Have had major problems with my xp machine having blue screen crashes ( doing memory dumps ) with the most common message being "PAGE FAULT IN NON PAGE AREA" decided to reformat and reinstall from CD after the machine spent 2 days at a repairer who could not find any fault or have a crash (sods law) the next blue screen message said to disable the cache in the bios which I have both level 1 and 2 it is now copying instalation files which has so far taken an hour to reach 35% but on another post I read it should only take about 5 mins Can anyone please explain whats wrong ?
Thanks for the replys should have mentioned that I have reseated all the ribon cable connectors and ram module hoping the problem was a bad connection and then changed the hard drive hence the install but it still crashed untill I disabled level 1&2 cache does anyone think enabling one or the other will help performance any or do I need a new mother board ?
Do you have more then one memory stick? And are they both identical? If they are different try installing/running with only one stick fitted. You could also try slowing the clock speed of the CPU if that's possible. I've come across this problem before and it was caused by the DRAM sticks getting out of sync because they were different or faulty. Try memtest86 as suggested.
I forgot to enable the cache before running memtest rerun with cache enabled caused memtest to crash on test 7 after about 20 mins. I selected test 7 for next test and has reported 2476 errors a sample of which is :- failing address good bad err-bits 0000ecfd908-236.8MB 1ceaaea/a 1ccafe7f 00205065
my question is - is it fairly safe to assume that the ram module has failed and not the cache or mother board I would be gratefull for any more feed back