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BSOD's for a few months now... and corrupt directory message

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Problem: Been getting BSOD's and this message (http://i11.tinypic.com/2rxedl2.png [without the aim.exe part]) while using my comp.

*****Skip down to *** if you want to miss the interesting story that would probably help you in helping me!*****

It's finally winter break, so I can work on fixing my comp... Here's the story !

I build my comp back in summer '05, and it had been pretty good till a few months ago when my comp started to restart randomly. I reformatted, and the problem was still there. I bought the 150GB WD Raptor that I am currently using, and it still persisted. Microsoft kept on telling me that it was an error caused by device driver, and sometimes it said video device driver. Sometimes I even got that it was caused by a hardware failure (CPU, Mobo, RAM, or PSU were the things they list as potential reasons). Then my friend told me that I needed to change it so windows wouldn't just restart when a problem occurs, but it would also display the BSOD. I turned that feature on like a month ago, and I started writing down some of the BSOD's. I used this site to read what they meant in a sense: http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm

Anyway about a month ago i got a message on my screen similar to this (minus the aim.exe part) http://i11.tinypic.com/2rxedl2.png I restarted my computer, the chkdsk utility ran, and it deleted many of the corrupt files on my computer. Much of my music in My Music, files on my desktop (including a 7 page research paper -_-), and others were not able to be used anymore due to being corrupt. I lost a lot of stuff, but it wasn't too bad...

I decided to format again and had my other two drives unhooked even after installing windows (in case they were causing problems). I still got BSODs. I also got those corrupt directory messages as well.

On Dec 22, I remember plugging in my 200gb drive because I wanted some files from it. It was in a kinda shakey shape... After the windows logo, my screen would just stay black... I forgot what I did exactly, but it included restarting many times until the chkdsk utility finally ran (don't remember if it was ok after just running once). I was kind of scared, but all my files were there and working. I shut down my comp for the night. The next day, the black screen thing happened again... It took a long time for the chkdsk utility to run, and it was difficult for me to get into windows. Might have taken me a few times, but I finally got into windows and checked on my 200gb HDD (which is in 2 partitions of 50 and 136 GB). The 50GB portion was saying something like RAW. The 136 had one file in it, but said there was 134GB being used (as there should have been but the files were missing...). They were pretty much inaccessible... I got that corrupt directory message and restarted in hope of fixing it with chkdsk. Ran many chkdsk's... [http://i16.tinypic.com/2dc7atj.jpg]. When I was finally able to load into windows, I checked to find both partitions totally gone... I inserted my windows disk to format the 200gb drive, and I got this... [http://i11.tinypic.com/2qiok6w.jpg]. I was really sad... lost videos, movies, pics, documents, logs, many programs, etc I had been saving for 5 years from all my comps (still am depressed )

***START HERE IF YOU WANT TO SKIP THE STORY***

Since windows told me it was my video card, I tried using an old 2mb pci video card. I still got BSOD's (mainly the 8E one i think). I concluded that it probably isn't my video card. Then I ran memtest for 7hrs through my bios, and I got 0 errors. I concluded that it wasnt my memory. I think I am down to hard drive, processor, and motherboard. It's weird though... I feel like it would make sense to me that it is my hard drive, since I am getting those corrupt directory messages, but it's weird because I bought this 150gb raptor after I started having problems... my 200gb got totally corrupted 4 days ago (if you didnt read the story). I formatted today, and got the corrupt directory message as you can see in the first pic of the post. I get multiple BSOD's per day. They don't always say the same error code thing either. (I use this site to check them out, if you didn't read the story http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm). The most common ones are probably 50, 0A, 8E, and 4E. The last one I got was 4E, and the site says, "This indicates that the memory management Page File Number list is corrupted. Can be caused by corrupt physical RAM, or by drivers passing bad memory descriptor lists." But I passed memtest for 7hrs+ outside of windows... SO CONFUSED

What do you guys suggest? I am thinking about buying one of the following off of newegg: a new hard drive, the same motherboard, or an opty 165/170. I want to buy the one that is most likely causing the problem. If I replace that component, and the problem is still there, I guess I can return it, pay the 15% restocking fee, and try another one. As much as it would make sense that it is the hard drive, something tells me that it could be the motherboard, since I get a variety of errors... iono... AH... what to do....

EDIT READ #4!! It talks about how I have to be overclocked in order to enter windows at a stable state...
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def sounds like your mobo is on the outs do you know anyone who could let you borrow there system to test your components one by one. i mean if you put your setup on a diff mobo and everything works the problem is identified. did you try moving your mem to different slots in the mobo. you need to isolate the problem and if your getting lots of different codes well all info has to pass through your mobo so thats why i think its the problem. have you tried different drivers for your mobo
    
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Im going to assume that all of these problems are at stock settings, if that is indeed the situation then I would agree completely with an51r and say that chances are your motherboard is on its way South. My suggestions would be to go to your local hardware store, purchase an extremely cheap motherboard just to see if switching them out works, that way you dont have to worry about shipping, and you dont have to worry about the 15% restocking fee that the egg will charge.
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Thanks for the quick responses! Yes I agree that my motherboard could def be the problem... Something weird I forgot to mention is that I have my comp at 2.4ghz (from 2.0 stock). It is at 240 x10, with memory at 240mhz 2.5-3-3-7. I HAVE TO KEEP IT LIKE THIS LOL! When I turned off my overclock i could barely load windows... If I even made it to windows, my comp would crash within a minute. I am using the 623-3 bios, and I thought that reflashing it might fix the problem. Earlier this week I flashed my bios to 623-3 and cleared the CMOS, and I still couldn't load into windows at 2.0ghz. At 2.4ghz it was fine...
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150GB WD Raptor NEC DVD-RW (3520) Windows XP Pro / Windows 7 Pro Samsung T240HD 24'' LCD 
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150GB WD Raptor NEC DVD-RW (3520) Windows XP Pro / Windows 7 Pro Samsung T240HD 24'' LCD 
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Always remember upping your CPU voltage will give you stability,

You will need addequite cooling since CPU will be getting hotter ,

Try making your mobo / cpu the limiting factor on your OC,

Take down your memory speed as you increase fsb ,

gl,
    
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