Dell dimension 8400, blue screen, keeps restarting

  Wi-Fi 11:52 21 Nov 2006


I've got a dell dimension 8400. Every time windowsXP loads up, I login, then after 40 secs, the blue screen comes up and restarts. I tested the ram using memtest for around 20hours. no errors. it worked fine without restarting. I then tested the hard drive, thats also fine.

finally I did a system restore from safe mode. Still no luck. When in safe mode, the computer doesn't restart. I then formatted the hard drive and re-installed windows xp. and this time as soon as the windows is loading, blue screen comes up. I then changed the graphic card, still no luck. I removed the other pci cards without any luck.

I have a strong feeling that the motherboard is gone. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

  Skills 13:05 21 Nov 2006

If its not restarting in safe mode then that would suggest to me that it is a driver or a service that is causing the problem.

Can you get back into safe mode and then disable the automatic restart function from my computer (right click)| properties | adavanced tab | start up and recovery settings | take the tick out of automatically restart

Now you should be able to read the error message on the blue screen and then find out what is causing the problem.

  Wi-Fi 13:27 21 Nov 2006


Since i re-installed windows xp, i can't even go to safe mode. But the blue screen comes up with the following error message:-

*** STOP: 0X0000007B (0XF896963C, 0XC0000034, 0X00000000, 0X00000000)

  rawprawn 13:46 21 Nov 2006
  Wi-Fi 14:26 21 Nov 2006

Thanks for the link, I've tried it. But I'm still getting the blue screen.

Had same problem recently it was the harddisk which was playing around so replaced it now works fine, hope it helps!

By the way mine happened on a Dell Dimension 2400

  rawprawn 15:48 21 Nov 2006

Try reseating the connections to the Motherboard and HDD

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:33 21 Nov 2006
  GEEKSTA 18:59 21 Nov 2006

have you tried to geting into the advance options or something durin load up( you press one of the F buttons) if you have got in disable - "disable restart after falire to load/start up"
The words are based around that line but not sure for real
This will maby stop restarting and get to the actuall problem?

  GEEKSTA 19:01 21 Nov 2006


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