Thread: Ok guys one last help PLEASE ;)
April 5th, 2006, 09:28 AM #1
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Ok guys one last help PLEASE ;)
when i try startup windows my computer restarts. it will go to the safe mode selection screen but when i try to reinstall windows i get an error that says windows was shut down to keep your system from damage. an error in the file pci.sys Thanks for you help.
April 5th, 2006, 03:51 PM #2
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April 5th, 2006, 04:10 PM #3
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There are two most likely culprits: bad RAM or bad hard drive. If you have a spare of either or both, start by swapping. A bad PSU can also cause your hardware, such as RAM or Hard Drives, to malfunction and thus produce such an error.
Given the fact that you can get into windows safe mode I would say RAM is most likely the core of your issue as when windows loads in safe mode much less RAM is used. But when you try to go into a regular boot you're using up more RAM. The same goes with an install, which uses more RAM than your usual safe mode boot. This points me to think there's a break point in your RAM's addresses. But that doesn't eliminate the hard drive causing the issues when Windows is working with the swap file.
You may also want to try BIOS settings on your RAM before you count that stick as toast (if swapping the RAM resolves your issue). Try resetting to default, fail-safe, or better yet try and find what settings your RAM is designed for an manually set them and experiment from there.
Last edited by SiliconJon; April 5th, 2006 at 04:19 PM.
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