System boot Fail - Overclock & Post Interrupt

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mumprenuer

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HELP

My computer keeps randomly rebooting and then I get the error on the black screen before rebooting again...

System BOOT FAIL
Maybe OverClock fail or POST intuerrupted


Someone said itmay be a virus in my BIOS but PC cillen assure me it is a hardware issue

Not being a techy...I need hel

I run windows XP 2002 service pack 3 Pentium 3 Ghz 960 RAM

Thanks in advance
 
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mumprenuer, can you show hidden files and then find the minidump logs and post them here please.
how to show files;
[FONT=&quot]http://www.xtra.co.nz/help/0,,4155-1916458,00.html

[/FONT] How to post a minidump log

I barrowed this great tutorial from;
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I can run a debugging utility on the dump files if you do this:

1 > create a new folder on the desktop and call it "dumpcheck" or whatever you like
2 > navigate to c:\windows\minidump and copy the last few minidump files to that folder. *this assumes 'c' is your boot drive, if it is not, subsitute accordingly
3 > close the folder and right click on it and select Send to Compressed (zipped) Folder.
4 > use the "manage attachments" in the "advanced" reply window to upload that zip file here as an attachment.

This might point us to a non Windows driver causing the error, if one exists for it.

Since almost all bugchecks can be caused by faulty ram, I would recommend you perform memory tests.

Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Memory

Memtest86 - A Stand-alone Memory Diagnostic
 

mumprenuer

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Ok thanks... here's the dumpcheck folder.. now I'm still not sure HOW to do the memory test..I need to reread about it...

Thanks again
 

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mumprenuer,

The most important thing to do first is make a good backup of your personal files and confirm that they are good and readable on another PC.
Countless times people do backups and they are corrupt for numerous reasons.

Next, what file system are you using?
You can find the information in disk management...

How to use Disk Management


To start Disk Management:
1.
Log on as administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2.
Click Start, click Run, type
compmgmt.msc
and then click OK.
3.
In the console tree, click Disk Management. The Disk Management window appears. Your disks and volumes appear in a graphical view and list view. To customize how you view your disks and volumes in the upper and lower panes of the window, point to Top or Bottom on the View menu, and then click the view that you want to use.
NOTE: Microsoft recommends that you create a full back up of your disk contents before you make any changes to your disks or volumes.
Below is a screen shot of where to look for the file system if you can't find it?
http://img231.imageshack.us/my.php?image=filesystemfat32ntfsap4.png
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***FYI;
fat32 vs. ntfs
http://www.google.com/search?q=fat32+vs+ntfs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:eek:fficial&client=firefox-a
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Based on 4 hours of researching & examining your minidump logs;
The first 2 most common causes are MEMORY & HARD DRIVE failure.
So check your memory ASAP it can take a couple of hours.
http://www.memtest.org/
Then check you hard drive;
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

**more info on your crash
errors fastfat.sys & disk.sys from your logs
http://forums.techguy.org/search.php?searchid=236565
http://forums.techguy.org/search.php?searchid=236586
 

mumprenuer

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Based on 4 hours of researching & examining your minidump logs;
The first 2 most common causes are MEMORY & HARD DRIVE failure.
So check your memory ASAP it can take a couple of hours.
http://www.memtest.org/
Then check you hard drive;
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
I have been trying to figure how to do the memory test and check hard drive...

Can someone please enlighten me further...as I'm really not technically minded.

Thanks in advance
 
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