BSOD and Freezing Despite Best Efforts

By SaintAvi
Feb 4, 2010
  1. Hey guys, first I want to thank anyone who takes the time to help me out.

    I've had this problem for a month or two now, the computer would randomly
    restart itself, after several times, not knowing better I suspected perhaps
    the installation of Windows had become corrupted, I reinstalled it several times,
    that didnt help so I figured perhaps the HD had finally conked out, I replaced it,
    the problem still persists.

    I came upon the site and followed all of the preliminary steps to try before posting,
    ran the memtest [came back fine], removed components to dust off with compressed
    air, swapped the ram around but still no luck.

    The specs of my system are...

    500 Watt Power Supply
    Asus M2N SLI Deluxe Motherboard
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro Heatsink
    4 GB Corsair Ram 4x 1gb sticks
    256MB eVGA NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT
    On-Board Integrated Realtek Audio, 7.1 Channel Support
    16x Lite On DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
    16x DVD/48x CD-RW Lite On Combo Drive
    Floppy Drive & Media Reader 8-in-1 Floppy Drive & Media Reader Combo
    WMP54G Linksys WiFi PCI Adapter
    Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2

    I've attached a bunch of the last minidumps.

    Thanks again, this computer is only about 3-4 years old and with college starting
    up, I need it to be back to it's old self. Any help is much much appreciated.

    Attached Files:

  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Five of your latest minidumps were read and four of them report error 0xD1. These are usually caused by faulty drivers.

    The driver cited is the Windows OS miniport driver ndiswan.sys and normally OS drivers are too general to be of much help. However, in your case the opposite is probably true.

    There are many types of NDISWAN miniports. NDISWAN miniports are used with ISDN, Frame Relay and X.25 to provide dial-up networking. Ndiswan.sys is a Microsoft driver that provides Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP encapsulation), compression, and encryption. Ndiswan.sys communicates with the Routing and Remote Access service.

    Couple this with the fact that in all four minidumps it was also reported that the driver RT2500.sys was unable to load. This is a Linksys wireless network adapter driver.

    *** Since you have reinstalled Windows several times and the issues have not ceased Windows does not appear to be your problem but your NIC card. Either a) update your Lynksis wireless drivers or b) there is the possibility the card itself is bad; but try updating the drivers first.

    Your one other error is 0x50 and it cited the Nvidian display driver nv4_disp.dll as the cause of your issue but see first if the updated wireless drivers corrects your problem.
  3. SaintAvi

    SaintAvi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the response Route44

    Ill see what can be done about the drivers, I have 2 of these cards and suspected that possibly it may
    have been the problem.

    I've tried swapping the cards and the BSOD's still occur, I am currently running the most up to date
    drivers for the card, I'll try to sniff out some older ones.
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