Dumping Physical Memory to Disk

October 15, 2008 at 04:33:56
Specs: XP Service pack 2, 3.0 Ghz
Hi my computer switches on showing all desktop icons then within a minute it shoes the blue screen with the message: "Driver-IRQL-Not Less or Equal,at the bottom it says "Beginning dump of physical memory,dumping physical memory to disk,the it counts from 0-99,making the same cycle,Firstly i thought its a virus then i run anri virus in safe mode as well system repair using xp disk,im about to try checking bad sectors using the xp cd,is the hard drive tired?? can i get some help

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October 15, 2008 at 05:00:14
Check your RAM for faults with the free program Memtest86+. Run it for several full passes & accept no errors.

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October 15, 2008 at 05:46:44
And another way to test RAM is to reduce to a single stick (min of 128Meg) and see if it happens with each stick. (This of course presumes you have at least two sticks installed.) And if you can borrrow a "known to be good" stick... even better to try with that also?

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October 15, 2008 at 07:25:34
There can be many reason for that message. Have you made ANY changes to your computer recently?

Boot into the BIOS (setup) and check the date and time.

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October 15, 2008 at 08:33:01
This error is never related to memory sticks.

Usually it relates to an installed driver. Either the driver is corrupt or the addressed hardware is having an issue.

What changed when this started?
New software installed?
Service pack installed?
New hardware installed?

run chkdsk /r to check for bad sectors.

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October 15, 2008 at 09:47:26
Have to disagree with you there Wanderer (and I don't often...) We had one instance (at work running W2K) where RAM "was" part of the problem - if not entirely the whole problem...

Also the installation on another system with similar memory dump was due to a seriously corrupted installation...; later found to be a failing drive... That drive failure was determined more out of academic interest by an IT geek after the drive had been removed etc...

But as you suggest there are other possibilities too... Who knows whyche it ith... (only "the Shadow knows...")

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October 15, 2008 at 10:25:26
I have to agree 100% with trvlr. I too had the same problems with a laptop, and it turned out that the RAM slot that the RAM was installed in was bad. Switched it to Slot B and all was well.

WinSimple Software

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October 15, 2008 at 11:09:25
You said that you did a system repair using an XP disc. Did you still get the blue screen after that ? If yes, then it's probably a hardware error, such as RAM or the hard drive as mentioned in the other responses.

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