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When I turned my computer on this morning, it would only boot in safe mode. Before the boot screen came up, offering choices for boot mode, there was a blue screen that flashed for a split-second, it was impossible to read. If I choose "boot normally" it goes through everything again, and the boot screen comes up again. The only options that will work are safe mode or safe mode with networking. I am running Windows XP Home SP2. I tried doing a restore to one week ago, but this didn't help. :(

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Get into safe mode, double click My Computer>right click C:\>Properties>Tools>Error Checking>Check Now

Put a checkmark in both boxes, click 'start' >OK then reboot. Let it run through chkdsk and let us know what happens.

 

You may also want to right click My Computer>Properties>Advanced>Startup & Recovery>Settings>System Failure and take the checkmark out of 'automatically restart' which should give you the BSOD and allow you to read the error message.

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Thank you for your help. Ok I ran CHKDSK, and still had to reboot in 'Safe Mode with Networking.' I did as you advised in order to read the error message, and it reads as follows:

 

A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

 

IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

 

If this is the first time you're seeing this stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:

 

Check to make sure any hardware or software is properly installed. If this is a new installation, ask your hardware or software manufacturer for any Windows updates you may need.

 

If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. If you need to use Safe Mode to remove or disable components, restart your computer, press F8 to select advanced startup options, then select Safe Mode.

 

TECHNICAL INFO

 

***STOP: 0X0000000A (0X000000B0, 0X00000002, 0X00000000, 0X8050E33D)

 

 

 

I have not installed any new hardware of software. The computer booted fine yesterday, and this problem just started this morning. I'm a computer novice, and I don't know what that last part means -- "disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing."

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JulieAnna :wp:

 

Instead of selecting "Boot normally", have you tried "Last known good configuration"?

 

As for the cause this is what MS has to say about that particular error,

 

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/314063/EN-US/?

 

The part that is applicable to you is about half way down the page under "A Stop 0x0A error after Windows XP is already installed".

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Yes, I have tried choosing that option. It just goes through the whole thing and takes me back to the screen to select from, and the only ones that work are Safe Mode or Safe Mode with Networking. :( Thanks for the link, will check it out now.

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I did run a pitstop scan before I even posted. I can't figure out how to get to the results now. The site you linked to suggests restarting from the Windows XP Startup CD, which I don't even have, and even if I did, our CDRom doesn't work -- I put a CD in, but nothing happens.

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Did you create an account or run the test anonymously? If you created an account, then click on the logo in the upper left, then click on 'full tests' and 'view previous results'.

 

Here's how to share your results: http://pcpitstop.com/techexpress/howto1.asp (Edit: beat me to it stormy ;) )

 

Stop errors are frequently memory or driver problems.

 

If you can get to the internet in Safe Mode w/Networking, can you go here ( http://www.memtest86.com/ )and download Memtest86, unzip it to a floppy, reboot the computer and check for memory errors?

 

Another thing to try is to look in the Device Manager for any yellow exclamation marks or red X's.

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Thanks for all your help. I'm sorry, I'm just getting a little frustrated, here. After the last time I rebooted, then my MSN Explorer browser wouldn't even sign in, it says it 'couldn't retrieve' my settings, I don't know what's going on there. :( Ok, here is the link to my test results:

 

http://www.pcpitstop.com/techexpress.asp?id=P8MA0W4JBHJSVAUR

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Oh wonderful, new problem now. I tried to save the Memtest86 download to a floppy, I have a disk in there, of course, but now it says "Drive A is not accessible."

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Nothing really jumps out from your Pit test, but you do have a 4% CPU load that indicates something's running and some unsavory browser code that's been added at some point. You may want to open the Task Manager and stop the messenger program before testing again to see if you can get rid of that load, or better yet, just to be on the safe side, run an online scan from both Ewido and F-Secure:

 

http://www.ewido.net/en/

 

http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/ols.shtml

 

 

 

Will you be able to run Memtest? Edit: just saw your post. Go for the scans for now.

