need urgent help (hdd messed up?)

By TwwIX ยท 4 replies
Jul 12, 2004
  1. need urgent help(hd messed up?)

    Here are my system specs first

    HP Pavillion 762n P4A 2.26ghz WinXP
    Motherboard Name/Chipset MSI MS-6507E/Intel Brookdale I846E
    768 ddr sdram ram
    Maxtor 80gb drive
    Geforce FX 5200 120mb(not ultra)

    At first i thought that my systems was overheating cause the fan might've stopped working properly.Opened up the case,ran some temperature tests and it seems to be fine.Running perfectly fine as far as i know and the case aint warm at all.
    Might be the ram i said to myself.Well cant be,cause i just recently bought a new stick just about a week ago and replaced with the old one.
    Well anyway,it started off with random lock ups (gaming etc)
    and minor ie explorer crashes a few months ago(task bar crash...whatever its called).I've scanned the system dozens of times for viruses.Found nothing though.Checked it for errors(chkdsk,error-checking etc) and none of that helped neither.I formated it a couple of days ago and it got even worse afterwards.
    Corrupt system files,program and system crashes,random boots,
    and the infamous blue screen of death( "Page Fault in Non-Paged Area and PFN LIST CORRUPT" ).My Onboard Hp System Recovery seems to be completely trashed.
    No recovery disks here.Although i ordered them awhile ago when i was having a different issue with my system,i never recieved them. Anyway,while trying to format it again i keep getting errors like this "Problem extracting process Windows\i386\fxst30dl" (other system and program files too)
    and last but no least the Windows root\system32\hal.dll missing error.

    I have no clue what to do anymore.
    I'll try to swap the ram modules once more and check if some IDE etc cables are loose.I dunno.Please help me guys!
    I am at a loss here.Thx in adavance.
  2. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Umm thats wierd. The PFN LIST CORRUPT usually means somethings wrong with the drivers. Make sure you have good drivers. The Non paged area is a section in the ram. It could be bad RAM, a bad HD that put bad code there, or a program that put code there. If you have any programs that were installed right before this started happening try uninstalling.

    Good luck
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Welcome to TechSpot

    D/L and run Memtest from
    Let it run overnight to see what it comes up with.
    Next, go to the Storage and Networking Forum and D/L and run the appropriate HD-test program from one of the "stickies".
    It looks like your HD is giving out to you, combined with probably unreliable RAM. Are you using 2 different RAM-sticks at the same time?
  4. TwwIX

    TwwIX TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thx for replying so quickly guys.

    I am not entirely sure what it is but it might be the new ram that's been causing me all this trouble the past few days.I just reformated my comp once again with the old memory modules installed and i didn't encounter any problems at all this time.

    The minor hangups and program crashes, they were nothing compared to the issues that i've been experiencing since i bought this new stick of ram.It's made by a company named "Centon".Although i never heard of this brand before i bought it anyway.It was quite cheap "So, what the hell?" i said.Anyway,i guess i'll have to return this piece of crap to the store tomorrow.Thx again guys.
  5. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    No problem, glad to help. Try to stay away from the no-name brands. Stick(no pun intended) with the more known RAM manufacturers. there was probably bad code in the stick you baught.
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