Windows XP SP3 - Jesper's Workaround for Endless Reboot issue
While HP is working on a solution for the flawed IntelPPM driver used for certain AMD models, this neat solution will check for the presence of vulnerable PCs and disable the driver so that Windows XP SP3 can successfully load.
QUOTE: May 15, 2008 (Computerworld) A former Microsoft Corp. security manager has published a tool designed to detect and fix PCs that may be susceptible to "endless reboots" if updated to Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3).
Jesper Johansson, once a program manager for security policy at Microsoft and currently an MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) who works at Amazon.com, posted a link to the tool on his blog yesterday, beating his former employer and Hewlett-Packard Co. to the draw. Neither company has yet come up with a fix or patch for the weeklong snafu.
Johansson's small, 16K VBScript (Visual Basic Scripting Edition) file checks whether the PC is running a processor from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), and if so, examines the Windows registry to see if a device driver meant for Intel-based machines is set to load.
"If it is, it will offer you an option to disable it," said Johansson in an update to a blog post where he has been summarizing reports of Windows XP SP3 problems and offering solutions. Users can run the script from the command line to check multiple machines on a network, Johansson added.