Hey folks. You are all gems here and I've been reading this technical forum for months without ever signing up, but now I've finally come to a point that I need to defer to your awesome wisdom. Sigh!
I've got two laptops (Dell PP06L, and Gateway) which have unfortunately come under the grip of (what I'm assuming is) the virtumonde virus. Having lost my original XP recovery disk, I ordered another one off ebay and, while waiting for it to come in the mail, the virus killed both laptops. Full BSoD. (I blame the husband, but who knows how it got to both laptops.) I tried curing the computers using this forum when they were both functional, but the bugger was persistent and I couldn't get it off. Now neither will boot at all.
The Dell BSoD doesn't even give a reason other than the STOP error being "0x00000024 (0x00190203, 0x82765a80, 0xc0000102, 0x00000000)". I have tried starting in the three various safe modes (regular, networking, command prompt) and get the BSoD. I tried Last known config, got BSoD. Changed the BIOS settings to read the CD/ROM drive first and inserted the Windows XP install disk, and it visibly reads the drive (i can see the yellow CD rom light working, blinking cursor on the screen), but then doesn't seem to want to load anything because then it goes to the "we're sorry, windows didn't load properly" screen asking me to load Safe mode or start windows normally. Nothing is seeming to work.
Any thoughts? Anything I can try? I'm fine reformatting, but I'm not fine just tossing the computers out the window, you know? There must be SOMETHING I can do. *nail bite* Halp!