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I picked up a Dell from a friend that worked fine when they gave it to me. I reformatted but then it would always hang at the login screen. Booted up a ubuntu disk and got a really weird error so I started to swap out components. Turned out to be bad memory. I replaced it with a spare stick and reformatted just fine. Installed the chipset and lan drivers and started windows updates. After the first round of updates it started a BSOD/restart loop after the windows loading screen, but if i choose "Last known good configuration" the machine will finish booting.

Any Ideas why?
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you already stated it in your titel.
DELL does not obey the laws of physics.

seriously: try to throw in an HDD with windows completely installed.
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I agree some what with chielscape. Try another hard drive it sounds like the one thats in there is going bad. Can you hear the HD spin up and down several times on startup? Possibly also a sound like marbles on concrete?
    
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