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BSOD after SP2 / SP3 install

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Travis_P, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. Travis_P

    Travis_P Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have formatted my computer recently because of an issue i was having with my ram. What would happen was every time my computer booted and pass the windows xp splash screen, I would get a BSOD. i don't know the exact message it gave me, but i can update this later when i get home from work.

    Through troubleshooting, i realized i could boot in to my system if i took my ram out of the 1,3 or 2,4 slots.. which meant i could not Dual channel it.. However, it would work in 1,2 and 1,4 and 3,4.

    So back to the present..

    I install Windows XP with SP1
    Everything boots fine, and i have my ram on 1,3 so it was Dual channeling fine.
    Everything seemed in order until i did a windows update and it installed SP2. as soon as i rebooted after the install i got the BSOD again.. The only way i could get in to windows was to again switch the slots my ram was using..

    So now i have put the ram on 1,2 and have updated to SP3... everything runs fine except i am not dual channeling.. which pisses me off seeing i just recently bought this..

    Things so far that I have done:

    - Updated my vid card drivers
    - Re installed XP with various cds
    - Switched my RAM around 1,3 to 1,2 or 1,4 etc..
    - Tried running with just 1 stick.

    Things I plan on doing:

    - Run a Memtest
    - Update my BIOS
    - Check for MOBO updates (although i think it is updated)
    - Throw the computer out...

    Anyone here have any ideas as to what could be happening?

    System Specs:


    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L ATX LGA775 P35 1333FSB 1PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 3PCI SATA2 Sound GBLAN Motherboard

    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Dual Core Processor LGA775 3.0GHZ Wolfdale 1333FSB 6MB

    OCZ Gold XTC PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2-800 CL5-5-5-12 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit

    XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB 600MHZ 1.8GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I HDCP

    Sb Live! soundcard.


    Windows XP SP3 fully updated.
  2. Travis_P

    Travis_P Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2008
    Any idea?
  3. bbearren


    Jul 14, 2006
    For one thing, you don't need to install SP2 before you install SP3; you can skip SP2 because it is included in SP3.

    Sounds more like a hardware issue; either bad RAM or motherboard. Dual channel is implemented in hardware, not the operating system.
  4. Travis_P

    Travis_P Thread Starter

    Oct 14, 2008
    You are correct.
    Although if you start with SP1 on your machine, Microsoft will first update to SP2 and then SP3.

    I understand that Dual Channeling is implemented in hardware.. it is just weird that it happens after i install SP2 --> 3 :(

    Do you have any idea why that may be?

    I'm going to check my ram settings in bios when i get home again today as well..
    i think they need to be 5-5-5 so my bios may possibly have a different setting on it... although i think that if this was the case, it wouldn't have worked in SP1 either :(
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