Uh-oh 'blue' screen of death on Windows 2000 Professional
Have an older IBM-type clone which worked OK for 3+ years running Windows 2000 Professional software. Also have installed SPY-BOT, AVG anti-virus, & SystemShield & SystemMechanic from IOLO.COM. System has 3 hard drives, CD-ROM. System info shows
Processor: X86 Family 6 Model 6 Stepping 2, authentic AMD
Windows version: 5.0 build number 2195 service pack 4
Total memory 512MB Free memory 90MB
Also use mainly Mozilla Firefox browser & Opera browser which are both up-to-date. Could NOT install Google Chrome due to incompatibility with 2000Pro. IE6 will load & update windows software but not allow installing updated IE versions due to incompatibility.
Had very few problems & surfed the internet daily with Wi-Fi adapter via USB port. All of a sudden after the browser had been running for a while, the 'blue' screen of death appears and this is the message:
***STOP BAD_POOL_CALLER beginning dump of physical memory. Physical memory dump complete. Contact your system administrator or technical support group.***
I do NOT have the Windows 2000 Professional CD or installation disk as I got this computer from a friend, very reasonable. I cannot afford to tie up much money to repair. If I spend a lot of money, I would rather just get a newer system at a pawn shop, etc. I am on limited income & budget, being retired. I am fairly good with technical details.
I would prefer to upgrade to Windows Vista which is what I have running on my laptop since I can't afford Windows 7 software.
Any ideas would be appreciated as to how to solve this dilemma or remedy my 'blue' screen errors so the system will run as it did in the past, although having a slow processor. I've seen pretty cheap software CD's on eBay but they are for 'educational' or 'school' applications. I do not qualify in that regard, but do run a personal online ministry on a shoe-string budget.
I've looked into GNU/Linux & Ubuntu FREE software via FSF.ORG but have never installed this optional software, having always used Microsoft before.
Thanks in advance for any advice, ideas, or solution.