I have a Dell Dimension 5100 (like 7 years old), running XP prof. service pack 3, with Intel Pent. 4 HT, and nVidia Gforce 6800. I was just going along the internet and it crashed, it took me to the BSOD and said something like "Page error in nonpaged area" I can run in safe mode but not in regular. The boot screens are all garbled with strange characters, except for the windows, and Dell logos. Starting normally it used to go straight to the BSOD but now it boots and the welcome screen pretty much stays with some icons showing, start button, and clock. McAfee starts normally, from what i can tell. Any ideas? I'll try to get a pic of what I mean by garbled. and I just had to reload xp like a month ago. So far I updated a few drivers and tried system restore to like a couple weeks ago. And a scan showed a couple trojans in the temp internet files.
first guess, virus. second guess, data error. Third guess, hardware failure (or failing).
recommended solution, backup necessary data, and reformat/reinstall.
I know its intimidating, but if you bring it anywhere, that's what they will do. It fixes most and you should think of it like an oil change, it should be done occasionally anyway to keep things operation properly.
As long as you have the boot order set so that the CD drive is before the hard drive you will have no issues booting to the XP CD.
Just put your CD in and restart.
Your get a message saying press any key to boot to CD.
Then then the set-up is a lot eaiser then it was in the old DOS days using Fdisk.
If you were closer to me i'd help you out with that because i work on pc;s all the time.
okay cus last time we didnt format just reloaded since we didnt know if the bios knew how to boot
just make sure you follow instructions to do a CLEAN install. do not install over your old. (sorry if that seems redundant, but I see a lot of people just reinstall over old, which is a waste of time, and'll only make it worse.