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New Computer, EA Games, BSOD

By kylemcguinn
Jun 12, 2007
  1. I recently built a new computer with the following specifications:

    ECS NF650iSLIT-A LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775 Processor
    GeForce 8800GTS 320MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Video Card
    GeIL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
    Windows XP Pro Service Pack 2

    (Here's all the parts I bought off of Newegg)

    I had no problems assembling the computer or installing anything. In the begging I even ran every game I installed fine (TES IV: Oblivion, F.E.A.R, Civ IV, Doom 3, to name a few). However, when I installed Battlefield 2 and completely updated it I got a BSOD. I completely uninstalled and reinstalled the game without any patches and it still blue screened. I just chalked it up to bad drivers, since the video card was new and I had heard complaints of crappy drivers. However, a month or so down the road and it still doesn't work and since I've tried installing other EA games (LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth, C&C Generals) and these give me the exact same BSOD. I tried everything recommended by these forums (updated all drivers, all latest Windows updates, latest BIOS, memtest, chkdsk, etc.) and nothing worked. However, researching the problem, I would guess the problem would be my PSU. It was the only thing I skimped on at all. Though, I would like to be sure this is the problem before I drop another $100+ on a new one. Thanks for any help guys.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Hello and welcome to Techspot.

    All your minidumps crash at intelppm.sys. This is your cpu driver. They all have a bugcheck of 9C.


    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).

    If you are overclocking your cpu, reset it to the default settings. Check for overheating.

    Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
  3. kylemcguinn

    kylemcguinn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thanks. I checked the temperature and it seemed to be ok. Though, in Everest, for my PSU, the +12V rail is only reporting 9.61V which seems awfully low to me. Does this confirm what I thought, and that it was the PSU, or is there something wrong with my processor? Thanks again for your help.
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    Yes, I think you`ve found the culprit, namely the psu.

    I advise replacing it with a quality psu asap, before it fails altogether and fries your valuable components.

    Regards Howard :)
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