Blue screen almost every day

  chochi 14:44 30 Dec 2010

I know there are lots of things that can cause this, but I am looking for some general advice here if possible. All the errors are not the same and can happen randomly. Sometimes its when going on the internet, other times just opening a folder or windows media player. Is it more likely to be the hard drive or the motherboard or would I need to have specific errors to ask about... I haven't kept a note of anything, there are now too many. PC is five and a half years old, so maybe I should be looking to replace it now. Any advice appreciated, but not too "techy"... I am a senior person, but have no problem trying things out.

  OTT_B 14:56 30 Dec 2010

Can you download bluescreenview (click here - direct download)?

It will give you info on any recent bluescreens that have created dump files. If you can post back the 'bug check codes' it will give more info to work with.

More details on bluscreenview can be found: click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:15 30 Dec 2010

Make / model / operating system ?

  chochi 15:42 30 Dec 2010

Had a look at that ,thanks. Will download and post again later

Fruit Bat /\0/\
Sorry! PC is HP Pavilion t849UK and OS is Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3

Thanks to both.

  chochi 15:50 30 Dec 2010

Not sure if this is what you are looking for, I pasted it into MS Word .Thank you for your time.

Mini122910-01.dmp 29/12/2010 22:56:05 DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x000000d1 0x0026ca18 0x00000002 0x00000008 0x0026ca18 afd.sys afd.sys+d107 Ancillary Function Driver for WinSock Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5657 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.080814-1236) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini122910-01.dmp 2 15 2600 65,536
Mini122510-01.dmp 25/12/2010 10:53:52 IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x0000000a 0x1e378c80 0x00000002 0x00000000 0x805226d0 ntkrnlpa.exe ntkrnlpa.exe+6d728 NT Kernel & System Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5973 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.100427-1636) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini122510-01.dmp 2 15 2600 65,536
Mini122410-01.dmp 24/12/2010 10:30:07 KERNEL_MODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED 0x0000008e 0xc0000005 0x804ef5b5 0xba4efab8 0x00000000 ntkrnlpa.exe ntkrnlpa.exe+22f43 NT Kernel & System Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5973 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.100427-1636) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini122410-01.dmp 2 15 2600 65,536
Mini121810-01.dmp 18/12/2010 15:06:49 BAD_POOL_HEADER 0x00000019 0x00000020 0x89bb81d0 0x89bb8218 0x0a090005 tcpip.sys tcpip.sys+40280 TCP/IP Protocol Driver Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5625 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.080620-1249) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini121810-01.dmp 2 15 2600 65,536
Mini121310-01.dmp 13/12/2010 18:56:27 DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL 0x000000d1 0x0000016c 0x00000002 0x00000000 0xa8e2889d tcpip.sys tcpip.sys+2389d TCP/IP Protocol Driver Microsoft® Windows® Operating System Microsoft Corporation 5.1.2600.5625 (xpsp_sp3_gdr.080620-1249) 32-bit C:\WINDOWS\Minidump\Mini121310-01.dmp 2 15 2600 65,536

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:51 30 Dec 2010

Auto-reboot disable:
When Running windows and it crashes you will get a blue screen and it will automatically restart, often it will restart too fast for you to see the error message.
To disable auto restart on system failure, so you can see the error message.

1. Go to Start -> Control Panel -> System (Windows+Pause works, too)
2. Go to Advanced
3. Under the Startup and Recovery section, click Settings...
4. Under System Failure un-check "Automatically restart"

  OTT_B 15:57 30 Dec 2010

It looks like you may have a couple of different problems there.

Start by uninstalling existing graphics drivers then installing latest ones.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:11 30 Dec 2010
  chochi 16:44 30 Dec 2010

I have Service Pack 3, so no need to run these as they are for Service Pack 2. Still to re-install graphics drivers.

  chochi 17:15 30 Dec 2010

I had the latest driver installed, at least I think it was. What I have done, rightly or wrongly, is rollback the driver to the previous one, when I think the pc was working ok. Won't know if this has made any difference,unless it crashes again. Probably should keep a note of things that go wrong and what sorted it out, for future reference. Anything else I should try in the meantime?

  OTT_B 18:53 30 Dec 2010

Rolling back is a fair idea. A couple of the STOP codes you were getting relate to graphics issues, with a definite potential for driver conflicts. I'd have to guess that there's another issue there still, so another crash is kind of expected.

I'll have a closer look at the issues later tonight.

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