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- Jeff Houston
May 10, 2005, 4:49 am
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I have a computer here that is giving me fits. I am getting the BSoD
constantly and it is all different ones none are rarely the same. I cant
hardly do anything on that computer it just keeps crashing with the
bluescreen of death and then I tried to do a repair on the OS and I even get
a blue screen of death doing that. Nothing is working. I am running W2K on
that computer. As long as I am not doing anything on it it works just fine.
The screensaver comes on and just keeps on running. But as soon as I try to
do something it crashes. Explorer keeps crashing also. But usually it is
some sort of blue screen. Never the same one though. Could it be my bios? I
also checked Event viewer and I cant see anything unusual there. Any help
would be greatly appreciated!
What MB and HDs are installed?
I'm having a somewhat similar failure that I haven't tracked down. I'm
running Win2K on a system with a Gigabyte MB, a couple of WD HDs. I get
a reboot sometimes - the system doesn't hang, it just does a reset and
reboots. I haven't been able to get a handle on my problem either but
believe it to be disk I/O related. If so, I haven't decided whether to
blame MB, HD, or something else entirely.
Jeff Houston wrote:
Is this a new system/build? In any event, probably the first thing that
I would suggest is to run one of the standalone memory test programs
like Memtest+ or DocMem (http://www.simmtester.com ). You download one
of them, build a bootable floppy, then boot the floppy and run the
The reason that it doesn't die when you're not doing anything may be
that Windows just happens to be using a "good" part of memory, but when
you do something, and use a different part of memory, you get the BSOD
or hang or whatever.
Suddenly, without warning, ohaya exclaimed (5/10/2005 3:59 AM):
I second this suggestion to thoroughly test your memory - I use memetest
myself. First, though, I'd make sure your memory is installed properly;
if necessary, remove and reinstall it. Wouldn't hurt to check
everything else as well.
This sounds like one of two things - memory (my first choice) or
possibly a bad power supply. Could also be a bad video card. Also, do
a thorough virus and malware check. You are running a firewall, right?
Hope this helps. When this happened to me, an entire bank of Crucial
memory had gone - the 256MB stick now registers as 128MB.
Suddenly, without warning, Michael Thomas exclaimed (5/10/2005 5:38 PM):
Also a good thought. But older OS doesn't necessarily mean older MB -
I've got a fairly new MB (Asus K8V Deluxe) and still choose Win2k over
XP (I have XP on my laptop) - and will, for the forseeable future
(unless I switch to Linux).
Just thought I would answer the mystery for everyone. The system is a couple
years old but that is not why I have W2K on it. I just prefer it over XP.
But as for my other problems I have no idea why I did not think of checking
the capacitors especially since I just ran into this same thing on another
computer a few months back. But this is the problem on this computer. As
soon as I read this post I slapped my head and opened the case and sure
enough three capacitors are leaking badly and several others that were
bulging so I feel sure this is the culprit. I do appreciate the help from
everyone that chipped in thanks a bunch to one and all.