Over the weekend I helped remove Windows Vista from my friends Dell Latitude E4300. Since all the drivers were offered on their support site I downloaded the SATA driver, merged the driver into Windows XP SP2 using nLite, then started the reinstallation process. Just after copying files to the hard drive the laptop would crash into a blue screen with the following error; STOP: 0x0000007B (0xF78D2524, 0xC0000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000). After scouring the web for fixes and trying many things that didn’t work, I finally came across a fix that allowed me to fully install Windows XP Pro SP2 onto a Dell Latitude E4300.
I resolved the stop issue by the following these steps.
1. During start up, when you see the Dell logo, press F2 to enter the BIOS
2. Expand the “Drives” section
3. Go to “SATA Operation”
4. Change this from “RAID AHCI” to “RAID ATA”
5. Exit BIOS saving changes
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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!