Windows is failing...
I thought it was my PC overheating at first, but it isn't. Instead, Windows is rebooting my PC, then displaying an error message when it comes back:
Source: System Error
Event ID: 1003
Error code 1000008e, parameter1 c0000005, parameter2 bfa040a8, parameter3 f3ffeb64, parameter4 00000000.
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This has happened one time when the PC was idle, but it happens mostly when I play America's Army. Here are my PC specifications:
AMD Athlon 2600+
Western Digital 80GB Hard Drive
nVidia GeForce2 100/200
Sound Card (default)
LiteOn DVD-ROM Drive
Sony CD-RW Drive
420W Power Supply
I've updated my video card drivers as well, but it didn't help.
If anyone has a solution to this, please tell me. Thanks in advance.
Note: This PC is NOT overclocked. The FSB Frequency is set at 166, which allows the CPU to run at 2600+, its default speed.
That may not be it. Open Control Panel > System > Advanced > Startup and Recovery.
Untick "Automatically restart" and set memory dump to None.
Hopefully, you'll get a blue-screen error with a message next time. We'll need all of the text from the blue screen.
This won't harm my PC, will it? I'd hate to see it go down the drain when I just built it.
Well, it can't get much worse than it is, can it?
After following your directions, I rebooted, but I didn't get a blue screen. Windows booted as usual, but I still get this "Windows has recovered from a serious error". Also, I cannot shut my PC down via "Turn Off" in Windows. Instead of shutting down, it reboots.
If you are not getting a blue-screen error, it's either memory, overheating or a dodgy power supply.
What brand of RAM do you have?
What brand of PSU?
Run Speedfan to check temps:
I'm running AIDA32 to check my temperatures. Here's what it gives me:
COMPUTER - SENSOR:
Sensor Type Winbond W83627HF
Sensor Access ISA 290h
CPU 48 °C (118 °F)
Aux 40 °C (104 °F)
CPU 4441 RPM
CPU Core 1.66 V
CPU Aux 1.46 V
+3.3 V 3.20 V
+5 V 4.92 V
+12 V 11.92 V
-12 V -12.03 V
-5 V -5.15 V
+5 V Standby 4.85 V
VBAT Battery 3.10 V
COMPUTER - DMI:
Version AMD Athlon(tm) XP
External Clock 166 MHz
Current Clock 2083 MHz
Type Central Processor
Voltage 1.6 V
Socket Designation Socket A
Memory Module Properties
Module Name Xerox
Serial Number None
Module Size 512 MB (2 rows, 4 banks)
Module Type Unbuffered
Memory Type DDR SDRAM
Memory Speed PC3200 (200 MHz)
Module Width 64 bit
Module Voltage SSTL 2.5
Error Detection Method None
Refresh Rate Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh
Highest CAS Latency 3.0 (5.0 ns @ 200 MHz)
2nd Highest CAS Latency 2.5 (6.0 ns @ 166 MHz)
Memory Module Features
Early RAS# Precharge Not Supported
Auto-Precharge Not Supported
Precharge All Not Supported
Write1/Read Burst Not Supported
Buffered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
Registered Address/Control Inputs Not Supported
On-Card PLL (Clock) Not Supported
Buffered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
Registered DQMB Inputs Not Supported
Differential Clock Input Supported
Redundant Row Address Not Supported
As for Power Supply... well, it came with the case. Everything runs like it's suppose to, except when I play America's Army for long periods of time.
Maybe your video card is overheating. Is the fan spinning?
Test your RAM:
Believe it or not, the video card does not have a fan on it. I do have a case fan, though. As for testing my RAM, I'm getting ready to go find a floppy disk.
I'm getting a blue screen with a STOP error now. It says something about "av_agp.sys". I think I may reformat...
Thank you so much, man. I thought my PC was going to die. You've just pulled so much off my chest. Thank you again.
P.S. It was a PCI video card.
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