BSOD from last two weeks

By Rookie321
Nov 2, 2011
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  1. Hi guys, my system configuration is

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual Core 5200+, 2.71 Ghz, 2 GB RAM and a 250 GB HDD
    OS : Windows XP SP2

    2 weeks ago all of a sudden I started getting a black screen before the xp could start later I changed the RAM slot and cleared the dust accumulated. Now the OS is installed but system reboots every now and then(sometimes 2mins since login and 20 mins max) since last 2 weeks, the reason which I'm yet to figure out.

    I disabled the automatic restart option and now these are some of the messages I'm getting at the BSOD alternatively :

    PFN_LIST_CORRUPT
    IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
    SPECIAL_POOL_DETECTED_MEMORY_CORRUPTION
    PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGEABLE_AREA

    In addition to this some of the software such as firefox, IE and vlc player crash suddenly too. Firefox being the most frequent (thats because i've been using it more I guess)

    Please let me know any solutions for this or if any more info needed.

    Attached Files:

  2. Rookie321

    Rookie321 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

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    I've attached 5 recent minidump files here
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,117   +23

    We want you to run Memtest on your RAM.

    1. Go to www.memtest.org and download the latest ISO version which is 4.20. It is free and perfectly safe.

    2. Burn ISO to a CD.

    3. Place CD in your drive and reboot with CD in drive. (You might have to place your drive as first bootable in your BIOS) The test will take over.


    There is a Tutorial: How to use Memtest in our Guides and Tutorials forum; follow the instructions. There is a newer version than what is listed; use the newer. If you need to see what the Memtest screen looks like go to reply #21. The third screen is the Memtest screen.

    Step1 - Let it run for a LONG time. The rule is a minimum of 7 Passes (not hours; this test is not measured by hours); the more Passes after 7 so much the better. The only exception is if you start getting errors before 7 Passes then you can skip to Step 2.

    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.

    Step 2 – Because of 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.


    *** If Memtest shows no errors then find the voltage specs of your RAM and compare it to the voltage setting in your BIOS. Do they match?
  4. Rookie321

    Rookie321 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Memtest Query

    Hi, I downloaded memtest86+-4.20.iso zip file and first extracted it to find another zip file mt420 . I extracted this one too to find a read me file and a boot folder which i burnt to an empty dvd using Ashampoo Burning Studio and later made the changes in the bios to boot from cd. But still it returned to windows as usal only difference being it showed that it is booting from cd/dvd.

    Later I burnt the zip file directly and tried the result being the same, so as of now I need help as to how i can boot with cd/dvd so as to run the memtest.


    Thanks,


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