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While my computer is on it seems to randomly shut down and show the blue screen of death for about a second. It usually happens when I'm not in front of my computer and it doesn't stay visible for long enough for me to see what information it is displaying. So, I have some information about what is happening from a small memory dump file and an error log, hopefully you guys can help me out here and tell me what's going on.


What I get from the Event Viewer (Event Viewer [Local] > System):

Category: None
Company Name: Microsoft Corporation
Date: 8/8/2009
Event ID: 10016
User: LOCAL SERVICE
File Name: xpsp2res.dll
File Version: 5.1.2600.5512
Product Name: Microsoft Windows Operating System
Product Version: 5.1.2600.5512
Source: DCOM
Time: 12:15:40 PM
Type: Error


What I get from the small memory dump (Mini080809-01.dmp - 88 KB) using dumpchk.exe:

NOTE: To get this information I used THIS tutorial to help me. I kept getting errors so I could not get Debugging Tools for Windows to work for me - that is why I just used dumpchk (from Windows Support Tools) to examine the dump.

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Thanks in advance for any help!
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Follow the instructions in these articles: http://www.cakewalk....er/minidump.asp
And here: http://www.tweakxp.c...ticle36976.aspx
Then recreate your BSOD... your computer shouldn't automatically restart and you should see the blue screen. Tell me the error code and any parameters (in parenthesis) you see. Also tell any files or drivers it mentioned. Ex. 0x0000007A (0x5a,xxx,xxx,xxx)

After recreating your BSOD, go to the directory C:\Windows\Minidump
Then zip up all the recent dump files in that directory, and attach the .zip archive to your next post.

Usually what programs do you have open at the time of the BSOD?
What security software do you use?
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Thanks for your help edge2022. I followed the instructions in the articles you linked to, so next time I get this BSoD I will post the dump files and information I get from it here.

My system was already set to create a small memory dumb before I kept getting the BSoD - so I have zipped up the contents of the C:\WINDOWS\Minidump folder and attached it below:
Attached File  Minidump.zip   209.21KB   152 downloads

I do not know what is casing my blue screen of death, so I would not know how to re-create it. But typically I just have a couple internet browsers open and maybe BitComet (for downloading torrents). As for security software, I just use avast! antivirus 4.8 and always have my Windows Firewall on.
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Download, and install BlueScreenView
No installation required.
Double click on BlueScreenView.exe file to run the program.
When scanning is done, go Edit>Select All.
Go File>Save Selected Items, and save the report as BSOD.txt.
Open BSOD.txt in Notepad, copy all content, and paste it into your next reply.
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Thanks for your reply Broni. Just as I was writing this reply I got the same blue screen of death that I always get :) So, at least I know what was going on when I got the blue screen: I just had a couple Firefox browser windows open, listening to online radio and writing a reply in this thread.

Okay, so here is all the recent files from my C:\WINDOWS\Minidump directory in a nice little ZIP:
Attached File  Minidump.zip   258.73KB   103 downloads

This is the stop code (with all the parameters) that I received:
*** STOP: 0x000000C5(0x00000004,0x00000002,0x00000001,0x8054B1FA)

