blue screens/lockups/fatal errors

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Eric, Mar 6, 2007.

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    Eric Guest

    Around a month ago, my computer was getting random bsods and made weird
    noises. I ran memtest86 and found a bunch of errors, so I thought it was the
    ram and replaced it. Before I received the new ram, i formatted a bunch of
    times and each time I did it, I would get the same set of errors and random
    blue screens. Additionally, I'd have trouble installing Windows and would
    essentially have a 1 in 10 chance of successfully installing(so i'd have to
    keep doing it until it was successful).

    I'd like to mention that right before I received my new RAM, I opened up my
    case and saw a thick layer of dust resting on the heatsink of my cpu below
    the fan. I cleared this and found that my problems drastically decreased. I
    was now able to play games without fatal erroring and wouldn't blue screen

    When I received my new RAM with Vista, I formatted again and everything ran
    smoothly for the first 2 or 3 weeks. After 3 weeks, I actually took my
    computer to go LAN with my friends - this is when the blue screens started.
    Fast forward to now, and I am blue screening all over the place with
    PFN_CORRUPT, win32k or other random blue screen messages. The error messages
    are never consistent and are always different. In addition, the sound is
    very choppy and I can even get IRQ blue screens when I watch movies. I even
    uninstalled the sound card drivers and the sound is still choppy. I will lock
    up randomly and fatal error in games. Basically, all the problems I had
    before have returned.

    Many have suggested that this might be a power supply issue. What are your
    thoughts? I'm not sure if the sound being choppy might have to do with the
    power supply. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks
    Eric, Mar 6, 2007
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    MeNotKnow Guest

    During the beta I'd occasionally get a build I just couldn't install. My
    solution (though not pretty) was to basically take everything out of the
    system except the hard drive and other necessary stuff. I'd even unplug the
    removable drives. I'd install Vista (quite quickly I might add) and it
    always seemed to work. Then I'd start putting stuff back in and somehow it
    always survived.

    Like I said, it isn’t pretty or fun, and certainly not what you'd expect
    from an RTM product. But it worked.
    MeNotKnow, Mar 6, 2007
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    Eric Guest

    thanks for the response but the problem is random blue screens and fatal
    errors. i don't know how i can get rid of them
    Eric, Mar 6, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    This doesn't have anything to do with Vista. You have hardware failure,
    probably the motherboard or the CPU. I very much doubt it is simply the
    power supply although you could certainly swap it out for a
    known-working one for a quick answer to that.

    Malke, Mar 6, 2007
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    Eric Guest

    which vista board should i go to for help with this matter?
    Eric, Mar 7, 2007
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    Puffnstuff Guest

    I would place a digital multimeter on the rails to see what the voltages are.
    A dying ps will cause a lot of problems with everything attached to it.
    Puffnstuff, Apr 20, 2007
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