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I keep getting the dreaded "Blue Screen" Machine_check_Error", and I don't know what to do next. I moved from Anchorage to Phoenix with my computer in the car in a suitcase so I know it didn't get bumped around. BUT !!! When I turn it on, in a few minutes of either surfing, nothing, or playing, the comp shuts down with the same error message. I ran the numbers on the screen to MS but they were no help. I checked the ram, pulled all but one or had them all in, same problem. my PS is the most suspect right now. It's an Antec 550W cranked all the way up and it reports being within .03 V. of max on the 12 V. 1.5 is 1.5 and the 3.3 is a touch low at 3.27. So I think I will have to replace the PS if you all agree. I've changed the MB from DFI-nF4 Ultra-D back to an ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe and still get the same blue screen. I bought and installed a new HD, fresh OS, I tried 64 Bit XP Professional, Home Edition XP, and now I have XP Pro installed. I now have the ASUS in so the chipset is v6.65 and Bios is 1016. I pulled ALL of the cards out, ran only the 7800 GTX with the original driver and then the latest from the net. New chipset drivers, new bios, new MB, ONE stick of memory, or 2 then 4, new OS, cranked the PS to max and I STILL get the "blue screen".
Could it be the PS being an RCH low causing the blue screen??? And if it is, which PS do I buy, an 850W? 1000?
    
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Is your system overclocked? Remove the overclock. Does the issue still remain? Can you remove the video card and install another one, even if it is an old PCI one. Since you have the same issues with two boards you can rule out the busses and concentrate on the peripheral hardware. Can you replace the DRAM with a single 512 stick (not one of the four sticks) and retest? ( I doubt the Dram after your testing but one never knows after a move).
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my PS is the most suspect right now. It's an Antec 550W cranked all the way up and it reports being within .03 V. of max on the 12 V. 1.5 is 1.5 and the 3.3 is a touch low at 3.27. So I think I will have to replace the PS if you all agree.
I may not be the most experienced to say for sure, here.... but those power supply specs don't look too suspect.
You're so close to spec that I wouldn't think it's what's causing your problems.

ATM, I'm with Ropey: if you've got any OCs, step them down and see if that's an issue (especially after such a big move!) and gets things cleared up.
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Is your system overclocked? Remove the overclock. Does the issue still remain? Can you remove the video card and install another one, even if it is an old PCI one. Since you have the same issues with two boards you can rule out the busses and concentrate on the peripheral hardware. Can you replace the DRAM with a single 512 stick (not one of the four sticks) and retest?
( I doubt the Dram after your testing but one never knows after a move).


NO overclocking at all. Yes I can borrow my kids 6600 video card and use one of his 1 gig mem sticks, no more 512 sticks around. But I've tested these to death already.

My two cents is this, I cranked up the Truepower 550 on all three supplies, the 1.5, 3.3 and the 12 to max output. The Voltage says it's close, but doesn't these PS need to have amps enough to push the voltage through??? I don't have a way to check the amps its producing, and when I did crank it all the way the voltages remained the same but the fan speed increased and the persistent "evil blue screen" seemed to diminish, not go away, but less often. But a new 850 W. PS ain't cheap. I won't even think of OC till this sucker is stabilized. I am NOT using the SLI feature, I have it in single card mode but one day I might go back and use two cards. (I used to run two 6600's but one 7800 GTX is much better) Imagine what two 7800 GTX's would do.
    
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Dude,

I've had a few incidents like that in the past. Get a clean piece of paper(preferably white). Grab all your memory modules and clean out the gold-like contacts by letting a fold of the bond paper clean both sides of the contact. Do this with all your mem modules. Then fold another piece of paper so that it is almost as thick as the memory modules and run it through the memory slots on your mobo. You will find that a lot of carbon deposits and dust are imprinted on those bond papers.

I hope this does it for you. Others like to use erasers for this
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Possibly you can make use of your kids power supply as well for testing purposes.
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1. Why do MACHINE_CHECK_ERRORs come with codes but you can't trace the codes to any specific piece in your computer?

2. No I can't use my kids PSU it isn't powerful enough.

3. And the memory checks out fine and the MB slots are clean, I used two different boards and got the same blue screen so it's not the slots on the MB. But thanks for trying.
    
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1. Why do MACHINE_CHECK_ERRORs come with codes but you can't trace the codes to any specific piece in your computer?
What is your complete Machine Check Error? There should be a memory dump address space and halt exception code. What are they?
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What is your complete Machine Check Error? There should be a memory dump address space and halt exception code. What are they?
I'll get those to you asap!
    
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What is your complete Machine Check Error? There should be a memory dump address space and halt exception code. What are they?
MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION


STOP: 0X0000009C (0X00000004, 0X80545FF0, 0XB2000000, 0X00070F0F)
    
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