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Attemptng To Update Drivers To Stoppc Crashing.


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#1 Pete07

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 06:54 AM

My system has been crashing randomly, but as frequently as 5 times in less than 2mins, then at other times it will work fine for several hours without an issue. It's totally random & I can't figure out what is going on.

I recieved sme help from USASMA in the second half of this thread here and he had told me to check with my computer's manufacturer. Is there a way to scan the PC to find out the brand of each of the components? (Or something like that... hope I'm making sense.)

My system is a custom build, so I don't have a specific manufacturer site I can go to, but I did do the scan at http://www.driveragent.com/ and it came up with 10 drivers that need updating - most of these I didn't even know existed, so I'm working on figuring out how to update those. Hopwever it didn't tell me the manufacturers of the components, so I don't know what drivers I need.

It said I need to update:

IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller

Imaging device
EPSON Stylus Photo RX630

System Devices
VIA Standard Host Bridge
VIA I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
VIA Standard Host Bridge
VIA Standard Host Bridge
VIA Standard Host Bridge
VIA Standard Host Bridge
VIA Standard Host Bridge



The only one on the list I have actually heard of is the printer one, I didn't even know the others existed! Apart from the Epsom printer driver, what item/s in the computer would the others be to do with? I don't know what IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers do, so I don't know where to start looking for the correct manufaturer... and I'm guessing the System Devices might be to do with my Motherboard or CPU?

I'm REALLY hoping updating drivers helps stop the crashing, I'm sick to death of losing my graphics work each time it freezes!

Edited by Pete07, 06 November 2007 - 06:56 AM.


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#2 Pete07

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 07:00 AM

Just wanted to add, I'm running Windows XP. Not sure if that makes a difference to anything or not!

Sorry if I've made any typos, my wireless keyboard isn't working too well right now.

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Posted 06 November 2007 - 10:43 AM

First thing you should have done...was to check Event Viewer for clues.

What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewe...uld_i_care.html

You might also want to reset your "reboot on BSOD" option, which is set to reboot by default.

Disable Auto Reboot On System Crash - http://www.theeldergeek.com/auto_reboot_on_system_crash.htm

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Posted 08 November 2007 - 07:09 AM

All drivers that you listed (with the exception of the Imaging Device) are a part of your motherboard/chipset drivers - and can be downloaded from the manufacturer of your motherboard. If you don't like the one's there, you can download them from Via by going to http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2 and following the directions

The Imaging Device appears to be an Epson Photo Printer - and you can get those drivers from http://tech.epson.com.au/downloads/product...;platform=winxp
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Posted 09 November 2007 - 01:56 AM

Thank you both so much.

Still having trouble getting my head around the Event Viewer, but I'll keep working at it until I figure it out. From what I can see even though the system is crashing, there is nothing being logged in the event viewer as an error.

I've managed to update all drivers except for:

VIA Serial ATA Controller - 3149

and

Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA ® Audio Controller

I've managed to figure out my Motherboard manufacturer. It is WinFast & their site is www.foxconnchannel.com anyone heard of them before? I'm curious if it's a common brand or not. Heck, I don't even know if it's a decent board or a cheap piece of trash LOL. My board type is a K8M890M2MA so I'm trying to work out these last 2 drivers... but I think I'm slowly getting there!

I sure hope this stops the PC crashing ****fingers crossed**** :thumbsup:

It's frustrating me, but I haven't given up yet & am determined to figure this out!

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 12:32 PM

Foxconn is a known maker of motherboards.

In my world :thumbsup:, a working motherboard is a good motherboard and I've found few that fail that test.

http://www.itreviews.co.uk/hardware/h1129.htm

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Sp...ArticleId=18859

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:16 PM

I do think you should update your drivers. Get the free DriverMax software and it will find any available updates for your drivers.




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