Yesterday, I had just finished a fresh install of XP, (I upgraded my 40GB to an 80GB HDD) after setup completed, I created my username for the first time. That's when the Stop error happened
***STOP error of 0x0000008E.
Parameters (0xC0000005, 0x8059FC8, 0xF3CC1ACC,0x00000000)
The standard memory dump/restart process begin.
So I turned it off from the button. Waited about an hours and turned the PC back on. All was fine, even surfing the web was okay, just choppy at times, but I think that's because of the crappy onboard graphics.
I shut it down from the start menu, and I noticed it took longer than usual. Maybe 2-3 minutes before it completely turned off. I turned the PC on today, and after Windows booted, bad news: The BSOD is back!
****STOP error of 0x0000007E. (0xC0000005, 0x67BFF00D, 0xF3B2EC9C, 0xF3B2E998)
Note that error is different this time (0x7E instead of 0x8E). I'm not sure what causing this, but I think the new hard drive is dying?
[#0005ff]Can you strip the system down to keyboard, mouse and monitor only then restart into Safe Mode with Networking by tapping Function 8 before Windows loads? If you can, go into Control Panel>System>Hardware>Device Manager and see which entries have yellow marks beside them. Click on each one and go to Properties and Driver - if there isn't one click on Update Driver and if offered the chance to search the Net, accept it.[/#000ff]
You could pull one stick and see if it makes a difference, then swap it for the other and try again. A Linux LiveCD would run in RAM only without impacting on the hard disk to eliminate that from your enquiries.