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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 9:02 am:   

I have just built my first Pc and am having problems booting it. The spec is,

P4 1.6ghz CPU
Platinix 2 MB
1ghz SDRAM
40gb Maxtor HD
4x 128MB AGP GeForce graphics
300w PSU

Windows XP has been installed on the HD but as soon as the PC tries to boot windows it stops and displays the error...

A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

tech Info:
*** Stop: 0x0000007b (0xf7c46640, 0xc0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

Any one any ideas what this may refer to?

Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 10:28 am:   

The stop error refers to a memory address line at 0x0000007b. During boot the OS is loaded into specific memory addresses. The first check would be a driver corrupted such as sound or modem/nic. Remove the devices one at a time to rule them out. It might even be telling you that you have an issue with the memory itself. Assuming you have at least 2 sticks of memory installed try swapping them. Or try one single stick at a time.
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2003 - 10:32 am:
Microsoft is clear on one issue with Stop: 0x0000007b on win2k and NT and might also apply to XP. Referring to scsi or ultra ata controllers that are treated as scsi.
Donald Hicks
Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2003 - 1:11 pm:   

Hello, I was just flipping around on the net and found this site. I am having a problem with booting a PC. I am limited on knowledge, but when I power up the machine it won't send a signal to the moniter and just makes loud beeps??? Any suggestions would be helpful!!!

Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2003 - 7:42 pm:   

How many BEEPS and are they Long, Short, or a combination.
Matt (Matt12330)
Username: Matt12330

Registered: 1-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2003 - 5:19 am:   

No display, and long beeps.......sounds like maybe the AGP card is loose.

Typically, the first thing you'll see when you start the boot process is the BIOS info from the Video card. If you're not seeing that, check the connections, and make sure the card is seated correctly.

The beep codes are trying to tell you something.
You'll need to know who the BIOS manufacturer is - the most common are AMI (American Megatrends), Award, and Phoenix.

There are a lot of sites that can help decode the beeps. I don't know if this one is any good, but.....

Good luck

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