19th Apr 2012 07:15pm
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I myself have just came across this problem on my laptop. I decided to update my BIOS by flashing it and at first I thought "Ahhh, this seems all fine", it did it and rebooted automatically. I thought "Well that was quick and easy". The BIOS loading screen came up, then I saw the Windows XP loading screen, then boom. The wonderful quick glimpse of the BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). I tried in Safe Mode, nothing. Last Known Good Configuration, nothing. That was it... I was balls'd.

However upon starting in Safe Mode again, I noticed it say "Error Loading sptd.sys". Now from what I know, sptd.sys is something to do with Daemon Tools, so I didn't press anything during Safe Mode and hey presto Windows XP loaded. I logged in as Administrator and went to my Control Panel and Uninstalled Daemon Tools (and/or Daemon Tools Toolbar). After uninstalling that, I decided to search my drivers folder (C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers) and deleted sptd.sys (You may have to goto Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> [Tick] Show hidden files and folders (and also the same for Hide protected operating system files)).

Once that was done, I simply rebooted as normal and the operating system loaded up absolutely fine - along with the updated BIOS too. I hope that helps anyone that's still having problems with this.


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26th Jul 2012 20:49

Though my problem was easier, in that I could bootup in safe mode, it was your lead that help me to resolve the problem. I renamed the sptd.sys to dogit.sys, rebooted and I was up and running.

Having 2 similar (not identical) pcs both running Xp Prof, I figured I'd take a copy of the sptd.sys file from pc2 and paste it onto pc1. To my surprise pc2 had no sptd.sys driver.
Not sure what device or device emulator needed it on pc1, but being able to boot up normally gives me a shoot at finding out when the time comes. In the mean time my wife is back up and running!!!!
Thanks again

By ed


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