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#1 frankgrimes

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 03:02 AM

Freezing screen and sometimes get MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION blue screen. Ive tried so many programs, logs, cleaning etc.
I have been told my computer is dirty, its my memory, its my power source its my hard drive. Ive got message saying windows has recovered from a serious problem and in my firefox came this:
http://wer.microsoft.com/responses/Respons...f3-25d4c1942780

I started thinking it could be malware. I have a four year old dell with XP. I finally called them and ran diagnostics and memory passed but found errors on my hard drive. So if it is in fact my hard drive Im looking for advice for getting my computer back to where it is now when i actually try to put this new drive in. Here is link to my previous thread in hijack area:
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/top...tml#entry587887

It seems to work fine for most part(it will record all morning) but then when i try to do something like encode wav recordings into mp3 it freeze. Thats half of what i use my computer for is recording and encoding to my mp3 player. Thanks.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 03:41 AM

It would help if you were to tell us what you have been pocking and prodding it with. Have you gone to the web site of the manufacturer of your hard drive and downloaded their diagnostic tool? Have you downloaded memtest86 and run it?

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 06:14 AM

Here's a link to the error message: http://aumha.org/a/stop.php#0x9c

Most commonly this is linked to overyheating/overclocking although bad hardware could also produce this error message.



So, I'd suggest that the first thing to do is to clean out the inside of the case (to include ensuring the fins on the CPU cooler aren't hiding any dust bunnies). Next is to discontinue any attempts at overclocking and restore the system to it's default values (this gives a stable platform to test from).

Then run "chkdsk /f /r" (without the quotes) from the Run dialog on the Start Menu. You'll have to answer Yes and then reboot in order for it to run.

Then, backup your data as the error report from Micrsoft states. If your hard drive is failing you may not have much time left to recover your stuff.

Then, download and run a diagnostic test from the manufacturer of your hard drive - this will give more precise results (IMO) than the built in Dell diagnostics.
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Posted 08 August 2007 - 12:48 PM

How do i check for overheating to see if thats an issue? I dont think im overclocking anything.

Ive ran mem86; pass, seatools; said repaired four errors, chkdsk /f /r, bitdefender, stinger, ccleaner, registry mechanic, adaware, spybot, combofix, counterspy, AVG, Dell diagnostics, spyware blaster, hijackthis...

ive been running my computer without the side panel and tonight i will go thorough and completely clean out every detail. Even though ive ordered a new harddrive im curious if its the power supply instead(or both!).

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 01:01 PM

It depends on what caused the errors on the hard drive. I tend to doubt a drive that has errors on it unless I know what actually caused it.

If you're not aware of any overclocking/tweaking that you've done, then it's likely that your system isn't overclocked.

You can use this free utility to monitor your system temps: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
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Posted 09 August 2007 - 01:20 AM

speedfan: 2234 rpm 35C
I did notice it get to 43C. Got a freeze soon after. I was running AusLogics defrag and browsing internet with firefox. It still doesnt explain why i cant encode my .wav recordings into .mp3 without freeze either.
Are you saying that you think its not my hard drive and I dont need a new one? Where do i go from here?

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Posted 09 August 2007 - 06:06 AM

The temps don't look bad, so I'd have to suspect other hardware errors.

I don't know if it's the hard drive - the Seagate tools said that they repaired it. Try running the Seagate tools again to see if it repairs it again - that'll help to narrow it down to something that's either corrupting the hard drive or that the hard drive keeps needing to have repaired.
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Posted 09 August 2007 - 12:12 PM

Ok i ran seatools again and got no errors. At the beginning when i started the scan a message did come up(cant rmember if it happened 1st time) saying: Drive has been overtemp -- 253 Do you want to continue?

I ran test then switched to my other hard drive and the temp said 45 worst temp 49. My computer has basically been running since 3am this morning (its now 10am). Recording until 9am when i logged on and ran seatools and replyed to this thread. Speedfan has temp at 40 right now. LAst night i totally cleaned out fan, power supply, connections, anything i could possible see dust on. So memory test passed, temp not an issue, hard drive or something still freezing? Now what?

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 05:44 AM

An overheated drive can cause problems with your system - but it depends on when it overheated and for how long it was overheated. Presuming that this is a Seagate drive that you're testing, I'd suspect that at one point it did overheat and that this is the cause of your errors. Since it passed the test, I'd just keep an eye on it for further problems (and keep your stuff backed up - just in case!).
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