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Old 03-25-2008, 11:07 PM   #1
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I am having some pretty extreme issues with a specific blue screen that always occurs. Each time I boot up and log in, the computer works fine for around 30 seconds, then...BAM! The infamous blue screen attacks! My computer only functions in safe mode, which I am posting this message in. Its a generic blue screen just reading "windows has encountered a problem and has shut down to prevent damage to your computer". Then at the bottom it reads 0x00000124 then a bunch of other 0s in a pair of parenthesis. I don't believe it is the RAM causing the issue because I have swapped out the RAM as well as taken one stick out and the problem strikes anyways. If anyone can help me or can offer any advice as to how to fix this problem, please do so. Thanks in advance. (Full Specs Listed Below)

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Old 03-25-2008, 11:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Re-Appearing Blue Screen

does the BSOD point to a file (usually something.dll)?
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:26 PM   #3
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Hmm... how would I check to see if it does?
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:34 PM   #4
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Usually on the bottom quarter of the BSOD (usually right under the 0x00000124)

It should just have a line that lists a file. An example would be something like nvkdlm.dll
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:45 PM   #5
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No, Celegorm, no file listed. Anything else to try?
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Have you tried booting into the Last known good configuration?
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:57 PM   #7
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Is this the samecomputer which wouldn't boot with the overclock you were using a day or 2 ago?. If so I would try setting your bios settings back to default and see if that stops it.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:07 AM   #8
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I don't know how many times you are going to solve my problems celegorm, but you did it again. Whether the solution is simple and obvious (like this one), or complex, you always seem to know the answer. I have tried that last known good configuration before for other problems and it seemed completely useless, but I guess I was wrong. I once again appreciate your help, and give you many thanks. Lowndsey, yes it is the same computer but I had already tried to default the bios settiings with no luck. Thanks for the suggestion nonetheless.
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Old 03-26-2008, 12:13 AM   #9
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FALSE ALARM I'm very sorry for the confusion but I had no idea that booting last know good configuration would cause the problem to take 15 minutes to occur rather than 30 seconds, but thats exactly what happened. Any more suggestions are appreciated.
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hmm let's try this:

Open up command prompt (Start\run\cmd). In command prompt type "chkdsk /r" and press enter. Make sure there is a space between the "k" and the "/".

It will ask if you want to run this at next start up since it cannot do it then, type "Y" and press enter. Now restart your computer and it'll run on boot up.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:26 AM   #11
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I tried the chkdsk and it took well over an hour to complete. But hey, a lot of times the most efficient things take time. They didn't build the Great Wall in a day did they? (I'll spare you from any more clichés) Thats why I couldn't post back too quickly. So far its worked, but it has only been 15 minutes. Its currently 2:26 AM so I will be hitting the sack and if it continues to work I will post back tomorrow morning (This morning if you want to get technical). Thanks.
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Sorry, I should have warned you that it would take some time. Let me know how it works for you.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:17 PM   #13
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I had been on the computer this morning for some time (over an hour) and everything was going great. I was getting ready to post back saying its working well but then the blue screen struck again. The same message, but this time after a considerably longer time period. It seems these ideas you are giving me are prolonging the working time of my computer but not fixing it completely. This is quite odd but at least its going somewhere. I thank you for your suggestions so for, but I fear this problem is far from fixed.
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:33 PM   #14
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I would start looking at your computer temps, and also did you over clock your PC recently as lowndsey said?, if so change it back as you have obviously made your system unstable, for a simple over clock just alter the FSB but only a little bit at a time., when was the last time your PC had a clean out, check the inside of the case for dust, (heatsinc and jumpers), check your fans are working correctly and are not cluttered up, clean out all the air vents.
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The computer is only a few weeks old so all vents and fans are functioning very well. And I have always checked my temps and they run idle at just under 40c.
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And, I have already tried defaulting the BIOS.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:02 PM   #17
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Theres one more thing that may be useful to know. I decided to run a game to see if the problem was accelerated. And sure enough, after only a few seconds of play, the blue screen appeared. Now this doesn't mean the problem only occurs while in game, as it has occurred many, many times while the computer was idle. Hopefully this information will offer some help in tracking down the source of the problem, although it probably doesn't.
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I know I seem to be posting too many times in a row, but I cant help making my own discoveries. I figured that I should default the BIOS again and check out the results. It turns out i may have done something wrong last time I tried to default them because this time it fixed the problem. Running at the stock speed on 2.4 ghz for my processor the problem seems to be fixed. I ran HL2 for 10 minutes without the error occurring. This find troubles me because I would really rather not stay at 2.4ghz. Any suggestions on keeping the system stable at 3.4ghz are welcome. I apologize to Lowndsey and blackjack for neglecting their comments as they were obviously good suggestions.
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um , it is a bad overclock . im not sure what your running but try something like this

Ram at 5-5-5-15 - 800mhz (important)
Cpu at 400 x8 =3.4
Vcore at something about 1.4 but thats up to your computer

AND download pc wizard 2008 and tell us your temps
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Old 03-26-2008, 03:31 PM   #20
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I tried those settings as well as tweaked them slightly in both directions but I couldn't even get into windows with them. My computer doesn't seem to like 8x Multipliers. I cant even get it to 3.2 with an 8x Multiplier. However, I did get it stable (I think) at 3.2 with a 9x multiplier.
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