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By alisdair.comb ·
In december I finally saved up enough money to buy a new computer, one that I was going to build myself and something i've done before.

Everything seemed to be fine however it seems I am plaqued by Blue Screens of Death when playing Games such as Sims 2 and Quake 4, I've also had crashes in World of Warcraft.

The Errors range from
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
BAD_POOL_CALLER

Somes times it does not give a specific error but just a blue screen with an error code that doesn't really help.

I tested just about everything I can think of and i simply can't find the cause.

I work in support myself so I've tried alot of things already, any further suggestions would be helpful.

Windows XP Pro (SP2)
AMD 64 3500+
HIS 512mb x1800xt PCI-E
Crucial 1GB (2x512MB) DDR PC3200 Ballistix Dual Channel
Antec TrueBlue 2.0 480W PSU
Creative X-FI Sound Card
Hitachi Deskstar T7K250 NCQ 250GB SATA-II 8MB Cache
Antec P180 Case
ASUS A8N-MVP


1) Tested my Ram for many hours using Prime95 and Microsofts memory test, no errors.

2) Heat seems fine, case temp is around 32c my CPU is averages around 39-44C.

3) Uninstalled and re-installed drivers, even used a driver cleaner for my ATI drivers.

4) Updated to the BIOS to the latest version available along with all the drivers i've found on ASUS site.

5) Scanned for viruses, trojans etc.. nothing found

I am currently using Microsoft Debug tools to see what the crash dump file contains but I am new to the program and don't fully understand it.

Can you help

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by alisdair.comb In reply to You are overloading your ...

Strange the PSU should be more that enough for my system, I made sure that I bought a good branded PSU .

Something to check though.

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It's the PSU

by jpitt2298 In reply to You are overloading your ...

450 Watts is great for standard use but Gaming requires 100% of the system which uses lot of wattage.Your power Supply is rated at 450Watt MAX.(It'll run a 200 Watt system effectively) Remember that fans and USB devices also use a significant amount of wattage as well. I upgraded my PSU to 600 Watts and haven't seen a BSOD since.Dhect1 hit it I believe but you would know for sure after the PSU was replaced.

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RAM usually

by realist123 In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Have you tried taking ram out and testing individually? Having had this fault, I discovered one of my ram chips was faulty. Pain ITA if you have just got it but ...

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Motherboard issue

by chisel In reply to RAM usually

I have found that most BSOD with Win XP are hardware related. I would take out any add in cards and run the system. Replace the Video card ( If it's not built in)
It sounds like a motherboard issue. I have replaced many boards that were right out of the box.
This is especialty true if you have tested all the other components.

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Check FSB and CPU jumpers

by mcblaesing In reply to Motherboard issue

Looks like a CPU or FSB timing error that's causing an invalid interrupt request to DMI.

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I agree

by arcticwerewolf In reply to Motherboard issue

In many cases that I have found as well, taking out all cards and trying a different stick of RAM that you are aware that works fully would narrow down the cause.

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I agree

by inbox.com In reply to RAM usually

After doing Internet research and trying everything I read, I just fixed a computer by replacing the memory. No problems since.

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Onboard Video

by u4ea In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Unplugging all your USB devices is something to try, definitely. If the mobo has onboard video or sound built-in, are you sure it's disabled in BIOS?

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Could be software related

by paulayotte In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Usually a blue scree is caused by a hardware conflict but not always.I have read about a problem that is the exact discription of yours and it was being caused by Outpost firewall.Uninstalling the program fixed the problem.It might even be a bad install of some program.I have come across a problem where a version of Nero InCD was causing my computer to reboot and it wouldn't let me go into safemode.It was a long tedious process to find the problem and finally uninstalling the program fixed it, so I then installed an earlier version and it worked fine after that.
So that is what you will have to do my friend.
One step at a time.

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Something To Try

by sbrager In reply to Windows XP BSOD

I had a similar problem not to long ago and no one could put a finger on it. My solution was to start from the beginning and take things one at a time in order to validate what is working on your computer. It sounds from your description that you believe that the BSOD is software related. It could be that, it could be a combination of software and hardware.

The hardware you describe are from reputable manufacturers and I'll assume that your computer worked well without the games you've mentioned.

Here's a plan to validate your software and how it works with your hardware.

1) backup all your valuable data files on your the partition where the Operating System is located.

2) reformat that partition and re-install Windows.

3) re-install your programs one at a time. Test them to make certain that they're working without causing any BSOD.

4) if a program causes a BSOD, that will give you an idea of where the problem MAY lie.

5) remove the program and test your system to verify that you aren't getting the BSOD anymore. NOTE: you may continue to get the BSOD if the errant program modified an OS module. In this case, perform steps 1-3 WITHOUT INSTALLING THE PROGRAM WHICH SEEMED TO CAUSE THE BSOD.

6) skipping the program which caused the BSOD for the moment, install and test the next programs on your list.

7) if no more programs result in BSOD's, then, you know the software source of the BSOD and can contact that program's tech support and forum to determine what has happened and how to remedy the problem.

Stan

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