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Looking around on th internets, it's looking like the only option I have left is format and reinstall, which is something I'm REALLY trying to avoid. The machine has alot of activated software from a couple of years ago (a couple thousand dollars invested), and don't have all the documentation for it. Why Vista? Well at the time, there wasn't support for Windows 7 with Pro Tools 8 LE and most of it's plugins.

How it started was when I started Windows, it automatically went to chkdsk, which didn't alarm me at first (seen it do this every once in while). Sitll, I can't think of anything that prompt it to start chkdsk in the first place, ie, the computer didn't get shut down properly. Then I see a bunch of "Deleting Index Entry XXXX" flying down the screen. Thats when I started to get worried. When chkdsk finished doing it's thing, the Windows loading screen appear as normal. Then, right before windows login screen would appear (no mouse at this point), I get the BSOD.

  • I tried every safe mode option available: BSOD.
  • I tried running chkdsk again: it did do some additional repairs with several "Found orpaned files". Still BSOD.
  • I tried automatic repair and system restore from both the system and the Windows Vista Boot disk repair menu: BSOD
  • Located and replaced with known set of working video drivers (Geforce 9500m gs): BSOD

I am quite certain that this isn't a hardware issue becuase it's dual boot computer with Windows 7 64, and comes up no problem. In fact, I used the Windows 7 installation to replace the known working drivers. This has got to be an OS related issue. Am I out of options?

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For context: Bug Check 0xB4: VIDEO_DRIVER_INIT_FAILURE – Oliver Salzburg Sep 28 '12 at 13:33
Looks like I've covered everything in the document :( – hydroparadise Sep 28 '12 at 13:56
This is just an idea, but maybe you'll want to generate a VHD from the volume of your broken OS using Disk2VHD from your working OS. Then you can mount that image and mess with it all you want without further breaking your real installation. – Oliver Salzburg Sep 28 '12 at 14:54
Vista and Hope in the same sentence, now that is funny. – Moab Sep 28 '12 at 16:14

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