Windows 7 PC crashes randomly on startup

March 5, 2011 at 10:29:08
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit, Phenom II x3 720
Alright, so my computer has been crashing randomly on startup lately (sometimes it will, sometimes it won't)... In no pattern really, just every once and a while it will either freeze on startup (on the windows boot logo), or it will restart automatically during startup, or it will boot windows and then while it's loading the login screen (or right after logging in) it will give me a blue screen, and make a dump file. I took a look at the dmps with BlueScreenView, and "ntoskrnl.exe" shows red on every one of them. I'm not running overclocked or done anything to my system's settings, everything is default.

I can give you my dmps to check out, because I really don't know what to look for:
http://www.mediafire.com/?mxquxntu7...

Here's my Specs:
ModXsteam OZC PSU 600w
BFG Geforce 9800 GTX+ 1gb OC
WD 500gb Caviar Green 7200 32mb (used chkdsk already)
Phenom II x3 720 BE (all good, stress tested)
Asus M4N72-E Mobo (has a single bad memory slot, might have other problems)
3gb (3 x 1gb) Kingston ddr2 1066 HyperX (already checked with Memtest)

Thanks to anyone who can help!


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#1
March 5, 2011 at 16:53:50
I Googled 'ntoskrnl.exe' and it apparently is an important system file and appears in NT, 2000 and XP also. If this file is missing or corrupted, it may be your problem. Try booting to Safe Mode, if you can get in, immediately start a system restore to a date before you began having problems. If this does not help, or you cannot boot to Safe Mode, the try a repair from install disk, recovery disk, or recovery partition. One of these should be able to repair/replace any system file that is not right. If this fails, back up your files to a completely separate drive (use live linux DVD - not installed - to back up in you cannot get windows to stay up long enough) and do a factory restore from recovery partition, or reinstall from install or recovery disk.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
March 5, 2011 at 18:21:27
Thanks for the info, I'll try a repair, but it's not like I can't get into windows at all, this crash just happens sometimes during the startup.

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#3
March 5, 2011 at 22:25:33
1st thing i would do is to run a disk check and check the box's for repair and recover damaged sectors it will take quite a while complete but fix your issues.
or grab a new mobo, it may well have other problems.

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#4
March 6, 2011 at 06:09:59
If most of the options in 1 & 3 do not help, note that reinstalling is your LAST option. If you burn a live linux DVD (google it) and boot to it, you will have access to your hard drive to save your files before you reinstall.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
March 18, 2011 at 19:18:26
alright, just to follow things up. I finally solved the problem. It was my windows installation I believe. Though I tried a repair and restore, nothing seemed to fix it. So I got a new hdd, and did a clean windows 7 install on it. Now everything works perfectly (and apparently it wasn't a hardware problem). I then realized that the this only started really happening since I implemented the windows service pack 1, and that's probably what caused it. Though my new OS is all updated with sp1 and still works great. Thanks for all the help! :)

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