BSOD: MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION

I need help... I just assembled a new system and I've been getting the "BLUE SCREEN ERROR OF DEATH" with the message MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION. I've look around the net about this error and I've realized that it has something to do with hardware failure.

In my case, I can't really identify which of my hardware is failing since they're all brand new, though of course, that doesn't really matter as well. I only get this error once I run Red Alert 3. It would only run for about 1-2 minutes and then I'll be getting that blue screen error. I have yet to see this error when I'm just doing simple task (like internet browsing, etc.). My theory for now is that my PSU is not powerful enough to supply what my system needs.

PLEASE HELP MET OUT.

SPECIFCATIONS:
Asrock P45XE - Motherboard
Intel E8400 - CPU
EVGA Nvidia GTX 260 Core 216 896MB Superclocked Ed - GPU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 600 Watt - PSU
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 - Memory
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  1. your psu should be plenty powerful enough

    if the problem is only happening when you start a 3d game then my guess is its likely to be a result of overheating on the gfx card .
    Are the gfx power connectors plugged in properly?
    Is the card properly seated?
    any ideas what temps you are getting ?
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    your psu should be plenty powerful enough

    Even if i'm running a Water Cooling System? I have a Swiftech H20-220 Compact Kit.

    if the problem is only happening when you start a 3d game then my guess is its likely to be a result of overheating on the gfx card .
    Outlander_04 said:
    Are the gfx power connectors plugged in properly?

    Yes.
    Outlander_04 said:
    Is the card properly seated?

    Yes.
    Outlander_04 said:
    any ideas what temps you are getting ?

    Not exactly. I don't have a tool to check it. But why would it overheat though? I haven't done any modifications on it.
  3. chrysler_12 said:


    Not exactly. I don't have a tool to check it. But why would it overheat though? I haven't done any modifications on it.


    In your description of your setup list, you've written it's superclocked
  4. tju2an said:
    In your description of your setup list, you've written it's superclocked


    Yes I did say that, but that is actually a factory setting. I haven't done any personal modifications at it.
  5. This is the Blue screen error of death that I get every time I run the game.

    ==================================================
    Dump File : Mini090109-01.dmp
    Crash Time : 9/1/2009 9:19:08 PM
    Bug Check String : MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION
    Bug Check Code : 0x0000009c
    Parameter 1 : 0x00000000
    Parameter 2 : 0xf7723050
    Parameter 3 : 0xb2000040
    Parameter 4 : 0x00000800
    Caused By Driver : hal.dll
    Caused By Address : hal.dll+5bfb
    File Description : Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
    Product Name : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
    Company : Microsoft Corporation
    File Version : 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)
    ==================================================
  6. You can use CPUID HWMonitor to get temps on all your components (it will remember max for each, so just run it in the background). No idea if that is the problem, but if you try this we can eliminate it now.
  7. Also, try running memtest and prine95 to stress non-GPU components (could be a memory error for all we know.)
  8. EXT64 said:
    You can use CPUID HWMonitor to get temps on all your components (it will remember max for each, so just run it in the background). No idea if that is the problem, but if you try this we can eliminate it now.


    i ran that monitor, and everything seems fine. What should be the temperature?
  9. EXT64 said:
    Also, try running memtest and prine95 to stress non-GPU components (could be a memory error for all we know.)


    I've already ran MemTest and I passed all the tests.
  10. Any ideas why I'm getting an error from HAL.dll?
  11. It's not that Windows doesn't start for me, that error is just generated once I play Red Alert 3 and crashes (blue screen error).
  12. The BSOD is referencing the hal.dll?

    Have you checked EVGA's site to see if they have updated drivers?
  13. I've actually attempted to update my video card driver, however, during the installation, the system froze. I rebooted the computer and the new driver appears to be installed although it wasn't installed nicely, so I just did a rollback.

    I wil try to update my driver again and see what happens.
  14. aford10 said:
    The BSOD is referencing the hal.dll?

    Have you checked EVGA's site to see if they have updated drivers?



    I just installed the most updated driver for my video card and sound, however, I still don't have any luck from the problem I've been having. I've also realized that the BSOD I've been getting doesn't only occur when I play the game, but it would also happen randomly even when I'm just web browsing. The computer would just freeze up and give me that BSOD. What a pain!
  15. What is the message in the BSOD? It'll help point to the problem. Look for the part with the underscores.
  16. MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION
  17. Try downloading speedfan and keep an eye on your temps. This BSOD can occur for temp issues or bad hardware installs among a few other reasons.
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