Here is the info from BlueScreenView:
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Dump File		 : Mini080909-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/9/2009 10:16:41 AM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000004
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054b1fa
Caused By Driver  : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+741fa
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
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Dump File		 : Mini080809-02.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/8/2009 11:53:12 AM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054bfcb
Caused By Driver  : psched.sys
Caused By Address : psched.sys+801d
File Description  : MS QoS Packet Scheduler
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-0852)
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Dump File		 : Mini080809-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/8/2009 8:20:09 AM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000004
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054b1fa
Caused By Driver  : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+741fa
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
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Dump File		 : Mini080609-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/6/2009 8:54:57 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054bfcb
Caused By Driver  : aswSP.SYS
Caused By Address : aswSP.SYS+86b8
File Description  : avast! self protection module
Product Name	  : avast! Antivirus System
Company		   : ALWIL Software
File Version	  : 4.8.1335.0
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Dump File		 : Mini080509-02.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/5/2009 8:05:19 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054bfcb
Caused By Driver  : aswMon2.SYS
Caused By Address : aswMon2.SYS+434d
File Description  : avast! File System Filter Driver for Windows XP
Product Name	  : avast! Antivirus System
Company		   : ALWIL Software
File Version	  : 4.8.1335.0
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Dump File		 : Mini080509-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/5/2009 7:16:03 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000004
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054b1fa
Caused By Driver  : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+741fa
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
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Dump File		 : Mini080409-02.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/4/2009 5:29:40 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000004
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054b1fa
Caused By Driver  : hal.dll
Caused By Address : hal.dll+2d43
File Description  : Hardware Abstraction Layer DLL
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)
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Dump File		 : Mini080409-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/4/2009 4:03:08 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054bfcb
Caused By Driver  : fltmgr.sys
Caused By Address : fltmgr.sys+409e
File Description  : Microsoft Filesystem Filter Manager
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)
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Dump File		 : Mini080309-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 8/3/2009 9:11:27 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_CORRUPTED_EXPOOL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000c5
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000002
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0x8054bfcb
Caused By Driver  : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+74fcb
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
==================================================

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Dump File		 : Mini072209-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 7/22/2009 7:41:57 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000d1
Parameter 1	   : 0x0abd0000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000006
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0xb7e0672f
Caused By Driver  : nvgts.sys
Caused By Address : nvgts.sys+1272f
File Description  : NVIDIA® nForce(TM) Sata Performance Driver
Product Name	  : NVIDIA nForce(TM) SATA Driver
Company		   : NVIDIA Corporation
File Version	  : 10.3.0.46 built by: WinDDK
==================================================

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Dump File		 : Mini062209-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 6/22/2009 10:32:17 PM
Bug Check String  : DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000d1
Parameter 1	   : 0x0a220000
Parameter 2	   : 0x00000006
Parameter 3	   : 0x00000000
Parameter 4	   : 0xb7e0672f
Caused By Driver  : nvgts.sys
Caused By Address : nvgts.sys+1272f
File Description  : NVIDIA® nForce(TM) Sata Performance Driver
Product Name	  : NVIDIA nForce(TM) SATA Driver
Company		   : NVIDIA Corporation
File Version	  : 10.3.0.46 built by: WinDDK
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Dump File		 : Mini042909-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 4/29/2009 6:54:07 PM
Bug Check String  : PNP_DETECTED_FATAL_ERROR
Bug Check Code	: 0x000000ca
Parameter 1	   : 0x00000001
Parameter 2	   : 0x88e48c68
Parameter 3	   : 0x88f3c280
Parameter 4	   : 0x00000000
Caused By Driver  : ntoskrnl.exe
Caused By Address : ntoskrnl.exe+22f43
File Description  : NT Kernel & System
Product Name	  : Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
Company		   : Microsoft Corporation
File Version	  : 5.1.2600.5755 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.090206-1234)
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Dump File		 : Mini031809-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 3/18/2009 8:10:45 AM
Bug Check String  : ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000be
Parameter 1	   : 0x805ab3ae
Parameter 2	   : 0x005ab121
Parameter 3	   : 0xa7acfac0
Parameter 4	   : 0x0000000b
Caused By Driver  : aswSP.SYS
Caused By Address : aswSP.SYS+14743
File Description  : avast! self protection module
Product Name	  : avast! Antivirus System
Company		   : ALWIL Software
File Version	  : 4.8.1335.0
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Dump File		 : Mini020709-01.dmp
Crash Time		: 2/7/2009 2:14:48 PM
Bug Check String  : THREAD_STUCK_IN_DEVICE_DRIVER
Bug Check Code	: 0x100000ea
Parameter 1	   : 0x88b36670
Parameter 2	   : 0x89e8df60
Parameter 3	   : 0xba4efcbc
Parameter 4	   : 0x00000001
Caused By Driver  : nv4_mini.sys
Caused By Address : nv4_mini.sys+5018b
File Description  : NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Miniport Driver, Version 190.38
Product Name	  : NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 Miniport Driver, Version 190.38
Company		   : NVIDIA Corporation
File Version	  : 6.14.11.9038
==================================================

Thanks for your help!

