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Strange problem including both BSOD and XP recovery prompt

By aSAntharas
Dec 13, 2009
  1. --Short description of the problem..
    My computer keeps on crashing again and again and every 5-6 times it crashes i have

    to repair it from inside the recovery console or else i can't log in to

    Windows!(either BSOD or prompts to use XP recovery)

    --Specs..
    First of all it is a desktop, Windows XP Pro SP3 and it is quite "young" (1.5 years

    old). Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9300 @ 2.50GHz 2.50GHz, 2.00GB of RAM Physical

    Address Extension

    --The akward thing about it..
    I haven't had any other serious problems apart from that. I am a computer scientist

    student myself and i although i have fixed so many errors in the past, it's the first

    time that i experience this one. It is so strange that it crashes so often and even

    more akward that every time it crashes it somehow loses some system files (i suppose)

    and it requires WINDOWS REPAIR.

    --What i have tried..
    1) I have tried fixing some registry and other problems with Advanced SystemCare

    professional, and i tried scaning (chkdsk /r) and defraging my disk many times.

    +Didn't Work!
    2) I have tried searching the Internet for something similar so that i use their

    walkthrough. +Didn't Work!
    3) I have tried antimalware and security programs hoping it was a trojan or a common

    virus. +Did't Work!
    4) I have tried closing most of the applications running in the background

    (proccesses) and let the pc download for a while to see what happens. GUESS WHAT?

    +Didn't Work! (Rebooted again and needed windows repair!)
    5) I tried opening the "tower" and cleaning it in case it was some kind of hardware

    malfunction. +Didn't Work!
    6) I tried hitting it with a hammer (JUST KIDDING) :p

    Well none of the above worked and i am in a really difficult situation because i have

    my diploma study (including program, settings, activation code) and i can't move itn

    on any other computer because i will need a new activation code and i will have to

    rearrange all the settings from the beggining (which almost took me 2 days).

    --Thanks..
    I want to thank you so much in advance for taking time to help me solve this critical

    problem.

    Michael
     
  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    What BSOD code are you getting?
     
  3. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Here are the dumpfiles (which strangely enough were in the C:\WINDOWS folder and notin the C:\WINDOWS\minidump folder)
     
  4. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    all kinds of them.. :p


    1) PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGE AREA (ntfs.sys)


    2) pfn list corrupt -> this one is the most common

    even when i tried to repair windows i got this one
    3) PAGE FAULT IN NONPAGE AREA (setupdd.sys)

    I am sure that my memCards are ok cause i checked them twice and three times on other PCs and they dont seem to cause problems..

    I suspect that this has to do sth with the temperature of my CPU or sth but my indicator shows 31.1 C
     
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  6. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the notice kimsland BUT i dont have such a folder (C:\Windows\minidump) :p

    As for the automatic restart, i have already turned it off.

    (sorry if i don't know some things said here but i study Computer Science , NOT COMPUTER ENGINEERING :p )
     
  7. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I Just got a new one.. MEMORY MANAGEMENT!!
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Please run Memtest to confirm your Ram is ok
     
  9. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    my friend did when i gave him my 2 RAM sticks to see if they work ok on his PC
     
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  11. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Well i state what the problem is in doing a "clean install", in my firts post:


    "..i am in a really difficult situation because i have

    my diploma study (including program, settings, activation code) and i can't move itn

    on any other computer because i will need a new activation code and i will have to

    rearrange all the settings from the beggining (which almost took me 2 days)."
     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  13. aSAntharas

    aSAntharas TS Rookie Topic Starter

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