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#181
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So I've finally gotten around to reformatting my hard drive and reinstalling a fresh copy of windows.

In the process I ran into my "error locating system" problem again (see my other topic). I found that if I unplugged all other drives (IDE and SATA), that the problem didn't occur. I'm not sure which drive(s) actually caused this problem because I did it all in one step.

Anyway, I left the raw copy of Windows without any drivers, and just let it idle for about a day and a half. I got no blue screens or random restarts during this period.

Then I installed the most recent chipset drivers from Nvidia.com. After this I have gotten three errors. The first two happened before I was able to run windows update so I got the code from what I could from the "report error to windows" prompt when booting up after the error.


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Still no replies, : (

I've got more errors and I'm still running with just the windows installation and chipset drivers.
I've also got VLC installed so what I do is leave the computer playing a looped playlist of MP3s while I'm away. Maybe its relevant but VLC crashes A LOT now.

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EDIT: Oh yeah and I've plugged the SATA drives back in last night (03 26 2007). So far I've gotten like 4 blue screens today

EDIT AGAIN: Make that 5
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Edited by you_silly_mortals, 27 March 2007 - 01:22 PM.

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This is quite disturbing...
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Edited by you_silly_mortals, 28 March 2007 - 09:25 AM.

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Go back to the older version of the NVIDIA drivers.
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Done. So far no BSODs
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Well, looks like I'm a little late. But If you start getting them again. Try this and here is the wattage calculator you were wanting. The First is driver cleaner, I'm not sure if you tried that yet, but install that then get ride of all your video drivers. Then restart, then reinstall your video drivers. (this is assuming the video is still the problem).

Hope this Helps!
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Got a blue screen!
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Whenever I have screenshots like these there never was actually a BSOD.
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Edited by you_silly_mortals, 29 March 2007 - 02:27 PM.

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The NVIDIA Firewall is crap and just loves to mess things up. Remove or disable it and enable the XP firewall.

Some reading;

NForce 4 Firewall, I give up!

ASUS A8N-E Stability Problems

Uninstall Nvidia Firewall Help, yeah, it thinks I've run out of ram.

Uninstall NVidia Firewall, any suggestions?
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Oh this looks very promising. I'll get it done as soon as I can, and let you know how it turns out! :whistling:
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GAH, finally got that done.

15 minutes in and no BSOD yet.

BTW in the time just before you suggested this I got a really strange blue screen. I've never seen this one before.
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I got a system crash while downloading some files.
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Got this whilst installing counterstrike-source and half life 2 (from steam)
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Got this not too long after making this post. Also I found out why I wasn't actually getting blue screens for a while, which is strange because I never enabled auto-restart.
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Edited by you_silly_mortals, 31 March 2007 - 06:30 PM.

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When you fresh installed XP did you install the motherboard and other drivers then SP2 (or is SP2 included with your XP CD) plus the rest of the updates before installing any other programs other than anti-virus/firewall? You seem to have a corrupted installation that is further hampered by installing certain programs before they should be.
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When you fresh installed XP did you install the motherboard and other drivers then SP2 (or is SP2 included with your XP CD)

SP2 came on the CD itself. It's the student version of XP Pro that I got at my colleges computer store for $5.

I installed the anti-virus program before getting any updates from microsoft, because I didn't want to get any viruses. I'm also using the windows firewall.
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I really had hope for it this time. I finally installed video drivers because I couldn't stand not being able to use my standard resolution and drag windows across the screen regularly. It had been on since last night and all day today up until now. Playing music and movies. Downloading files and surfing the net. But then...
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You seem to have a corrupted installation that is further hampered by installing certain programs before they should be.

So what does this mean for me? Can the installation be fixed?
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Edited by you_silly_mortals, 02 April 2007 - 06:13 AM.

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