I recently had a problem which my computer wouldn’t boot to Windows, wouldn’t allow me to go boot into Safe Mode, or use recovery options to get back to my previous configuration. Due to the fact that I felt backed against the wall with lack of options I decided to just wipe my hard drive by just formatting it before re-installing Windows 7 Ultimate 64 and be done with it. Needless to say things didn’t happen as smoothly as I desired.
At this point Windows cannot update. If I let Windows try to automatically update it drops to a BSOD page_fault_in_nonpaged_area. If I get the updates myself there are times which I can download a 500mb file and not have a problem or it may crash to the same bsod when the browser is loading and then it also to the same blue screen when I try to install anything of descent size. I had the same “BSOD” problem on a different computer running XP and I ended up having a bad stick of RAM so this time each one has been removed, re-installed one at a time, checked, and are operating properly. I thought that maybe because I didn’t have current drivers installed for a few items that could be causing the blue screen. One by one they have been placed back onto the system to which things run smoothly until I stress things the slightest bit then things drop to the blue screen. The only driver that has posed a problem that I know right off is the SATA controller which does not have any driver what so ever and I have not been able to find one for it so far but still looking.
I'm not sure if this helps or even matters but figured I would go ahead and give a few details about the computer. Purchased in 2009 and used as a gaming computer. Alienware <I had more money than common sense at the time>. Intel Core i7 920 @ 2.67 ghz .. 9gb DDR3 @1066mhz . NVIDIA GeForce GTX260. OS Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. CPU temp has been staying in the 30o C range.
I would appreciate any help that can be offered. Right now I believe I am at the point of "can't see the forest for the trees".