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PC Crashing when game boots

By Decka17
May 29, 2008
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  1. Hi everyone. I have a problem concerning a BSOD when any game (or 3D application) starts up, where a few seconds after I start the game/application, windows shuts down and a BSOD displays, stating there is a

    'page_fault_in_nonpaged_area'

    which results in my computer being restarted after a count reaches 100 for deleting physical memory.

    I have recently made some major upgrades, which is when the problem started. I installed a new mobo, video card (as old mobo had onboard video and no PCI-e slots), and a gig of RAM.
    Since the problem I have bought a new PSU and another gig of RAM to replace the other stick I bought to check if it was faulty.

    My Specs (since upgrade)
    Intel Pentium 4 3Ghz
    Windows XP Home SP2
    Kingston DDR2 2GB 800Mhz
    Asus EN8800GT
    Gigabyte P31-DS3L
    Antec NeoPower 550W PSU
    Western Digital IDE 160GB 7200RPM HDD

    Nothing is overclocked.
    I didn't reformat after I installed all the new parts, rather removed all the old drivers beforehand and installed the new ones after.

    What I've tried?
    Ruled out PSU and RAM problems. Thats...about it :p

    Another note:
    Interestingly, games DO work (at least Steam ones) when I set them to launch windowed and at 800 x 600 resolution. Anything higher results in the aforementioned BSOD.

    Next thing I'm considering is to reformat, it's been suggested by a few people but not by others...

    No other crashes experienced, everything's been scanned for viruses and the such, and when playing games in the windowed mode the performance, etc isn't too bad.

    Think that's it... any help appreciated!
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +41

    did you try reinstalling video drivers?
  3. Decka17

    Decka17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Well I installed the ones off the CD, then off the nVidia website, problems still there.
  4. SittingDuckie

    SittingDuckie TS Rookie Posts: 60

    Why haven't you tried anything else? You don't have to look far to find information on debugging this problem. Typing 'page_fault_in_nonpaged_area' into google yields many many results. Here's a techspot one

    Nobody is going to be able to just give you the answer, you have to put some effort in.
  5. Decka17

    Decka17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    I've searched Google. Everything points to RAM, which I'm certain is fine in my case, and others point to 'other faulty hardware'. The TechSpot one points to program issues, but I obviously already know the program that causes my BSOD. I have no idea how to read the memory dump files to find a driver or anything that causes this...

    So just asking for any advice or ideas on what hardware it may be if its a hardware issue, or anything else software related.
  6. Decka17

    Decka17 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    No one else with ideas...
  7. nosebleedXD

    nosebleedXD TS Rookie Posts: 256

    reformat your comp?
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