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BSoD with and without error codes, required double boot, and disappearing Taskbar

OK, guys and gals, riddle me this.

I repeatedly get the same three errors -- although in no particular sequences, and I get some more regular than others.

Problem 1: BSoD with error code. The code is 0x00000070 (The other parameters are all zeros.) I searched 0x00000070, and I could only find it associated with a Windows 2000 error tied to "SESSION4_INITIALIZATION_FAILURE." (I am running Windows XP Pro, not Windows 2000.)

Problem 2: This one happens most consistently, except for when I have problem 1. When I boot, I first encounter a BSoD without an error code. The screen simply says something to the effect that my computer has stopped because of a hardware problem and that I should contact my vendor. (Yeah, right.) When I reboot following that screen, I usually get the apolgoy for having crashed and urging to choose one of a half dozen ways to book. I choose the one to book using the settings from the last normal boot. The real last normal book was probably last year sometime, but still it works. Except for the times it doesn't. After this, when I boot again, I'll get the same error codeless blue screen and the endless tale starts again.

Problem 3: About once a day, my computer doesn't make it through the complete boot. (At least that's my guess as to what happening) During the boot sequence, I'm left with wallpaper and a pointer. The only way I can do any work is to hit Ctrl+Alt+Del to bring up Task Manager, and then use "New Task" to run PowerDesk 6, which has a launch bar I use to run my programs.  As best as I can tell no applications or utilites run unless I launch them manually.

FYI: I have a Dell 8400 P4 with 2 megs RAM, four hard drives -- two as a RAID 0 and 2 as RAID 1 I know I could reformat and reinstall, but I'm or a deadline and don't want to do that.

Ron White
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
Download and Install.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/HijackThis_d3155.html

Copy and paste your log to:
http://www.hijackthis.de/index.php?langselect=english
Click ANALYZE

Look for NASTIES and post your Analyze log link here
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Download Ewido, http://www.ewido.net/en/download/, install, open program, check for updates, restart computer, press F8 before windows logo appears, select safe mode, open Ewido, run full system scan. let Ewido delete all it finds, if anything is called serious by Ewido, disable Norton's Goback, and run Ewido again.
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venom96737Commented:
Your having a problem with a driver somewhere on the system try booting to safe mode see if you get the same symptoms this will help narrow it down some also look in the event log for errors.
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venom96737Commented:
Also you could try running a memtest or removing the ram and reinserting it this might also clear the problem up.
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MoorlochAuthor Commented:
I'll to the downloads installs and post logs as suggested.

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Venom...  I didn't mention it, but no. I don't get the same symptoms in safe mode.  Where's the event log?

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I ran one memory test, and everything passed.   I had a bad DIMM a while back and replaced it, but it make me suspicious of the two DIMMs including the replacement thaty came from the same place.

Later
Moorloch  (I'm not that much into aliases, which explains my real name in the question. I'm sure you care.)
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venom96737Commented:
OK so it is a driver that doesnt load in safe mode so probably a video driver or a IDE controller driver
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venom96737Commented:
I would go for the video driver try to find a new video driver for your graphics card and uninstall the current one and install the new driver.
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MoorlochAuthor Commented:

Here's the Link to my HijactThis analysis: http://www.hijackthis.de/logfiles/15eddbd79398b698705f0f3efc4d802b.html

Moorloch
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venom96737Commented:
I would really look toward the video driver as mentioned earlier your log is not really that bad.
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MoorlochAuthor Commented:
Ah-ha! That reminds me of another clue.  I can't run the Display entry in Control Panel.  

I'm off to find the lastest driver nVidia has to offer.
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venom96737Commented:
watch Nvida they will put an IDE controller driver in their install to that will also cause problems  just to give you a heads up.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
you have alot of junk in your HJT log.. a few NASTY and many possibly nasties.. plus lots of unknowns.
go to MSCONFIG, START-RUN-type MSCONFIG <enter> then located any programs you recognize that you can turn off. Note your changes as you may need to re-enter them.  Restart your machine

if you disable any items reboot and  run HJT again

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nobusCommented:
fix this :

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Local Page = C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery\Blank.htm
O2 - BHO: (no name) - -{CD9B7762-DFBC-42B1-BB30-02A78287B456} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - -{E9E027BF-C3F3-4022-8F6B-8F6D39A59684} - (no file)

i would also check the add /remove programs page, and uninstall everythting not needed
then, run sfc /scannow from the run box
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@moorloch...did you forget us?
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MoorlochAuthor Commented:
No. I didn't forget any of you. I was simply being rude.

Seriously, I was on deadline first to  finish a book,  and  then my grandchildren came to visit and for a week I had manatory treasure hunts, built Legos warriors,  and presided over make-your-own-sundae fests.

I found a solution but not the cause.  The solution is to do a cold reboot instead of warm reboots.  I also cleared out a lot of stuff that was starting up and I'm putting programs back it one at a time to see any effect them may have.  But even with my start ups stripped to the bare essentials -- which they found very embarrasing -- I still had the problem with the double book.  Someday Real Soon, I'll reformate the drive and take it from the top.

Thanks to all of your for your suggestions.

Say, nobus, what's wrong with those three lines that need fixing. The only thing I can tell is suspcious is the "(no file)" parameter.


ron
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@moorloch..." I was simply being rude." WOW!  a totally honest response.. .thank you! :-)

as mentioned earlier, you gotta fix the 3 lines above as Hijack This determined that these are really bad registry entries to have.  Ultimately, the best fix would be to reinstall the OS and applications from scratch.
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nobusCommented:
when this registry key points to a no file, guess what 'll happen at startup?
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