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HELP: dumping memory to disk....every 10-15 minutes???

By roberto_debajas ·
since january 12th...my PC(OS Win XP Pro) is blocking every 10-15 minutes...a blue screen saying: begining dump memory...then...blocked...every 10-15 minutes...i've checked anti-viruses...i've upgraded all hardware's drivers...nothing...this thing's stabil as a machine...
what should i do (hope other then buying a new PC)??

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by CG IT In reply to HELP: dumping memory to d ...

humm you can disable rebooting and writing of a memory dump. Click start. Navigate, control panel, performance & maintenance, system. Click the advanced tab on the System Properties page. In the lower right corner your'll see Start up and Recover with a radio button named settings. Click the settings button. On the lower right side of the advanced settings property page will be startup and recover. uncheck the reboot on system error and for memory dump choose none for the logging. This does NOT solve the system error problem though.

Run a memory test. You might be having a memory module going out which causes errors in read/write from memory. memtest86 is a pretty good testing program. heres a link: http://www.memtest86.com/

Another place to look is the event viewer. Click start. Navigate control panel, performance & maintenance. Click on Administrative Tools. There you will see event viewer. Click application and there you will see application events with critical errors if any. Also click on system. You'll see system events with any critical events. If there are critical errors in the event logs. Provide a comment here on what they are.

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by roberto_debajas In reply to

ok...there's a serious problem...i dont know how to run the memory test...i've downloaded the memtest86 as instructed...but dontknow how to install/run it...at the read me file is a install instruction (lynux only) and i operate on XP...another point: i've checked the performance..everithing's clean...PLEASE follow up...so far the only 1 to give a seriuos instruction/help...

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by sgt_shultz In reply to HELP: dumping memory to d ...

and can you take out half your ram to see if it settles down with one or the other of out, maybe you have bad ram?

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by roberto_debajas In reply to

checked...& no change.ram and hard drive are new...checked them and replace them...nothing changed...pity...thanx anyway

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by omie In reply to HELP: dumping memory to d ...

Check your PC for the CPU cooling fan. the heat sink might be dirty.. and it is running hot.
For the other thing you need to check the RAM as well as the hard drive.
There might be bad sector on the hard drive.

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by roberto_debajas In reply to

both RAM memory and the hard drive are new...as about the cooling fan...is clean...thanks 4 yr good will

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by roberto_debajas In reply to HELP: dumping memory to d ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by CG IT In reply to HELP: dumping memory to d ...

ah memtest86 is run from a floppy disk and not via windows. If you downloaded the file from memtest86: precompiled memtest86 Windows & DOS, then copy the folder contents to a floppy disc. Though the notepad instructions say linux only follow the instrutions in creating a bootable floppy and then boot to the floppy and run the test. This method ensures your testing ALL the memory. Also, sgt shultzs idea of removing memory modules to find the bad is a good idea unless your only using one module. Then you'll have to get a known good one and take out yours and put in the known good one and see if the problem clears up.

Mem dumps usually have an error code. If you can give us the error code, would help alot.

Background: mem dumps are associated with a critical system error and the computer can not run. Therefore the mem dump for trouble shooting what might be a cause. First thing to look at is a memory module problem. Either the memory module is going bad OR there could be a configuration problem in the BIOS, anywhere from voltage control & settings to frequency settings. Many people try to overclock their systems and that can cause the problems your seeing. A hinky power supply or a power supply that does not provide adequate power can cause your problems [along with incorrect voltage settings or control for memory modules]. Trouble shooting these kinds of problems are process of elimination. Best first place to start is the memory.

One other area I'll mention is people using ghost images of Windows XP. I know of people who try to use a ghost image of XP on another computer [so they don't have to buy another copy of XP] and run into some problems. This is associated with the Ghost image hardware not exactly the same on the target computer the ghost image is being installed on. One other problem I've run into is unstable mainboards e.g. a hinky or bad mainboard bios flash, and//or chipset drivers being just plain bad. VIA had this problem a while back.

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by CG IT In reply to

I'll ask you to enable the mem dump loggins and system reboot on critical error, boot your computer and let the system halt. Copy down the error code that shows up on the blue screen system halt and post here. Really would help to know what that error code is.

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by roberto_debajas In reply to

i've posted the error code a while ago and since then didnt heard any news from u...i put big hopes in you.Bst rds

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