Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:34 PM
I got a virus a while back (XP Antivirus 2011) and after managing to remove it I noticed autoupdates were disabled. After attempting to re-enable autoupdates (never could), I started experiencing periodic bluescreens while gaming in Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II: Retribution. I couldn't get Autoupdates to work, was tired of trying to nail down the problem, so I decided to start anew. At that time I was using XP Home Basic SP3.
The first thing I attempted was to install the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade. After booting from disc (I was getting blue screens trying to install it within windows) and formatting the partition, and installing on the formatted drive, I was unable to make it past entering product key after finished install. I would get blue screens before I could ever enter Windows.
Frustrated, I got a copy of XP Pro SP3 on a disc and used it to format the partition again and perform a fresh install of XP SP3 that way. I was able to get all the way through install and booted up fine. I went through and updated my drivers (mobo, sound card, video card, couldn't get any for my HDD or SCSI/RAID). The PC seemed stable for a while and I avoided installing any new software, but after I began using Internet Explorer, firefox, and later trying to play Dawn of War II, I was experiencing Blue Screens seemingly at random, the most common being IRQL_NOT_OR_LESS_EQUAL. Please note that I could not install the SCSI/RAID drivers in Windows XP boot-to-disk install because my PC does not have a floppy drive and the only drivers for the SCSI/RAID controller that came with my motherboard were on floppy. I've got a floppy drive shipping to me as I post this.
I have noticed a pattern in the blue screens. Most often, they occur when I:
1.) Open a new tab or two in firefox
2.) Open a folder or several folders in windows explorer
3.) 15-20 minutes into playing Dawn of War II
4.) Other times, randomly, when opening a program or performing an action such as copying/pasting something.
My system specs are as follows:
Windows XP Professional SP3
EVGA Nforce 4 133-K8-NF41
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
2gb Corsair XMS DDR2
PNY Geforce 250 GTS 1gb
Maxtor 6 L160M0 SCSI Disk Device
Sound Blaster X-Fi
I've got latest drivers available for the motherboard (legacy drivers from Nvidia's site), video card, Sound card
I've got all the latest updates from Microsoft as downloaded from Automatic Updates.
Other than Steam, Firefox, Dawn of War II: Retribution, Internet Download Manager, BlueScreenView, Seatools, and Nvidia Control Panel there are no installed programs apart from what came bundled with XP Pro SP3.
No recent hardware changes. After running chkdisk, HDD was reported fine. Last time I ran Memtest (about a week ago) RAM checked out fine. Windows 7 Installer tested RAM and it came back ok too. I'm thinking it may have something to do with the SCSI driver auto-installed by XP being out of date/wrong... But I don't really know how to confirm this and until I get the floppy drive installed I have no way of testing it that I know of. I'm fairly certain this is a driver issue but I need help. Appreciate any that can be lended.
Here's the latest report from BlueScreenView. I can post more if need be.
6/17/2011 4:49:20 AM
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