Physical Memory Dump

Dell GX110
May 16, 2006 at 10:22:10
Specs: XP, Plll/256

This blue screen came up and all I could catch was physical memory dump then the computer shut down and won't reboot. The motherboard light is on and the hdd light comes on for a min or two then nothing. Nother on the monitor either.

I just upgraded to XP from 98SE and have had no problems. Any clues???


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#1
May 16, 2006 at 10:48:39

That was the infamous BSOD (Blue Screen of Death). There are multiple reasons why this could occur, so we need more information.

Did you install anything new that might have caused this?

What were you doing right as this occured?

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#2
May 16, 2006 at 10:55:08

I was playing dice derby in pogo and had 1 other page in the background. also aim running (no conversation going though), zone alarm and etrust antivirus. I installed a cdrw/dvd player yesterday.

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#3
May 16, 2006 at 11:10:28

Did the machine boot successfully after installing the new hardware? Can you get into Safe Mode?

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#4
May 16, 2006 at 11:28:22

If you aren't getting the normal initial beep, you have a serious hardware problem. It should go to a shop for repair, unless you are very technical and brave.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!!!


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#5
May 16, 2006 at 11:34:21

A bsod is frequently - but not always.. - caused by less than perfect RAM. It may be OK for '98... but it may not be so for XP...

RAM may be going down on one or more sticks; may not be quite good enough for XP, although most of the time it may appear to be OK...

NT was picky, W2K more so; XP either loves it or hates it...

Less likely the hard-drive may have a problem or three...; a scandisk/checkdsk routine might help determine the state of the drive...


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#6
May 16, 2006 at 11:53:04

I would try the XP repair option...instuctions here:
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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#7
May 16, 2006 at 12:03:19

Certainly won't hurt to try that route first...

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#8
May 16, 2006 at 12:29:39

ok....no beep when i turn it on. I know where most of the parts are on the computer. Mother board, processor, sound card. I checked the hard drives over the w/e
with scandisk and another program i got from seagate. I can take the ram out of this computer and put it in that one but it may not be enough to run the xp. This computer has 98. I can't get to safe mode. And yes it booted fine after installing the new cdrw.

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#9
May 16, 2006 at 12:31:34

Try the Repair Install.

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#10
May 16, 2006 at 12:50:51

min RAM to get XP to at least boot and sort of trudge along... = 128MEg.

And after this line in your last message...

This computer has 98. I can't get to safe mode.

"....This computer has 98. I can't get to safe mode..."

I'm a little conphused... is this nowa dual-boot (XP/'98) system, or now a '98 system, or still an XP only system?


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#11
May 16, 2006 at 13:01:05

ok, thanks I will. And will get back to you in a few....

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#12
May 16, 2006 at 13:51:57

I have 2 computers. One is 98 and the other is XP Home. The XP wouldn't boot. I was on the 98(it's my husband computer). Sorry, didn't mean to confuse you!!But,when I went to put the CD (XP) the computer boot up. It went though a bunch of stuff, then the welcome screen came up. The only thing I did was unplugged the power from the hdd and plugged it back in. Any thoughts?

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#13
May 16, 2006 at 14:35:39

When the computer booted up I sent the error report to microsoft. The report said it was a HDD Crash. It was up for about 5 min and crashed again. I put the XP CD in but it won't run.

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#14
May 16, 2006 at 14:43:36

sending it to microsoft is like winning the lottery, more of a pain than anything else.
Put the XP cd in BEFORE you power up and when it says click here to boot from disc do so, and then follow the instructions I gave you on response 6.

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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#15
May 16, 2006 at 14:48:05

I put the CD in and restarted the computer and it did not run. I left it for a good 5 min still nothing.


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#16
May 16, 2006 at 14:56:44

I put the CD into the cdrw drive but it didn't run on that either. While it was up I checked the RAM and its reading the 256.


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#17
May 16, 2006 at 14:57:31

I put the CD into the cdrw drive but it didn't run on that either. While it was up I checked the RAM and its reading the 256.


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#18
May 16, 2006 at 16:27:49

Did the notice come up to boot from CD?

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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#19
May 17, 2006 at 05:08:49

no, nothing at all. You can hear the cd whirling away, but the light is not on the front of the cd drive. I have another hdd that I'm gonna try today. It booted up again and I was able to run the diskwizard program I have and also one from seagate. I ran both and they said the hdd was fine. Will post back after I install the other HDD.

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#20
May 17, 2006 at 08:12:55

sounds to me like you didn't have the CDRom setting in Bios booting up first. If it was, you would have gotten the CD message to install from CD

Hopefully my advice will help you...Please post back with your results....thanks


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#21
May 17, 2006 at 09:14:40

This is what it is doing now: It boots up, and I ran diskwizard. It said the hdd was ok. Treading very carefully I might add, I connected to the internet to send and e-mail.
Went to change pages, the mouse started slowing down and boom, bsod. It seems to go about 5 min after i connect to the internet. I can access any of the system information i need to and it stays up. Hope this helps!


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