Symphony of Blue Screens

June 9, 2009 at 11:17:40
Specs: Windows XP
Greetings all,

Rather than dump a bunch of cryptic data on the community, I thought I would provide a short list of the last bunch of BSOD's that I suffered. What follows is a single line from each minidump that purports to suggest what the likely problem is.

Probably caused by : processr.sys ( processr!AcpiC1Idle+12 )
Probably caused by : AmdK8.sys ( AmdK8+3552 )
Probably caused by : nv4_disp.dll ( nv4_disp!ReadRegistryD3D+884 )
Probably caused by : ntkrnlpa.exe ( nt!KiTimerExpiration+96 )
Probably caused by : ntkrnlpa.exe ( nt!KiTrap0E+243 )
Probably caused by : AmdPPM.sys ( AmdPPM+2832 )
Probably caused by : ntkrnlpa.exe ( nt!KiTimerExpiration+96 )
Probably caused by : AmdPPM.sys ( AmdPPM+2832 )
Probably caused by : ntkrnlpa.exe ( nt!KiTimerExpiration+96 )
Probably caused by : AmdPPM.sys ( AmdPPM+2832 )

I can't tell you how many things I have done - from detailed HD integrity scans, to overnight MemTests. I'm almost to the point where I will be reinstalling windows for about the third or fourth time in the past 12 months. This alone tells me there is some kind of hardware that's the problem. Of course, I don't have a few hundred dollars available to bring it to a techie for a detailed analysis. Any thoughts based on the above information?

My system specs are:

Computer Type ACPI Uniprocessor PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name BROMELIAD (Primary PC)
Date / Time 2009-06-09 / 10:10

CPU Type AMD Athlon 64 FX-55, 2600 MHz (13 x 200)
Motherboard Name Biostar NF4 Ultra-A9A (4 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
Motherboard Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 Ultra, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2048 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
DIMM1-thru-4: Corsair XMS CMX512-3200XL 512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM (2.0-2-2-5 @ 200 MHz)
BIOS Type Award (10/31/06)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Printer Port (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT (512 MB)
3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Monitor Samsung SyncMaster 2253BW/2253LW/MagicSyncMaster CX2253BW (Digital) [22" LCD] (HVLQ301334)

Audio Adapter Realtek ALC655 @ nVIDIA nForce4 (CK8-04) - Audio Codec Interface

IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce4 Parallel ATA Controller

I am happy to provide whatever minidump data you think would be appropriate. I have been suffering at least 3 to 4 blue screens each of the past five days. I don't need to tell you that this is getting OLD. Over the past year, I have needed to reinstall windows about three times. Each install lasts me a few months, after which the blue screens make it impossible for me to use my computer with any regularity. I think I'm close to yet another reinstall, however, I am desperate to determine what the actual problem is, because a reinstall is simply buying time until the next time this persistent problem manifests itself.

Thanks in advance.


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#1
June 9, 2009 at 11:34:56
I am happy to provide whatever minidump data you think would be appropriate

Most of the persons hanging around here are just other computer users, not high tech persons.

Find a list of STOP MESSAGES(BSOD) here:
http://aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm


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#2
June 9, 2009 at 11:55:42
Thanks for chiming in, Chuck 2. I also consider myself to be just a computer user, so I can appreciate that minidump data is less than useful. :)

Because my errors are all over the place (in a causal sense), I'm beginning to suspect that I have a hardware problem. Of course, without a degree in hardware maintenance, I have no way of telling beyond shelling out money I don't have to (maybe) figure out a problem.

I will need to revisit those Stop messages (though I did have the link). My eyes are starting to bleed at this stage.

Thanks again!


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#3
June 9, 2009 at 12:01:08
Have you updated the video drivers ? Also, what are the specs on your power supply ?

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#4
June 9, 2009 at 12:32:20
I have just updated the video drivers. However, I am certain that outdated drivers did not precipitate this problem because I hadn't touched the video drivers in a few months - this problem manifested itself long after video driver updates.

I'm not home right now so I cannot confirm the specs of my power supply. My system ID tool doesn't appear to have any way for me to find the PSU information (if you know of a way, I can find that remotely).

I'm focusing my google searches on what could be causing the wide varietyof problems that you see in that list. Still no luck, though. Until Google releases a great search tool for just troubleshooting, I don't see that task getting any easier. :)


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