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Windows XP BSOD

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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Device Manager

by chisel In reply to Something To Try

Before going to the extreme of backing up and doing a re and re
Try this
Go into the control panel and go to Device manager. Right click disable the video, network, sound card. These are the usual suspects. Run the system and see what happens. If it's ok go back and enable each device and reboot . This will help you narrow down the problem.
If this fails then try what sbrager posted.

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Device Manager

by sbrager In reply to Device Manager

Good idea, chisel. I'd amend your suggestion to re-enable each device one-at-a-time and test for BSOD. This way, you can point to the specific device which has caused the problem.

Remember, sometimes it's a combination of devices which may cause the error. Typically, it is the video and the sound cards which have the worst drivers.

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Software vs Hardware

by realist123 In reply to Something To Try

In my experience, BSOD is hardware related. Some or all basic software may or may not access the hardware that is the source of the problem. Games (especially newer games) tend to use much more of your system hardware than other standard software. So when you have a game that uses most of your ram or video ram, it could be then that you are accessing the damaged or dysfunctional chip within that piece of hardware. Before reinstalling your system, I would advise trying all the hardware checks.

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Did you move the HD from old sys with OS

by techiemikee In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Did you move the HD from old system and leave the OS intact or is this a Clean OS install?

Most common reports of BSOD reported to me turned out to be bad memory.

Not mentioned in prevouse posts but things I've seen reported have been:
HD degredation
Bootlegged OS installs

The screendump or BSOD info displayed rarely offered me enough info to even point me in the right direction, and more often than not it points me in the wrong direction. Anyone agree or disagree?

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by anthonypotter1 In reply to Windows XP BSOD

had a similar problem when building a new machine within the last four weeks. On start up the RAM appeared to be OK. Checks on the RAM also appeared to indicate that it was in working order. The RAM blocks were removed and tested in the computer seperatley ~ One of the sets then showed up as being faulty. It was replaced and there has been no problem since
Tony

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Try this

by mikedelapena In reply to Windows XP BSOD

1. Check the software vendor for hardware and OS compatibility issues. if ok next;
2. Some games needs some DirectX be sure the proper DirectX is installed. if ok next;
3. Theck for game updates and patches; if ok next;
4. There maybe some crosslinked file and some bad cluster in your hard drive that some driver filess have been affected. Try to run scandisk on all your hard drive. Otherwise;
5. Your computer may be infected by some virus or some sort. if so; (I hate this part)
6. Completely reinstall your OS with clean installation CDs. - Be sure its the original one.

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Tip

by enriquechristian In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Click on Start/Right click My Computer/Manage/Click + sign next to Event Viewer/Click Application or System/On Error messages copy what is under SOURCE and do search on Google. Hope it helps.

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Windows XP BSOD

by dannyz327 In reply to Windows XP BSOD

The Errors range from
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
BAD_POOL_CALLER

The problem you're having has to do with your hard drive. IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error is related to a hard drive problem. You're hard drive might have damaged sectors. My recommendation is to use a different/new hard drive. If it works, then the problem was due to a damaged sector(s).

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by alisdair.comb In reply to Windows XP BSOD

Already scanned the HD using Checkdisk, and run a defragmentation with Diskeeper 8, found no errors.

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Could be BIOS

by Great Gray In reply to Windows XP BSOD

I had random BSOD and it was usally when working with large picture files. I did a Bios update and it stop.
Just one more odd thing that might be the problem.

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