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MCE error BSOD - dmp files included

By aschwery ยท 5 replies
Apr 12, 2009
  1. I recently reformatted my computer and just now when I run a game have I been getting this error. I never got this error (never ever) prior to the reformat. My computer runs fine for web surfing, email, instant messengers, but when I open a game it runs for a little while before I get a BSOD randomly. I didn't change any of the hardware and I believe I have reinstalled all the drivers I had recently. I even tried different versions of drivers, so it could be that but I doubt it. I did dust my computer when I reformatted so I doubt it's that. Like I said, everything is the same as in computer specs so I dont know if some setting could have changed when I reformmated or not?

    my comp specs:
    Pentium D 3.0ghz
    3.0 GB of RAM
    Windows XP (SP3)
    ASUS p5ND2 (nvidia nForce4 chipset)
    nvidia GeForce 8800 GTS
    Also I run off a wireless network adapter Belkin 802.11g

    dump files are attached
    Thanks, Alex
  2. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    All errors are 0x0000009C: MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION

    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).

    Three stated Analysis_Inconclusive and two cited Intelppm.sys which is a Microsoft OS driver and too general to be of much help but google it and you will see much on the internet concerning it.

    My best advice is to run tests on all your hardware components because this error is definitely hardware related. I'd start with the video card (and drivers) because gaming, as you state, seems to be when these crashes occur. Don't rule out the PSU.
  3. aschwery

    aschwery TS Rookie Topic Starter

    you have any programs you would suggest for performing the tests and what exactly each test should do?

    I just dont see that there could be a coincidence of my PSU failing or my RAM failing at the EXACT same time i reformat. I was intrigued by the microsoft driver... is it possible that the reinstall of windows might have hiccuped and caused this error?
  4. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    With computers anything is possible. The description of the error states that any one of the hardware might be the problem.

    1. Check all your fans. Are they all working? How is your airflow? System temps?

    2. Run memtest on your RAM. See

    3. Diagnose your harddrive by utilizing the free utility provided by your HD manufacturer.

    4. Check your cables to see if they are secure.

    5. Borrow a digital multimeter to test your PSU.
  5. aschwery

    aschwery TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ive been reading that the error codes are actually pointers towards what could be porbably causing the problem. Heres mine :

    Error code 0000009c, parameter1 00000000, parameter2 ba33c050, parameter3 b2000000, parameter4 1040080f.

    please let me know what more information I can give! This is really frustrating, thanks for the help :)
  6. aschwery

    aschwery TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have tested my ram and graphics card and they are all fine... did a chkdsk /r....defragmented and changed my page filing....even cleaned out dust and made sure fans were working properly...still lost
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