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Blue screen error message 0x0000007E

I am using a Dell Inspiron 2650 with WIN XP SVPK3. Computer will not boot from my Boot Disc or from original Dell boot disk. I cannot boot in safe mode or any other mode from f8. I have removed hard drive and installed it in an external enclosure. I have been able to copy and save all my data. I can access files but cannot figure out how to repair. The download programs I have tried will clean or repair my main working computer but I can not figure out how to clean or repair WIN XP on the external drive. I would like to repair this issue and continue to use this computer.
Thank you, Microb

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I've seen this.

In reply to: Blue screen error message 0x0000007E

First an old trick. Duplicate that original Dell boot disk and try the duplicate ONE LAST TIME. Clean the CD/DVD lens and the very last try.

If that fails and you are sure it's set to boot from that drive, try a new CD/DVD drive.
Bob

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Didn't work

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I have the hard drive in an external enclosure again. Any ideas how to fix it from my working computer? Thanks for the help. Microb

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Sorry no.

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I never found a supported method to repair XP while it's on USB.
Bob

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WIN XP

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It's on a hard drive enclosure, does that make any difference?

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So far, no.

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I don't know of any method that is documented to repair XP in an external USB case.

Yes there are known things we can do such as delete a file when called for but in this discussion we appear to have a classic failed PC that needs a little repair.

I've seen many try to avoid replacing a failed CD/DVD drive and frankly it's best to let them try it all so they can learn why we fix the PC.
Bob

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