System: Compaq Evo D5pS/P1.7/6/256c/6 US
OS: Windows 2000 SP4
Bought this 'puter off-lease from a reseller 8 months ago. Put a fresh install of W2K on it then and brought it up to SP4. Installed Office and a couple of other apps. It has been running happily since then until a couple of days ago. I booted it and got a BSOD with the message:
***STOP 0x000000A5 (0x00010003, 0x816EFBB0, 0x00000002, 0x818B4760) The ACPI BIOS in this system is not fully compliant with the ACPI specification. Please read the README.TXT for possible workarounds. You can also contact your system's manufacturer blah, blah, blah, yada, yada, yada.
I have searched on the error - ***STOP 0x000000A5.... - and got info on ACPI but not how to fix this. The solutions provided here on Experts Exchange don't address my situation directly, i.e., most of them instruct the user to run Windows setup again (as this BSOD seems to occur frequently during setup) and press F7 to bypass ACPI or to run Recovery Console and remove a misbehaving driver. I have not installed any new software, any new hardware nor made any changes recently, i.e., within the last couple of months and I'm not thrilled with running Setup again as I have not had much success with the Repair Windows function of Setup.
I did find a slightly newer rev of the BIOS on the Compaq site, flashed the BIOS but no dice. The BSOD even suggested a site - www.hardware-update.com
- but it doesn't (or no longer) exists. The M$ support website didn't have much to say, either.
How do I fix this? Is there a possibility of a virus or a Trojan horse in this scenario? Spyware? I do have NAV CE and Defender on the thing, so it's not like it was wide open and it is behind a firewall.
Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome. Thanks in advance.