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services.exe - bad image, even in safe mode, locked up

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Dell Vostro 200, Windows XP Pro. When booting up would get multiple "bad image" errors with various files.  Could log in, but within a few minutes it would reboot. Tried loading a previous restore point. That didn't work. Looked for solutions, did a repair from the original CD, now it locks up at the first error message. No mouse or keyboard.
Put in a new hard drive. When installing it gets to about 57% then reboots and gives an error "irq_not_less_or_equal_to" and refers to ntfs.sys.

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Thanks.

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Prelude812:
There are 4 memory chips. Assuming that it's not likely that they are all bad, I took them out a pair at a time and tried booting - same errors. I will try the video and visually checking the capacitors next
There is a newer bios on Dell, but there is no floppy drive and I tried burning a bootable CD using freedos and got a "Root Fat Kernel Go!" error.

Computer Techie:
The link you posted only refers to making floppies, but there is no floppy drive on this computer. It also mentions that a Dell Diagnostics CD should have been included in the original CDs, but it wasn't.

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm still open for more...

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I did run the most recent version of memtest86+. Apparently the chips weren't compatible with this software. While in the boot options, I found an embedded diagnostic which I ran and discovered one bad memory chip. Unfortunately, the original XP installation still won't boot, but I was able to install XP in another and it worked just fine once the bad chip was removed.
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