Random BSODs

By sadbluescreener
Mar 7, 2009
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  1. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    How did you get memtest to work? I am really curious! :)
  2. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    Well I followed what you and the site told me at first, burn the ISO to the CD and just place the CD/DVD drive as the first to boot. When that didn't work, I retried with Roxio and chose the make bootable CD this time. I thought I could just make a bootable CD with the ISO. But no, what i needed to do was mount the ISO and copy the IMG file from the Boot folder in the memtest ISO itself to my hard drive then make the bootable CD with that IMG file. It worked for me after that. Maybe its only for my machine cuz i found nwhere else on the net that told me to do that.
  3. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    btw i see where i should be looking for the errors if any. but um im not sure about where i see the diff tests and the passes and such. or is that not all that important?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    There will be a Designation for Error and to the right of that will be Pass. At the top you will see the individual tests. These the only two you need to concern yourself with.

    As for burning the CD I know a few others who had to do what you did but mostly once you unzip and then click on the ISO file it burns from there.
  5. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    O okay then. Well it's been running for an hour and 43 minutes. How long does it usualli take? I have no problem leaving it to run all day if it'll help.
  6. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23


    7 Passes ought to do it but there are people who let it run all night and check it the next day when they get up.
  7. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    Hey. So i left the memtest running since yesterday evening and I let it run all day. It's been running for 28 hours now. And i have 8 tests and 0 errors. is that good enough? and i also saw another post where some1 had 14 passes in much less time lie 8 hrs. could that difference be due to the different amount of memory we have?
    Im talking about this thread
    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic124020.html
  8. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Yes and yes to your questions. Your RAM seems fine and the more memory the longer it takes.
  9. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    ah okay then. Since my RAM is fine then are there any other reasons i may have seen those BSODs? Im goin to try to format my HD and reinstall Vista from another source.
  10. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    I am wondering if your NIC card is bad...
  11. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    that would cause the problems?
    well it's a RaLink card and it's pretty much horrible. Im like right beside my router right noow and thats pretty much the only time i get good wireless. =\
     
  12. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    That sounds like a very poor, almost dead, NIC card. Keep in mind one of your minidumps cited a driver to your wireless LAN card. I can't remember if you went to your laptop manufacturer's website, found your particular model, and updated the most recent drivers for your laptop. If you haven't, try it.

    And, again, there is something wrong if you can only get a good signal right next to your router. perhaps it was configured wrong or, again, just plain bad.
  13. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    Well I realise that my siblings' laptops get good wireless whereever they are in the house. While when Im upstairs my net is very bad and drops randomly. That seems to be an issue with my model laptop as i saw it in newegg's customer reviews section. So im nt the only one who has that problem. RaLink, i had never heard of them b4 i got this laptop.

    i got the RT260 driver from the RaLink website itself. and those are the latest.
  14. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Yeah, I never heard of them before either. Is there any way to get a replacement NIC? If the NIC card is bad no amount of new drivers will help it. If I remember correctly this is basically new system and should be under warrenty.
  15. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    Yes it is new. I've been unable to contact them by phone. And MSI's online customer service is almost nonexistent.
  16. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    Do they have an email option? I have actually have gotten better responses that way they any other any time I needed tech support. I would contact NewEgg and tell them this is unacceptable as is.
  17. sadbluescreener

    sadbluescreener TechSpot Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 161

    i've been in touch with newegg by email. my warranty with them was over before i received the laptop. it was only 30 days. i've tried to email MSI. i'll try again witht his new information tho.
  18. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,113   +23

    If worse comes to worse you'll either a) send it to a repair shop and get a good one or b) find an online repair manual and fix it yourself. Compared to PCs though laptops are a pain to repair.
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