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Recently I upgraded to Service Pack 3, and now it seems that something has gone terribly wrong with the update.

After logging in, my computer will blue screen after about 5 minutes and then go into a reboot loop (I don't have the exact error message handy).

I have a Sager NP2092 notebook, running an Intel chipset.

I'd rather avoid having to reformat my XP, especially with my copy of Windows 7 arriving right around the corner.

After doing some Googling, I came across this article: Does your AMD-based computer boot after installing XP SP3?

However, it deals with the AMD chips, and specifically states not to use its fix on Intel based systems.

EDIT After killing the reboot, this is the error that pops up:

STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8A187118, 0x8A18728C, 0x80604438)

EDIT2 I have run Memtest86, and it reported 0 errors.

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Can you get into safe mode? –  user3463 Oct 19 '09 at 12:56
    
Yes I can, last night I did a System Restore to a few days ago (ie before the SP3 update), but the issue still remains. –  espais Oct 19 '09 at 12:58
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The reason I ask is so that you can tell the computer NOT to reboot after a blue screen, so that you can see what's causing the problem. –  user3463 Oct 19 '09 at 13:03
    
Just in case, run memtest86 or the equivalent. It's perfectly possible the problem is an unrelated hardware fault. –  CarlF Oct 19 '09 at 14:51
    
memtest86 has been run, with no errors reported –  espais Oct 20 '09 at 17:32

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Go into Safe Mode and check your Event Log. You're looking for errors. Match the Event ID and Source with www.eventid.net for possible fixes. (Or post the likely errors here).

You can also check hard drive for errors and you can try removing and reinstalling drivers. But check the Event Log first.

EDIT: If it boots into safe mode, I tend to think it's not a hardware failure though we can't rule it out. You can check this Microsoft Article which makes me think Windows is corrupted.

What I'd recommend at this point is boot with some sort of recovery/live cd and back up the files you want to save. If you can wait, do your Windows 7 reinstall otherwise what you have. If you get kernel panics and the recovery/live cd doesn't work, at that point I'd start to say you've probably got a hardware problem.

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I'd have to go with your drivers suggestion. For a blue screen to happen after a windows update, it would most likely be a problem between hardware and software, more so than a software error. –  Sivvy Oct 20 '09 at 14:38
    
i looked through the event log, and the id that error'd most often was an exact duplicate of my blue screen error message –  espais Oct 20 '09 at 17:33

See this article about Stop: 0x000000F4, where the Stop parameters seem to be similar to yours.

Since restoring to a previous restore-point didn't fix the problem, I would go out on a limb and guess that a hardware problem just happened by coincidence just after the SP3 installation. This might of course be a bit far-fetched, but is worth checking.

See the above thread for the solutions found. For some people this was as simple as replacing the CMOS battery.

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Well, as much as I hated to do this...I ran out of options and needed my computer back. I installed Windows 7 RC and will have to migrate to the released version when it comes out soon.

Thanks for all your answers, but unfortunately none were able to rectify my specific situation.

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Well, if that worked, it's better than you're computer not working :) –  emgee Oct 20 '09 at 22:03
    
definitely...i was quite happy to see the memtest86 pass with no hardware failures...that was really the biggest relief! –  espais Oct 21 '09 at 8:58

There is an issue between xp sp3 and some amd processors that will cause a cyclic reboot. This is caused by an uneeded intel driver that must be remvoed from teh registry. Search google if your stil linterested in resolutions.

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if asked personally i have heard rumors that the sp 3 has many bugs so its no good to upgrade from sp2

About the problem i request u to never upgrade any windows from patches as even i have faced the same with Vista & Xp Proffessional If u need to upgrade your desktop it is advisible to get an os of that version rather than just that upgrade patch.

I dont know about mac but what i have seen is that lpptops come with a customised O.S. so it is advisible not to do any thing with the laptops...........

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I definitely disagree. Do your bug fixes and security updates. Not doing them puts your system at risk. Also, at work we rolled out SP3 to every one of our 300+ XP desktops. They work fine, no worse than SP2. –  emgee Oct 19 '09 at 17:23

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