....says the computer. Hello Everyone, It's been a while. I hope all is well. I've never encountered this one before. With the code 0x0000007B. The MS Knowledge base article says it could be a virus, a bad controller driver or third party software. In XP Home, sp 3 I mean. I scanned for viruses. I found some but now I believe they are gone. I even pulled out the drive and put it in another healthy pc as a second drive and scanned like that also. If it was a boot sector virus it would not boot at all, is that right? I did the scans in diagnostic startup from msconfig, which is sort of like safe mode, isn't it? There is no indication of a bad controller driver in device manager, so can I eliminate that also? Could not find any newer drivers for it anyway from dell or Intel anyway. That would leave me with third party software. So how would I now which one? I'm totally flabbergasted. Things seems to work fine in normal mode, internet and all. It sure would be nice to be able to boot to safe mode and do some more scanning in case there are some bad registry keys. It's a dell inspiron 6000 notebook, btw. Any help would be very educational and greatly appreciated. Looking forward.