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Something apparently is making it stick in that boot mode. Try running MSCONFIG, on the boot.ini tab, and see is Safe Boot is selected. If it is, unselect it and reboot.

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If you can't get past the floppy problem to run memtest, you can open your case and remove one stick of memory ( your Pit test says you have 2 X 256) and try to boot up normally. If it boots, you have your problem child, if it doesn't boot, replace that stick of memory, remove the other one, and try to boot again. A little rudimentary, but good enough to see if the memory is causing the BSOD's.

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I'm scanning now from the F-secure site to see if I have a virus.

 

Something apparently is making it stick in that boot mode. Try running MSCONFIG, on the boot.ini tab, and see is Safe Boot is selected. If it is, unselect it and reboot.

 

Hulk, could you please explain how to do this? As I've said before, I don't know much about computers, and I appreciate all the help I've gotten here. But telling me to 'try running MSCONFIG' and talk about a 'boot.ini.tab' is pretty foreign to me. If you could walk me through it, it would be very much appreciated.

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Ok, the F-Secure scan is finished, it says there are 14 infections, but it doesn't give an option to remove or clean. I don't understand what I'm supposed to do next, how do i get rid of them?

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Ok thanks. No, Safe Boot was not selected. :(

 

Can somebody help me figure out what to do with these 14 infected files F-Secure has found? I feel like such an airhead, but other virus scans I've used have always provided a means to clean or delete -- this doesn't give any options, it just lists them.

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Ok, the F-Secure scan is finished, it says there are 14 infections, but it doesn't give an option to remove or clean. I don't understand what I'm supposed to do next, how do i get rid of them?

 

Can you do a copy and paste of the results to a post here so we can have a record of a starting point? They might be tracking cookies or they might be serious.

 

I apologize for sending you to F- Secure. The last time I used their online scan it had the option to remove everything it found. Try Ewido next. I still does remove and it will be interesting to see if it finds the same things. Also, probably should run it through Trend Micro's HouseCall.

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

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I already ran the ewido scan. I don't remember how many it found, probably at least a dozen, and yes, it deleted them. This is the list of what the F-Secure scan found:

 

Finished: 14 viruses found

 

Scanned files: 100294 Warning: 14 file(s) still infected!

 

 

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Vgasettingsbait2\Ooze Skip.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.de

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\My Documents\Data\Data\popinstlite.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Poplite.a

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\My Documents\Data\popinstlite.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Poplite.a

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\funk plus jump.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.co

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\Kind ford less comp.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.dv

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\Mix name else.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.cb

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\sraaqjap.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.de

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\wvxxxsmd.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.dv

 

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Application Data\THE ITCH\yauurxrp.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Swizzor.dh

 

C:\WINDOWS\system32\adwchksys.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Vivia.ae

 

C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\My Documents\Data\Data\popinstlite.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Poplite.a

 

C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\systemprofile\My Documents\Data\popinstlite.exe Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Poplite.a

 

C:\WINDOWS\system32\fmkjlpfm\uapwioxd.dll Trojan.Win32.Small.fu

 

C:\WINDOWS\system32\hxvbqssk\awwimjbs.dll Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Vivia.aa

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Have you run scans with AdAware and SpyBot Search and Destroy yet?

 

Be sure to update the definitions in each program after installing but before scanning.

 

http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/

 

http://www.spybot.info/en/download/index.html

 

After which I would suggest it's time to drop in on the virus and spyware forum.

 

http://pcpitstop.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=61975

 

 

Do what you can and then finish off with a HiJackThis log.

 

 

http://pcpitstop.invisionzone.com/index.php?showforum=25

 

Once you get your PC clean we can address the booting to safe mode problem (if it's still there...)

 

 

Edit: Ahhh! I see our talented Jacee is here! Any suggestions? :)

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