Asrock P4V88 blue screen errors

Asrock P4v88 desktop motherboard - via c...
January 23, 2011 at 09:51:31
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Intel Northwood @ 2.8 GHz - 2X 1GB @ 400 MHz (Dual channel)

I am facing this problem recently while loading Windows or while trying install/reinstall Win OS (XP or 7)!!!

The same motherboard with the same hardware and OS+software installed was working fine for long time!!! Recently appeared this issue!!!

I tried to run some-various motherboard check utility and they found it working perfectly!!!

The MemTest showed that the RAM is absolutely OK!!!

I have tried a lot of tests and ways to resolve this problem!!! But till now I got nothing possitive!!!

Someone could ask "Why do you still try to revive this very old PC???"
The answer is that I need a PC just to play the roleas a music player (playlists)!!! So I don't need a monster-PC for it!!!

If someone has any idea I will appreaciate it!!!

Thanks for your time!!!


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January 23, 2011 at 09:55:07
You didn't say what the error screen said. Have you run a hard drive test on it?

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January 23, 2011 at 10:04:57
OK, you gave a long useless explanation, now tell use what's happening. I suggest that you not waste Win7 on that outdated system, XP will perform much better.

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January 23, 2011 at 10:51:53
@ mickliq

1) Be kind on what kind of words you write and if you dont want to give a hand, just keep away from the discussion!!!

2) I am writing clearly that I am getting BLUE SCREENS while the system loads the WIN XP PRO kernel!!! Or when I tried to REINSTALL Win XP PRO, it starts the hardware detection, starts to load the files from Installation CD and suddenly crashes and appears A BLUE SCREEN reporting a hardware issue!!! DIFFERENT CODE each time I am trying!!! The only reason I did not post a code of blue screen issue is that every time I retry, it gives a different code!!!

Maybe there is a problem with the memory controller (I have tried to use some different PCI (except of the onboard) controllers (IDE 133, IDE 133 RAID, SATA, STAT RAID) disabling the onboard devices e.g. diskette, all IDE and PATA-SATA, sound (AC97), LAN, USB etc controllers!!! I just left enabled ONLY THE the absolutelly necessary to isolate if the problem starts with one of these controllers (hardware issue)!!!

3) If you read carefully at the beginnin of the post, there is a detailed description of the system!!!

(criss_x January 23, 2011 at 09:51:31 Pacific
Windows XP Pro, Intel Northwood @ 2.8 GHz - 2X 1GB @ 400 MHz (Dual channel)

I am suspicious that the motherboard has any damaged capacitors!!!

Now let's make some things clear!!!

1) The memory modules (2X 1 GB DDR Kingston @ 400 MHz) are working PERFECTLY (I have checked them on another system that it works fine)! I have tried also to plug only one of these each time of try!!

2) The processor is working absolutely perfectly!!!

3) The hard disk I have already installed is already checked out (by the WD Diagnostic utility, HDD regenerator and Spin Rite) + I installed a BRAND NEW for the recently reinstallation!!!

4) The PSU except of the already installed, is replaced by a BRAN NEW one with a 450W that is working perfectly with another similar system!!!

5) The CD/DVD drive is also replaced by a BRAND new (to be sure that I have not a reading problem from the Installation CD that works also PERFECTLY too)!!!

Well... I am planning to buy another one motherboard (even used but working well), just only to do not force you to get tired thinking about to resolve my problem!!!

Thanks to all!!!

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January 23, 2011 at 11:16:25
download, the lxde version of this and create a bootable cd:

boot with the cd, choose the run from ram option. when the destop comes up , open firefox , go to youtube and run videos for about an hour.
report back the results.


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January 23, 2011 at 11:49:45
I'm more than happy to help, but you've got to give us something to go on. Your system specs aren't listed in the body of your question so to determine which board, CPU & RAM you have, we have to hunt for it. Not a major problem but you should at least be considerate to the helpers by supplying all the necessary info within the body of the question. How are we supposed to know if the specs listed under your name are the specs to the machine that you're asking about? Some people have multiple systems.

It doesn't matter if your system has been "working fine for long time" or "why you want to revive it" or that it's "just to play the roleas a music player". That's all just useless fluff that has no bearing on your problem.

You mention a blue screen but don't state what the error message is. If there were several different ones, listing a couple of them would be helpful. Did you google any of the STOP codes? Also, which type of HDD do you have - IDE/PATA or SATA? XP won't install on a SATA HDD without jumping thru a few hoops 1st. I just wrote a "How-to" about it this morning:

"I am suspicious that the motherboard has any damaged capacitors!!!"

That's simple to check for - unplug the power cord, open the case & look for bulging or leaking capacitors.

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January 23, 2011 at 15:02:32
Some mboards develop this problem - electrolytic capacitors were installed on them that were not properly made, and they fail eventually - the mboard manufacturer didn't know they were improperly made at the time the mboard was made.

