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    Needing help. Blue screen of death

    Hey guys,
    Got my "Beginner Carputer Package" couple of days ago, and ive hooked it up into my car to start installing stuff.
    Got Windows installed no worries.. but when it came to installing the drivers for the bolt-in touchscreen, it was scanning "com 1" and then i got ablue screen of death saying something along the lines of..
    "An error has been detected and the computer must be shut down. if u installed hardware/software its recommended u do this in safe mode." and then says "dumping memory".

    ALso, my computer is really loud.. its not the fans.. it sounds like the hard drive! any ideas?

    Thanks, Mike

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    Run memtest86 and fdisk. See what happens.
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    I love you Toaster-Man, but FDISK isn't going to tell you doo-squat unless you've got a corrupt partition. MEMTEST is a good idea, but if the problem isn't RAM, then you've wasted your time, and MEMTest can run for a very long time.

    A BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) means that the Windows HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) could not communicate with a speficit piece of hardware, either because the wrong drivers are loaded (like ATI drivers with an nVidia card), the drivers for a hardware defice are damaged or corrupt (many times a symptom of a HDD failure) or a flat-out hardware faulture (commonly RAM or HDD, but could be anything).

    Somewhere on that BSOD, there will be a file that failed. Make a note of that file. Someone else posted a BSOD problem here and the file was related to a network adapter.
    Find out what that file is. Type the file name into Google and find out what it relates to.

    Then start troubleshooting.
    I suggest removing or disabling the offending device or removing it, booting into SAFE MODE and uninstallying any/all drivers and references to them in shortcuts, program groups, installed software and registry entries.
    Reboot normally and see that everything works OK.
    Shut down, re-enable or re-install the device, reinstall the latest drivers for it and test away

    BSODs are usually hardware related. IT's just a matter of narrowing down the hardware that's the problem.

    Good luck!
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
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    I just figured since it was a prebuilt system, there wouldnt be any variables like video cards or network adapters causing it so that leaves just what came with it, and the most likely are HD and RAM. But yes you are right.

    Memtest has taken over a week before on one of my machines... But it found a bad RAM sector, so it was worth it.

    And I love ya too DP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    I just figured since it was a prebuilt system, there wouldnt be any variables like video cards or network adapters causing it so that leaves just what came with it, and the most likely are HD and RAM. But yes you are right.
    Makes sense...

    It has been by experience, unfortunately, that pre-built systems tend to use lower-quality components to save costs and the manufacturing processes & QC aren't as stringent.
    As such, there are higher precentages of failures of onboard components on pre-built systems.

    Some manufacturers are worse than others, and it seems that every geek has those brands they avoid like the plague. Mine are ECS, Gateway and eMachines, but others will have different biases.

    Memtest has taken over a week before on one of my machines... But it found a bad RAM sector, so it was worth it.

    And I love ya too DP.
    I think there's a copy of MEMTest available for download in the Files area here.

    How's that for showing some love?


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    OK, it's not MEMTest. It's GoldMemory. My bad.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Not all BSOD will give you a name of a file, and if one does its quite hard to write it down as the computer will automatically restart on system failure giving you not much time to read it. To disable automatic restart on system failure go into system properties - advanced - startup and recovery and untick "automatically start on system failure"

    Most touchscreens are USB controlled these days... Why is it scanning com 1? and what is scanning com 1? the installer software that came with the touchscreen? If it is a USB touchscreen try installing the driver manually.

    You said that its very loud? describd the sound? fan noise? ticking noise? buzzing high pitched. You need to be a little more specific.

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