ok i managed to get the floppy with memtest on and booted it up.
it went through the nine tests smoothly.
In the table there was a lot of information but the main info was: one pass was completed and there was a 0 under errors.
i presume that means there were no errors recognisd by memtest.
can i rule out hardware issues now?
i'm still getting the BSOD obviously.
i was looking at the microsoft support pages - http://support.micro...kb/137539/en-us
it seems to say i have a double faulttrap. Can anyone help me understand this.
A double fault occurs when an exception occurs while trying to call the handler for a prior exception. Normally, the two exceptions can be handled serially, however there are several exceptions that cannot be handled serially and in this situation the processor signals a double fault. The two primary causes for this are hardware and kernel stack overflows. Hardware problems are usually related to CPU, RAM, or bus. Kernel stack overflows are almost always caused by faulty kernel-mode drivers.
under solutions it says
Test the RAM in the computer by running the diagnostic software that is provided by the computer manufacturer. Replace any RAM that is reported as bad. Also, make sure that all the RAM in the computer is the same speed.
didn't i do this with memtest?
what would i be looking for, for the "diagnostic software provided by my manufacturer"?
thanks again and a happy new year