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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by RedDog3, Dec 5, 2011.

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  1. RedDog3

    RedDog3 Thread Starter

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    After a momentary power outage, every time I start my Dell DV051 with XP SP3, I get the following message: The instruction at "0x66ef16f4" referenced at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read". Click OK to terminate or Cancel to debug.

    I try to debug, but it doesn't work. I did a CheckDisk, but it didn't help. I tried to restore to an earlier date, but it would do it.

    As a sidebar, I have Network Magic, and it won't open. Cisco help said it may be a WMI problem, so I tried to resolve it via their instrucitons (to no avail). :confused:

    Would appreciate any help you can give.
    Tanx,
    RD3
     
  2. TekTime

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    Some things I can think of are:

    1.) Corrupted Windows installation..or,
    2.) Failing hard drive..or,
    3.) Failing memory

    Do you have an installation disk for XP, or do you have only a recovery partition?

    If you have a disk, you can try a "Repair Install"
     
  3. RedDog3

    RedDog3 Thread Starter

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    I have no XP installation disk (it came preloaded on the Dell). And sorry, I don't know what a recovery partition is, where to find it, or how to use it.

    Any suggestions?
    Tanx,
    RD3
     
  4. blues_harp28

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    I'd first run a hard drive test.
    Hard drive manufacturers test.
    http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

    Memory [Ram[ test.
    http://www.memtest.org/
    http://www.memtest86.com/download.html
    http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp

    Best to run a full scan - on individual Ram sticks.
    Download and burn the ISO to CD
    Boot from that CD and run the memory test overnight or at least for a few hours.

    Guide to using Memtest86+
    http://www.geekstogo.com/forum/topic/246994-guide-to-using-memtest86/
    http://hcidesign.com/memtest/manual.html
     
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