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Goofy Windows Problem -- Input Requested

devynal

The Idiot Circus Boy
#1
Hello --

I'm currently working on a client's computer -- it's identical to the one in my sig save she has a 5900FX card. EDIT: (She has onboard sound, not an audigy card, and has a plextor cdrw, no dvdrw)

She just noticed yesterday that it began giving blue-screen of death messages with different errors. When I began working on it, sometimes it was ntfs.sys, another time it was a usb***.sys, etc.

I ran it through the basics steps; spyware, virus removal etc. Some spyware was found, and I got rid of it but the errors persisted. I re-installed Windows after some more blue-screen errors. It STILL gives me blue-screen errors and sometimes just reboots without notice or errors. I unchecked "auto restart" on system failure without success.

I ran the memory through memtest thinking it was it since it gave me memory allocations in each error message but it passed 100%.

I ran stinger to see if a blaster worm or variant was lingering and nothing was found.

I'm really at a loss of what to do! My last step is a complete format and reinstall but that is the last resort. Any thoughts?
 

Mainframeguy

Debiant by way of Ubuntu
#2
devynal said:
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I ran the memory through memtest thinking it was it since it gave me memory allocations in each error message but it passed 100%.
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I have had problems like this and memory has passed all tests - yet swapping memory has resolved it. In my case I believe the memory would only fail when the whole rig was running hot also or somesuch - anyway, IMO memtest is not infallible and you could try swapping memory if it is an easy option for you.
 

devynal

The Idiot Circus Boy
#3
Mainframeguy said:
I have had problems like this and memory has passed all tests - yet swapping memory has resolved it. In my case I believe the memory would only fail when the whole rig was running hot also or somesuch - anyway, IMO memtest is not infallible and you could try swapping memory if it is an easy option for you.
I'm thinking that it is the memory. I switched out my memory for hers (exact same stuff) and I was able to put SP2 on the machine with no BSoDs. I put hers back in and got three errors off the bat. But now it has been running 12 hours with no errors at all. :confused: It's really confusing. Thanks for the help. :)
 

Mainframeguy

Debiant by way of Ubuntu
#4
no surprises there - this is common with memory problems, all depends when you access the bad part, which may only fail intermittently anyway - so I should nto be confused unless problem NEVER recurrs!
 
L

Lee

Guest
#5
Hope her memory is under warranty, it seems like a problem with memory i encountered when I used ME (I know, I know should have stayed with Win98SE) could not even install from d.o.s. as it kept causing all sorts of errors. Tried a smaller piece 64 megabytes instead of the 3 pieces of 64 originally in the board and worked like well 'clockwork'. Felt greedy put the old bits back in and dead as a Dodo.

Ahh and as for norton system works 2000 telling me my memory was in luv with my machine, ha, that app got it wrong.
 

devynal

The Idiot Circus Boy
#6
It ran fine for a few days now, no sweat. Now it crept back when it printed something. Weird...

EDIT: I booted her machine with my own hard drive and hooked hers up via the 2nd SATA controller. I now remember I still received BSoDs with mine hooked up so I know it's not a faulty driver or software because my system has never experienced these errors. This is giving me an almost 99% certainty that it's the memory.
 

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