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Recently and now it happens every so often, my PC will crash mid-game. First a BSOD then hard disk error. Sometimes I'll go a week without it happening. Sometimes I resit the video card and tighten the screws around it along with the hard drive screws and it seems to make it better for a few days.

PC is on 24/7 pretty much. PC stats are in sig. I checked temp's and they are a bit high (38-40C idle and 50-51C with full load) for CPU, mobo slightly higher about 2-3C, and for the hard drives, the Seagate is pretty hot usually around 40-41c and the WD is around 32-34C. I guess airflow could be better but I don't think those temps are enough to crash periodically like that, are they?

I noticed it began to happen right around the time when I added another SATA hard drive to it. Which still has an old copy of Windows XP on it because I'm too lazy to format and had a lot of games which still work so I figured I'd not reinstall them.

I hope this isn't too confusing but basically, the new drive, a WD 160gig sata drive, is now the boot up drive with WindowsXP on it, but when I installed Windows, it was assigned drive letter F: and now my old hard drive, which still has Windows XP on it, is for storage and was assigned drive letter C: I know, I fail.

Would that possibly contribute to the cause of the BSOD/crashes? Or does anyone have any other ideas which may be causing this? Thanks in advance.
Edited by weedelf - 7/1/08 at 12:16pm
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post #2 of 5
OC'ing or the memory is bad. Unless the HDD is making strange noises or is acting painfully slow, I would check other parts first.

Also run memtest to see if the memory is not crapping up.
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I guess I'll run everything on stock for a week and see how that goes. Thanks.
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post #4 of 5
Have you checked your logs to see what errors the OS is showing? You can usually tell what file it hangs up on and what it relates to by doing that. I had a hard drive go bad and it did exactly the same thing you are talking about, I checked the error logs and it showed the HDD driver hanging.

It could be the OC or the memory like mentioned previously, in which case it might show a different error each time. Take a look, see what you find out.
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post #5 of 5
If it isn't the overclock or the memory causing the problem, try this:

start-> run

type cmd

in the command prompt type chkdsk

if you have any bad sectors or errors after the scan, type chkdsk /r
    
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