I've formated and reinstalled Win XP Pro recently but i keep getting a stop:0x0000008E error. This is not the only problem though. Sometimes Internet Explore freezes up, i can't open some folders and the system is quite unstable even in a clean installation. Maybe it's bad ram or a faulty hard disk. Any other ideas of what causes this stupid BSOD? Thanks
Ordinary applications can't crash the system like that. It's either the operating system or a driver, I think, but from the sound of it, your hardware is borked and is probably flipping random bits causing crashes.
During the installation process i get a ini910.sys BSOD on top of the stop:0x0000008E error. The XP installation cd is full of scratches. Can this be the reason for the BSOD error? I hope that the problem lies in faulty ram, and it is not a mobo or CPU related error!
Chances are its RAM, but it's also nearly as likely to be Motherboard. I see this error a lot while working on customers computers... and it's usually RAM or Mobo... I've also seen this from bad hard drives, and once a video card was causing it.
CPUs rarely fail... I've seen less than 10 faulty CPUs in the last 13 years.