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PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA after new hd install

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December 17, 2003 2:36:06 AM

Hello. Today, I tried to install an additional harddrive in my machine and I've run into a couple problems.

Before installing, I had two drives: a 120 gig drive as the master on the Primary IDE and a 30 gig as a slave on the same channel. What I wanted to do was replace the 30 with a new 200 gig Maxtor drive I picked up cheap.

After the hardware installation, I boot up the machine. At this point, there are no problems...the BIOS was able to auto-detect the drive and the machine then begins to start Windows XP. From here, it will get to my desktop. Then, the "new hardware found" icon appears in the systray. Before it can finish setting it up, however, I get a blue screen with a "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA". The machine then proceeds to reboot. After a reboot, it does the same thing. I've tried booting to save mode but the same thing happens.

I don't think it's a hardware problem because it will sit in the BIOS configuration infinitely.

One thing that it might be is a problem with a Belkin 3-port firewire PCI card that I installed recently. Sometimes, when I use it, I get the same errors.

Does anyone have any suggestions about what I should do? Any help would be appreciated.
December 17, 2003 1:02:34 PM

i had some similar problems - not with adding a hard drive - but with a new build. i discovered that if i relaxed the memory timings, the errors went away. worth a shot.
December 17, 2003 10:30:05 PM

It sounds like a power problem, when the new drive kicks in or you use the firewire card, you might be pushing your power supply so hard that the RAM voltage drops, causeing RAM errors.

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December 17, 2003 10:39:50 PM

Hm. Well, my power supply is a 550 watt Antec. Shouldn't this be sufficient?

If it truly is a power problem, what would you suggest doing to rectify this?

Thanks.
December 17, 2003 11:03:33 PM

Definately. I guess you'll have to try the other suggestion of using slower memory timings and see if that helps.

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December 18, 2003 3:05:17 PM

Well, I got it figured out. After trying all the things mentioned here and some other things, on a hunch, I decided to boot from the Maxtor installation disc and set it up that way. Predictably, it worked. There must be something about Maxtor hds that disallow using the Windows wizard setup function.

I swear, it's always the most obvious thing.

Either way, thanks for all the help.
December 18, 2003 5:48:56 PM

Interesting

I replaced my 30GB Maxtor fireball 3 Slave hard disk with an 80GB Maxtor DiamondMax 9 Serial ATA hard drive, then used the wizard in Disk Management (I have WinXP) to set it up. I've had no troubles what so ever.

I don't have any maxtor setup disk because I bought my drive OEM.

Could be your memory timings, or a DIMM has gone dodgy.

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December 18, 2003 6:08:25 PM

Hm. Well, it's working fine now so I'm not inclined to try anything further. Plus, I talked to my cousin and he said that he had the same problem with his drive. Whenever he tried to use the wizard, his system would reboot.
December 19, 2003 12:33:01 AM

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December 19, 2003 1:45:41 AM

AT boot the spinnup draws a lot of juice, why you access it, it draws a little more juice than at idle.

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