Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Windows XP (2nd update) will not boot.

When I use F5, none of the choices will work (safe mode, last good configuration, etc.)

When I put my original WinXP Home Edition in my CD Drive and use F8, I get the choices to use Repair Console or install XP after selecting the CD Drive.
Not knowing what to do with the Repair Console, I tried to install XP which gave me the Blue Screen with PFN_LIST_CORRUPT and Technical Information:
***STOP: oXoooooo4E (oXoooooo8F, oXoo1CFAE, oXooo1CFBE, oXoooooooo)

Please help.
Question by:jayh165
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    Accepted Solution

    From the following web page:

    0x0000004E: PFN_LIST_CORRUPT
    (Click to consult the online MSDN article.)
    This indicates that the memory management Page File Number list is corrupted. Can be caused by corrupt physical RAM, or by drivers passing bad memory descriptor lists.
    How to Troubleshoot a STOP 0x0000004E PFN_LIST_CORRUPT Error Message {KB 291806} Win 2000
    STOP 0x4E, STOP 0x1A, STOP 0x50, and STOP 0xA Errors Occur When You Try to Start the Computer {KB 271955} Win NT 4.0 (corrupt physical RAM)

    Go to the actual page to click on the links.

    I would suggest first a memory test:  

    Windows Memory Diagnostic

    The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.

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    Expert Comment

    You could have bad RAM. Check your RAM for a bad stick (especially the first one), then try it again and see if it works.
    LVL 91

    Expert Comment

    since it will not boot, you cant run the windows diag.
    try memtest86+ from on a bootable floppy or cd
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    Expert Comment

    jayh165, any feedback?

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