Friends new system keep on locking up with Vista, but not XP

This build is about a month old. He has had to install vista several times and every time he does he gets random lockup and reboots. Last issue was a missing DLL file called ntoskrnl.exe

He has installed XP between builds and hasn't had an issue.

Do you guys see and hardware issues that would conflict with Vista or any other issues????

He thinks it might be a bios issue....


EVGA GeForce 8800GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3
SeaSonic SS-500ES 500W Power Supply
AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Windsor 3.2GHz
mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) -
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA-300 Hard Drive
SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S203N
ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 64 Pro 92mm CPU Cooler
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  1. Maybe a memory issue? I have that exact board if memory serves, and it's been excellent, only 1 blue screen within 2 months.
  2. I forgot that point....

    He purchase 2 gigs of corsair XMS, still had an issue... He went back to the Mushkin as it has appealed to him for some reason
  3. I think I'm using a stick of PNY and a stick of GSkill? It was a Christmas present, and my folks were gonna go with one gig, and found the pny on sale.
  4. try using killdisk to low level format instead of through windows goes through the whole hard drive bit by bit. My 500 gb took 5 hours to completely format!

    I've found that using the format within windows setup doesn't erase all files..(some music and documents were left over) and possibly the bad files that dont like vista...

    or if you dont feel like paying for the pro version:

    This doesn't sound like any hardware issue...if it fails, it doesnt matter what the OS.
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