My problems started after I installed and ran a Bitcoin client about a week ago, to check if my old wallet had any coins in it. During the synchronising process, where the Bitcoin client gathered transaction data from the past few years, I opened up task manager to check how much memory it was using - it was about 1,600,000k! Shortly after that, the dreaded BSOD popped up and various errors have been plaguing my PC ever since. I'm guessing my computer was already going the way of dodo and running the Bitcoin client was the straw that broke the camel's back.
Here's what I've tried so far, and nothing has helped:
Ran memtest86 for 9 hours, it reported no problems with RAM after 9 passes
Removed RAM and graphics cards, tried them in different slots
Updated graphics card drivers
Removed all graphics card drivers
Repaired Windows with the installation CD
Ran chkdsk - first time I ran it there was a BSOD in the middle of the process! Second time it went fine and reported no errors
Finally I ran Seatools:
Smart Test: Failed
Short Test: Failed, had to run Seatools for DOS
Long test: Ran til 69% and stopped at 99 errors, repaired them
Long test 2: Ran til 99% and detected 90 errors, repaired them
Short test 2: Passed
So can all of this be attributed to a failing hard drive? Attached is a summary of the memory dumps gathered so far - ntkrnlpa.exe seems to be the main culprit.
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