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Crashes and blue screens and lock-ups.. Oh my!

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  1. mikek88

    mikek88 Thread Starter

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    Hi all, I've been having trouble with my system locking up, blue screens, and programs randomly crashing. These things generally seem to happen while I'm playing games. I've tried reinstalling windows, and wiping my harddrive and reformatting. I've also tried using new RAM. If any of you could help me out with this It'd be appreciated!

    Specs:
    Windows XP Pro
    Asus A7N266 w/ onboard Dolby Digital 5.1 and NVIDIA Geforce 2 MX (32mb)
    AMD Athlon 1700+ XP
    Western Digital 25gig 273AB
    PNY DDR333 512mb
    Antec Performance II SX835II w/ 350W Smart Power
     
  2. Linkmaster

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    Hi mikek88, Welcome to TSG !!
    What programs are crashing?
    What is the BSOD you are getting?
    If you could tell us what the message is you are getting it would help.
    If it is a BSOD, The second line should have something like this:
    IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL ( Not necessarily that exact line)

    [​IMG]
     
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    The programs that are crashing are games like Starcraft, Warcraft III, America's Army, and High heat baseball 2k3. I never get an error message, the only time there are words on the screen is an instant on the blue screen before the computer restarts itself.
     
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    OK,
    Right click My Computer, Select properties, click on startup and recovery. In the system failure section uncheck "Automatically reboot"" apply and ok reboot. This way when it comes up you can read it.
     
  5. mikek88

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    TW56, I did what you said, and the next time a blue screen came up it read:

    A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

    If this is the first time this screen has appeared, restart Windows. If this screen appears again follow these steps:
    Make sure you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the STOP message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters. Check with hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.

    Technical Information:

    *** STOP: 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x9052F49B, 0xF2E34904, 0x00000000)
     
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