By ingeborgdot ยท 4 replies
May 2, 2011
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  1. I got this blue screen for the first time. It said
    I could not get a restart for a couple of tries. I could get into safe mode easily and checked some things. I took out memory and even moved slots. It did not make a difference. I then just unplugged my psu, hit start to clear it and plugged it back in and no more blue screen for many restarts now. What could the problem have been?
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    0x9C: MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION defined: This is a hardware issue: an unrecoverable hardware error has occurred. The parameters have different meanings depending on what type of CPU you have but, while diagnostic, rarely lead to a clear solution. Most commonly it results from overheating, from failed hardware (RAM, CPU, hardware bus, power supply, etc.), or from pushing hardware beyond its capabilities (e.g., overclocking a CPU).

    Honestly, this is a very difficult error to work with because as it says a clear diagnosis rarely comes forth and I have never seen a minidump with either error codes give a definitive answer. I know IT techs that don't like working with it. What makes it so difficult is that it can be any hardware in your system -- and I mean any. Almost every minidump (written by Windows after a BSOD) I have ever read cited hardware as the issue and nothing more definitive.

    Here are some of the causes that were determined to be the source of 0x124/0x9C errors from posters here and abroad: NIC, DVD/CD drives, dust build up around the CPU that caused overheating of said CPU, bulging capacitors hidden by heatsink, video card, psu, motherboard, and external harddrive connected by USB.

    * So as to why it is not BSODing remains a mystery.
  3. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 441

    Oh, so there is only a few reasons. Good, that should be easy to find. :blackeye:

    Maybe a good time to get some new parts. It is an old machine anyway and some new parts would be good.
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    Further information. Though it is the 0x124 code it replaced the 0x9C code under XP. Nevertheless, they are essentially the same:

    If you want to build a new system we can help in our General Hardware forum. When the time comes let us know what your budget is and what you want to do with it.

    We'd love to help you build a system ingeborgdot as well as help you spend your money. ;)
  5. ingeborgdot

    ingeborgdot TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 441

    Nothing really gets done with this machine. It is just a media store house where some programs run and music and video is retrieved.

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