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Random no-reason stop errors

By Epyon
May 21, 2007
  1. I am at my wit's end with this one. After successfully solving router/networking issues about a month ago, I have recently begun having stop errors.

    All of a sudden, about 3 days ago, my computer restarted. When I logged in again, it said it was a stop error. I thought it might have been a one-off, but since then it has done it repeatedly. It seems there is no particular trigger for it, but the error is the same every time.

    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL

    Stop: 0x0000000A (0x005F0090,0x00000002,0x00000000,0x804E5E13)

    The parameters sometimes vary.

    I have since been browsing for causes and solutions. I have discovered causes from driver problems to faulty RAM to hardware incompatibility, yet none of these can be the cause. I have installed no new hardware or updated drivers since my networking issues a month or so ago (the errors started only three days ago). I have run a windows memory diagnostic (admittedly, only about 4 passes, but I will do more when the next restart comes) and nothing has shown out of place so far. I have cleaned all dust away from the case (admittedly, there was quite a bit of that), and I would clean inside too, but I don't want to invalidate my warranty. I am currently in the process of defragmenting to start a new pagefile.

    Anyone got any clues so far, or do I have to upload minidumps and other error reports?
     
  2. Epyon

    Epyon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Memory errors

    Well, my computer was suffering from stop errors, and I discovered a boot sector virus, so I decided it was time to do a complete system restore. So I did.

    But the crashes did not stop. Now I've run Memtest and it has shown lots of errors. Does this mean my RAM is fried?

    Over 45 passes, it has returned 18 errors. 10 within the same test, same pass, same address.
     
  3. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    I have merged your new thread into this one, since it deals with the same problem.

    If Memtest86+ finds errors, then your ram is faulty and needs replacing.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
     
  4. Epyon

    Epyon TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, I have cleaned my RAM contacts and settings, and after 10 passes, no errors showed in Memtest. However, a restart I got today sent me to a microsoft site that diagnosed the error message, and it pointed at a hardware issue. Either system board, CPU, power supply, or RAM. So I might have to take it in to see a specialist, as I have done nothing with computer hardware apart from upgrade RAM and install network and graphics cards (all on a previous computer, not this one). System board, power supply and CPU are all beyond my experience.

    I think another extended run of Memtest is in order.
     
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