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April 8, 2006 8:01:21 PM

Hi, i purchased my computer about a year ago and all of a sudden my comptuer begins to malfunction. My computer crashes and i get a blue screen and my computer is restarted. My computer performance is slower, and it crashes when i run simple applications such as limewire, registry mechanic, registry fix and other applications like that. I also for some reason can't defrag my computer because the Microsoft Management console keeps crashing. I also tried downloading disk keeper but it also crashes. I've reformatted my computer twice already and the problem is still tehre

Can someone tell me if somehtings wrong with my comptuer and if i should replace some parts?

Much Help is much appreciated

My rig:
AMD 64 3200+ (Winchester)
Asus A8V Deluxe
OCZ 1 Gb Premier series DDR 400
Ati Radeon 9800 Pro
Maxtor 160gb
Maxtor 80gb
ANtec Sonata (380W PSU)

Sorry to make my post a little long
April 8, 2006 8:50:23 PM

have you done a complete reinstall of windows. what version of windows, and what progams do u have on it. please advise.
April 8, 2006 9:54:25 PM

I currently have Windows XP Professional Edition with SP2. I run a variety of games (such as Hl2, Oblivion) on it as well as security programs (such as kaspersky Anti-Virus and Lavasoft Adware Remover) I have updated all my drivers as well.
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April 8, 2006 10:34:44 PM

try anoher HDD and/or memory just to see, I wouldn't be surprised if that's causing your pain

Also, you checked all BIOS settings to make sure they are correct?
April 8, 2006 10:49:56 PM

Try taking out one of the hard drives, or check the jumpers.
April 8, 2006 11:04:03 PM

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have you done a complete reinstall of windows. what version of windows, and what progams do u have on it. please advise.


Have you a fresh installed Windows? This is the first thing I'd do. If it still does it after a clean install, you'll know it's a hardware problem.
April 9, 2006 12:45:07 AM

Quote:
Hi, i purchased my computer about a year ago and all of a sudden my comptuer begins to malfunction. My computer crashes and i get a blue screen and my computer is restarted. My computer performance is slower, and it crashes when i run simple applications such as limewire, registry mechanic, registry fix and other applications like that. I also for some reason can't defrag my computer because the Microsoft Management console keeps crashing. I also tried downloading disk keeper but it also crashes. I've reformatted my computer twice already and the problem is still tehre

Can someone tell me if somehtings wrong with my comptuer and if i should replace some parts?

Much Help is much appreciated

My rig:
AMD 64 3200+ (Winchester)
Asus A8V Deluxe
OCZ 1 Gb Premier series DDR 400
Ati Radeon 9800 Pro
Maxtor 160gb
Maxtor 80gb
ANtec Sonata (380W PSU)

Sorry to make my post a little long



I hope I'm wrong about this but it sounds like your RAM or another component went bad or you got virused or spywared...... :-(


Download

http://memtest86.com/memtest86-3.2.iso.zip

+

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/download/ISORecorder...

Unzip memtest86 and record the ISO to a CDR with ISORecorder ( you must have XP SP2 ).

Here's how:

http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/HowTo.htm


Let memtest86 run overnight ( 8 - 12 hours ).

If you receive errors, either your RAM is bad or misconfigured.

Then...

Install

http://umn.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/clamwin/clamw...

+

http://free.grisoft.com/softw/70free/setup/avg71free_38...

Download the latest virus definitions for both and run a full scan.

And.....

Grab Spybot Search and Destroy and Adaware from Cnet's download.com

http://www.download.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022...

+

http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-Personal-Edition/30...



Check your temperatures and voltages in your BIOS immediately after the blue screen.

Clean out all your fans, dust bunnies can cause things to overheat. Also check for bad fans, bad fans tend to whine.

Go into the control panel -> System -> Recovery -> uncheck reboot when a problem is detected so the OS does not reboot after a blue screen so you can actually see the error and write it down.

Good Luck :-D

PM me if you have questions.
April 9, 2006 1:38:19 AM

Quote:
Hi, i purchased my computer about a year ago and all of a sudden my comptuer begins to malfunction. My computer crashes and i get a blue screen and my computer is restarted. My computer performance is slower, and it crashes when i run simple applications such as limewire, registry mechanic, registry fix and other applications like that. I also for some reason can't defrag my computer because the Microsoft Management console keeps crashing. I also tried downloading disk keeper but it also crashes. I've reformatted my computer twice already and the problem is still tehre


Sounds more like a hard drive issue. My experience as a tech has shown me that Maxtors, when failing, get really slow and causes all kinds of errors. I would download Maxtors free diag and check your drives. Someone else metioned running Memtest86...not a bad idea either.
April 9, 2006 3:00:24 AM

Thanks for the Help! I appreciate it a lot! :D  However when i try to run the Maxtor PowerMax diag it takes an long time to scan for my drives (I've waited up to 15 minutes and just gave up). Btw my Vcore voltage after the Blue screen is 1.472v. I haven't run Memtest yet but i'll run it overnight.
April 9, 2006 4:15:35 AM

when you said that you formatted your hard drives, did you do both hard drives and a fresh install of windows.
here is what i want you to do,
1.save everything that is important to a DVD not your spare hard drive
2. every program that you have the original disk for, just reinstall them, after you did a new install of windows, remember a new install, deletes everything and you start from scratch,
3. load all your other programs one at a time, maybe a day or two between them, to try and isolate what is causing your problem. I'm suspecting your power supply may not be sufficient for the two hard drives you have, especially if you have and DVD and/or a CD ROM drives also.
4. check your bios as others have suggested, make on change at a time and run it to see if anything happens until you have eliminated your bios settings
5. check your components, keep us advised
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