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Random BSOD crashes, please help

By zeppelin
Nov 25, 2007
  1. Howdy

    Well I am at my wits end with my pc. BSOD appear at random intervals and I am yet to find the cause. They happen very randomly. My system can restart 3 times a week or 3 times every hour. I've done everything I could and would really appreciate some help because minidumps are Greek to me :D
    The restarts happen more on hot days, but my system doesn’t seem to be overheating.

    Specs

    Motherboard: colorfull c.nf4x-m2 ver1.4 nforce 4 (Chinese junk)

    CPU: AMD athlon AM2 Duel core 4600

    Memory: 2 X 1 GB Samsung 800

    GPU: xfx nvidia 7950gt 512mb

    Hdd: western digital IDE 250Gb
    Seagate, (barracuda I think) SATA 160 GB - contains OS
    Seagate, (barracuda I think) SATA 500 GB

    OS: Windows Xp professional SP2 + updates

    Powersuply: 400w Cooler master

    Idle system temperatures
    Motherboard 24 °C (75 °F)
    CPU 38 °C (100 °F)
    Aux 27 °C (81 °F)
    GPU 43 °C (109 °F)
    WDC WD2500JB-00REA0 34 °C (93 °F)
    Seagate ST3160812AS 36 °C (97 °F)
    Seagate ST3500641AS 40 °C (104 °F)

    Blue screens of death I’ve received

    DRIVER _IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL --- appears 75% of the time
    Drivers usually identified
    Atapi.sys
    Videoprt.sys
    Nv4_mini.sys
    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA –appears 20% of the time

    MEMORY_MANAGEMENT – only a few times

    BAD_POOL_CALLER – once I can remember

    And I once got a rather unique stop error when I tried to install amd dashboard
    Something like “IO system verification error in amdtools.sys ECT.”

    Last stop error received

    DRIVER _IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
    Stop : 0x0000001 ,(0x8AF5EA10,0X0000007,0X00000000,0XXbA61EEA)

    ATAPI.SYS – ADDRES Ba61e5ea base at BA619000 datestamp 41107b4d


    Things I have tried
    Updating video card drivers
    Updating nforce 4 drivers
    Updating Bios
    Formatting + reinstalling windows(4times)
    Ran memtest on old ram, got no errors- bought new ram with no success
    Moved single Dimm around
    Ran hundreds of checkdisks
    Attempted to use verifier.exe to verify drivers
    Bought a new power supply after old one got fried by lightning – even though there was no lightning – old power supply was a 500w microlab
    Changed graphics card to ATI X1600- nv4_mini.sys then changes to some ati driver
    Removed most of the dust form system case with hairdryer and couton buds
    Kicking the living sh*t out of my pc


    Things I have not tried
    Bashing my pc with a hammer till the rage in me subsides
    Installing a clean windows on a different drive – I really don’t want to
    Installing Vista

    In the attachment is my most recent minidumps and a everest report on everything in my PC

    I would really love any help from you amazing internet gurus
    *sorry forgot to add restarts seem to happen more when watching video or exiting apps
     

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  2. Essex

    Essex TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Just caught your posting as breezing thru.

    Have you carried out a full virus and spy/malware check?

    First check I do when the occasional blue screen comes up is a boot scan using Avast!
    Then a spy/malware check.
    Seems the only obvious thing missing from your catalogue of fault finders...
    back to you :)
     
  3. zeppelin

    zeppelin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've run nod32 scan and a spybot scan. but I suppouse no mallware would survive a format... would it?
     
  4. Essex

    Essex TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Depends on whether the boot sector/MBR was formated as well. This is often reserved in a hard drive partition that the old Fdisk used to remove and format.

    How did you reformat, ie., access the hard drive and what program did you use?
    ;)
     
  5. zeppelin

    zeppelin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    booted from windows cd, formated , reinstaled windows
     
  6. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,994

    Hardware problem

    3 of minidumps are crashed at IRQL x'1c' and it is the symptom of hardware error. Probably the RAM or CPU is faulty. Re-seat the ram to another memory slot. Make sure that your CPU is not overheat.
     
  7. zeppelin

    zeppelin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    bought new ram, re-seated individual dimm to every slot. Maybe I should buy some thermal paste for my cpu. Really getting frustrated right about now. Maybe the hard drive is on the frits. Is the oldest one in the system . Will a faulty hard drive cause these problems?
     
  8. Cerberus

    Cerberus TS Rookie Posts: 56

    hmmmmm

    There is definetly a problem with your graphics card/drivers so attempt to boot the pc minus the GPU (use onboard vga). Do you have a spare motherboard you can attatch your existing hardware to? If so attath RAM, HDD, CPU and test. If all goes well add your videocard and soundcard. I think your problem may lie with your motherboard (onboard chips) but i may be well off the mark.... Give it a try.
     
  9. zeppelin

    zeppelin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    good advice, but my motherboard has no onboard vga :( . I did have a 7900GT that burned out for no reason. Well actually the plastic housing for the fan melted. The manufacture sent me a shiny new 7950Gt > I tried using a Ati card. no Success. The only other motherboard I have is an Intel. So screwed there

    *forgot to mention sometimes when I hit power my pc powers up, but nothing else. I have to tap the restart button for it to actually boot. Which I am used to by now because my Microsoft keyboard can magically only work in windows once the restart button has bee tapped (microsoft released a work around but I can't find the damn registry entry I am suppoused to edit)
    .
     
  10. zeppelin

    zeppelin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well reinstalled windows and my pc crashed during sp2 install. I would say I am pretty ****ed. What should I replace, the CPU or motherboard as it must be one of those two who are causing problems.
     
  11. cpc2004

    cpc2004 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,994

    Refer my previous post, the culprit may be CPU or RAM. You have to find out which componene is faulty. My suggestion is CPU but I am not 100% sure. I don't the culprit is hard disk because hard disk error have another symptoms and thousands of btyes will be corrupted and not only 4 btyes of memory are corrupted.

    Post your question at hardware forum. Maybe some hardware experts can find out the culprit
     
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