Dell Dimension 5000 Bluescreen

By mangomuncher
Dec 18, 2008
  1. Hello All,
    Can anyone help?
    My PC has had an intermittant problem over the last 6 months or so.
    A distinctive clicking sound emits from the base unit followed by a freezing of my Windows XP, and then a blue screen, telling me that its taking a memory dump. I have to physically power off the base unit to clear the blue screen, and then power it back up again. It usually comes back OK.
    My latest blue screen episode produced the error below:
    BCCode : f4 BCP1 : 00000003 BCP2 : 8A69C208 BCP3 : 8A69C37C
    BCP4 : 805D297C OSVer : 5_1_2600 SP : 3_0 Product : 768_1
    I have run a chkdsk/p in the past but the problem is still there.
    Where is this the memory dump written to, and how can it be recovered for analysis?
    As you can probably tell, I'm not much of a 'techi' and would be grateful if anyone could provide any information. If anyone requires any more info i will gladly provide it

    Thanks in anticipation,

  2. Aerendyl

    Aerendyl TS Rookie Posts: 22

  3. hrlow2

    hrlow2 TS Rookie Posts: 136

    That clicking noise sounds like a failing hard drive. May want to consider backing up your important files.
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