RE: Help with blue screen of death



Rivan Guard
07-10-2005, 02:06 AM
guys, i know this thread has been quiet for a while, but if its any help now
i have been thru the same thing for months and think i've cracked it.

I too was getting repeated random bsod crashes. Microsoft's online crash
analysis site pointed me to possible driver problems as well as hardware
issues. After many clean XP reinstalls and hunting down drivers I realised
that it couldnt be a driver. My system would crash even with no third party
drivers or software installed. The frustration is teeth-grindingly annoying.
Even third party help sites could not help me pinpoint the exact problem,
although JIm Eshelmans helped the most by suggesting a hardware problem of
some sort. As a last resort before giving up and bining my laptop, I replaced
my RAM and so far, three days later...no crashes!!!

For seemingly random crashes, check your RAM. Both the Windows RAM tester
and the MemTest utilities failed to spot the RAM problem, even when run
overnight, so dont trust them. It might cost a few quid but it was worth it
in the end.

"Ara Kotchian" wrote:

> I really hope someone can help me.
>
> I keep getting the blue screen of death. I can turn on my machine and just
> leave it there and it will crash. Sometimes it doesn't crash all day,
> other times it crashes every 10 minutes. When I send the error report to
> microsoft it says its a driver problem. To date I have not been able to
> track down or isolate what driver is causing the problem. Microsoft has
> been completely unhelpful and useless in trying to resolve this.
>
> My machine is a 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1.5 gig ram, e-GeForce FX 5500
> graphics card, and Soundblaster Audigy sound card. I have an ASUS
> motherboard. I'm running Windows XP Home Addition with all the latest
> service packs and updates.
>
> Is there a tool or some way where I can find out which driver or drivers
> are bad ? I really don't want to format the drives and re-install
> everything. I did that already and nothing has changed. Since the problem
> is intermittent its very difficult to figure out after which program or
> hardware driver installation the crashing starts.
>
> THERE HAS TO BE SOME WAY to get some sort of a file name or something, the
> info in the BSOD is completely useless to me.
>
> Please help
>
> -AK
>

A. Sim
07-10-2005, 02:15 AM
Hi,

Can you tell me where to find RAM testers. I have a similar situation (a
BSOD whenever I install Norton or McAfee antivirus) and would like to test my
RAM.

thanks.

"Rivan Guard" wrote:

> guys, i know this thread has been quiet for a while, but if its any help now
> i have been thru the same thing for months and think i've cracked it.
>
> I too was getting repeated random bsod crashes. Microsoft's online crash
> analysis site pointed me to possible driver problems as well as hardware
> issues. After many clean XP reinstalls and hunting down drivers I realised
> that it couldnt be a driver. My system would crash even with no third party
> drivers or software installed. The frustration is teeth-grindingly annoying.
> Even third party help sites could not help me pinpoint the exact problem,
> although JIm Eshelmans helped the most by suggesting a hardware problem of
> some sort. As a last resort before giving up and bining my laptop, I replaced
> my RAM and so far, three days later...no crashes!!!
>
> For seemingly random crashes, check your RAM. Both the Windows RAM tester
> and the MemTest utilities failed to spot the RAM problem, even when run
> overnight, so dont trust them. It might cost a few quid but it was worth it
> in the end.
>
> "Ara Kotchian" wrote:
>
> > I really hope someone can help me.
> >
> > I keep getting the blue screen of death. I can turn on my machine and just
> > leave it there and it will crash. Sometimes it doesn't crash all day,
> > other times it crashes every 10 minutes. When I send the error report to
> > microsoft it says its a driver problem. To date I have not been able to
> > track down or isolate what driver is causing the problem. Microsoft has
> > been completely unhelpful and useless in trying to resolve this.
> >
> > My machine is a 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1.5 gig ram, e-GeForce FX 5500
> > graphics card, and Soundblaster Audigy sound card. I have an ASUS
> > motherboard. I'm running Windows XP Home Addition with all the latest
> > service packs and updates.
> >
> > Is there a tool or some way where I can find out which driver or drivers
> > are bad ? I really don't want to format the drives and re-install
> > everything. I did that already and nothing has changed. Since the problem
> > is intermittent its very difficult to figure out after which program or
> > hardware driver installation the crashing starts.
> >
> > THERE HAS TO BE SOME WAY to get some sort of a file name or something, the
> > info in the BSOD is completely useless to me.
> >
> > Please help
> >
> > -AK
> >

Oraclefire
07-10-2005, 02:15 AM
ram test x86 usually works well for me. you can get it here:
http://www.memtest86.com/ it is under the Gnu public license (GPL)


"A. Sim" <ASim@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:7B739E10-D869-48DF-A96D-7FDC6C0D1687@microsoft.com...
> Hi,
>
> Can you tell me where to find RAM testers. I have a similar situation (a
> BSOD whenever I install Norton or McAfee antivirus) and would like to test
> my
> RAM.
>
> thanks.
>
> "Rivan Guard" wrote:
>
>> guys, i know this thread has been quiet for a while, but if its any help
>> now
>> i have been thru the same thing for months and think i've cracked it.
>>
>> I too was getting repeated random bsod crashes. Microsoft's online crash
>> analysis site pointed me to possible driver problems as well as hardware
>> issues. After many clean XP reinstalls and hunting down drivers I
>> realised
>> that it couldnt be a driver. My system would crash even with no third
>> party
>> drivers or software installed. The frustration is teeth-grindingly
>> annoying.
>> Even third party help sites could not help me pinpoint the exact problem,
>> although JIm Eshelmans helped the most by suggesting a hardware problem
>> of
>> some sort. As a last resort before giving up and bining my laptop, I
>> replaced
>> my RAM and so far, three days later...no crashes!!!
>>
>> For seemingly random crashes, check your RAM. Both the Windows RAM tester
>> and the MemTest utilities failed to spot the RAM problem, even when run
>> overnight, so dont trust them. It might cost a few quid but it was worth
>> it
>> in the end.
>>
>> "Ara Kotchian" wrote:
>>
>> > I really hope someone can help me.
>> >
>> > I keep getting the blue screen of death. I can turn on my machine and
>> > just
>> > leave it there and it will crash. Sometimes it doesn't crash all day,
>> > other times it crashes every 10 minutes. When I send the error report
>> > to
>> > microsoft it says its a driver problem. To date I have not been able
>> > to
>> > track down or isolate what driver is causing the problem. Microsoft
>> > has
>> > been completely unhelpful and useless in trying to resolve this.
>> >
>> > My machine is a 2.4 GHz Pentium with 1.5 gig ram, e-GeForce FX 5500
>> > graphics card, and Soundblaster Audigy sound card. I have an ASUS
>> > motherboard. I'm running Windows XP Home Addition with all the latest
>> > service packs and updates.
>> >
>> > Is there a tool or some way where I can find out which driver or
>> > drivers
>> > are bad ? I really don't want to format the drives and re-install
>> > everything. I did that already and nothing has changed. Since the
>> > problem
>> > is intermittent its very difficult to figure out after which program or
>> > hardware driver installation the crashing starts.
>> >
>> > THERE HAS TO BE SOME WAY to get some sort of a file name or something,
>> > the
>> > info in the BSOD is completely useless to me.
>> >
>> > Please help
>> >
>> > -AK
>> >


RE: Help with blue screen of death