BSOD Dump help

By robert8
May 27, 2009
  1. Just recently getting a bsod on my dell dimension system. Can someone help me sort it out?

  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    Your error is 0x8E and these are almost always caused by hardware, though sometimes by drivers, and are especially a strong indicator of corrupted memory.

    Unfortunately your dump only cited a core Windows driver and these are too general to be of much help. So the first diagnostic step to try is to run Memtest on your RAM to see whether or not your RAM is the cause.

    See this link and follow instructions:

    Let it run for a LONG time. The rule is a minimum of 7 Passes but it doesn't hurt to run longer. There are 8 individual tests per Pass. Many people will start this test before going to bed and check it the next day.

    If you have errors you have corrupted memory and it needs to be replaced.

    Also, with errors you need to run this test per stick of RAM. Take out one and run the test. Then take that one out and put the other in and run the test. If you start getting errors before 7 Passes you know that stick is corrupted and you don’t need to run the test any further on that stick.

    *** Get back to us with the results.
  3. robert8

    robert8 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your quick response.
    There's a reference in the dump regarding my os starting with the /nobug option; what's that all about and should i change the switch to /debug?
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