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Windows XP boots - but reinstall gets BSOD

Hi -

Am getting BSOD when trying to reinstall Windows XP Pro from CD.

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Got a Dell Vostro 420.  Has been acting up - tried to install LogMeIn but the install program does not run.  With other buggy things, I've decided to reinstall the OS, WinXP Pro.

I've tried two different CDs, each one comes up with a BSOD after Windows Setup runs.

Boot sequence involves the following:
1  Power up
2  BIOS tests run
3  Press F12 to get Boot Menu
4  Choose CD/DVD - "Press any key to boot from the CD..."
5  Windows Setup begins - appears to load all
6  Starting Windows message, then,  
7  BSOD

The 1st CD has SP1.  Its BSOD consistently is:
BSOD - no details other than stop.
The 2nd CD has SP3. Its BSOD consistently is:
BSOD points to pci.sys.
I've had motherboards with bulging/leaking capacitors - but all the capacitors look fine.
If I let the Vostro boot normally to Windows, it will do so without any complaint.

Here's one odd thing:  When I turn off the PC after the BSOD, the NumLock light stays lit:
NumLock Stays Lit even though PC powered down

Here's another:  I then booted into the Dell Utility Partition and ran the diagnostics.  The Graphics failed twice:

1. Error Code 5300:061F

VIDEO - User indicated failure of a graphic problem

I got the Out of Range message here during the various display tests:
Out of Range

2. Error Code 5300:0820

VIDEO - Failure of a solid color pattern
Red not solid, other colors were a solid singular rectangleSo, I thought the graphics card might be the problem.  I removed it and tried booting & loading Windows XP but got the same results, so it appears.

Any ideas on this?  Help!

UB
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Robert

8/22/2022 - Mon
motnahp00

Regarding this error code: 0xf78d2524

Try this:

1. On start up (Dell logo), press F2 to enter BIOS

2. Expand the "Drives" section

3. Go to "SATA Operation"

4. Change this from "RAID Auto/AHCI" to "RAID Auto/ATA"
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The SATA options are ATA, RAID, or AHCI.  The default per this BIOS (ver 1.0.3) is AHCI.

I made the change from AHCI to ATA and attempted to load a fresh WinXP, but got the same BSOD.

Does the pci.sys suggest anything?

Note - I haven't had problems loading drivers after the OS was installed, including chipset & network.  Except when I was installing on a netbook with no CD/DVD drive available.  I needed to get the controller driver in order to see the hard drive.  Don't have that problem here.

UB
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i would test ram and disk to be sure about the basics
best download UBCD to run memtest86+ for ram, ands disk diag for your disk brand :
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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Sounds like a physical disk problem. You can try to run testdisk (http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk) or much better: Grc's spinrite:

http://www.grc.com
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I ran memtest and no errors were found.

This PC has a 2nd hard drive installed as a backup.  I tried disconnecting each HD one at a time.  The BSODs that resulted were the same.

The only test that showed failure was the graphics test.  I removed the graphics card and let the onboard video take over.  The BSODs were the same.

Will try to find the right driver and load it F6 during Windows Setup loading.  Will post more later.

Thanks - UB - in the meantime, any more ideas?!
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disconnect all external devices, and the internal that are not needed for the install :
extra disk, cd, network card, sound card...or disable them in the bios
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OK,
I'm stuck.  Can't find the driver for the SATA controller.  Is there some way around this?  Is there some way to find one?

UB
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you find them on the site of the manufacturer of the PC, or motherboard
if you post it, we can assist
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OK - XP is now Installing, thanks to pre-loading the Dell INFO,RAID0 driver file via F6 in Windows Setup.  I was able to load the drivers onto a FAT32 formatted 1 GB USB drive and the Vostro & Windows Setup recognized it as Drive A:  

This Vostro has no floppy installed.

The only snafu was that there were drivers for other controllers and I took an educated guess which one to load.  

Thanks to all - UB
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