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Error code 0f00:0244 during hard drive diagnotic test

Also can't get windows to install. Sometimes system does not see hard drive. Installed in Dell 8400 series desktop.

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Problem caused by microsoft,

take to dell and demand the hdd be replaced with a new PE windows xp installation.

if they refuse to do this, consult legal advice as the problem is caused by dell and microsoft transfering and manipulating data between the os and the bios via the ntfs file system (recovery) and the hal.dll file.

problem exists because: ntfs file system can manipulate data sent and recovered to the bios, if for instance your dell laptop etc shut down due to low battery then the bios data and the os data would be out of sync, therfore the operating system would render the previous sector that held the data on the hdd as a 'bad' sector and would then use another 'good' sector to transfer data between os and bios at startup and shut down.

as soon as all good sectors have been used, the bios and the operating system will be out of sync and the hal.dll file or the ntfs file system would not allow the operating system to boot because of the data lapse.

demand a new hdd from dell with their OEM PE windows xp installed, if they refuse, then sew them for damaging your hdd by using a virus type file system (virus is how it works, so in release notes on most websites refer to this) which corrupted your hdd's life expectancy.

chalenge microsoft and dell to refute your alegation in court, after all your claim will make them want to settle out of court instantly...

good luck, and don't be afraid of the challenge against microsoft or dell, as a consumer you have rights and your rights are what is at the interest of the law........

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Hi Jefferson,
  1. Did you just install or make a change to a hard drive controller? If so, there's a good chance that the change you made caused the STOP 0x0000007B error.

    Undo the change and test for the 0x7B blue screen error.

    Depending on what changes you made, some solutions might include:

  2. Verify that the SCSI chain is correctly terminated, assuming you're using SCSI hard drives in your computer. Incorrect SCSI termination has been known to cause STOP 0x0000007B errors.

    Note: Most home computers don't utilize SCSI hard drives.
  3. Verify that the hard drive is properly installed. An improperly installed hard drive could cause STOP 0x0000007B errors and other issues.
  4. Verify that the hard drive is configured properly in BIOS. The STOP 0x0000007B error could occur if the hard drive settings in BIOS are incorrect.
  5. Scan your computer for viruses. Certain viruses that infect the master boot record (MBR) or boot sector can cause STOP 0x0000007B errors.

    Important: Make sure your virus scanning software is updated and configured to scan the MBR and boot sector.
  6. Update the drivers for your hard drive controller. If the drivers to your hard drive controller are outdated, incorrect, or corrupted then the STOP 0x0000007B error will likely occur.

    Note: If the STOP 0x0000007B error occurs during the Windows setup process and you suspect that the reason is driver related, be sure to install the latest hard drive controller driver from the manufacturer for use during the installation of the operating system.

    Note: This is a likely solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC0000034.
  7. Change the SATA mode in BIOS to IDE mode. Disabling some of the advanced features of SATA drives in BIOS could stop the STOP 0x0000007B error from showing up, especially if you're seeing it in Windows XP or during a Windows XP installation.

    Note: Depending on your BIOS make and version, SATA mode may be referred to as AHCI mode and IDE mode may be referred to as either Legacy, ATA, or Compatibility Mode.

    Note: While not a common solution, you may also want to try the reverse - see if IDE mode is selected in BIOS and if so change it to AHCI, especially if you see the STOP 0x0000007B error in Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista.
  8. Run chkdsk on your hard drive. If the boot volume is corrupted, the chkdsk command might repair the corruption.

    Important: You'll likely have to run chkdsk from the Recovery Console.

    Note: This will likely be the solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC0000032.
  9. Perform an extensive test of your hard drive. If your hard drive has a physical problem, one very likely situation is the STOP 0x0000007B error you're seeing.

    Replace the hard drive if the diagnostics you complete suggest that there is a hardware problem with the drive.
  10. Run the fixmbr command to create a new master boot record. A corrupted master boot record might be causing your STOP 0x0000007B error.

    Note: This will likely be the solution if the second hexadecimal number after the STOP code is 0xC000000E.
  11. Clear the CMOS. Sometimes the STOP 0x0000007B error is caused by a BIOS memory issue. Clearing the CMOS could solve that problem.
  12. Update your BIOS. In some situations, an outdated BIOS could cause a STOP 0x0000007B error due to incompatibilities with a hard drive controller.
  13. Update the hard drive controller's firmware if possible. Just as with the BIOS in the previous step, an incompatibility could be causing the 0x7B error and a firmware update from the manufacturer may correct the problem.
  14. Repair your Windows installation. If you've just replaced the motherboard in a computer without reinstalling Windows then this will likely fix your problem.

