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Did A Full Reformat, Issues Now Worse Than Ever!


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#1 Emper0r

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 01:27 AM

Hey guys, some of you may recall my problem but here's a quick rundown of why I reformatted:

I could run all programs without a problem EXCEPT games... anytime I tried to run a game I would get a blue screen that would detail about one of the following files:

NDIS.sys
Win32k.sys

So I thought I might have screwed up the drivers or I might have a virus and just decided to do a full reformat to start with a clean slate. Well not only are the problems not gone, they're worse! Here's what happens:

When it gets to the Windows XP Pro loading screen everything seems fine... then right when it's done loading when it tries to load the desktop it pauses for a second or so and then restarts. Sometimes I can see some random colored blocks on the screen before it restarts.

So obviously since a full reformatt didn't get rid of it it must be a hardware problem right? I'm leaning towards the video card being the problem, but could this be a hard drive problem? Or a motherboard problem even? I cleaned off the video card and did everything I could, the fan is working fine and I can load the comp in safe mode. All plugs are securely plugged in.

My specs are:

OS: Windows XP Pro
Processor: 3.04 ghz pentium 4
Ram: 1 GB of RD 1066 ram
HD: IDE 140 GB Hard drive
Video card: Radeon 9700 pro
Sound card: Sound Blaster Audigy

Someone please help me thanks!

Edited by Emper0r, 08 March 2006 - 01:28 AM.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 02:52 AM

Take all of the Ram out except one stick.
keep switching the sticks until you have tried them all.

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:12 AM

QUOTE: "When it gets to the Windows XP Pro loading screen everything seems fine... then right when it's done loading when it tries to load the desktop it pauses for a second or so and then restarts. Sometimes I can see some random colored blocks on the screen before it restarts."

Go to Start/right click My Computer/Properties/Advanced tab/under Startup and Recovery, click Settings/uncheck the box for Automatic Restart/shutdown and cold start. This will give you a chance to see any error notice, if any, which comes up (including BSOD) so you can get some information to help diagnose the problem

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Posted 08 March 2006 - 03:59 AM

QUOTE: "When it gets to the Windows XP Pro loading screen everything seems fine... then right when it's done loading when it tries to load the desktop it pauses for a second or so and then restarts. Sometimes I can see some random colored blocks on the screen before it restarts."

Go to Start/right click My Computer/Properties/Advanced tab/under Startup and Recovery, click Settings/uncheck the box for Automatic Restart/shutdown and cold start. This will give you a chance to see any error notice, if any, which comes up (including BSOD) so you can get some information to help diagnose the problem


Well unfortunately it appears as though the one time I got into safe mode was a fluke, because now every single time I try to load safemode, it either restarts or stops all together when it tries to load this file:

agp440.sys

Does this indicate it's a problem with the video card?
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Posted 08 March 2006 - 08:54 AM

Problems when Windows XP tries to load the Agp440.sys service
This issue may occur if Windows XP tries to use an incompatible motherboard chipset video driver during startup.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, follow these steps to disable the Agp440.sys service.

Important You must know the administrator password to complete the following procedure. If you do not know the administrator password, contact your system administrator. After you complete this procedure, any video adapter driver you have installed will be disabled, and Windows XP will use default VGA drivers.
Follow the directions here:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;324764




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