Open up your case and examine the mboard to see if you have bad capacitors, and/or other findable signs of mboard damage .

This was the original bad capacitor problem - has some example pictures.
History of why the exploding capacitors and which mboard makers were affected:

What to look for, mboard symptoms, example pictures:
Home page that site
- what the problem is caused by
- he says there are STILL bad capacitors on more recent mboards.

Pictures of blown capacitors, other components, power supplies, Athlon cpu's, etc.:

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January 27, 2011 at 13:04:02
Thanks buddie!!!

I will download it and run it... then I will come back to inform about news!!!

Thanks again!!!

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January 27, 2011 at 13:39:29
Hey guy...

Try to follow me...

The system configuration is:

Mainboard: ASrock P4V88

CPU: Intel 4 @ 2.8GHz Northwood (the same that was working always) but I tried also another P4 @ 3.0 GHz Northwood!!!

RAM: (Dual channel) 2 X DDR 256MB, 333 MHz, but I tried too 2 X 1 GB Kingston 400 MHz adjusted once @ 333 (166 MHz) and once @ 400 (200 MHz) timing!

Hard drive: I used both kinds IDE/PATA and SATA (securely sure in perfcet cindition, no bad sectors, or other faults)... finally I removed the hard dis and tried to boot from various CD/DVD's... the system still continued to crash/hang while the hardware detection at the beginning of installation!!!

CD/DVD drive: LG CD-DVD/RW Dual layer on the IDE channels (one by one each time of try and alternatively on the primary or secondary connection)

VGA card: 3 different AGP cards, ATI 128 Express Pro, Asus V9560/ TD, ATI X1600
the display is working fine while posts and loading the installation CD/DVD and as it starts XP Pro installation and detecting the hardware cofiguration CRASHES or give BLUE SCREEN (different code each time)!!!

The PSU (ATX 430W) I used except of the same it was always working with, I took it from another system is working perfectly!!!! Finally I plugged another from an IBM system (top quality stuff)!!!

So... ALL the parts I used on this mainboard, are certainly working perfcetly and corporating with other mainboards!!! I just tried to isolate the part is failing!!!

Everything is showing that this mainboard is damaged!!!

I already have order a BRAND NEW mainboard (Gigabyte GA-8IPE1000-G REV4.0) to setup the system, as the ASrock seems to be dead!!!

Thanks in advance all of you for your support.

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January 27, 2011 at 14:15:31
Did you find anything when you examined the capacitors ?
If you didn't, then there is no certainly the mboard is damaged.

"2) I am writing clearly that I am getting BLUE SCREENS while the system loads the WIN XP PRO kernel!!! "
"DIFFERENT CODE each time I am trying!!! The only reason I did not post a code of blue screen issue is that every time I retry, it gives a different code!!!"

The same problem can cause different STOP error codes. However, eventually, usually, you see the same group of STOP error codes again.

"Or when I tried to REINSTALL Win XP PRO, it starts the hardware detection, starts to load the files from Installation CD and suddenly crashes and appears A BLUE SCREEN reporting a hardware issue!!! "

You should NOT get ANY errors reading the files from that XP CD.

If you DO get errors reading files from the CD,

See Response 7 in in this,

starting at


"Errors reading from the CD can be caused by....."

If the second stage of Setup DOES NOT complete, you DO have a hardware problem .
See response 7 and response 9 in this:

"RAM: (Dual channel) 2 X DDR 256MB, 333 MHz, but I tried too 2 X 1 GB Kingston 400 MHz adjusted once @ 333 (166 MHz) and once @ 400 (200 MHz) timing!"

There is usually nothing wrong with the ram that worked fine when it was installed in the mboard previously.

Ram that works in another mboard , or any ram you buy or have lying around, may not work properly, or sometimes, not at all - even if it physically fits and is the right overall type (e.g. SDram, DDR, DDR2, etc.; PCxxxx, xxx mhz) for your mboard. In the worst cases of incompatibilty your mboard WILL NOT BOOT all the way with it installed, and the mboard may not even beep - the ram has to be compatible with the mboard's main chipset, or in the case of recent mboards, compatible with the memory controller built into the cpu.

If you still have the ram that was installed when the system worked fine, and you know which modules they were, try installing just that ram.

Some ram manufacturer's modules do not strictly adhere to the JEDEC standards that most mboards bioses use to determine ram settings.
In that case, the ram settings in the bios Setup that the bios has automatically chosen may not be correct.
Check the ram settings in your bios - the ram voltage, and the ram timing numbers - those should be the same as for the specs for the modules themselves. Often the ram voltage and timing numbers are printed on the label on the modules.

If the voltage setting or timings settings in the bios are different from the specs for the ram, change them in the bios. The timing numbers must be as close as you can get to the same, or slower timings (higher numbers = slower) - you won't notice the difference the slower settings make.

