XP not posting, BSOD given at random points

By darthpepito
Jan 20, 2008
  1. hey there, i have a problem (i think). whenever i turn on my computer, it wont show the post screen. i try to hit del to enter the bios, but it is unresponsive. it boots up to windows fine, and everything else runs more or less okay, but i think it might be a problem.

    only other thing wrong is, i was running the stress test for counterstrike, and halfway through the screen went black and the comp was unresponsive, and when i logged back in, windows showed me one of those sending in to microsoft error reports, telling me that the BSOD i didnt see said "Kmode exception not handled".
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,966   +70

    See if you have any minidumps and attach them in your next posting.

    How to find your minidumps:

    My Computer > C Drive > Windows Folder > Minidump Folder > Minidump Files. It is these files that we need you to attach to your next posting, NOT the whole folder.

    Below your reply screen is the Additional Options screen. Notice the Manage Attachment button.
  3. darthpepito

    darthpepito TS Rookie Topic Starter

    these are the minidump files from when i started having the problems

    Attached Files:

  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Inside minidumps:

    BugCheck F4, {3, 8a58e690, 8a58e804, 805d11f8}
    Probably caused by : csrss.exe

    BugCheck 1000000A, {182, 2, 1, 806e4a2a}
    Probably caused by : Ntfs.sys

    BugCheck 1000008E, {c0000005, bf82015d, b42acbbc, 0}
    Probably caused by : win32k.sys

    Could not read faulting driver name
    Probably caused by : hardware

    BugCheck 19, {20, e109ab80, e109ac50, c1a0806}
    Probably caused by : ntkrpamp.exe

    Make sure all your drivers are updated
    Were you using a specific program at time of BSOD

    Also please do a memtest to confirm Ram is OK
  5. darthpepito

    darthpepito TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i was doing the counterstrike stress test, and i did think about that, so i went and dled the newest nvidia drivers for my card, and ive run memtest recently, so i dont think thats it.
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Please run a checkdisk on your system

    Download CCleaner

    Also do a full defrag

    Confirm all drivers are up to date, by visiting the manufacture pages

    Test again

    Regarding the hit DEL message

    The bios may not be seeing your USB keyboard, if you have an older PS2 keyboard try that (turn off before installing)
    Also try to be very quick with repeatively pressing DEL (if DEL is the system bios setup)
  7. darthpepito

    darthpepito TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ran checkdisk, everything checked out okay, ran ccleaner, and just a day ago i defragged. i made sure all the drivers were up to date, and tested all the ram with memtest again. maybe there are some drivers still hanging around from my other motherboard, from before i switched out? i thought i got rid of all of them, but could they be hanging around and causing problems? (perhaps a clean install of xp is what is needed here)

    as to the other problem, i hit del enough and it went to the bios, but its still not displaying the post. maybe its the monitor? i also tried using one of those purple keyboard ps/2-usb converters, and it didnt recongnize the keyboard at all until i plugged it back into the usb slot.
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Have an idea, Hit ESC on cold boot startup then DEL after that (DEL is the setup key isn't it ? (you can also download the manual for your system, it should be in there. How to get into setup or bios.
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