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Random BSOD and CTD Windows XP

By iscaboo
Mar 3, 2005
  1. Hi all

    Before I go on, specs & other info:

    Advent T9000
    p4 3.02 HT
    Radeon 9200se (latest driver cats = 5.2)
    Realtek Audio 97 (driver Sis 7012)
    Mobo ECS 661fx-m (deluxe)
    Windows XP home (SP1)
    1024 ram (2 x 512 DDR SDram)
    DX 9.0c
    not overclocked (factory settings)
    Have Tried: Memtest 86, reported faulty memory module jan 05, which was removed and replaced. Problem still current.
    CPU temp can go as high as 36. When playing graphics games, board temp is usually around 52 - 57 when running stuff. Sometimes peaks at 60. Added case fan last month (arctic) and also tried running for a few days with case off - no improvement.
    Using Zonealarm and AVG


    Have had this Pc for a while now, and keep getting various crash to desktop (no error messages) and an array of windows stop messages when playing games. When system is idle it appears stable.

    Examples of BSOD error messages:

    -Page fault in non-paged area
    -error: ati2cqag.dll (video driver error?) have updated cats since this mesage
    -ALCXWDM.sys (audio driver error?) have updated driver since this message
    -IRQL not less or equal
    -Page fault in non paged area stop 0x0000000050
    -0x0000005 out of memory pools
    -BSOD while defragmenting: 0x0000000A IRQL not less or equal

    However, the vast majority of the time it simply crashes to desktop with no error message, and nothing recorded under event viewer. It is so frustrating ...

    I've probably left some info out, so please let me know if info from SISoft Sandra, dxdiag or Everest will help.

    On a scale of 1-10 (10 being a pc wizard and 1 being a noob) I would rate myself as a 6; so please try not to be over technical cos I wont understand it!

    Many thanks for reading this

    Chris
     
  2. fishhookz

    fishhookz TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Reboot to BIOS, set RAM to default/auto. Run memtest for an hour.

    Google and use "Driver Cleaner" to clean nVidia driver if you had it before.

    Install the latest ATI driver.

    Google and use "Easy Cleaner" to clean Registry.

    What's your PSU?

    Try older 3D games.
     
  3. iscaboo

    iscaboo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi Fishhookz

    Thanks for replying.

    Reboot to BIOS, set RAM to default/auto. Run memtest for an hour.

    OK, will try this in a bit.

    Google and use "Driver Cleaner" to clean nVidia driver if you had it before.

    Haven't had an ndvidia driver before, but will try driver cleaner as u suggest.

    Install the latest ATI driver.

    Yep. I already have the 5.2 cats, which I think are the latest.

    Google and use "Easy Cleaner" to clean Registry.

    Have been using regscrub XP. It always finds 3 faults:

    .. local machine .. CSCsettings
    ...localmachine ... h323TSP
    ...localuser ... TypedURLS

    I will have a try at easy cleaner

    What's your PSU?

    The PSU that came with the computer failed about 2 months ago. I replaced it myself with a 350w one. However, I was getting these problems before the original PSU failed, and since I changed it.

    Try older 3D games

    I don't have many older 3d games, but at the moment virtually anything I play crashes.

    Will let you know what happens when I try your suggestions. Thanks again.

    Chris
     
  4. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    Your 9200 might be the problem . It does not support Dx9 so any 3d may be causing some conflict.
    I think the 9550 and higher handle the 9 and they are pretty cheap.
     
  5. iscaboo

    iscaboo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    OMG Liquidlen

    It couldn't be this simple, could it?

    Have done a few internet searches and it appears that you are right.

    I cant believe that the problem was so obvious that it was staring me in the face all along.

    Thanks alot - will follow this up and upgrade the card.
     
  6. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    No problem ,I come here to find answers myself.
    Post back with how it works out.
     
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