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.


  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.


  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.


  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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