Stop error in XP
I've been recently getting windows stop errors in XP. they developed when I did 3 things. 1) fought a large virus attack, 2) Installed a new stick of ram, and 3) updated my Video card's drivers.
and I know, those are 3 very very common reasons why my PC should be having stop errors.
so here are the specs:
Windows XP Professional
Motherboard: Asus P5NSLI
CPU: Core 2 Duo E6300 Conroe 1.86gh
Ram: 2 sticks of Kingston 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667
Video Card: Geforce 7900GS (256mb)
Power supply: Antec 450 Watt
IEEE 1394 card
4 hard drives (2 IDE and 2 SATA)
all inside an Antec Sonata II case
(I know its probably too much info)
anyways, I run the system fine for about a year now and I start to get a bad virus attack which lasted about 2 weeks but I got it all cleared out (with lots of help from Oasis) but right at the beginning of that Steam told me that my graphics driver was out of date, figures it was I had not updated for some time (about 6 months) so I updated, later that day I installed a new stick of ram that I got for Christmas, exact same model as the first and it is listed in my mobo's manual as compatible. so I fight the viruses and get them out. A Few days later I play some of Portal and boom BSOD. I am not sure what message it displayed, I didn't like my PC having all the power running through it with it not working properly. so I restarted. and then I go to play some Counter-Strike:Source and boom, BSOD, again I was dumb and didn't write the stuff down. so I just let it sit for a couple of days thinking about it. It came to me that it might be the new drivers because I completely played through Half-Life 2 episode 2 before I installed it without any crashes. so I went and researched, (of course I have no Idea what driver I was running) I got NGO's tweeked Forceware 92.91 driver because thats what lots of people said was the best. and that has quieted most all of my problems, been running it for a week now and it seems really great. yesterday I was talking to 3 people on Trillian, had 2 instances of firefox running one of them with about 4 tabs and the other with 2, and I was working in Photoshop, I was editing a picture that was 1600x1200 at 300dpi and I was zoomed in at about 300% and it crashed to BSOD.
I am retarded once again because I didn't write down the message and I don't know how to locate and read the data dumps or whatever they are called.
I did manage to write 1 of them down that was a crash in Counter-Strike: Source.
0X0000008E (0XC0000005 0XBFAF61D8 0XB62A9ADC 0X00000000)
nv4_disp.dll -BFAF61D8 base at BF9D5000 date stamp 47567aa4
the nv4_disp.dll part is what made me think to change up the video driver. but I don't have the reason for the latest crash.
should I run something like prime95 to check my ram?
oh yeah, I forgot, I haven't had any crashes durring games since I got a new driver.