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post #1 of 10
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hey everyone,

i am just looking for your superb and very helpful assistance again.

well the problem is with my computer, it is having countless problems i dont know what it is down to hardware or software side, i was hoping you could tell me. well the problem i am going to describe as much as i possibly can, but if you need more information please post and i will try provide if possible [sometimes details maybe leftout, but i will do my best to be as descriptive as possible]

ok so the errors started when i got my new Graphics card, stick of ram and installed my Heat spreaders to the ram, about a month or 2 back. my system was running Windows XP Professional SP2, worked a charm didnt format for like a year or so, but because of the new hardware i thought possible good idea to do a new reformat and fresh install of windows. cant see where it could go wrong, dont get me wrong i did have some memory dumps on that atthe time but i think it was down to the RAM being hot. so anyway, backed up my stuff to the 2nd 80gig hdd i have in my computer and then started the fresh install of windows, installed windows and installed the drivers, software and updates using the same Windows XP Professional SP2 i had previously installed, then thats when the BSOD started coming.

the BSODS i have were:

PFN_LIST_CORRUPT
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
PAGEFAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
BAD_POOL_HEADER

along with BSOD saying my memory has been dumped a ntfs.sys issues and so on, and with some of the BSOD i couldnt see because the screen was covered with pixels all different colours and it spreads across the screen.

so this is maybe causing BSOD at a minium of 10 times a day, and i joke you not. you can probably understand how i am feeling, i do have a lot of patience as with all the avatars and stuff they require patience but i am starting to run out now.

so getting back on topic, i do another reinstall, halfway through reinstall restarts, so i format and do it again restarts, so i do it again, and then usually you get a screen telling you to specify the accounts, that screen did not come up it restarted and went to windows. when in windows the GUI was like safe mode GUI or even Windows 2000 GUI, so straight away i knew somthing wasnt right, so i think i will try it, possible somthing wrong with the default windows GUI, so i installed Style Xp [visual styles for windows XP] and loaded up the Windows XP default Visual Style, created my account and continued installing the drivers and software, got the errors though about things causing errors like Firefox has caused a error and has been shut down so i restarted. loaded up and restarted again just after the welcome screen, so i let it boot into windows, i get the message "Windows has just recovered from a serious error" everytime it reboots its the same thing, so ok maybe a dodge installation, so using the same windows XP cd i do another reinstall, which didnt work, ok so maybe the CD, i got myself a Windows XP Professional from school, borrowed i intend to return. done the installation, its ok now, but Blaster Worm and Firefox has caused a error and will be shut down.

i am out of ideas and have no idea what so ever. would really appriate if someone had a idea of what is wrong.

thanks for any help provided, much appricated.

Anjokid
post #2 of 10
Thread Starter 
Bump, i know its possibly against the rules but i may not be on for a few months if i cant get it fixed, please read and help if you can...
post #3 of 10
Bad OC maybe? Try and prime it and then run memtest86+ for a good couple hours
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Intel Q6600 @ 2.6 Ghz I forget. nVidia 8400 2GB DDR2 
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1x320GB, 1x750GB CD/DVD+-RW Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 & Arch Linux 64bit 19inch Acer X193W 
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1x320GB, 1x750GB CD/DVD+-RW Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 & Arch Linux 64bit 19inch Acer X193W 
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post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok cant prime no OS, and 2. had memtest on a CD but i cant seem to get that to work. it burned it off and it aint working and i have no other copy of it.
post #5 of 10
I suggest, installing windows on the second 80 gig hdd. The one that you backed up your data to. I'm sure you dont want to lose that data but at this point im sure you are pretty desperate. That way you will eliminate the hdd as the possible problem. Or try a different stick of ram, reformat and reinstall. That way you will eliminate the ram as the possible problem. It definetly sounds like it is the hdd or ram or both.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok i have like 63GB of stuff on it, but i think i can squeeze a OS on. if i need to replace the ram, am i better off going and getting DDR400 or getting AM2 motherboard processor?

i was thinkin of getting my paws on a

Amd Athlon64 X2 3800+
ASROCK dual SATA

shall i go AM2? i dont know i am just thinking if am going to have to replace the ram , and i was thinking of replaceing the motherboard and the processor is it worth going to AM2, i know the ram dd2 is cheaper than ddr sdram, for some bizarre reason, but i just need advice on how to fix it
post #7 of 10
I'd try to revert back to your previous situation as much as possible. Based on your description, my first suspect is RAM. Can't you download memtest, and put if on a floppy or CD?

Are you sure you did install those heatsinks properly? Maybe, just maybe it's touching something on those sticks that it should not.

Try this: remove heatsinks, use one RAM stick (the old one you know that works) and see if you have any luck.
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
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post #8 of 10
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ok i suppose i can give that a try.

any more information?
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
ok a lil update, the RAM is dead. thanks for all help
post #10 of 10
Good luck
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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