Blue Screen of Death - Stop Error 0x0000008E

  wags 21:25 15 Nov 2004
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I have recently encountered problems when starting certain games such as Prince of Persia (Sands of Time) and Medieval Total War. When starting up the game, Windows crashed to the Blue Screen of Death and comes up with Stop Error: 0x0000008E (OxC0000005, 0x000001F4, 0xBA036CC8, 0x00000000) ....Beginning dump of phsyical memory.

The strange thing is that Doom3 run at high quality settings, Call of Duty, Homeworld 2 and many other games run with no problems.

A quick search on Google and MS Knowledge base seem to indicate a possible problem with RAM, so I ran Memtest86+ V1.30 on boot-up from floppy and after 1 hrs 15 minutes of testing, no errors were reported.

I then uninstalled the drivers for my graphics card, which are the latest Nvidia66.93 drivers, booted into safemode, ran Driver Cleaner v3.3, rebooted and re-installed the older 61.77 drivers butthe problem still persists.

My system: Athlon XP+ 2800, 1,024 MB DDR, Geforce 6800 GT 256mb DDR3 graphics, XP Home SP1.

All advice and suggestions will be gratefully received ! Thanks.

  wags 22:28 15 Nov 2004

...also when running Dxdiag, the direct draw test on full screen and Direct3d test crash to the BSOD with the 0x0000008E stop error..

  Dan the Confused 22:42 15 Nov 2004

Have you installed the latest AGP drivers for your motherboard?

  wags 23:06 15 Nov 2004

thanks for your reply Dan.

No I haven't updated the AGP drivers for my motherboard - Asus A7N8 Deluxe.Can MB drivers get corrupted ?

To be honest, I am reluctant to do so, since I had no problems with the 61.77 drivers before. I am a bit concerned that it just appears to crash on Direct3d games....Could it be a hardware fault ?

  wags 23:06 15 Nov 2004

thanks for your reply Dan.

No I haven't updated the AGP drivers for my motherboard - Asus A7N8 Deluxe.Can MB drivers get corrupted ?

To be honest, I am reluctant to do so, since I had no problems with the 61.77 drivers before. I am a bit concerned that it just appears to crash on Direct3d games....Could it be a hardware fault ?

  Dan the Confused 00:05 16 Nov 2004

Just to clarify, are you saying everything worked fine before installing the 66.93 Nvidia drivers?

Install the MB drivers again anyway I would, it won't hurt to try. They may have become corrupted by the latest Nvidia drivers.

  wags 00:15 16 Nov 2004

Yes, everything was fine until I installed the 66.93 drivers. I'll look at installing the MB drivers. I have tried everything else that I can think of including a System Restore...

Is it straight forward to install MB drivers ? anything to be careful of ?

Thanks.

  Dan the Confused 10:29 16 Nov 2004

Sorry, I nodded off last night before you posted back. If you have a driver disc for your motherboard it should be simple. Otherwise, go to the ASUS or chipset manufacturers site and download them.

Before installing them, uninstall the old ones via Add/Remove Programs or Device Manager.

  wags 10:37 16 Nov 2004

Thanks Dan. I have 'Nvidia NForce2' drivers, which are the original ones supplied by MESH in July 2003, which I have backed up on CD. I guess, as these have worked fine in the past, that I should re-install these.

Should I do this in Safe Mode, or is that unnecessary.

Cheers.

  Dan the Confused 10:58 16 Nov 2004

I treat MB drivers pretty much like any other drivers, although I'm not familiar with yours. I doubt you have to install them in safe mode. Here's a bit more info click here

  wags 19:52 16 Nov 2004

Right...I've installed the latest Nforce2 drivers and reinstalled 61.77 graphics card drivers again and guess what.....Direct Draw and Direct3d still crashes the PC to the BSOD !!!

The only thing I can think of doing now is taking out my 6800GT and putting my old 5600 Ultra card in. I hope it's not a faulty card, but I guess I'll have to try it...:(

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