Homebuilt Abit Fatal1ty AN8

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I built a home computer with the following components:

Abit Fatal1ty AN8 nForce4 Athlon 64 DDR ATX Motherboard w/Audio, Gigbit
  RAID/Serial ATA
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Processor Socket 939
GeIL GLX1GB3200DC 1GB Kit DDR400 PC3200Dual Channel (2x512) Memory
ASUS PCIExpress with 512MB DDR2 Graphics Board
250GB SATA2 ST3250824AS Hard Drive
ASUS E616AG DVD-ROM Optical Drive
Plextor PX-740A/SW DVD Burner
3-1/2" Floppy Drive

Antec Case
Antec SP-500 PSU

Windows XP Home Edition SP2

After installing all components and doublechecking the connections I
booted system and checked bios and everything seemed to work fine.
Then I installed the operating system and have had numerous problems
ever since from blue screen of death to constant shutdowns within Win
XP requesting to send error codes to Microsoft.  I have run memory
check software against the memory and it checked okay.  I have tried to
run recovery inside XP and get an error that tells me I need a hotfix
from Microsoft and I hate waiting on the phone for hours to get this
piece of software.  Please provide any ideas on how to continue
troubleshooting.   Thanks.


Re: Homebuilt Abit Fatal1ty AN8

On 25 May 2006 21:17:15 -0700, advnture2004@gmail.com wrote:

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Did that seem to go smoothly?

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Shutdowns or restarts?
write down the bluescreen stop code and look it up on
Microsoft website.

Disable the reboot-on-error setting in Winxp if you cant
always see the stop codes.

If it is actually turning off, not resetting/restarting,
then check fans, temps, voltages.

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What software, for how long?
Typical recommendation is memtest86+ for several hours, even
overnight or longer.  Sometimes memtest86+ might not find
problems if the stability threshold is barely crossed, but
that is why it can sometimes help to raise the memory bus
(and FSB, if the two are dependant on each other in the
bios) by a few %, like 3-5%, and rerun memtest86+.  In other
words I want more than 3% stability margin, if it can't test
stable with >=3% margin for a day then something needs

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What hotfix?  If the MS website shows the name of this
hotfix file, sometimes you can google and find it.

Often bluescreens are driver related.  Try disabling some
hardware in Device Manager, uninstalling the driver and
trying system, and then a newer driver.  You didn't use the
ancient drivers that the hardware shipped with did you?
Better to start out with the newest driver from the chipset
manufacturer, not that came with hardware, and if you are
missing driver features it could be that Windows tried to
help by supplying a driver but it was a stripped down
version.  XP is mature now, the newest driver from the
respective product chipset, not whole product manufacturer,
is usually the best bet.  Check on those stop codes on the
bluescreens though and check XP's Event Viewer.

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