BSOD and WIN32k.sys

  exdragon 14:38 07 Jul 2010

I've just had a BSOD (while on the phone, not having touched the pc for half an hour) with the message WINk.sys Page_Fault_in_nonpaged_area.

I haven't installed any software, hardware or done anything out of the ordinary. The screen suggested restarting, but it didn't. I tried switching off and on again - I got the POST beep but there's no hard drive activity at all, just a black screen.

Can anyone help, please? XP and SP2.

  onthelimit 14:47 07 Jul 2010

Do you get just the one beep? Are you able to get into safe mode through F8 during the boot?

  exdragon 14:58 07 Jul 2010

Generally I get either one short beep or a slightly longer one, but everything always loads and works normally.

After the first switch off and on, the hard drive light was on, but there was no activity. I switched off at the wall and tried again. I then got System Boot Fail, F1 to continue or del to start up.

I couldn't get into safe mode, but after pressing F1, looking at the screen and hastily backing out, it booted normally.

Is this a sign of something about to fail? Apart from my sanity, that is.

  onthelimit 15:14 07 Jul 2010

It's clutching at straws, perhaps, but might be worth running sfc /scannow (from a command prompt - click here) and also CKDSK click here

  exdragon 16:55 07 Jul 2010

I'm just running malwarebytes at the moment, I think they will be next on the list.

Or I may just hsve a G&T - the sun must be over the yard arm somewhere!

  onthelimit 16:59 07 Jul 2010

That's the best idea yet - no sign of sun in Shropshire, so it must be time (I do hope you use lime and not lemon with it!).

  woodchip 17:16 07 Jul 2010

Sounds like overheating or Bad Ram

  woodchip 17:18 07 Jul 2010

Take side of the case then check round CPU for muck, Try it without the side on

  exdragon 18:24 07 Jul 2010

Hmmm - I must confess to hsving it running for s few dsys without the side on, as I've been trying to determine where the vibration is coming from. I'll try dusting it!

  woodchip 19:28 07 Jul 2010

Also try a Hair Dyer on cool setting pointed at the CPU

  exdragon 23:24 07 Jul 2010

A friend has just told me that having the side off could be the cause - the air isn't circulating around the way it should, so I'll clean it out and put the side back on in the morning.

Thanks to everyone.

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