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0x00000124 Blue Screens


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Within the last week, my Windows Vista Ultimate (32-bit) PC has gone to heck. It started with a couple random blue screens a day. Now it won't even boot into normal mode. It blue screens either immediately before or immediately after getting to the logon screen. The STOP error is always 0x00000124.

Prior to this problem, I had a reliability rating of 10 (in the reliability monitor) for months. There have been no hardware or driver changes recently. The only software changes in the last week have been set up of OpenDNS and FireFox (with NoScript.) It boots into Safe Mode with Networking just fine.

Computer Specs are:

Asus A8N-E Motherboard
AMD X2 4600+ (S939) - Factory clocked...no overclocking
Antec TruePower II power supply (330W I believe)
4GB of RAM (4x 1GB Corsair XMS PC3200)
nVidia 7600GT (don't remember the brand)
2x 74GB Raptor

Any ideas? Should I just start troubleshooting the startup since it boots into safe mode?
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It may be worth re-enabling startup programs one at a time to see if one of those is causing it. It may take some time but I can't think of another way to narrow it down.
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In Safe Mode with Networking....

Download, and install WhoCrashed: http://www.resplende...rashedSetup.exe
Open it, click Analyze button.
WhoCrashed will create report.
Copy, and paste it into your next reply.
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In Safe Mode with Networking....

Download, and install WhoCrashed: http://www.resplende...rashedSetup.exe
Open it, click Analyze button.
WhoCrashed will create report.
Copy, and paste it into your next reply.


Fantastic. I will do so as soon as I get back home this evening. Thanks!

As an aside, something I hadn't thought of when I posted this. Is it possible for this error to be caused by a thermal problem on the motherboard? I noticed my northbridge fan is dying.

@Quakers88 - Thanks for the reply. I was planning on resorting to that if necessary.
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Overheating may cause all kind of errors. You definitely need to fix that fan.

You should also...

Download, and install SpeedFan: http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php
Post your computer temperatures:

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OK, There have been a couple of strange developments since my last post, but I'll get to those in a moment. First, here is what Speedfan reports after the computer has been on for ~1 hour:

GPU 53C
Temp 1 62C
Temp 2 40C
Temp 3 45C
Core 62C

Second, WhoCrashed doesn't find any dump logs:

Crash dump directory: C:\Windows\Minidump

Crash dumps are enabled on your computer.


No crash dumps have been found on your computer


Now, two days ago every attempt to enter normal mode would result in the aforementioned 0x00000124 BSOD. Yesterday, all my attempts resulted instead with a frozen, blank black screen. Today, after seeing the results from WhoCrashed in Safe Mode, I tried to boot to normal mode...hoping to see a blue screen so that I would get a kernel dump log...instead, it booted into normal mode just fine. I'm typing this in normal mode right now. I'm very confused at this point. :-p
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I'm concerned about those temperatures. Your processor max temp is listed at 65C, but SpeedFan's readings are not always accurate.
Download, and install Everest: http://www.majorgeek...wnload4181.html
Open it, click Computer, then Sensor.
What temperatures are listed there?
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Everest is showing CPU at 40C. The computer has been on for several hours.
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This is pretty consistent with SpeedFan's Temp 2 40C. It's little bit warmer, than I'd like to see, but you should be OK.
I'd still open the case, and clean it out with compressed air.
If any BSOD will occur again, try to write a whole message down, and post it back here.
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Will do, thanks for the help. It has been blown out recently, so there is no dust buildup on the heatsinks or anything, but I'll double-check that. I will post next time I get the blue screen. I got a couple yesterday, but when I rebooted WhoCrashed still couldn't find any dump logs even though it claimed it was writing one on the blue screen :)
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Open Windows Explorer, and navigate to:
C:\Windows\Minidump folder.
See, if there are any .dmp files there.
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Well, this topic has become moot. My motherboard decided to brick and I don't even get a POST screen now. I've got new parts on order that will be here Wednesday. You can go ahead and close this topic. Thanks for your help.

I'm going to start a new thread about replacing a motherboard in a Vista PC.

Thanks
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I see. Topic closed.
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