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Bsod At Start-up Of Vista 64-bit Ultimate


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#1 Sam Burrell

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 08:06 PM

System Specifications:

CPU: Intel Core 2 E6600 B2
MB: EVGA 680i SLI AR
RAM: 4 x Corsair 1GB 6400 C4
GPU: 2 x EVGA 8800GT Superclocked
SC: Creative X-Fi XtemeMusic
TVT: Hauppauge NOVA-T-500
HD: 1 x Western Digital 74GB Raptor, 2 x Seagate 320GB (No-RAID)

Problem:

Firstly I would like to mention that I am dual-booting Windows XP 32 and Vista 64-bit, where XP was installed before Vista.

I recently had a problem with installing and running Windows Vista 64-bit.

To install Vista I followed the step-by-step guide contained within this link: http://apcmag.com/5023/dual_booting_xp_with_vista

I had a few BSODs whilst trying to install Vista though I resolved this problem by taking out two of my four sticks of Ram. After this the installation was fine and I could use Vista without any problems.


Now the two sticks of Ram I took out are back in and I am getting BSODs every time just before the Vista loading screen.

I would like to be able to use all 4GB of my Ram in Vista 64-bit.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
Sam

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Posted 14 January 2008 - 08:39 PM

It's likely that the error is caused by your RAID/SATA/SCSI drivers. Did you load them when first starting to install Vista?

Another problem is your RAM - I'd suggest using MemTest86 to test it: http://www.memtest86.com/
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Posted 14 January 2008 - 09:44 PM

Thanks for the reply.

I loaded my SATA drivers after I had finished installing Vista, when I only had 2GB of Ram in the system and Vista was running as it should.

The next thing I'll do is test my Ram.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 07:18 AM

It's likely that the error is caused by your RAID/SATA/SCSI drivers. Did you load them when first starting to install Vista?

Another problem is your RAM - I'd suggest using MemTest86 to test it: http://www.memtest86.com/


I've finished 8 passes (taking 6.26 hours) of Memtest86+ with all 4GB installed and no errors were found.

Any other suggestions?

Thanks
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:12 AM

Just sorta guessing/thinking out loud here. The problem occurs with 4 gB but not with 2 gB. The problem generates errors with the RAID/SCSI/SATA drivers. MemTest showed no errors

FWIW, my Hauppage PVR-250 was not compatible with 64 bit Vista - but I don't know if that has any bearing on this or not.
Also, I've heard of issues with the sound card in Vista - dunno about this either.

So, what I'm thinking is that there's an issue with your motherboard and it's ability to support 4 gB of RAM in a 64 bit installation of Vista. Could be a BIOS issue, a hardware problem, a driver issue, it could be a hardware compatibility issue, or it could be a Windows issue (bug).

Here's a topic at the Microsoft TechNet forums about this issue (287 posts long!): http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPo...1&SiteID=17
Here's a link to a KB fix that may help (found on page 17 of the above link - and was a person with similar specs to yours): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929777
Further posts on that page deal with other updates that are required for nVidia cards, with BIOS flashes, and with other miscellaneous fixes. I'd suggest reading the posts in the last 4 or 5 pages to get more information.
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 09:47 AM

Just sorta guessing/thinking out loud here. The problem occurs with 4 gB but not with 2 gB. The problem generates errors with the RAID/SCSI/SATA drivers. MemTest showed no errors

FWIW, my Hauppage PVR-250 was not compatible with 64 bit Vista - but I don't know if that has any bearing on this or not.
Also, I've heard of issues with the sound card in Vista - dunno about this either.

So, what I'm thinking is that there's an issue with your motherboard and it's ability to support 4 gB of RAM in a 64 bit installation of Vista. Could be a BIOS issue, a hardware problem, a driver issue, it could be a hardware compatibility issue, or it could be a Windows issue (bug).

Here's a topic at the Microsoft TechNet forums about this issue (287 posts long!): http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPo...1&SiteID=17
Here's a link to a KB fix that may help (found on page 17 of the above link - and was a person with similar specs to yours): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929777
Further posts on that page deal with other updates that are required for nVidia cards, with BIOS flashes, and with other miscellaneous fixes. I'd suggest reading the posts in the last 4 or 5 pages to get more information.


Thanks for the detailed reply which is a great help.

Next I will take out 2GB of the 4GB and install KB929777 for Vista 64-bit.

I'll post back to you the results.

Sam

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:33 AM

Interesting post here about memory and the 680i chipset: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=714675
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 11:25 AM

Interesting post here about memory and the 680i chipset: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/ind...st&p=714675

Well it seems 8GB of memory and the 680i chipset don't go together well.

On other news... My Vista and 4GB memory compatibility problem is fixed. This:

Here's a link to a KB fix that may help (found on page 17 of the above link - and was a person with similar specs to yours): http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929777

is what helped me the most.

All that needs to be done to fix the problem I "had" is to:

1.) Take 2GB of the 4GB Ram out

2.) Download whichever version (32 or 64-bit) of this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929777 Windows Vista Update

3.) Install the update and Turn Off system

4.) Re-install 2GB of Ram that was taken out and boot system

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 03:24 PM

I'm glad that you were able to get it working! Good Luck!
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