Edited by Twinbird, 09 August 2009 - 09:15 AM.

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Oh boy, with so many different error causing files, my bet would be some hardware problem.
My bet would go on bad RAM.

If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.

NOTE Keep in mind, the manual check listed above is always superior to the software check, listed below.

If you have only one RAM stick installed...
...run memtest...

1. Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)
2. Unzip downloaded memtest86+-2.11.iso.zip file.
3. Inside, you'll find memtest86+-2.11.iso file.
4. Download, and install ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/
5. Insert blank CD into your CD drive.
6. Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc
7. Click on Browse for a file... icon:

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8. Locate memtest86+-2.11.iso file, and click Open button.
9. Click on ImgBurn green arrow to start burning bootable memtest86 CD:

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10. Once the CD is created, boot from it, and memtest will automatically start to run.

The running program will look something like this depending on the size and number of ram modules installed:


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It's recommended to run 5-6 passes. Each pass contains very same 8 tests.

This will show the progress of the test. It can take a while. Be patient, or leave it running overnight.

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The following image is the test results area:

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The most important item here is the “errors” line. If you see ANY errors, even one, then you have bad RAM.
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Check your RAM as said by Broni... the error causing files are different usually indicating a hardware problem.
You can also check your hard drive... go here, and download the appropriate diagnostic... it will usually come as a dic image (.iso file)... in this case, burn it to a disc with ImgBurn or BurnCDCC: http://www.terabyteu...ee-software.htm

If you don't know which utility to use, use Seatools for DOS (Graphical)... run a long diagnostic and tell the results.
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Thanks Broni and edge2022 - I will check my RAM and HDD. I will also scan for viruses and go through some other procedures to see if it will help too.

If you have more than one RAM module installed, try starting computer with one RAM stick at a time.


I have two RAM modules - so if I just reboot my PC with only one RAM stick in it at a time, this will check my RAM?
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Yes. If no problem with stick #1, remove it, and put stick #2 in.
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I did the manual check on both my memory sticks and they both showed up (in the System Properties general tab) and worked fine. I also tested my memory using MemTest (left it on overnight) and this is what I got (with both memory sticks in the motherboard):
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There doesn't seem to be any problem with my RAM. So it must be something with my HDD... could it also be a software/program issue, drivers maybe? Anyways, I will be running SeaTools v2.14b for DOS (since I have a Seagate HDD) and will keep looking into this. If you guys have any more suggestions or anything that I should look at or do, please post here. Thanks.
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Very well. Run HD test, and we'll go from there.
There is no other way, but checking one thing after another.
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Run the long diagnostic with Seatools for DOS.
Tell us the results...

Also try booting into Safe Mode: http://www.computerh...sues/chsafe.htm
Wait for the BSOD to come up again (it may not)...
If it doesn't then this is most likely a driver or service problem.
If the BSOD does show up, then I would suspect hardware.
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Here are my results from SeaTools:
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As you can see there aren't any problems with my hard drive. But ever since I cleared my web browser's cache and most of my computer's temporary files (right before I ran MemTest) I haven't been getting the BSOD...

Edited by Twinbird, 11 August 2009 - 08:52 AM.

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At this point, keep waiting for another BSOD... if another one comes up, then tell the error code along with any drivers, and attach the respective minidump.
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Sorry to revive this old thread, but I still can't figure out what's causing my BSOD. It seems to go away, and then it comes back - I don't think it's a hardware issue, but at this point, it still might be. Below is the text file (generated by BlueScreenView) with the info on my latest blue screen of death crashes:
Attached File  BSOD_02.txt   13.05KB   634 downloads

And here is a .zip with all my recent minidump files:
Attached File  Minidump_08_12_09_to_08_21_09.zip   263.49KB   133 downloads

Thanks in advance for any help.
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