Microsoft XP SP3 cripples some PCs with endless reboots

#2
If i could find my tinfoil i'd make a hat and suggest that it is intentional.

Sure you don't want that shiny new copy of Vista mate?
Oh look, your rig is fooked.
 
#4
Tin foil hat firmly on. Sticking with SP2 for now.

This initial vista is going to be the new ME, one operating system to just give a miss.
 
#6
First attempt to install SP3 failed (no idea why, no error message). Went back to it 24hrs later, went in no probs.

(HP and AMD machine)
 
#7
According to Johansson, there appears to be two separate issues. One affects only AMD-equipped PCs sold by Hewlett-Packard Co. "The problem is that HP, apparently along with other OEMs, deploys the same image to Intel-based computers that they do to AMD-based computers," said Johansson. "Because the image for both Intel and AMD is the same, all have the intelppm.sys driver installed and running. That driver provides power management on Intel-based computers. On an AMD-based computer, amdk8.sys provides the same functionality."

Running the intelppm.sys driver on an AMD-powered PC isn't normally an issue, but on the first reboot after a service pack installation, it causes "a big problem," Johansson said. The machine either fails to boot or crashes and immediately reboots.
Do I need to worry enough to have the quote translated? AMD, but not HP.
 

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