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Old 03-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Several BSODs

I caught two errors:
IRQ_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL and also PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA

Memtest86 didn't find any problems with my ram, I have G.Skill 2 sticks of one gig DDR2 in single channel because the computer won't boot while they're in the dual channel slots, but still, Memtest shows they're good.

I also ran Western Digital diagnostics on my harddrives. I have one IDE 160 gb, and a SATA 160, 320 and 640gb drives, all came up good/pass.

I've also read that it could be driver issues, which my MSI 8600GT OC does not like anything after 17?.??, if I ever update my video drivers past that, I get an instant brick and need to reformat. The card is fairly new and runs perfect otherwise.

I have been getting BSODs for a while and after three different format/installs, the problem will not go away.

BSODs happen often at random, but more often than not, during some kind of graphic intense program, IE: encoding or playing games. The BSODs are getting more frequent.

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Gigabyte EP43 ICH10 mobo
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MSI 8600GT OC still at stock clocks
2x 1gig sticks G.Skill DDR2
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Bug Check 0xA: IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
IRQL Not less or equal.

Bug Check 0x50: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA
Page fault in nonpaged area.

So it could be Drivers, it could be the L2 Cache going bad, could be bad RAM on your Video Card.

I would look to the latter. If you cant run any drivers past the 170 series that isnt right. I have a 8600GT and i am using the latest set of drivers with no issues at all.

Are you overclocking the vid card? Do you have your fans turned up?
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Which version of memtest are you using? Because there is a Memtest86 and there is also a memtest 86+.... One of them also checks the GPUs memory....
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The video card is overclocked by MSI at the factory, I don't have it oc'd anymore than how it came and I haven't changed the fan speed, the fan is working though, I tore it apart and applied some arctic 5 and cleaned it up a bit and made sure the fan was spinning smoothly.

I didn't notice any other version of Memtest when I was on their site, I downloaded the version that was bootable from cd (I do not own a floppy) directly from the memtest site, I'll check again to see if I missed something.

EDIT: Ah, Memtest 86+ is a modified version of Memtest86 by a third party, that's why I didn't see it on the Memtest site. I grabbed it and will run it later today.
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Yea, the 86+ version gets updates, the guy that worked on the old one hasn't done an update in quite some time.
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Well, I ran the latest version of 86+ they had on their website, still came back no errors and I did not see any place on the program that pertained to GPU ram either.

I was checking out my event viewer and noticed a few events with the exclamation mark in the yellow triangle, those were TCP connections maxed out, and yes, I run torrents from time to time and I download other things quite a bit. But that issue shouldn't give me a blue screen I wouldn't imagine. However, I did go ahead and change the TCP value to at least get that out of the way, just one less issue to worry about.
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Hmm.... Well... It could be a bad sector or two on your hard drive, as part of it is treated like RAM... Try running chkdsk /r on your c: drive and restart it, could take some time, but if there is an issue with the hdd that would fix it...
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Would the BSOD's pertain only to my C:\ drive or will checkdisk check all my drives automatically anyway, I have 4 drives and one is huge.
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I would only worry about the C: drive as that is where your pagefile is stored. It won't check the others unless you tell it to do so.
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Argh, yes, argh. I wrote zeros to the previous C: drive, which was the IDE drive then I took it out of my system completely. XP Pro is now on my 160 sata drive fully formatted and the second I brought up Magic Video Converter, poof, instant BSOD.

Now if memtest keeps giving me passes, how am I going to determine if it's the ram or the videocard? I don't have onboard video so I can't just take out the video card
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