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Merlini

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I'm a techie kind of person, but this has been stumping me for quite a while, and I don't like problems that stump me. :D
I have a Gateway P-7805u FX that I got refurbished in the Summer of 2009, and ever since about three months after I got it, it started BSOD'ing at the most foggiest of times. I would usually leave it alone to go eat dinner or do something else, and I would come back to see a BSOD...

I can post my two most recent Minidumps, but besides that I haven't the foggiest idea of what's been causing it.

Here's what I've done since the first crashes (which I thought helped, but after the last two BSODs in the previous 96 hours, I doubt it):

Upgraded from Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. (Clean install, December 2009)
Swapped WD Scorpio Black 320GB Hard Drive for a 640GB 5400RPM WD Scorpio Blue HD (April 2010)
Re-installed Win7 Pro 64-bit (April 2010, September 2010)
Installed Win7 Ultimate 64-bit (September 2010)
Upgraded NVIDIA drivers (December 2010)

Things I still have to do (and in the current process of planning / doing):
Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool (I successfully got it onto a bootable CD - I will explore this option tonight when I go to bed).
Underclock my RAM (I can't do it from BIOS - I tried a few moments ago - how would I do this using software?) to a lower setting.

Finally (drastically, since I DESPERATELY NEED THIS COMPUTER TO SURVIVE UNTIL 2012),
(maybe? Hopefully not) Buy new hard drive / memory kit (I was planning on upgrading to an 8GB set of RAM.

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. I have a lot of experience with computers and can generally be knowledgeable in most aspects of a computer (I've built quite a few myself), but this is definitely been an ongoing problem that needs wiser minds than I. (I'm only 19, after all...)

Thanks again.

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Did you not write any info down from the BSOD screen (error code, error type)?
The minidump data is too "techie" for many of us to make sense of. It's usually sent to Microsoft with your error-report (if you choose to send it via internet) for their tech staff to look at.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 06 January 2011 - 09:10 AM.

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Thanks for the quick reply.
The main stuff I remember is:

"KERNEL_INPAGE_DATA_ERROR".

The exact site I was redirected to the next time I booted was this:
http://technet.micro...y/cc957628.aspx

As an update, I ran the memory test. 64 passes, no errors.
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What did you use to do the memory test?

use MemTest86 if you didn't use this, i find it much better than anything else.
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Windows Memory Diagnostic Test.
I put it onto a boot CD and ran it overnight and while I was in class.
64 times, no errors.
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Scratch whatever I said earlier.
As I was switching between MSN and VirtualBox, boom, BSOD again.
This one is different.
After the BIOS pre-load screen, I see a little flashing _ cursor for about 3 seconds in the top right hand corner, and I can hear the CD-ROM spinning, but the hard drive "light" is on (the one where it flashes on and off while it's doing something) and nothing loads. I left it like that for about ten minutes before shutting it off.

Went back to do a diagnostic in Windows Memory Diagnostic, found a cool button that does extended tests.
Right now it's trudging VERY SLOWLY through 7 of 11 for pass 1 - does this mean that my memory is slow? It was able to blaze through the first six tests in under a minute each... this one is doing a slow /|\ movement across my screen.

I wrote down the BSOD this time, which is different from the others.
I fear the worst - all of my university schoolwork is on this laptop and I really want it back.
Worst comes to worse, I buy an SSD, load Win7 on that and use that as my primary boot drive from now on. Hopefully that won't break...

But I fear it may be the memory, considering how slow this test is running.
I write this post from my netbook, which serves as my note-taking device and simple browsing device but nothing more. All of my e-mail, instant messaging, primary browsing and note-editing/coding/homework-doing is done on this laptop...

Here's the error from what I saw.
IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL
STOP: 0x0000000A (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF,0x0000000000000002,0x00000000000000001, 0xFFFFF80002ED97B1)

That's the exact "unique" information I could pull...
I have to sleep... I've been fretting over this computer for too long.

ANYBODY that can give advice, please let me know. I'm going to a computer store (Canada Computers) to buy an SSD or a velociraptor (10000RPM HDD) asap for when this all blows over and I can actually install a second hard drive to salvage everything... I need to know if I need a laptop memory kit as well, and what kind I should look for when I have some DDR3 1066MHz 4GB (2x2GB) 204-pin RAM.

Thanks again, guys... holy cripes, I'm scared.
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