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Old 01-15-2010, 11:53 PM   #21
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Well i had about 10 gigs left on an 80 (76.something) gig hd.
then thats fine. Run a memtest and if that doesn't work, I'd try to replace that file that fails to load in safe mode.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:53 PM   #22
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How do I run a memtest?
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http://www.memtest86.com/

you know how to burn an ISO right?
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:56 PM   #24
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Of course. Thanks.

One pass finished with no errors...
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Did you let it run for a while? Usually, I leave mine on overnight just to be safe. However, whenever I find that RAM has failed, it's usually evident by flagging errors within about 5-10 minutes.

If you're RAM test passes, then we are stuck with the hard drive.

One thing, and this is a biggie depending on your setup. I once worked with a computer a few weeks ago in which I needed to clear the BIOS. What happened was the HDD reverted back to a different setting (I can't recall what it was), but I had to turn it back to IDE/SATA (maybe the setting got set to SCSI on CMOS clearing...I'm just brain farting now, I'm sorry I can't recall what this was). Anyways, because it was set wrong, as soon as windows started loading, it would pop a BSOD.
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:35 AM   #26
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Alrighty I'll wangle around in the BIOS and check. It's a Dell though so most of the crap is locked...
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:45 AM   #27
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Dells normaly have that option.

I'd check out the hard drive. Download Ultimate Boot CD

That is a CD with a lot of diagnostics to test hard drives, RAM, partitions, and more. It's a necessity for all IT techies, I say.

Burn to disc and give it a try.
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:41 AM   #28
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Alright I'm dling the boot cd, any specific tests I should run?
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:08 PM   #29
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Look for HDD Diagnostics, under Hard drives or something. Can't remember the exact text.
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Old 01-16-2010, 02:18 PM   #30
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When you boot go into the BIOS, then your hardware monitor and check your CPU temps.
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