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I get a BSOD every time I try and boot into Windows, I get one on the loading bars.

I tried to formatt, Put the Windows CD in and it did that 'Windows is now loading files..' Then it did the green loading bars (like at boot) and it BSODs...

What about be up?

The RAM passes like 9 passes of Memtest.
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post #2 of 35
Have you tried just using 2 sticks.
I would say that your ram is in the fault
    
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post #3 of 35
try loading a different os? Boot ubuntu live or use another friend's windows cd.
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post #4 of 35
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I haven't tried, Nope. What makes you think it's the RAM, it's passed Memtest...

I haven't tried another OS... I could do though. I also have another HDD with Vista on, I can try that...

I was originally thinking it was the MOBO...
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post #5 of 35
start simple just boot with mobo, hdd, 1 ram stick and video.....

I had a faulty dvd drive once that would make windows loading crash. Just take it to the basics and go up from there.

Also you trying to boot in with all stock settings? you arent OC at the moment correct?


You could also load fail safe defaults in bios... it turns off usb and eithernet usually and other controllers just to see if maybe your having an issue with them and getting them to load.
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post #6 of 35
Its definitely the RAM...

Vista has a problem with more than 1 stick of RAM before SP1 is installed, so load windows and install Vista SP1 then shut down and install ur other stick and u shuld be fine
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post #7 of 35
sorry to break it to you dude. But its your RAM : I experienced the same scenario like 6 months ago. If it doesn't copy from the files on dvd it is certainly the RAM . I had the same problem and took me 3 days to figure out that it was the RAM. I tried installing xp on my computer again(because so many BSODs) but it would say copy error(along those lines).
post #8 of 35
Put the other Vista HDD you have in and run that. If you still get BSoDs, it probably is the ram.

Next step after eliminating the hdd is to run one or two sticks of ram as was suggested.
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post #9 of 35
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Thanks for the replies!

Yes, I'm booting with all stock settings.

I already have SP1 installed on the HDD I'm trying to boot from.

Could it be down to a fualty DVD Drive, would that cause BSOD's... I could try booting with it un-plugged?

The RAM has passed many passes with Memtest, I thought that Memtest was reliable, No?

Thanks again!
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post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by mjones1052 View Post
Its definitely the RAM...

Vista has a problem with more than 1 stick of RAM before SP1 is installed, so load windows and install Vista SP1 then shut down and install ur other stick and u shuld be fine
Not true, I have Vista Ultimate WITHOUT SP1 and I have 2 sticks of RAM in.
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