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Computer Is Being A Jerk...

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#1 Taylor Hewitt

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 04:11 PM

My dad had Windows XP running fine on this computer for a year. Then he gave it to me and I wanted it fresh so I formatted and installed and everything was fine for about a day. Then programs started crashing and I was getting the blue screen a lot. And when I tired to re-install windows XP I would get the blue screen a lot. So my dad took it apart and re-seated everything and removed one of the hard drives because we think it was faulty. We managed to install everything nice and fine and fresh...

That was about a week ago. Now I'm still having problems with it. Programs randomly crash (firefox, winamp, steam, msn messenger) and sometimes it randomly restarts which is very annoying and interrupting if I'm doing something important.

So please help me out! Thanks very much!

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#2 Albert Frankenstein

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 04:35 PM

Welcome to BC! :thumbsup:

Go to:

Start > right click on My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery Settings

Uncheck Automatically Restart

Click Apply and then OK

Now when the computer has a problem it will give you a blue screen and you will have to reboot manually.

The 'Blue Screen of Death' (or BSOD) is refered to by Microsoft as a Stop Message. They can occur for many reasons. In order to diagnose it's cause we need as much info as you can give about the stop message. Please write it down and post it back here the next time it happens. In particular, it helps to have the somewhat cryptic series of numbers about half way down the blue screen that have this sort of format:

0x0000008E (Followed by four other sets of numbers in parenthesis.)


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#3 Taylor Hewitt

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Posted 13 July 2006 - 04:54 PM

Okay I did what you said and I'll report back next time.

What about that minidump folder? Maybe I should take a look at that... I opened it up in wordpad but there were a bunch of little boxes as if it shouldn't be opened with that program...

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