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AppEvent.Evt / Delayed Writer Failed Error

By joehorror
Jul 20, 2009
  1. Hey Guys! So a few weeks back I was having some major issues with my comp and I figured it was time to start replacing parts in my Dimension 3000. I replaced the 512mb memory for 1GB chips, my 160mb HDD for a 500mb HDD and the stock power supply and CPU fan.

    Anyhow, new hardware is in and I'm still getting the same issues. My comp locks up and I get an error notice, Delayed Write Failed. Then I'm forced to either restart the comp or I get a BSOD. I normally get the Delayed Write Failed error when I'm running a program that takes alot of memory.

    Help? I'd hate to see this brand new HDD get trashed. I have no idea what could be causing these errors and I don't know where to start.
     
  2. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    check whether the "Enable write caching on disk" is turned on. If it is, turn it off.
     
  3. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Done and done. I'll be sure to hit this thread up if the issue persists.
     
  4. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    Are you saying it was 'on' and you turned it 'off' or was it already 'off'? :confused:
     
  5. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    It was checked (on) and I unchecked (turned it off). Unfortunately after rebooting and running my DVD Decrypter to rip a DVD, the comp crashed again with this info.

    Delayed Write Failed

    \Device\HarddickVolume1\Windows\system32\config\AppEvent.Evt
     
  6. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    This one is going to take a little studying. I know this error happens (although it shouldn't) on external drives. Now I am assuming you are using Windows XP, (correct me if I'm wrong) is the DVD external or are you using an external drive of some sort. Also, you say you're rippinng a DVD which means you're writing to the Hard drive, hopefully it's just a driver for the hard drive. You also say you use a program that takes a lot of memory, what are your system specs and what is your pagefile size?
     
  7. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    1. Windows XP Pro SP3
    2. I was ripping a DVD from my internal DVD burner/drive. I do use an external drive though. I started using it after my comp began crashing and before I swapped out all my hardware.
    3. I was ripping the disc to my HDD.

    I'll get the full specs for my comp for you shortly. I can tell you that I swapped out my 512MB RAM for 1GB RAM and my WD 160GB HDD for a 500GB HDD.
     
  8. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Okay here are the specs:

    Dell Dimension 3000:
    2GB RAM
    Disk Drive WDC (465 GB, IDE)

    I also use an external WD HDD 1TB Elements 20.
     
  9. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    Any idea of what I may be able to run to diagnose what might be the cause of this issue? I can't really pinpoint when it started happening (before the new HDD) but it was either during my switch from IE to Firefox (I know that sounds stupid), when I started using USB memory sticks and when I loaded up a Blackberry info management program. I'm still using the mem-sticks and Firefox, I never reinstalled the Blackberry program with this new HDD so I've been able to rule that out.
     
  10. strategic

    strategic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,020

    CHeck your drivers on the manufacturers support page to see if there are any known issues-there may be updates. Another possibility would be the cable. Memory could also cause this, but if you say the error came up before swapping memory, I doubt it. Maybe you should do a memtest anyway to rule it out. http://www.techspot.com/vb/all/windows/t-62524-Tutorial-How-to-use-Memtest.html . Disabling write caching didn't help, so re-enable it.
     
  11. joehorror

    joehorror TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 40

    I'll do a mem test. I also re-enabled caching. The error did indeed happen again as well. The code was:

    \Device\HarddiskVolume1\$Mft
     
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