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The blue screen of DEATH! hunt continues... or/ the return of the mischievous son of BSOD


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#1 Postfuzz

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 04:13 PM

[font="Microsoft Sans Serif"]Hello all!
i'll start by saying:"yeah i know" = i know i have an old machine (2001)
but except for physical deterioration i don't see any reason for changing it... i hope :trumpet:
I've been having blue screens, freezes with black screens, restarts, system suspensions.
then all kinds of programs were failing to start & showed the windows unfamiliar icon.
my conclusion was - run for cover! you are been under attack of digital coltosaurus terrestrials.
or virus/worms/trojan/malware/spyware/adware/CRIMEware or how you'de like to call 'em.
i run an update for my nod32 and run a complete deep scan, which fail to complete
a couple of times and crash my machine.
(btw: Error checking i did at this point was crashing my PC too,
but unfortunatly it wasn't that big of a hint at this point...)
what convinced me of a virus that is conscious of tracking,
by exploring the Magnificent Dazzing Bewilder world of them crimeware parasites,
by which i discovered "bleepingcomputer" blinking site...
iv'e discover the braggart mutation known to be called as ROOTKIT!
the more i read about it the more i suspected,
so i run 'autoruns' & 'hijackthis' and the hunt of file name.extentions begins...
that led me to 'Unhackme' and eventually to 'Combo-Fix'.
it took a few underbelly raw turns to flip the beasts on their heads, but eventually success!
and the leftover blood cleanups has followed,
BUT! the BSOD has not failed yet...!!! :flowers:
i must say that by tracing after significance of file name.extentions i began to wonder
if my own significance wont be better achieved if i just FORMAT the damn machine
& have a fresh start with everything?
most chances - NO. updates has been performed and also an SP3 update,
but no luck yet...
after that i started hearing weird noises from my PC ( :thumbsup: !? no realy!)
no ghosts or anything. probably a hardware malfunction.
i checked the System Information (winmsd) & the event viewer for information,
i guess i was right. but i've got those reports now and not much idea
what should be checked rirst? or the most? or?
my PC details below -V-V-V-V-V-V-
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OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name POSTFUZZ
System Manufacturer VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
System Model P4X266E-8235
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 1 Stepping 2 GenuineIntel ~1703 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG, 10/24/2002
SMBIOS Version 2.2
Windows Directory D:\WINDOWS
System Directory D:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name POSTFUZZ\
Total Physical Memory 1,280.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 901.73 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 3.11 GB
Page File D:\pagefile.sys
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i dont know if the event viewer logs will help so i've attached them.
any other logs you need, say the words & i shall provide.
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i am sorry if this is not the right place for this post, but this is my first one here.
i am also sorry if i was making the short story long,
but you pretty much asked for detailed info & steps making history.
also i thought it might be nice for you to read a BSOD post
that is not hysterical but more amusing, but i seriously meant every word.
thanx to any given help.

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Edited by Pandy, 21 March 2010 - 07:32 PM.
Moved from Windows XP Home and Pro to a more appropriate forum ~Pandy


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Posted 22 March 2010 - 01:43 PM

3/10/2010 9:26:55 PM Disk Error None 7 N/A POSTFUZZ The device, \Device\Harddisk2\D, has a bad block.


The above line from your event log shows that your hard drive has a bad block.

Armed with that knowledge, I would recommend two things:

First: Backup any and all important data before going any further.

Second: You may want to think about testing your hard drive with the manufacturer's testing utility. A list of manufacturer's testing utilities can be found here.
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:11 AM

3/10/2010 9:26:55 PM Disk Error None 7 N/A POSTFUZZ The device, \Device\Harddisk2\D, has a bad block.


The above line from your event log shows that your hard drive has a bad block.

Armed with that knowledge, I would recommend two things:

First: Backup any and all important data before going any further.

Second: You may want to think about testing your hard drive with the manufacturer's testing utility. A list of manufacturer's testing utilities can be found here.


Hello, and thank you for the reply!
you were right about the many lines in my event viewer showing the bad block.
iv'e been following the link and the hard drive testings in it as you suggested,
but unfortunatly the tests came out positive and passed...
any other suggestions you might think of?
thanx again.

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Posted 23 March 2010 - 10:50 AM

Can you tell me if this is your motherboard?
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 01:33 PM

hello techextreme,
iv'e been strugglin' to find my board's model
but i know it's suppose to be - VIA Rhine III ... something
as soon as i'll find more details i'll let you know.
thanx!

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 02:06 PM

If you open the case, and look at the board, it should have the motherboard model number "silk screened" on it somewhere.

In some instances, some "cheaper" manufacturers overlooked this and did not put this on the board itself.
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Posted 26 March 2010 - 10:30 AM

yes, i tried finding a way around that
& find the details through a software or something
but eventually i opened it up.
you were pretty close, i found that my board is:
>-------------------------------------------------------<
> VIA P4PB266E ----------------------------------<
> - REV B2 ------------------------------------------<
> C492B005645 ----------------------------------<
>-------------------------------------------------------<

there's another model numbel
printed on what i think is a black squared VIA chip
so if you need that too, tell me.
i don't exactly know how my board's details help
but there it is...
thanx!

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 01:53 PM

Have you tried updating all your drivers, and replacing the cables?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:07 PM

all the drivers are updated.
by writing "... , and replacing the cables?"
did you meam IDE cables?
i've been searching for an accurate knowledge about a bios update
but iv'e been founding mixed information, some saying an update should be taken
& some saying it shouldn't.
also iv'e been trying to find ways for testing my motherboard
& RAM memories, i have a hunch that my RAM is troublesome,
but haven't find anything for that.
i would appreciate any thoughts... :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:39 PM

Yeah IDE Cables they can cause issues.




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