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Windows 7: Dell Optiplex GX 280


20 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Dell Optiplex GX 280

Has anyone installed Windows 7 on a Dell Optiplex GX 280? I am trying to install and and I get as far as the initial "starting windows" where setup begins at, and I get

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}

Anyone know what is wrong?


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20 Aug 2009   #2

 

Press F8 during boot. Select Last Known Good Configuration. If this works, we will take it from there.
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20 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

How does that help? I don't want to go back to XP. I want to install Windows 7.

Am I missing something here?

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20 Aug 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nwebb View Post
How does that help? I don't want to go back to XP. I want to install Windows 7.

Am I missing something here?

Nwebb

Two things you can do while you are waiting for a response is to fill in your system specs (lower left corner) so we know what kind of hardware you have and tell us more abt the failed install. were you tryying to upgrade from xp to win 7, do a vlean install. was that 32bit or 64?

Ken
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20 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

The specs are as follows:

Intel Pentium 4, 3 GHz
1.5 GIGS of Ram
32 Bit.
This PC is Generic, standard dell hardware.

The error occurred when I was trying to do a clean install. I put the disk in and hit the key when it asked me if I wanted to boot from the CD. I hit a key, and then it showed the Windows 7 boot GUI and said starting windows. The screen then went black, then all blue with the error codes from above.
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20 Aug 2009   #6

 

Thank you, Ken. I mixed this OP in with the Gateway (page file?) issue. My post is invalid and does not apply.
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20 Aug 2009   #7

 

@Nwebb - please provide your Dell service tag number. This will allow us to access Dell's public resources pertaining to your specific machine. Not your bank accounts. ;-)
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20 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Exact Error reads:

STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
The initial session process or system processes termintaed unexpectedly with a status of
0x00000000 (0xc0000221 0x001003a8).
The System has been shut down.

The service tag number is 79JNF61
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20 Aug 2009   #9

 

No Vista drivers, even. We might have to get medieval.

Chipset
Intel Grantsdale


Latest BIOS A08 : Drivers and Downloads
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20 Aug 2009   #10

 

I have done some reading. It is not impossible for this to be related to the DVD or the DVD drive. The problem is: I don't think this vintage Dell will boot from USB.

We need another DVD burned, slowly. Do you have another DVD drive?
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