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!