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Can New Hardware cause BSOD

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  • Hard Drives
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows XP
October 15, 2012 9:35:28 PM

Hey guys,

I just got a ton of new parts for my PC... just in case your wondering:

Old Build:
CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180 @ 2.00Ghz
RAM: OCZ OCZ2VU8004GK 2 x2GB RAM PC2-6400 DDR2
HDD: Western Digital Raptor 74GB 10000RPM 16MB Cache
Case: Antec SLK3700AMB Case
Motherboard: MSI P43-Neo3 LGA 775
PSU: Orion 585W PSU
OS: Windows XP SP3 32-Bit

New Build:
CPU: AMD A10-5800k Quad-Core APU @ 3.8Ghz/4.2Ghz Turbo
RAM: G.Skill Ares Series DDR3 1866Mhz 2 x 4GB
HDD: *Same*
Case: *Same*
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS FM2 Socket
PSU: *Same*
OS: N/A

Now, I tried to boot to my HDD and I got a Blue Screen almost immediately. I restarted the PC 2 times and got the same BSOD. After that, I just went and got my Linux Ubuntu OS Disk and I'm running my OS off of there for the time being until I get this fixed. I want to boot to window on my HDD just to do a few things before I upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit. I was wondering if anyone has ideas on how to fix the BSOD. Can major hardware changes cause that?

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October 15, 2012 9:40:34 PM

Yes, major hardware changes on Windows will cause a BSOD if you do not take the necessary steps to prepare the OS for this. The basic problem is you have the old drivers loading, and they are expecting the hardware to say either left or right, and then because it's different hardware, it might say "elephant" and the driver has no idea what to make of that, so you get a crash.

Linux tends to just blindly send signals to the hardware and expects the hardware to figure out what to do with that signal, so it can be a bit more flexible with hardware changes.
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October 15, 2012 9:59:36 PM

Alright man, thats all I needed to know. I'll just format the disk and put a fresh install of Windows 7.

Thanks for the info. I figured it was the drivers.
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October 15, 2012 9:59:55 PM

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