If you have a mix of different modules
- don't mix ram that different voltages are specified for - the bios will force the ram to use the lowest voltage, if "by spd" or similar is used (default settings) - ram that a higher voltage is specified for is more likely to not work properly in that situation.
- the bios settings must be those for the slowest timing settings of all the modules, or slower (higher numbers = slower).

NOTE that I have seen some cases in Topics on this web site where the ram passes a diagnostics test, yet there are errors produced in Windows when the settings the bios is using for the ram don't match the specified settings the ram is supposed to use. E.g. when one or more of the ram timing numbers the bios is using is LOWER than that specified on / for the module (that being higher than specified causes no problems).

"CPU: Intel 4 @ 2.8GHz Northwood (the same that was working always) but I tried also another P4 @ 3.0 GHz Northwood!!!"

Apparently there are P4V88, P4V88+, and P4V88-M+ models.

If you have the P4V88
According to this:

The only 3.0 ghz Northwood cpus you can use are one of these:

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May 30, 2011 at 17:47:14
I got the same problem as you criss-x, my asrock has worked for years with no probs until i fitted a newer g-card, asus replace nvidia 6600gti 128 and everything was brill, until i realised half the functinality was missing, ie no gamer osd. so like they say update your drivers. i now have very fubar'd Asrock p4v88+
because the whole thing went bats---. I think the harddrive fault has something to do with Atapi drivers. you have to make a boot disk, because it was always a pain to re Xp. there was a download and explination somewhere, possibly at brothersoft. I start my new install wednesday, and if all goes well I will post my results...
bob b

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June 4, 2011 at 13:01:00
bob b

You should have started your own Topic - clicked on Start a discussion - you will likely get more responses. Copy the url - address - of this thread as a reference and include that in your post if you like.

Your power supply must have enough capacity to handle the Radeon 4650 video chipset's power requirements.

What max (output) wattage capacity does the power supply have ?

Recommended system power supply capacties for a video card that's installed in a mboard slot that has the video chipset:

Geforce 6600GT - minimum 300 watts

Radeon 4650 - minimum 400 watts

If your power supply capacity is less than 400 watts, you will probably have problems when the 4650 card is installed. You may be able to get by with a good quality brand of 350 watt PS, but not likely less than that.
An inadequate capacity power supply may work ok with the video chipset at first but the PS will eventually be damaged from being overloaded.

"i realised half the functinality was missing, "

Make sure the setting for Initialize Video First or Primary Video or similar in the bios Setup is set properly. E.g. if the 4650 card is PCI-E X 16, make sure that the setting is set to that or similar (that doesn't include plain PCI).
If that setting is wrong, you still have video in Windows but Windows won't be able to support the enhanced features supported by the specific drivers loaded for the e.g. PCI-E X16 video chipset properly.

You DO NOT have to re-install Windows when you change which video adapter you are using.
It's advisable for you to un-install any specific video drivers you have loaded for the orginal video adapter that are listed in Add or Remove Programs so that Windows has the video in a plain VGA or Safe VGA state when you install a different video card, but in this case that is probably not a factor since the two video adapters are made by different chipset makers .

"i realised half the functinality was missing, "

You must install the video software for the 4650 properly.
Follow the directions that came with the card !


When Windows pops up Found New Hardware that is your video adapter, BEFORE you have installed the software for it, you DO NOT point Windows to where the video software for the chipset is on a CD or on a hard drive in order to load drivers. Doing so will NOT install the software properly, because the required software is NOT just the drivers - there are other associated files that must be installed properly along with the drivers. CANCEL that, let the desktop fully load, then run the software installation from the CD that came with the card, or run the software installation for the video chipset that you downloaded from the AMD web site.

If you choose to load the Catalyst software, which is part of the default Full software installation, you MUST load a Microsoft .Net Framework version - usually it's version 2.0 - BEFORE you load the Catalyst software.
See the installation instructions on the AMD web site where you download the drivers is you need to about that.
If you're loading the software from a CD, you may or may not be prompted to install that if it's not detected on your system.
If you use a download from the AMD web site, that is usually, if not always, NOT included - you can download it from the Microsoft web site and install it.

.Net Framework versions are independant of one another. E.g. you may require version 1.1 or 2.0 for one or more programs when youi already have a higher version number installed.

If you do load version 2.0 gotten from the Microsoft web site, there is also an update that must be installed for it. It will eventually be installed by Automatic Update, or you can go to the Microsoft Update web page after version 2.0 has been loaded and it will then be listed for you to install when you do an Express search.

If you are getting error messages, quote exactly what you're seeing that is unique.

If they're blue screen messages...

quote the STOP:0x00000xx code.

There may be a problem file named at the end of the text - if there is tell us what that is.

If the computer reboots before you can read what it says on a blue screen, press F8 repeatedly while booting and when you see the Windows boot choces menu, choose
Disable automatic restart.....

Windows will then attempt to load normally and when you get a blue screen error message it will stay on the screen.

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