first off let me just post what my computer specs are
Windows XP Service Pack 2
Gigabyte GA-7VTXE motherboard
Soundblaster Live! 5.1
ATi Radeon 9250 128 MB AGP 8x/4x/2x
AMD Athlon XP 1600+ 1.40 GHz CPU
1 256MB DDR RAM stick
Every single driver and bio has been updated.
now i'm haveing to type this in word because i wrote a long detail account of what has been going on with my computer for the past year, just to give anyone who is nice enough to help me out some idea as to whats wrong... well when i just about finished... guess what... my computer crashed on me... oh how much fun it was ripping every last stran of my hair out of my head... so i'm saveing every now and then... and then copying and pasteing this onto the forum with my new topic... so i may not write as much as i did cause i really don't want to type everything out all over again! it was so fustrating... anyways... so i have had this computer for about a couple of years now... my dad built it for me... and it has run great for me over the years... untill about a year ago... i bought a new CD+RW/DVD combo drive thing from samsung... installed it on my computer okay and it worked great... that when i started to notice the problems i have been haveing with my computer... and still problems i have to this day
Every game that i would play would crash to the desktop and the computer would crash on its own all the time... i thought the combo drive had something to do with it... so i unplugged the combo drive and erased it from my bios main screen and everything... i backed up my whole computer before hand now that i had a CD recorder drive... and then reinstall windows once my CDR was unplugged... so i did just that... and still i would have the same issues or crashing to desktops without errors and windows restarting on its own... and i have reinstalled windows xp so many times i even had to call microsoft to tell them i'm not pirateing.. thats how many times... so i was like okay... its not the combo drive... so i reinstall it... so i have looked up this problem and learned you can tell windows not to restart on its own... and when i did that... when it restarts i get the 0x0000008e stop error... and learned that it could be a faulty RAM problem
so i installed and ran memtest cause that was suggested on some forums... did that overnight while i slept... so it was running for a good 8 hours or so... and no errors at all came up... so i read on some forums that even with no errors it could still be a faulty ram issues... so i was like fine i'll get a new one... so i did just that... and i reinstalled windows too once i installed the new ram stick... still games crashing to desktop and 0x0000008e and some times... but rare 0x00000050 stop blue screens... so i heard it could also be an overheating thing... so i learned and cleaned out my heatsink that covers my cpu... and man i cleaned it out GOOD... i could eat off of it... thats how good... and still same problems... i looked up what the correct voltage and temps should be for my system and then went to the monitoring section of my bios screen and the temps and voltage are up to par... so for the like of me i can't figure out whats wrong with my system! so i heard that sometimes the DDR slot can get dusty and cause the same problems... so i took out the ram... which had a little bit of dust on it... and blew on it a bit... and i blew the heck out of my DDR slot like an old NES system to get all the dust that was on there off... there was some dust but not like overly dusty... so i put the stick back in... and reinstall windows AND STILL same problems... i have even moved my DDR to every single slot (i have 3) and still that doesn't solve it
oh and also... i forgot to mention... every time i would reinstall windows... it would sometimes install okay everytime... and sometimes it would just crash on me and give me the blue screen when i would move the mouse... and it was a 0x0000008e error... so in order to fully install windows without that error... i would install it only useing the keyboard and not touching the mouse... it would seem that mouse movement would cause it to crash... which is still very strange to me... oh! and also... when i would plug in a USB device... be it a game controller or a storage stick... it would crash on me and give me that darn 0x0000008e blue screen! and i would leave the USB device in and not unplug it while its restarting... and just before the welcome screen it would pop up that 0x0000008e blue screen or just restart on its own if i forgot to set windows to not restart on its own... and it would keep doing this over and over and over and over again untill i unplugged the usb device... then it would load up okay... what could be causeing all of this? did the combo drive have something to do with it? or not at all? its all very so fustrating esp since like i said before it pulled that 0x0000008e crap on me just as i wrote just as much as i did now! i did end up writing just as much again lol... and i'm just going to say right now THANK YOU so much for reading all of this cause i know it was quite a read... and any input or help or anything on how to fix my computer problem would very much so be appreciated!