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Large variety of BSODs on XP

By GJF588
Jun 18, 2011
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  1. Hello,

    For a few months now I have been getting a lot of BSODs. I have attached an image that lists them all since I last reformatted (I was getting them before I did that as well). The errors are seemingly random. Some times it crashes when I am AFK and it is just idling. I have my PC on for several hours every day, some days it doesn't crash at all, but most days it crashes at least once.

    My specs:
    Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe
    AMD Athlon XP 3200+
    nVidia FX5500 AGP
    1.5 GB RAM
    Windows XP Professional SP3

    I have already run 7 passes of memtest86+, no errors were found. Due to the large variety of causes described in the BSODs, I have no idea where to go from here. Hopefully someone can help as it's driving me insane :(

    Thank you in advance.

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  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Unfortunately the .gif image is too small to read and what is needed to do an analysis is about 6 of your last minidump files. Follow this guide to post them as an attachment.

  3. GJF588

    GJF588 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It's 1727px by 1807px...
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    You misunderstood, it's a big image but when I open it on screen I see all of it on one page so the writing is too small to read. I have attached what I see this end. On full zoom I can just read it, a mixed bag of errors normally indicates a RAM fault.

    Nevertheless, I need to have the minidumps to properly analyse the problem not just a list of errors from Blue Screen View, it does not give enough information.

    I appreciate you have run Memtest but that does miss minor errors. The best test is to run the PC on one stick at a time to see if the problem continues, if it does then try another memory stick, and so on, to test them all individually. I suspect you will find you only get errors on one of the sticks.

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  5. GJF588

    GJF588 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've attached an assortment of dumps that all have different bug check strings. If you want more, let me know.

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  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Just from those 9 minidumps I can conclude it is a hardware fault and most likely to be your RAM. Forget about using Memtest, as I said earlier it does miss minor faults and as your system up time in most of the minidumps is 3 hours plus I would suspect it is just a small glitch in one of the sticks. Follow this routine to give them a thorough test. I suspect you will only get further BSOD's with one of the sticks. There are other possible causes but this is by far the most likely.

  7. GJF588

    GJF588 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help, I'll do that and see how it goes over the next couple of days. I really hope it's just a dust problem as I don't want to have to be buying replacement RAM for such an old system. If not, I hope it's one of the 8 year old 256MB sticks and not the 4 year old 1GB stick. I think I could get by on 1.25GB, but not 512MB :( We'll see.
  8. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    Let us know how it goes and if you do need to replace any sticks I would go for one of the big names like Kingston who guarantee their sticks for life.
  9. GJF588

    GJF588 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    All the RAM is Corsair - 2x256MB TWINX matched pair and 1GB Value Select. Do you happen to know what Corsair's warranty was on these products back in 2004 and 2007 respectively? Was it a lifetime one back then?
  10. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,271

    I honestly don't know you would have to look it up on the manufacturers site. I think lifetime guarantees on RAM is a fairly recent thing.
  11. GJF588

    GJF588 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah, that's what I would guess also. Anyway, I will follow your advice, see what results I get and then proceed from there :)
     


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