Computer flashes a blue screen with a bunch of error msgs and restarts

By krugle ยท 7 replies
Jun 6, 2007
  1. my computer is to be honest a p.o.s but its fairly reliable until i start gaming

    type= presario 2100
    os= windows xp service pack 2
    3d card= avg 64mb
    ram= 190mb with 4gigs of virtual

    ive tried playing some higher end games basically not gonna happen boot it up computer flashes a blue screen with a bunch of error msgs and restarts
    i can play middle games alright but for extended periods of time the same thing happens any help would be greatly apperciated (its not like im trying to play games that require 512mb of ram the highest i even bother trying is 256mb)

    Please use proper thread titles from now on. Thanks.
  2. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    could be;
    outdated drivers, temp issues, general compatibility issues.
    4 gig of virtual ram???? with 256mb system ram, using 64mb for video, leaving you 192mb?
    Virtual ram would usually be 1.5-2x your physical memory, not nearly 20x!!
    Alter your page file to the recommended setrtings and see if it makes a diff. Its probably slowing the pc down. Adding physical ram is the much better option
    What are the msgs and alerts that you get?
  3. krugle

    krugle TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i honestly couldnt tell u it flashes for half a second you get a glimpse thats about it and as for the virtual ram i set it so high so i could componsate for the lack of physical memory and i cant buy more of that because its rare where i live and has to be ordered i tried ordering it and it took 3 months cost 300 dollars and didnt even arrive the store just refunded me the money

    ooo and i also have updated my drivers fairly recently a few months ago but the games ive been trying to play r at least a year old
  4. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    blimey where do you live, Alaska?
  5. krugle

    krugle TS Rookie Topic Starter

    haha no central bc canada
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    That may not be THE exact memory for your 2100 - they made 10 or more models - you need exact model numbers then check specs at Compaq then price the modules BUT I think you can get 1024 of ram for under $125 Canadian right now which would greatly improve your system.

    You are never gonna get great video but XP would certainly run better.

  7. krugle

    krugle TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well apperently for these computers they use some "rare" ram no one else uses and no one carries cause my quote for the ram from circuit city was around 300 dollars canadian for a 512 mb ram card i dont remember the number for it tho.... its been awhile
  8. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    Without you saying what model you have we'll never know.

    Just remember that XP uses about 60% of the ram you now have which leaves a small amount for anything else.

    That large swap file doesn't do you any good when the ram is the bottleneck.

    gl to ya

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