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#1 Dec 06 2011 at 3:56 PM Rating: Decent
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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 fart 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!
#2 Dec 06 2011 at 7:30 PM Rating: Good
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BSODs point towards hardware failures in some form or another and just by searching bsod with the error code listed it sounds like an HD or mobo failure which would not surprise me given the age of the system. It sounds like it isn't seeing the harddrive at all. This could mean quite a few things, that the port the IDE from the HD is plugged into the mobo is fried or the that HD itself has something wrong with it, but w/o seeing the machine myself it's hard to diagnose.

I would personally just wait out to download and burn the iso. I've never attempted to boot windows from a usb but the times I've done it with linux kernels I've always had to use tazusb to make the usb bootable. There is something to be trusted about a cd rom drive attached via IDE vs a flash drive. It just seems that the one variable changed here is the usb install vs cd rom.



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#3 Dec 06 2011 at 9:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I am worried that it may well be a H/W fail, managing to install and run vista on the system makes me think it isn't though. The system definitely recognises and shows the hard drive. The IDE port had both HD's connected to it and I have tested the cable and port. It is cool with my main HD but not the second HD. So, I don't think it is that.

The USB variable is pretty much what I suspect as well.I used FlashToWin and when that failed I used USB_Prep8/PeToUsb and bootsec. I also created my boot sector for vista via commandline and tried that with XP too, to no avail.

I will try another XP version/and a burned disc when I can. I will report back what happens!
#4 Dec 07 2011 at 12:58 AM Rating: Excellent
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Error code 0x000007b is a "Missing mass storage boot driver". You run into that one all the time when imaging computers. Basically you have a couple options here. Inside your bios, there is most likely an option for setting the SATA mode. It's either going to be SATA RAID, SATA AHCI, or SATA IDE. the wording most likely will be different, but it will be something along those lines. If you don't want to dig up a driver, you are going to have to set it to SATA IDE compatability. Once you make the change, try booting. it should work. if not, reinstalling windows xp may work at that point.

If you don't want to mess with bios, your other option is going to be downloading the proper storage controller driver, (probably intel matrix storage manager) from the dell website for that motherboard, saving that driver to a CD or a floppy drive (SP3 "might" be able to read from a USB drive) and then load it via the "Press F6 to load additional drivers" prompt when you are first installing XP, when it is still in the blue and grey textmode section. If you miss F6, you restart and try again, etc. The driver file is going to be a "something.inf" file with 3 or four other additional files with it. It's probably going to be iastor.inf, but thats just a guess based on similar models in that series. You need to copy all the files over during the F6 section, not just the inf file. If you don't see an inf file, you may need to extract the driver from inside the installer. you can do that using a program called 7-zip for free.

Cutting your losses and going and buying a windows 7 disk is a viable option, as it will have the mass storage drivers built in.

If neither of those things work, you didn't do something correctly and you should attempt them again. There are other more complicated means to do the same thing, such as sysprep driver injection, etc. but really those two options are the simplest.



Edited, Dec 6th 2011 11:02pm by Kaolian
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#5 Dec 07 2011 at 3:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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I swear Kao, I could direct all the kids who take PC Maintenance at my school to these posts and they would learn more in an hour than they would in a whole semester.
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#6 Dec 07 2011 at 3:23 PM Rating: Decent
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*Lots of words*

Scratch this post, I might have found the drivers I need! Will report back soon!

Edited, Dec 7th 2011 4:29pm by Skinwah
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ArexLovesPie wrote:
I swear Kao, I could direct all the kids who take PC Maintenance at my school to these posts and they would learn more in an hour than they would in a whole semester.


Yep! I know a lot, but Kao knows so much more I still feel like a kindergartner compared to him. Smiley: laugh
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Everyone needs a hobby, one of mine is finding new and interesting ways to break and then revive computers!

edit: i misspelled "of"...

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#9 Dec 08 2011 at 12:02 PM Rating: Decent
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After a healthy amount of digging I managed to get the drivers I needed from intels site. I created a new xp image and slipstreamed the drivers and now all is well and good. Thanks a lot for the help!

On a side note, my friend helpfully waited until after I was done to remind me we get a free copy of win 7 from our uni. Doh! I will most likely be upgrading to that soon!
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Skinwah wrote:
After a healthy amount of digging I managed to get the drivers I needed from intels site. I created a new xp image and slipstreamed the drivers and now all is well and good. Thanks a lot for the help!

On a side note, my friend helpfully waited until after I was done to remind me we get a free copy of win 7 from our uni. Doh! I will most likely be upgrading to that soon!


MSDNAA strikes again!

It's how I snagged a free copy of pro! Remember the right thing to do here is to download EVERYTHING you can. Just in case.
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#11 Dec 08 2011 at 3:14 PM Rating: Decent
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Haha! Words of wisdom Arex.

I feel a bit of a fool as I had already nicked visual studio 10 from it, I really should have remembered the win 7!
#12 Dec 12 2011 at 9:37 PM Rating: Decent
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A little update because it has some lols. I installed win 7 on my system last night and left it over night to download some updates. I restarted the machine and I had 59 updates to install! Luckily it had obviously installed most already as it started at 58/59. Never seen such a huge number, I almost had a heart attack! Upon the restart before the OS loaded it said something like 'initiating update 1/23782'! Again almost a heart attack, but it was quick. Good times!

For anyone who may find this from the mention of my mobo model, the onboard intel display can run with win7! Just not with any intel or dell drivers, unofficial (and I can confirm working on 32-bit) drivers can be found here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=2LSR7SLU

Just unzip and choose the driver itself, rather than ask the computer to find the driver automatically!

Another thing, ICS with two win7 machines is beautifully hassle free! Vista -> win7 = nope, xp -> win7 = decent, win7 -> win7 PnP!
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