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Old 01-08-2007, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It all started after fall break last semester. When i brought my computer back to the dorms, i started getting the blue screen of death. it would would say something about a sudden stop, check your video device. i updated my video drivers like it said to try. that didn't work so i also tried booting in safe mode to see if that would make it stop. it still blue screened. it did it randomly, over and over anywhere from right after i logged in, all the way through being ok a few hours then blue screening.

I said i would fix it during winter break when i brought my computer home. Well i brought my computer home, and it never blue screened once through the whole 3 weeks. i thought it fixed itself. then i came back to the dorms recently, and the first time i plug it in, 5 minutes later it blue screens. this time the message says that "the blue screen was caused by this file: " and it gave no file. Is there something i can try?

I'm confused why it works perfectly fine at home, and blue screens over and over at school. i have the exact same setup at both places. Any help is appreciated.

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Athlon 3800 x2
Geforce 7800 GT
ABIT AN8 SLI motherboard
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Old 01-09-2007, 06:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only reason I can think of is overheating because of the room temperature or not getting enough power from the outlet. Sound a lot like a hardware problem though.

How long did you test the machine out at home before you made the conclusion that it works fine there?


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Old 01-09-2007, 10:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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im almost 100% sure it isn't overheating. my processor runs at 25º, hard drives at 28º and power supply at 30º. it could be the outlet though... hm...

i tested it for all of break which was about 3 or so weeks. it didn't blue screen once. now it does usually every 5-10 minutes like it did right before i went to break.

is there any way to test an outlet?

maybe i should post in the hardware forum
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Jlim

is there any way to test an outlet?

Yes, you can get a test meter at Radio Shack or Wal-Mart pretty cheap.
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