started some downloads. Everything worked fine.
I quitted the FTP client, and E-mule weren't running in the background. I deleted some folders again, but the same thing happened. I visited "Experts-exchange", and made a search on "computer suddenly restarts". After reading an interesting thread about turning off "automatic restarting", for problemsolving. Well, I did just that. My computer > Properties > Advanced > Repair & recovering > debugging information, and unticking the check box "automatic restarting".
After I did this, I accessed the drive that I tried to delete some folders from earlier. I deleted a couple of folders and deleted them again from recycle bin. A few seconds later, instead of restarting I got this nice blue screen. The main "error-line" sounded like this : "NO_MORE_IRP_STACK_LOCATIONS", followed by tons of numbers and letters mixed up. (typical error messaging in blue screens). I restarted my system again, and made another search here on the error I received.
I chose one of the threads, and started reading. Someone here claimed that doing an XP repair should fix the problem.
I followed the step-by-step instructions to do so, and after a few minutes I was all set.
I inserted my Win XP Professional SP2 cd, and the auto-run menu appeared on screen.
I chose Install XP, and checked the menu option "update / updating" (as the instructions told me to choose), then I had to enter my serial code, so I did just so. It started re-installing, and a few minutes later, the installer / upgrader told me that it was about to restart my system. A few seconds later, the system started shutting down. But before it was properly shutted down (XP working on the shutdown procedure), the blue screen appeared again (with the same error message), okay.. As the install cd was in my drive, a boot meny appeared a few seconds after restarting my system (as it should). I had the options to launch : "Windows XP" or "Windows XP Setup". Well "obviously", I chose the last option. The installer screen appeared in DOS version, and I thought well.. Now I guess everything will work..
I went upstairs to grab a bite, and after a few minutes, I went downstairs again, and to my awful surprise, this nice blue screen had showed up on my screen AGAIN!!! Now I started to get a little nervous, since I do have many e-mails in my inbox folder in "Outlook", as well as other sent items and stuff. So here I am.. I'm kind of stuck. And if I do a complete re-install, I guess that I will loose all the data within Outlook, right? And that is something I don't want to happend.
When the blue screen appears during the installation, I have to restart my computer, and the installer starts from the beginning, and runs to the same "spot". During installation right before blue screen, I get the question if I want to install a device driver (not XP verified), for one of my components (MOTU MIDI Interface, USB connection), I say yes, and a few seconds later the system halts again with blue screen (NO_MORE_IRP_STACK_LOCATIONS). What shall I do?? A full re-installation of Win XP Pro SP2, is fine by me. But I REALLY NEED to take backup of the e-mails in the inbox folder and sent items folder in Outlook. All my important projects are already backed up onto DVDR's (after major HD breakdown), and all the other files of great importance are located on different drives. So I'll basically only loose programs installed onto the XP partition, but that doesn't matter, since I have them on different drives. But the e-mails, that's not good.
I hope somebody here can help me out here.
As soon as possible.
Tor Erik Arntzen (FutureGraphics)