Blue Screen of Dirt-Nap – CrashedToDirt

My main machine took a huge stinky dump.  It won’t even boot to Safe-Mode.  I got hit by some kind of Trojan while downloading a DVD-ripper that was supposedly “clean.”   The AVG virus scanner Resident Shield went crazy announcing infestations – infestations that reportedly were un-killable. 
So I turned the box off, and when I turned it back on, BlueScreen.

It actually boots to the black and white screen with the choices of going to Safe Mode, with or without networking, or Regular Windows, etc – but in each case it goes straight to BSoD.

The stop code is: 0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0x86F3FC21, 0xF7B2DC44, 0xF7B2D940)…whatever.  (What’s in parenthesis changes each time.)

I could re-boot with the installation CD and get to the “Recovery Console” option but I forget all my old DOS tricks and don’t know what to do from there.

I figure I’ll put the drive in a SATA enclosure and spin it up to collect data that was accumulated since the last backup.

Meanwhile I’m running the Asus EeePC 1000HA out to my big monitor at 1920×1200 in 32-bit color with the full-size keyboard plugged-in, and I have about as much computing power as the old P2 machine – and more drive-space – on a little netbook with the Atom processor.  Yee-haw!

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7 thoughts on “Blue Screen of Dirt-Nap – CrashedToDirt

  1. I don't know enough about how to use Those tools and the EeePC doesn't have a CD to write-to to create a disk.
    I got to the Recovery Console by booting to my XP-Pro CD-ROM, then did a clean install – now I've finished downloading motherboard, ethernet, and video drivers (etc.) from the thing and moving them with a thumb-drive.
    Despite its age and weaknesses it runs like stink with a full 2GB of memory.

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  2. BSD ans PE are the os's you see when you boot something like a recovery CD. You could use that if it lets you get to a command prompt.

    If you can get to the recovery console, is that from the windows machine or some other boot media?

    You can aslo usually put a new drive in and make the old on a slave disk and then copy what you need over. Down side if it is a virus you could infect the new machine as well.

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  3. Boot with an Ubuntu LiveCD, mount the NTFS partition, slurp off your data (almost certainly clean – it's System32 that is Ground Zero), and nuke from orbit.

    Probably take longer to download the security patches on the new system than to get your data back.

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  4. Sounds interesting, I've never heard of BSD or PE before.
    Under the “Recovery Console” I could get to c:\windows – but couldn't use the “\” or “cd” command to do anything else.

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