I am running Windows XP Professional on an IBM Thinkpad R51 laptop (Pentium M 1.7 GHz, 512 MB RAM, Integrated Intel 855GM).
Windows decided to stop working one day and when I put the CD with the intent of doing a repair install, I am able to get to the first screen which displays the options of Installing Windows XP, accessing the recovery console, or quitting. I select Install so I can access the repair install feature. The license agreement then appears and I press F8 to accept it. Then, when it scans for existing windows installations, I get a BSOD with stop error IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x0000000A (0xF000E987, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x80247A4). The same error appears when I try to boot Windows XP normally. I have now installed openSUSE onto an external hard drive and I am able to use the computer this way, which leads me to believe that there is no problem with any of the hardware on my computer (I have not had any problems running Linux). This leads me to believe that that it must be some sort of device driver, or the hard drive itself, which is the only thing Linux does not use. However, I am able to mount the hard drive and browse it without any problems. I have also run chkdsk off a bootable CD and not found any problems. I am hoping that there is someway to identify the device driver causing the problem and delete it from Linux. I am trying to avoid formatting the hard drive as there are a number of pieces of software that I have purchased and no longer have the CDs or License Keys for. I have tried asking this question on a number of sites and searching Google for similar STOP errors with minimal success.
I am hoping that someone has an answer to this question.