Locks up or Errors every other boot

September 21, 2005 at 05:54:20
Specs: WIN XP, AMD 2500/512

I have had a weird problem on my computer. I had this problem before and did a complete reinstall of Win XP Pro. It appears that when I wake up in the morning and turn my computer onafter the Windows XP logo screen the computer with locks up (with a black screen) or I get a blue screen of death with a stop error code. Sometimes I see that Windows actually makes it to the icon screen and then gives me a BSOD. When I perform a soft boot a choose last known configuration that worked it boots fine. This problem seems to occur mostly on EVERY OTHER BOOT. Anyone know what could cause this kind of problem every other time. I know it can't be the PS since the computer hasn't been used all night when I first turn it on. I ran memtest and it appears to be fine too. Plus the system is very stable when running in the normal course of the day.

TIA.


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#1
September 21, 2005 at 07:15:34

Make a note of the exact STOP error and determine the problem here http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.php


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#2
September 21, 2005 at 07:30:03

Unfortunately, the stop error messages vary from IRQ errors, to bad nsdx.dll (sp?) file. Sometimes I never even get the BSOD and the screen is just black and sits there.

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#3
September 21, 2005 at 07:36:58

Event Viewer may give you a clue, particularly if it's a graphics problem.

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#4
September 21, 2005 at 07:40:34

1)Check the power supply. A failing PSU can cause random, non-reproducable errors.
2 it's possible that your hard drive is problematic.your HDD
Manufacturer provides a disk
fault detection tool (the downloaded binary will supposedly create a bootable disc).
Run the tool, and if it finds fault, hope that the
drive is still under warranty. If so, RMA it while you still have some use (but make sure you
backup your important information first) or purchase a new drive if the warranty has expired.
3)Check the CMOS Battery
4) Test your Ram
5) Make your floppy or CD-ROM drive, not the HDD, first in the boot order.
6) Test your CPU/HeatSink & Fan
7)Clean your registry
Finally What type of Firewall /Antivirus/ Startup programs are you Running !!!!!!
Bon Courage..



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#5
September 21, 2005 at 09:30:38

See comments below:

1)Check the power supply. A failing PSU can cause random, non-reproducable errors.

It's not really a random error because it occurs every OTHER time I boot the computer. It also happens first thing in the morning and the computer otherwise runs Windows fine (assuming I get a good boot) so I don't think this is the problem.

2 it's possible that your hard drive is problematic.your HDD
Manufacturer provides a disk
fault detection tool (the downloaded binary will supposedly create a bootable disc).
Run the tool, and if it finds fault, hope that the
drive is still under warranty. If so, RMA it while you still have some use (but make sure you
backup your important information first) or purchase a new drive if the warranty has expired.

Drive checked out okay.

3)Check the CMOS Battery

No errors reported.

4) Test your Ram

No errors reported.

5) Make your floppy or CD-ROM drive, not the HDD, first in the boot order.

Right now I have my boot order has HDD-0, then CD. I don't have a floppy. Why change the boot order?

6) Test your CPU/HeatSink & Fan

System is stable (assuming I get XP to load).

7)Clean your registry

This was a new install so I can't imagine things are messed up here.

Finally What type of Firewall /Antivirus/ Startup programs are you Running !!!!!!

Running just Win XP Firewall, Norton 2003 Antivirus.

I do get a ati2mtag error in my event viewer occassionally, but I'm running the latest drivers for my 9600xt.


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#6
September 21, 2005 at 22:52:34

Try another graphics card if you have it.

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