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#1 XxThegr81xX

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 12:50 AM

Alright, so I'm trying to help my friend out with his computer because he has been getting random crashes/blue screens. It will do one of two things when it starts up... Either load up with just the desktop and no taskbar or icons, or lock up on the desktop about 20 seconds after logging in and will not let me move the mouse or change numlock/caps/scroll.

Already Tried:
-Swapping RAM
-Swapping Video Card
-Updating BIOS
-Reformatting
-Removing RAM, 2nd Video Card, 2nd HDD

I was wondering if it's possible that something he has is incompatible with his other parts. I have tried swapping the RAM with 1gb PC12800, 2gb PC12800, and 1gb PC10666. I have tried putting 1 stick of each kind in and done memtest on them with no errors.

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XFX 790i Ultra
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450
2x WD 400GB SATA HDD
2x EVGA GeForce 9600GT Superclocked in SLI
OCZ Platinum 4gb(2x2GB) DDR3 PC12800
OCZ 1010W PSU
Windows XP Pro X64

If you have any ideas or suggestions to try let me know please :thumbsup:

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:12 AM

Try starting it in Safe Mode.
If it will start & work in safe mode you have either a bad driver or device conflict.

If it does work in safe mode go to Start>Settings>Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Event Viewer
Click on Applications, Under Source locate a Winlogon
See what errors are listed.

To me iy sounds like the OS is having an issue with a corrupt driver,.
I would suspect ,in order, Video,sound, LAN .
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Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:54 AM

It works in Safe Mode with no problems, I am going to reinstall windows right now

I'll post an update in the thread in about ~30 mins when its done

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 01:55 AM

Hhmm... If you have already reformatted and it still does it, then either the video card has problems, or the hard drive has problems... Or try installing linux, or Windows Vista... You could be having some major conflicts with Win Xp and the processor... If I remember correctly the 64bit XP isn't that great with multi core processors... You could also be having those conflicts with the board, or video cards...

Edit: I though you said you already reformatted? ... Ok so it works in safe mode... I would try updating, and virus/spyware scan.... Maybe even a registry scan too...

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 03:05 AM

I just did a clean format, I am going to install each driver 1 at a time until the problems start up again

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 04:08 PM

I would always add malware to the list of items that can cause disruption on a system. In fact, I would try to eliminate that from consideration first, although that's rather hard to do on a system that won't boot to the O/S.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:18 AM

there should be a way to start windows up manually one driver at a time, but I cant for the life of me remember how to do it. arg.

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Posted 20 March 2009 - 01:20 AM

I would always add malware to the list of items that can cause disruption on a system. In fact, I would try to eliminate that from consideration first, although that's rather hard to do on a system that won't boot to the O/S.

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I doubt malware would be the cause since it was happening almost immediately after a free reformat




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