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  • An attempt was made to execute non-executable memory

    Yep!  this is the STOP message (on the infamous blue screen) I get whenever I plug in an external drive, either a memory stick (not always) or my new Freecom XXS - 160gb (everytime). I have seen old threads on this but no particular solution. Does anyone have any clues?

    I have tried updating the bios and various drivers (from DELL) but the problem persists.

    DELL Dimension 9100 1gb RAM 160GB HD


  • As I suspected, this appears to be a Windows XP problem, and may be with a service pack according to what I found doing a google search for the problem.  One suggested fix is to run Windows XP "Repair".  HERE is the repair procedure from Microsoft.

    From one post:

    "just sorted this problem heres how its not a memory problem..its windows update sevice pack, using system restore with erd will not work,nor chkdsk in recovery console you have to run windows over the top,choose repair ,then reactivate and away you go with nothing lost this was on a newish dell"

    I am not a Dell Employee

    Dell forum member since 2002

    Dell Inspiron 15 - 5577 Laptop

    Home Built Desktop PC with ASUS Z170, i7 6700K CPU

    Windows 10 64 bit Pro and Windows 10 Insider Program Beta Versions. SSD drives.  Studio One 3 Recordng Studio Software.

    Dell SE2717HR 27" Monitor


    Member of Nashville based R.O.P.E.

  • Thanks for your help - I have now sorted the problem. I was unable to use the repair procedure because I don't  have an XP CD and Dell's system restore looked a bit drastic. BUT your mention of Service pack gave me a Clue. the Solution was as follows.

    Step 1 - Using Add/Remove Programs, remove Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

    Step 2 - Restart at the prompt and when rebooted wait while IE explorer throws a wobbly and then realise it has backtracked to Version 6 (was 7)

    Step 3 - Kill off multiple instances of IE, then re-install IE Version 7

    Step 4 - Restart at the prompt, after reboot plug in Freecom Hard Drive and Hey presto !! all is now working fine.

    Thanks for your help


  • Good information but it appears I'll have to reinstall my OS and everything way to get past the blue screen of death....