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Can't boot Windows XP, BSOD Stop code 0X0000008E

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I am hoping someone can help me with an irritating problem I am trying to fix my brother's computer. His computer was left, apparently healthy, for 2 weeks while he was on vacation. When he came back and tried to start the computer, he got the BSOD with the message "A prblem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer". Error Stop: 0X0000008E (0XC0000005,0XFF9BF1E2, 0XEF803BFC, 0X00000000). Parameters 2 and 3 vary each time I try to restart.

I tried to start in Safe Mode and got the error Stop: 0X0000007E ()xC0000005, 0X81269306, 0XF96D3C4C, 0XF96D394C). Parameters 2,3 and 4 vary each time I try to restart.

This happens every time I try to reboot. I happens right after the Windows XP Home splash screen.

I have tried to boot from a CD (the boot sequence shows as booting from CD-ROM then from IDE hard drive). The result is the same.

I have played around with the RAM modules, testing each of the two modules, with the same result.  

I have checked various websites, including Microsoft, for guidance. I've seen many suggestions. But, without being able to even boot into safe mode, I can't try most of the suggestions.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to go next?
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