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Random BSOD crash

By smeinert
Mar 21, 2008
  1. i am just installing a new laptop to replace my sturdy old P4...

    The new is based on a Intel dp35dp with an core 2 duo 3ghz processor.
    2*1 GB RAM
    2*250 GB HDD on SATA
    1 * blue-ray on SATA
    1* DVD-RW on IDE
    Installed a MSI nvidia Geforce 8500GT 512mb on PCI-e
    500w earthwatts PSU

    Installed following PCI-cards:
    parallel port
    Linksys W-lan


    The machine works somewhat okay... until i start demanding - like in a game og heavy copying...

    Then i get the BSOD´s - in variuos forms.

    They come as many different messages - IRQ_NOT_LISTED, BUGCODE_USB_DRIVER and many others...

    I have attached som recent minidumps

    Please.... i hope someone can help!

    I have updated BIOS, all drivers... what can it be?
     

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  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    Test your RAM with Memtest86. Run it for a minimum of 7 passes (which will take several hours).
     
  3. smeinert

    smeinert TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for the quick reply... i will try it at once....
     
  4. smeinert

    smeinert TS Rookie Topic Starter

    darn....
    no floppy drive....
    seems that Memtest86 needs a floppy drive
     
  5. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    No it doesn't. Download the .iso and burn it to a CD as an image, then boot off it.
     
  6. smeinert

    smeinert TS Rookie Topic Starter

    not even memtest will rung

    Thanks for the tip on memtest86.

    I downloaded the iso and burned it to at CD.

    It starts up fine...

    But... after app. 6 minutes - during test 5 - it crashes and restarts the computer.

    Has been doing so now for 5 times.

    Is this a result of bad memory?
     
  7. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    Not exactly sure how to take that honestly.

    What do your PC's temperatures look like?
     
  8. smeinert

    smeinert TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks so much for the help!

    processor: 34 celcius
    motherboard 38 celcius
    I/O controllerhub: 58 celcius
    memory controller hub: 66 celcius

    i wouldn´t believe that to be a problem?

    I removed 1 of the 1GB memory and left one in channel A, slot 0
    that passed the memtest perfectly in 5 consecutive runs

    Then i switched and placed the other 1 GB memory (both Kingston HyperX) in the channel A slot 0 - that also worked perfect...

    but when i then remount the second memory in channel b, slot 0 memtest crahses.

    I have now mounted the second memory in channel B, slot 1.
    THat passed 3 consecutive tests...

    Seems to work. I am off to celebrate easter with my family, and will have the machine running memtess86 while I am away.

    Is it ok to have the memory mounted that way?
     
  9. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    Apart from the loss of "Dual Channel" and other minor performance related things, you should be able to install the RAM anywhere you care to.

    Everything looks okay temperature wise.
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Depends, if you have dual channel Ram, then you will lose this.
    The easiest way to know if you have dual channel ram availability, is by seeing (usually 4 slots) with 0 and 2 the same color, and 1 and 3 the same color
    Placing your ram in the same color coded channels gives dual in line ram (which is faster)

    edit:

    Zenosincks just got in!
     
  11. smeinert

    smeinert TS Rookie Topic Starter

     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,075   +84 Staff Member

    I don't believe they are going to be running in Dual Channel mode if they're in slots 0 and 3. However, your RAM should work fine apart from that.

    That RAM isn't on the list of "tested" RAM for your motherboard, so, there is no real guarantee that it will work, however, it's almost never an issue.

    If you can isolate the issue to a single DIMM slot, perhaps that particular slot is just disgruntled. Avoid it and see if your BSOD's clear up. Otherwise :) you have more work to do.
     
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