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BSOD when trying to install XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by FrFontaine, Sep 20, 2008.

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  1. FrFontaine

    FrFontaine Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2008
    Hello all,

    The situation:

    My friend gave me his old Alienware Area51-M laptop that he'd wiped, and a CD to reinstall XP on it.

    At the Windows Setup Screen it says "Unknown Disk <There is no disk in this drive.>" and when I press Enter to install Windows, I immediately get a BSOD that reads:

    STOP: 0x0000008E (0xc0000005 0xF74139A8 0xF6EBF75C 0x00000000)

    setupdd.sys adresss F74139A8 base at F73EC000 Datestamp 41107c8f

    I've done some Googling as well as searching these forums and I think the problem is that I either have faulty RAM or that I need to install SATA drivers before I can install Windows. I primarily suspected the SATA drivers, but decided to try and test the RAM anyway.

    I didn't have any blank CD's to put Memtest on, but while I was screwing around trying to get Memtest to boot off of a bunch of the different USB sticks I had laying around I actually managed to boot a Linux distro which ran fine, but for some reason couldn't run Memtest either.... :rolleyes:

    My questions:

    1. Since I got Linux running does that mean the RAM is ok?

    2. If the problem isn't the RAM, where can I get the the SATA drivers and how do install them?
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