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  1. Today I encountered something I had not seen in quite a long time.. a Blue Screen of Death.
    Now, it may not seem like a big deal to you, and it definitely did not seem like it at the
    time, as I just shrugged it off and resumed what I was originally doing, but it kept happening.
    Within an hours' time, I would see once again the Blue Screen of Death, popping in my face.
    After a few occurances, I decided it might be a good idea to try and reformat.

    That I did. Apparently, that did not help AT ALL, considering it's STILL happening. In fact,
    it's happened probably 4 times during the course of my attempting to write this very post.
    Now, I am totally unsure as to what might be causing this problem. So I have come to you,
    oh wonderful, helping, caring people of Doomworld forums. Can you aid an idiot in need?

    The most common thing I see when a BSOD occurs is the following:
    "*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (bunch of other hexidecimal numbers)".

    However, on one single occurance, something strange happened. Rather than doing what it would
    normally do and print information all over the screen, it instead only printed about 5 lines
    to the screen.. one of them being something along the lines of "Unknown hard error".

    I have tried a couple of things to see what might be causing this, with no clear answer in
    sight. Firstly, I, as suggested, used MEMTEST to check for any problems with my RAM. Everything
    appeared to be fine. I also tried running windows in Safe mode, only to have it BSOD in me again
    within minutes.

    As of right now, I'm thinking it might be the hard drive. Actually, I'm hoping it is the hard drive, rather than something more crucial, such as the mother board.

    Here are my system specs:

    CPU: 3.4Ghz Pentium 4
    GPU: nVidia GeForce 6800 GT
    RAM: 1024MB DDR2 RAM
    HDD: 160GB Maxtor
    OS: Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2)

    And yes, I do realize this is probably the WRONG place to be asking for help, but whatever.

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    2. fraggle


      AgentSpork said:

      "*** STOP: 0x000000F4 (bunch of other hexidecimal numbers)".

      Your processor has exceeded the speed limit. You should receive a letter from the police in a few days.

    3. Use


      You might also trying lowering your ram speed in bios, see if the screen comes back under normal operation. cheapo ram gives stop errors all the time, even if it passes memtest. Also check for bios updates from motherboard manufacturer, this can solve blue screens.

    4. Sporku


      Well, the problem's already been solved. I just have to wait until they send me a replacement hard drive, which could be anywhere from a couple of days to two weeks. Until then, I've put in a temporary replacement drive, and everything is working just fine now.