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BSoD frequently

By cbkg11
Jun 12, 2009
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  1. Umh.. So, I have had a lot of BSoD's on my XP SP 3, and on Win7. Atm I have XP SP3 installed, so now I will try to fix this for sure.

    First off, I have updated my video card driver and my audio driver from my manufactors website (XFX), and still I get this error.

    CPU: Intel Core2 Quad CPU @ 2,40GHZ
    Motherboard: XFX NFORCE 680I LT SLI INTEL SOCKET 775 DDR2
    Ram: Dont remember the speed, but 4 sticks each @ 1 GB. Relative new ones (1 year).
    GPU: GF 8800GT 600M 512MB DDR3 DUAL DVITVPCIE
    PSU: Umh.. Model number: NQ-4775-700 , 700 Watt
    OS: Windows XP x86 DANISH SP3, dont know the build

    So, I do not know how to upgrade my BIOS, but I do not think it is that important.

    I got through some tuts and one of them told to install SpeedFan, so did I.

    Here I think the tempatures are really high, but I am not sure, here it goes:

    GPU: 55C
    System: 19C
    CPU: 47C
    AUX: 37C
    HD0: 37C
    Core 0: 60C
    Core 1: 51C
    Core 2: 60C
    Core 3: 51C

    At this moment I do not have any games or so running.

    Also it is always when I play games like The Sims 3 or Warcraaft III, that my computer gets BSoD!

    Do not know if that is important, but I think so. Also I have a minidump of the BSoD if nessasary, attached.

    Another thing, my system did not crash the first year, but in the last couple of months it happend frequently. Actually happend because of reinstalling Windows, so might be a driver problem.

    Please let me know.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Your temperatures are not hot enough to be a problem... if you cooling fans work ok.
    BIOS would not normally be a cause... but could be as an unaddressed hardware item can result in BSOD just because the computer, OS, CPU or whatever is not dealing with a known issue. You can tell more by reading what the BIOS update fixes.
    I would lay it on a memory module, CPU fan, or other cooling fan, or hard drive error. Not much else left to blame.
  3. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the reply. After I posted this thread, I would clean my RAM, but now when I turn on the computer, the monitor does not show anything. Dear lord, let this be easy to solve :(
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Tell us your hard ware configuration by brand and model... let us pick it apart based on our experiences...
  5. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My specifications is listened above. If my RAM are plugged wrong, can this be caused? Hmm, do not know what else could have caused this :s
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    No, if your RAM were plugged in incorrectly, it would not work at all.

    Has it been working fine for a long time until now? Or is it new?
  7. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It has been working ever since I built it for a year ago. Everything runs, except there is no video signal. Even the GPU fan is working.

    It has been working untill I messed with the memory short time ago. Got any clue? :(
  8. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Also I unplugged some light-accessory, but I dont think that makes any diffrence?
  9. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    what do you mean "messed with the memory"?
  10. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I took the RAM out and cleaned it. When I replugged it, there was no output from the computer.
  11. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    how did you clean it?
     
  12. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I used a towel - very gentle.
  13. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    you probably created the very little amount of static electricity needed to fry your ram.
  14. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    did you ground yourself before touching the ram? you should always use compressed air for electical components.
  15. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    I have also seen people press to hard while reinstalling the ram card and cracking the mobo....hope this did not happen.
  16. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I learned that touching metal before touching inside components, so I touched the metal on the computer before going inside. Also it was a paper-towel or what it is called
  17. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    There is light on the mobo, do not know if this still can had happend:s
  18. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    if you have more than 1 ram, try taking one out at a time and boot up. you can also download memtest86, a great testing utility for ram. regardless of grounding yourself, you should never wipe down the ram. also, make sure the ram is seated properly.
  19. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have been taken all the RAM out and reseated it one by one. Umh, my computer cannot display anything, so I cannot use memtest.

    I read about taking out the battery solved this for some, is this safe to do?
  20. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    this will reset CMOS, if the computer is more than 3-4 yrs. old, you might think about buying a new one. Based on what you have told me about the ram, I would point in that direction. if you have an onboard speaker, in most cases it should beep if the battery was hosed, but the cheapest item to swap first.
  21. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My computer is one year old. I have onboard speaker (i guess).

    Thanks for the help :( I think I am on my own from now
  22. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    good luck....
  23. maestromasada

    maestromasada TS Rookie Posts: 97

    Try re-setting the CPU, remove it very gently and plug it back again. Also clean with a newspaper paper (make sure there is no ink, could be the edges of the newspaper) the copper bit of the RAM. You must also have a jumper to reset the BIOS, do that as well.
    So, what a recommend is:
    -Remove CPU and put it back again. Turn on pc without RAM
    -Insert one chip only whose copper conductor have been clean.

    One more question, did you remove the power cable from your PSU at the time of removing the RAM, there should be no power going to the mobo when you touch it.
  24. spehling

    spehling TS Rookie Posts: 90

    at your own risk.
  25. cbkg11

    cbkg11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    maestromasada: I did not touch the CPU at all, and I find the CPU-thing tricky, so I will leave that thing alone. I'll try to start without the RAM in the machine, it should give me some beeps? Also, I always unpower the machine when I touch inside parts.
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