About a month ago I was given a Dell Inspiron B130 to fix in my spare time. It needed a reinstall of Windows XP Pro so I broke out the SP1 discs it came with. After booting from the installation CD the laptop would copy over all the files needed to load windows, but when it came time to boot to windows it would instantly crash into a blue screen with the following stop error.
***STOP: 0x0000007E (0xc0000005, 0xf9a380bf, 0xf9e84208, 0xf9e834208, 0xe9e83f08)
*** PCI.SYS address f9a380bf base at f9a31000, date stamp 3b7d8ssc
Once again I found myself searching the web for a fix. After trying about everything I almost gave up, until I found a thread on the Dell forums stating the computer needed SP2 to fix the issue. I almost did not believe what I was reading, but since I was out of options I started up nLite, and then customized an installation CD of Microsoft Windows XP Pro with SP2 merged into it. I then booted from the new installation CD, formatted the drive, and when it came time to finally load windows, it worked!! Phew, what a sigh of relief! If you find yourself faced with the same blue screen stop error then give this trick a try, I bet it will work for you to!