RE: Identifying & preventing rogue Vista drivers from loading
Try pulling your high end video card, and installing vista.
Also, if 64bit Vista, install with 2 gig RAM; install rest later.
Mick Murphy - Qld - Australia
> I am trying to fix a PC that had a replacement mobo fitted (by me). I boot
> into Vista and it part loads numerous drivers before settling down and
> letting me do whatever I want, although the driver installation does request
> a restart to complete some driver installs. But if I restart the PC I get a
> BSOD with stop code 7b. I am then not able to start even in safe mode. I
> tried a repair install but am back to the same situation. Fortunately, I
> took an image of the disk before I did anything so I can get back to being
> able to boot once.
> I understand that 7b indicates an inaccessible boot device, but I have run a
> manufacturer's diagnostic, CHKDSK and virus scan and not found any fault.
> Vista's automated repair is not able to help (beyond telling me that a
> driver is bad). If I could identify which driver is causing problems I could
> just disable it from starting by loading the system hive from
> C:\Windows\System32\Config\System and (please correct me if I'm wrong)
> changing ControlSet001\Services\????\Start to 4 I guess it is the chipset
> for the IDE controllers on the motherboard that is different from the one
> that the Windows version was originally installed on, but how to identify
> which driver to disable ?
> I saved a log file of an abortive start by booting off the installation DVD
> then from recovery command prompt editing C:\Windows\INF\setupapi.app.log
> and I will attach that file here. It contains several failures, but how do I
> identify the particular driver that is causing my BSOD ?
> The only hardware in the PC is:
> mobo: Asus M2N-SLI Deluxe (that replaced an Asus M2N DH)
> CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+
> RAM: 4GB Ballistix Tracer (separately tested to be good)
> Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
> HDD: WDC WD360ADFD
> PSU, optical & floppy