I have recently had to re-install my OS. To make a long story short, my system dual-booted ubuntu and xp. The xp install was on my first hard drive and the ubuntu was on my other (dumb thing to do). The ubuntu hard drive died and thus loading the GRUB would fail and I couldn't boot the machine. Rather than **** about trying to sort the GRUB I opted for a clean xp install on my first hard drive. Unfortunately the only OS I had handy was a Vista one, so I created a bootable USB and installed it.
With Vista I downloaded a copy of XP with service pack 3 (I don't mind vista but I just can't get ICS to work with the vista desktop and my win 7 laptop, I had no problem with my old XP install. So back to XP). I have installed XP on this machine (and hard drive) more than once. However, this time I am using a USB to install it. I get as far as installing all the setup files and the machine is about to reboot itself to complete the installation and then I get the blue screen of death with the error code 0x00007b (probably needs more zeros).
As far as I can tell this is a driver problem, however, I am not using a SATA hard drive (IDE hard drive, mobo is a dell optiplex gx 270). This seems to be the main issue with this particular error code, as well as a graphics card problem but I am using an intel onboard display. I am currently downloading an original XP setup disc but my connection with my laptop is, to be generous, slow. Hoping maybe someone has some insight into the problem while I wait. I will try and burn the XP iso to disc when I can get some (9:50 pm here) and will try another version of XP as well. The confusing part for me is that vista installed fine but XP won't? Again, any insight is appreciated!