    Note: Sometimes a Windows repair will not fix a STOP 0x0000007B error. In those cases, a clean installation of Windows should do the trick.

    If you haven't just replaced your motherboard, a Windows reinstall probably will not fix your STOP 0x7B issue.
Hope this helps,
If you need further assistance please get back in touch and i'll see what else we can do.


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Dell 8400 Boots to Black Error Screen in XP States to reinstall System 32

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If hard drive is ok after test, insert in your original Windows installation media and reinstall OS.

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Dell inspiron 1545 Laptop computer is getting BSOD on boot, when first ran diagnostics got error: Hard Drive - DST Test Results - Fail Error Code 2000-0142 Msg Hard Drive 0 - self test unsuccessful status...

The error indicates that there's a hard drive issue. If it just happened after the hard disk is reinstalled, remove it and reinstall it. It could be a problem caused by loose connection or improper connections. If the same problem repeats, install the hard drive on another system (to verify whether it works on another machine or not and to confirm it still works). If it doesn't work on another computer/system then your only option to run the system is replacing the hard disk. If it works on another computer or if it's detected on another system, then there could be problem with the hard disk, eg. Corrupt Partition, Windows Corrupt etc....
First of all, try booting into Safe Mode. You have to press F8 during the startup to go into Advanced Boot Options. Once you are in the Windows Advanced Boot Options, select Safe Mode using the up and down arrow keys on your keyboard. If it still doesn't work, it's the hard disk issue. Try with another Hard Disk.
But if in case you can boot into safe mode, check the Hard Disk for errors. In other words, run Windows Checkdisk utility. Hope this helps.
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Dear sir , i have a dell inspiron 1464 laptop.i have a problem during window a diagnostic test there are a error generate. the error code is, Error code 0146 Msg:Error...

Dear questioner after going through couple of posts on dell support forum I found that this problem occurs if your hard drive is not functioning well
If you laptop has warranty please visit the nearest dell store

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Error code; 00f00:136c IDE device failed; Blank or no media is present in optical drive. Front panel audio and flex bay cable: not installed Onboard or USB floppy drive (not present) Onboard IDE hard...

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Hello, My laptop will not start the windows set-up/Fresh Install scenario. after the drivers get loaded and says starting windows it goes to the BSOD error Stop 0x0000007B, I figure this to be a MBR virus...

In Figure 2-2 you can also see that the Windows service SPCMDCON.SYS has failed. From the BSOD, you should be able to gather the following information:
•The stop error number, which uniquely identifies the error
•The stop error parameters, which provide additional information relating to the specific stop error number
•Driver information is available if the source of the problem relates to drivers
Armed with this information, you are able to search online to establish the problem and hopefully a resolution.
In addition to the information available on the blue screen, if the system is able to be rebooted after the BSOD, either normally or using Safe Mode, it is useful to take a look in the System Event Log and view the error message. For example, a faulty driver during boot up usually has the stop error code STOP: 0x00000050 and an Error EventID of 1003.
If your system refuses to reboot successfully, or is trapped within a perpetual BSOD that restarts over and over again, you should take the following steps. Press F8 after the BIOS screen appears. From Advanced Boot Options, select Disable automatic restart on system failure, as shown in Figure 2-3. This allows you to read and make note of the information contained on the BSOD. You can then allow Windows to attempt a reboot. If the perpetual loop reoccurs, select another option, such as Safe Mode, from the Advanced Boot Options menu.
If your system refuses to reboot successfully, or is trapped within a perpetual BSOD that restarts over and over again, you should take the following steps. Press F8 after the BIOS screen appears. From Advanced Boot Options, select Disable automatic restart on system failure, as shown in Figure 2-3. This allows you to read and make note of the information contained on the BSOD. You can then allow Windows to attempt a reboot. If the perpetual loop reoccurs, select another option, such as Safe Mode, from the Advanced Boot Options menu.

To disable the system from automatically rebooting, take the following steps:
1.Click Start, right-click Computer, and select Properties.
2.Click Advanced System Settings.
3.In the System Properties dialog box, click the Advanced tab. Under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.
4.In the System Failure box, clear the Automatically Restart check box.
These steps can also be configured if the system is booted in Safe Mode. There are over 300 unique stop codes, and most are quite rare. The full list
can be found on MSDN within the Bug Checks (Blue Screens) reference at

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