Windows XP SP2 (all updates), PIII 900mhz, 384 mb ram
Well this is my problem, first I had 2-3 blue screens of death in a days time with the address of atapi.sys and kernel_data_inpage_error. The last time I got a blue screen, it did not start up again. It goes to the startup screen and the little bar moves on the bottom, but it stays there indefinetly, and makes no progress. All the startup options do the same thing (safe startup etc.). If anyone has any ideas please let me know ASAP, I need my computer!!!!
put in the XP CD, assuming that you have one...
boot from the CD drive
Choose "Start recovery console"
First I would try FIXBOOT, then FIXMBR, restart after executing each command
GOOGLE recovery console for some of the other options
Actually, the first thing to do is get the BSOD STOP error message. They usually are in the form 0x000000?? with a short message like IRQL_NOT_GREATER_OR_EQUAL
Like most error messages, they are easily found on the net if you do a Google search on them. You can just Google 'stop error message 0x00000001' and you'll get an explanation.
You may need to do as grantmaster suggests and load the recovery console to fix the problem. But at least you'll have some idea of the cause.
One of the causes for this could be the installation of a hotfix or SP2 of WinXP. On some systems for no particular reason, the SP2 install would fail and you could get stuck in a reboot loop like the one you describe. MS describe the procedure for fixing this using the recovery console.
Thanks for the help, I tried those and they didn't help, it seems that the hard drive might have gone, because it is having trouble even identifying the file system (NTFS). But I took it to the IT guys that work at our school and they are going to look at it. Thanks.
Did you try to run in Safe Mode?
It could be usefull to know if the situation happens in safe mode or not.
The cause may be Hardware of Software.
It could be easier to minimize the range of the possible causes by eliminating some of them.
If the problem does not happens in safe mode, we could eliminate the hardware cause, and some software cause (like extra drivers and
You could run in normal mode (not safe mode), and , using program manager (ctrl-alt-del), kill some non essential process or programs that are running in memory. See if with changes BSOD still occur. Try killing only one process then take time to see if it will have an positive effect. Then try another one.
Take always note on paper about the process name you killed and the effect on the stability of your computer. If ever you kill a process that you were suppose to ( .. resulting in crash, freeze, or error), simply reboot your computer.
If ever these methods cannot help, consider a data backup and a complete reformat and clean reinstall.
Hope this help