Windows pagefile errors

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September 6, 2009 at 21:33:36
Specs: Windows XP
For the last couple weeks randomly while running wow, my comptuer will beep (one short one) textures will flash, and then it will usually freeze. When I restart and look at the description in the event log, I see:
"An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation.

This confuses me for a few reasons, 1, my pagefile is not on the D drive, and 2, I have 2g of ram that as far as I can tell from the task manager, is still more than enough for what I'm running, if it all went to physical memory.

Secondly, for a test, I deactivated the pagefile entirely, and tried again. It works for a while, and then it decided to do almost the same thing. It beeped (didn't flash the textures this time) and froze. I came back and saw:
"An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk0\D during a paging operation." was what happened.

HOW can I have an error writing to disk for a paging operation when I deactivated the pagefile?!

As far as the problem itself, my best guess is that my power supply was undersized for my system (a piece of evidence for this is that the -12V rail according to CPUID is either -12.2, -8, -7, sometimes -4, and it keeps bouncing). It's a 350W for a system with an SATA hard drive, a Geforce 7800GT (maybe GTS, can't remember), and a dvd-burner. I'm thinkign that it might not be giving enough power when necessary, and causing things to lock up when it pulls more power than it can provide.

I'm getting a bigger power supply soon (500W) but any wisdom on this issue would be greatly appreciated.


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September 6, 2009 at 22:28:55
If your computer has hyper threading support, try disabling it in your BIOS temporarily. That has been know to cause this issue on some systems, and so disabling HT temporarily will us to identify/rule out HT as the cause.

I've also seen this with IAA (Intel Application Accelerator) program. You may try uninstalling this or at least updating it to the final version.

Finally, there are a bunch of potential solutions listed here:

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September 6, 2009 at 22:38:59
Here's some further info on the above:

(You don't need to sign up, just let the rest of the page load)

I'm not sure what the "D" refers to but it's not a drive designation.

You might want to check Intel or AMD's site (depending on who makes your cpu) and see if there's a cpu driver update.

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September 7, 2009 at 11:30:59
Yes, ignore the 'D', the message says 'harddisk 0'

Run chkdsk /R on the drive. It will check all the sectors for reliability. Note that it can take hours for a very large drive.

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