Windows 2000 Reboots after unreadable BSOD
Posted on 2006-11-19
I am working on a Windows 2000 computer that was riddled with Spyware and a virus. I can only boot into safe mode (with networking) but I have cleared out all the bad stuff manually and with multiple tools.
I had to restore the desktop with a fix tool and now I have a desktop in safe mode again and also in normal mode, but just after the icons paint on the desktop I get a BSOD that is on for just a millisecond. All I can see is several memory addrsses and a dump message. I have looked in the Event Viewer, and it does have some errors, but none that have been helpful. I ran a boot log boot, and I am just beginning to scan that file.
It was on SP4 and I think the owner may have damaged that installation. I uninstalled all Microsoft updates (including SP 4) and then tried a repair install from the OS CD, but that did not help either. I tried reinstalling SP 4 which completes, but does not fix.
This is a Dell with RAMBUS RAM in it (two banks of two). I tried removing one bank at a time (replacing it with RAMBUS blanks) and it did not help.
I think we are looking at a format and reinstall, but the owner is worried he does not have all the little programs and settings any more and would like to avoid that if possible.
I have no run Spyware Doctor, CWS Shredder, Ewido, Ad Aware SE, HiJackThis, Reg Mechanic, TDS-3 and several others and all is coming up clean.
Any ideas before I backup and redo this junker (and lose my only day off for this "charity case").
Thanks in advance.