My computer keeps restarting I have minidumps

By midnightair
Sep 10, 2006
  1. Hey guys,

    I need some help with my computer. My computer keeps randomly restarting. I hear you are legendary at reading minidumps. I zipped up about 4 of my minidumps and they are attached, and I'm wondering if any you guys could take the time to see what's wrong. I didn't change any of my hardware since I built my computer about a month and a half ago. It's been restarting about everyday for the past 3 weeks. All of my BSOD's have different errors everytime and it's really starting to get to me. I appreciate your help in advanced!

  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Could you post the specs of your pc including psu.
  3. midnightair

    midnightair TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Specs and etc.

    Here are the specs for my home-built PC.

    Asus M2N-e Motherboard Socket AM2
    4200+ dual core AMD Socket AM2
    512 MB Gigabyte Radeon X1900XT
    X-Fi Audigy Soundcard
    510 Watt PC Power & Cooling (capable of reaching 650 W)
    2 - 1 GB each Corsair DDR2
    1- 250 GB Western Digital HD SATA (currently on SATA 1)
    DVD drive NEC (currently on cable select as master)
    3.5" Floppy Sony
    XP Professional (just updated to Service Pack 2)
  4. sultan_emerr

    sultan_emerr TS Rookie Posts: 61

    Go to control panel/ system / advanced Tab/ startup and recovery box/ settings button/ sytem failure and uncheck "restart on system failure" ( take the check out of automatically restart box ) , and check the Write a system event, and the Admin alert boxes (check "send admin alert") and then check "create log file" (record of what when wrong and where). This will force a BSOD on the next crash (freezes/restarts = crashing) that posts the Stop Error Code. On the next crash write down the Stop Error Code and post that here back on this thread.

    Also check in your event viewer for error messages. Go to Control Pannel/Admin tools/Computer Managment/Event Viewer/ and click on System, and see the list of Info, Warnings and errors/ click on the "error" message and post here what it says and any links it gives.
  5. midnightair

    midnightair TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have been saving all of these BSOD's for a while, here they are. Like I said before, there are a LOT of them and they don't even seem to corralate.

    ***STOP: 0X000000C2 (0X00000003, 0x874C49C0, 0x8A3FA9C0)

    ***STOP: 0X0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x8060BF2B, 0x9138597C, 0x00000000)

    ***STOP: 0X0000008E (0xC000001D, 0x805742D2, 0xBA06BC40, 0x00000000)

    ***STOP: 0X0000008E (0x80000004, 0x80544B9B, 0xBACFFCB8, 0x00000000)


    ***STOP: 0x000000D1 (0x00000F18, 0x00000002, 0x00000000, 0x805FAA75)


    ***STOP: 0x00000019 (0x00000020, 0xE4626BD0, 0xE4626C30, 0x0C0C0401)


    ***STOP: 0x00000044 (0x87028248, 0x00000D62, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    ***STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0x80537748, 0xBACE3CC0, 0xBACE39BC)

    ***STOP: 0x00000044 (0x868D3248, 0x00000D62, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    ***STOP: c000021a {Fatal System Error}
    0xc000005 (0x00000000, 0x00000000)


    ***STOP: 0x00000044 (0x8494C4D0, 0x00000D62, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

    Also, I have taken on my own time to look these codes on the Microsoft Help and Support Center. I got some results, but they don't seem to be of any relevance to my particular random crashes. I have also updated everything for service packs and windows updates. I also did several anti-virus scans and spybot scans that produced no effects.
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Get memtest (via google) and test your ram and get speedfan (from the downloads section) and use it to check temperatures and voltages then post any unusual readings here in this thread.
  7. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    It's much faster and easier to replace the memory to use even 1 stick for testing
  8. midnightair

    midnightair TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OK I just ran the memtest and I got three errors from it.

    Word Pair# 74482412 (values 357833423 and 3578596381 don't match)

    Word Pair# 31621804 (values 1927172682 and 1926910538 don't match)

    Word Pair# 77607580 (Values 3457919446 and 3458181590 don't match)

    I'm going to test each stick individually tomorrow when I get the chance. Thanks for guiding me, I hope that it is a memory problem for sure and not any other hardware problem. I noticed that my computer startup is slower than it was when it wasn't crashing at all about 4 weeks ago. Note: The power reading are above average and fan speeds are good.
  9. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    What is your memory configuration? 1 Stick, 2 sticks?
  10. midnightair

    midnightair TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Problem sort of solved

    OK so I ran the memtest with both sticks (I have two of the same corsair sticks) once I did a cold start. The memtest passed with flying colors. After the computer was on for about a couple hours the computer restarted. I turned the computer back on and I ran the memtest and I found 120 errors with the test until the computer received the BSOD.

    I opened my computer up and I felt the first stick which was cool. The second stick, on the other hand, was extremely hot so I took it out. I ran the computer and so far (4 days) the computer has not restarted. The problem that remains; however, is that my computer is still uber slow on the startup (taking at least 5 minutes), even though I just defraged it. I think it may be another hardware problem such as my mobo. I am at least satisfied though, that my computer stays on and I appreciate everyone's help! Thanks again!
  11. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 3,814

    Any high temperature readings with speedfan?

    It is possible that the mobo has been damaged by faulty ram. A close visual inspection of your mobo's components may be a good idea. Look for domed or leaking capacitors (the large can shaped ones). If you don't spot anything out of the ordinary then it could be a chipset problem, sometimes an individual chip will get a lot hotter than all the others and a finger makes a good tester for this.

    You said 1 stick of ram got a lot hotter than the other, was it close to a hard drive perhaps? Have you tried both sticks in different slots?

    I personally think that the mobo has been damaged. I could be wrong but i don't think so.
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,233   +234

    I don't think a "novice" could never see a problem with an overheated motherboard. Expanded caps or dark spots can show reasons for motherboard failures, but they are extremely rare. My wife's system has exploded caps, but it is still working. midnightair might need better system cooling or he has "hot spots" inside his case. I have my full-tower inside a desk enclosure that has been woking for 4 years without a hitch. I do use a hi-volume Vantec 4500 RPM HSF and a 4" front intake fan. I would tell midnightair to replace both sticks of memory, make sure his case is free from dust and dirt, and make sure the his internal fans are working properly
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