Sorry but this is going to be a long read...
So a few days ago i got a BSOD and then on restart the PC was fine, but then today my sister was on here, apparently the only thing she was doing was browsing "Seek.com.au" which is a job search site, and then she got a BSOD. My brother says that site somtimes crashes Firefox for him, but i dont see how the problem cause a BSOD. When i restarted the PC from that, it got to the black Windows XP screen with the load bar and after that screen, it simply stayed black and made a weird sound (ill explain with the errors after this) and did nothing so i restarted again, only to get the same thing. I then decided to open the case and start the PC to find where the sound was coming from, perhaps the Power Supply, but of course on that attempt, the PC started Windows properly...but before fully completing loading all of the processes, it gave a BSOD again! so i restarted the PC and now its working and i came straight here to find a solution. Unfortunately, Formatting my drive (easiest option, i know...) is NOT an option. Theres simply too much data that cant be lost and is way too expensive to buy a bunch of Blank DVDs, only to have the backups fail due to BSOD during the burn process, so ill list now my specs and then ill write the 3 BSOD errors i got.Specs:
Windows XP Home SP2
Intel Pentium 4 2.93GHz
1GB of RAM
Primary HDD: 200GB (with 12.4GB free)
Secondary HDD: 80GB (with 5.86GB free)
Asus Extreme AX 300SE/td <--- Possible causeFirst Error:
I almost forgot to mention this...well about a month ago, i decided to upgrade the driver for my Video Card so i followed the link that the software for my VC lead me to
, and after installing the computer decided to randomly restart for without any errors or anything so i scanned the internet to find out nothing...i did see a lot of complaints about the driver (ATI Catalyst™ 8.12 Display Driver for Windows XP) had numerous errors and complaint by people, not relating to my problem though, so without thinking to System Restore, i downgrade to the previous driver, only to have the problem persist, and then i had realized i was lead to a driver for AMD rather than Intel (if that matters?) so i went to the official Asus site
to get the latest XP Driver "ASUS VGA card display driver version 8.523 for Windows XP", hoping to solve the problem. I also set XP to show the BSOD rather than restarting randomly, and for one month, the PC was fine until BSOD 3 or 4 days ago and again today.First BSOD:
When this occurred, i was using Mozilla Firefox with 2 tabs open and i just started listening to music via Windows Media Player 11 and then the PC started lagging really badly and froze a couple of times before going to a BSOD. The message from the BSOD read (without the unnecessary "if this is your first BSOD, restart blah blah):Kernel_Data_Inpage_Error
*ouput omitted****STOP: 0x0000007A (0xC03DD290, 0xC000000E, 0xF74A4642, 0x29F71860)
*output omitted*ftdisk.sys - Address F74A4642 base at F749A000 Datestamp 3b7d8419physical memory dumped
when i had this BSOD, the computer was making a weird sounder continuously, which sounded to me like the very last moment the PC powers down and you hear the Power Supply go off, but the PC was on and with a BSOD so i was thinking it could possibly be a Power Supple problem or the PC may have been overheating (its summer here in Australia). Then after a restart, the pc worked for a few days until i got the following 2 BSODs today.Second BSOD:
As mentioned before, my sister was apparently using Mozilla Firefox to browse "seek.com.au" and then she got a BSOD. Not sure if she heard the sound i was hearing for the first BSOD, but the error was different:A process or thread crucial to system operation has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.
*output omitted****STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x870E8860, 0x870E89D4, 0x805FA1F0)physical memory dumped
this is when i restarted today and had the PC freeze after the black XP screen. When it was frozen both times it was making the same sound as the first BSOD, and so i opened the case to hear where the sound was coming from only to have the PC start normally that time...atleast Explorer started and before completing loading all processes, the next BSOD followed.Third BSOD:
This one provided more information and seems like it could be a Video Card or Video Card Driver problem, most likely relating to the driver problem mentioned before. The BSOD read:A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
*output omitted*Check to see you have adequate disk space. If a driver is identified in the Stop message, disable the driver or check with the manufacturer for driver updates. Try changing video adapters.Check with your hardware vendor for any BIOS updates. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing.***STOP: 0x0000007E (0xC0000005, 0x804E742F, 0xF7A7EA60, 0xF7A7E75C)physical memory dumped
Thats basically whats happened and i cant afford to lose all the things on this computer. Ive always wanted to get a large Ext HDD but have no money for it. Theres not really any point in me saying "If i dont reply or come back then the problem is fixed" because it seems to be random and its kinda hard to tell if its fixed or not so ill check back regularly.