series of BSOD's latest being 0x00000050

Alienware / Alienware
July 3, 2009 at 12:40:28
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 3 GHz / 2045 MB

So to give a backstory, yesterday my PC suddenly turned itself off stating that the processor had overheated..first time it's done so in the 7 years i've had it, I was especially suprised as I keep the interior of my PC in almost surgical condition lol.

Upon Restart I was confronted by first this Blue Screen

After a couple of other restarts this changed to

Memory_management 0x0000001A
I had a good look around inside and removed 1 512 stick of ram (my oldest stick of ram, leaving 2x1gb Kingston ram)

This changed the Blue screen to
Page_Fault_IN_NonPaged_Area (0x00000050) as per the title.

This latest BSOD strikes after clicking on my login image in windows sometimes i'll see my desktop as if items are loading up but then BAM blue screen to 0x00000050

I've visually inspected the inside, none of the capacitors appear damaged. I will attach my 2 most recent minidump logs as soon as I work out how to here. I'm pretty much at a loss as to what to do it's like something that loads up in "non safe mode" some kind of driver or software is causing the BSOD.

Any suggestions or ways of gathering further intel for answers would be appreciated.

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July 3, 2009 at 14:00:55

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July 3, 2009 at 14:15:57
Bug check 0x50 usually occurs after the installation of faulty hardware or in the event of failure of installed hardware (usually related to defective RAM, be it main memory, L2 RAM cache, or video RAM).

Another common cause is the installation of a faulty system service.

Antivirus software can also trigger this error, as can a corrupted NTFS volume.
Resolving the Problem

Resolving a faulty hardware problem: If hardware has been added to the system recently, remove it to see if the error recurs. If existing hardware has failed, remove or replace the faulty component. You should run hardware diagnostics supplied by the system manufacturer. For details on these procedures, see the owner's manual for your computer.

Resolving a faulty system service problem: Disable the service and confirm that this resolves the error. If so, contact the manufacturer of the system service about a possible update. If the error occurs during system startup, restart your computer, and press F8 at the character-mode menu that displays the operating system choices. At the resulting Windows Advanced Options menu, choose the Last Known Good Configuration option. This option is most effective when only one driver or service is added at a time.

Resolving an antivirus software problem: Disable the program and confirm that this resolves the error. If it does, contact the manufacturer of the program about a possible update.

Resolving a corrupted NTFS volume problem: Run Chkdsk /f /r to detect and repair disk errors. You must restart the system before the disk scan begins on a system partition. If the hard disk is SCSI, check for problems between the SCSI controller and the disk.

Finally, check the System Log in Event Viewer for additional error messages that might help pinpoint the device or driver that is causing the error. Disabling memory caching of the BIOS might also resolve it.

The first error on overheating might be an indication of where to look for the problem to begin with.

Keeping the systems insides clean is great but that doesn't have much to do with the cooling fans themselves from going bad. Especially the chip cooling fans. If they do not run at optimum speed then this will also cause the system to shut down. Watch the fans on start up and see if they seem sluggish or slow.
Graphics cards have a fan as well and this fan can cause the graphics cards to over heat as well. To determine an over heating issue the simplest way is to just open the dside cover and use a small house fan to blow cool air inside to see if it runs cooler and solves the problem.

You mentioned the computer being 7 years old
One other issue could be the thermal paste used between the CPU chip and the heatsink itself. .I have found that it hardens after some time and looses it's abillity to transfer heat to the heatsink and will cause overheating problems.

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July 5, 2009 at 15:31:59
Fixed, did the easiest thing, the simplest thing of course which I did LAST haha, did a system restore through safe mode to 2 days previous and it's sorted, now have a new problem though which i'll make a new thread for

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