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      Feb 20th, 07, 6:16 PM
1. A friend has upgraded his motherboard and CPU from a Gigabyte GA-7S748 SKTA motherboard with an AMD Athlon Palamino 2600+ to a an ASRock AM2NF6G-VSTA motherboard with an AMD Athlon 64 3200 processor.
2. Earlier he had upgraded his OS from Windows Millennium to Windows XP Home SP2. After the OS upgrade the system worked fine, but rather slowly, hence the need for the hardware upgrade.
3. Since the hardware upgrade, his system has refused to boot.
4. Originally, in attempting to run in “safe mode” the screen would list a series of drivers loaded ending in:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS\system 32\DRIVERS\gagp30kx.sys

after which it would allow him into "safe mode".

5. A colleague of his suggested that he boot using the XP CD and that when he obtained the Setup menu, he should he should hit ENTER to install Windows and at the next screen press R to effect a repair.
6. He is now unable to boot into “safe mode” getting the error message “Windows XP Setup cannot run under Safemode. Setup will restart now.
7. When Setup restarts it continues the rebooting loop or crashes displaying the blue screen and technical message: ***STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0xF7657750, 0xF78A2430, 0xF78A212C).

He has asked me, as a friend and “so called computer buff” to assist him. So far I have been totally unable to get the computer to boot.

Please can anyone help?
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      Feb 20th, 07, 7:52 PM
Is his version of XP an upgrade from WinME or a Full Version?

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      Feb 21st, 07, 2:38 PM
Generally a clean install is always better than an upgrade. As Crimson asked, is this a full upgrade CD? Was the OS change an upgrade or a new, clean install?
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