Constant Blue Screens on New System

January 18, 2009 at 10:20:01
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP2, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 @ 2.66ghz/2GB
In the beginning of December I decided to build myself a new PC and ordered all my parts from I ordered myself an XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775 Motherboard OEM bundled with a Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66Ghz Socket 775 CPU chip. As well I ordered an XFX GeForce 9600 GSO 768MB PCIe w/Dual Link DVI vid card, a new CPU fan, and power supply. Right off the bat when everything arrived it didn't work one bit, and BIOS wouldn't event post. I tried all my hardware pieces (CPU chip, vid card, RAM) on different motherboards and all of them worked properly, so I sent back my motherboard to XFX. They did "tests" on it and determined that it was faulty. They sent me a new one back. This one actually posted and allowed me to get as far as bios. I initially installed Windows XP SP1 and it started off normal. When I tried to use such programs as Ventrilo and World of Warcraft and I began to constantly receive blue screens. I updated all my drivers, reinstalled the programs, and to no luck I was still getting the blue screens. I tried installing Windows XP SP2. Same deal. I updated BIOS for my motherboard and still every time I try to use those programs I get the blue screen. Seems like once again it could be a faulty motherboard, but could anyone shine some insight on this for me? Thanks in advance!

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January 18, 2009 at 10:45:42
I don't see any specs for the power supply. The power supply is a very important peice of the puzzle. If you bought an undersized crappy PSU then that could be the root of all your problems.

Also, di you look at the motherboard site for a list of their approved RAM modules?

Have you checked the system temperatures to see if the rig is running cool or hot?

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January 18, 2009 at 10:47:27
mistake # 1 - "ordered all my parts from"

mistake # 2 - "I ordered myself an XFX nForce 680i LT SLI Socket 775 Motherboard"

Potential mistakes not listed:

1 - buying a cheap power supply
2 - not testing the RAM with memtest86 before installing the OS
3 - not properly configuring the BIOS & simply running defaults.

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January 18, 2009 at 11:06:03
Sorry about the lack of that info. My power supply is an Ultra LSP650 650w. The RAM I bought is (PNY 2GB 2x1gb DDR2 PC2-5300), however the motherboard specification says its compatible with memory speed up to 800mhz, while the one I bought goes as high as 667mhz. I've never heard of the memtest86 before so I didnt't try that. As well, I don't think I know enough about BIOS to be able to differentiate between default settings and other settings. I read through my mobo manual but it said nothing about how to tweak BIOS if necessary. I'm currently on the PC but using a browser and instant messaging is about as far as I could go.

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