Multiple BSOD error screens

By Starfire
Sep 27, 2006
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  1. A few weeks ago I started to get multiple problems on my computer. Files corrupting everywhere. I am unable to transfer files without risking a BSOD. I keep getting 3 errors specifically. I get "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA", I get "BAD_POOL_CALLER", and I get "IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL_TO".

    I am running Windows XP Home Edition SP2. I think one of the problems might be the video card. I suspect another might be a bad RAM module but I have no way of knowing for sure that I know of. Is there a way to find out what is causing all this?
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

  3. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    How long does it normally take to run Memtest86? I have 640MB of PC100/133 SDRAM and the test is already run for nearly 90 minutes. It ran the "Pass" % bar all the way to 100% and then it went all the way back down to 0%. Now it's testing again. Is it supposed to do this?
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Yes, it continues on multiple loops. I'd recommend letting it run for 6 or 7 passes (takes a few hours).
  5. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Does it stop after a while or do you have to stop it yourself? Also, where do the results come up?
  6. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    It's been running for over 2 hours and it's still on the 1st pass.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Yes, it is a slow test and takes a long time. If you have a dated CPU then the test takes even longer. The test (as far as I know) never stops. It just keeps cycling over and over, and you have to stop it manually. 2 hours for 1 pass is a little long, but not impossible. I typically let it run for 6 or 7 passes, but with your CPU speed that would take a long time. How about letting it run overnight?
  8. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I stopped it after 2 passes with no errors. I can't leave the computer on overnight. My mom won't let me. Anyways, I opened my latest minidump file and it said that the probably cause was ntoskrnl.exe. Any idea what that is?
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

    Follow the link above (the one to Howard's post) and it gives instructions on how to post your minidumps on this site so someone can have a look at them.
  10. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I had 3 minidumps today. The last two were corrupted. The first was the only one I could access. I posted all 3 here.

    View attachment 9198

    View attachment 9199

    View attachment 9200

    Here are the errors I got today. I don't think they all match the minidumps.

    ERROR #1

    "BAD_POOL_CALLER
    STOP: 0x000000C2 (0x00000007, 0x00000CD4, 0x00000000, 0xE1BBB008)"

    ERROR #2

    "BAD_POOL_CALLER
    STOP: 0x00000019 (0x00000020, 0xE10F0000, 0xE10F0FE8, 0xFBFDFBFD)"

    ERROR #3

    Error Type Not Listed
    "STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x8054B339, 0xF6A5D8C4, 0x00000000)"

    ERROR #4

    "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
    STOP: 0x00000050 (0xE10D29D0, 0x00000000, 0xF88BF864, 0x00000001)
    Ntfs.sys - address F88BF864 base at F889F000, Datestamp 41107eea"

    ERROR #5

    "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
    STOP: 0x00000050 (0xE1061524, 0x00000001, 0x8054AE34, 0x00000001)"

    I hope this info helps.
  11. richardh754

    richardh754 Newcomer, in training

    Please can you help i also get blue screens on some games, the pc will just crash and i get error caused by device driver its driving me mad
     
  12. richardh754

    richardh754 Newcomer, in training

    Help

    Please help me, my pc keeps crashing on certain games it says error caused by device driver.

    Its doing my head in


    Thanks
  13. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,565

  14. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I got more errors today while transferring files from one drive to another. The first when I reported to Microsoft cause up as "Error caused by a video device driver". It tells me to upgrade to the latest driver, but I already have the latest driver from the ATI website. Here is the latest error I got:

    Error Type Not Listed
    "STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0xBF804996, 0xF667CDF8, 0x00000000)
    win32k.sys - address BF804996 base at BF800000, Datestamp 43446a58"
  15. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Now after this latest error, on reboot it looks like it's doing chkdsk and it's coming up with over a thousand of the following:

    "Bad links in lost chain cluster (cluster number) corrected"

    It has done this several times
  16. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

  17. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    I replaced the video card with a brand new video card of a different brand. It's still giving me a "video device driver error"
  18. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Is anyone going to help me?
     
  19. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

    The 3 readable dumps plus error #4 from post #10 are all caused by system files, which points to a hardware problem. As Windows is running chksdk at startup (and finding errors), and you're having trouble transferring files it could be the hard drive is dying. Download your HDD drive diagnostic utility from this LINK.

    Also, try to backup any files that you don't want to lose, and also post any newer minidumps.
  20. Starfire

    Starfire Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Here's the thing. The system hard drive is less than 6 months old. The hard drive getting corrupted files is also about the same ago. Both Seagate 160GB hard drives. I did something that MAY have solved the problem. I had my system HD connected to the primary device socket on my motherboard and I had the storage HD connected to the secondary slot through the CD-ROM socket. I had to do it this way because of the way my internals are physically located in the drive.

    Anyways, I managed to get some brackets and move the system HD to a place where I could connect them as Primary Master and Slave. I haven't gotten a BSOD in a while. The Data cables connecting the two different HD's to their respective sockets were different gauges. The one for the primary socket was AWG 30 and the one for the secondary was AWG 28. Could this have been the problem?
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