I was just using my computer (specs in my sig) a few minutes ago and all of the sudden the screen went blank for 4 or 5 seconds, and a blue screen flashed up with a bunch of white text on it (like the old blue screen of death) for just a second, then the computer restarted. I could only make out the words "A hardware..." in the second that the blue screen popped up, but it doesnt sound good. I built the computer and its not under any warranty other than the one provided by myself, so this problem worries me. I have never experienced this problem before, but looking back... a few days ago I turned on my computer then went across the room to put on a shirt, and when I returned to my computer is was still in the POST process. I thought it was strange that after 30 seconds it was just beginning to POST, but I didn't worry about it to much. So (it would seem) that this is the second time it has happened in the last few days. My hard drive and processor were both OEM's so they don't have warranty's... but everything els still has its original warrenty. Any theories as to why this is happening would be appriciated.
Slightly cooler than a n00b
9th September 2004
That would be a memory dump, sounds like you have a RAM problem,, such as incompatability, settings problems or a damaged chip
Memory dumps don't usually flash and vanish like that, though. Just so, I don't suppose that you have spare memory and/or a video card to test with? Or another mobo/CPU to test your memory and video card on, do you?
Well, I do... the only problem is it happens once randomly every 4 days or so (so far). That would leave me one computer short for as long as it takes for the problem to creep up again. Plus, if it never does creep up, I won't know when to stop trying.... I could end up a computer short for several weeks.
Should I just try to RMA my RAM and my video card, or is it more likely a software problem.
Could be either. Does it happen when you're running the same program(s) or doing the same tasks?
I'm not sure. It's only happened twice... the first time the computer was actually still booting, and the second time I had two IE windows open and I had AIM open. I'm not sure (since I didnt see the screen), but I don't believe the computer had loaded windows yet when it restarted itself.
Hmmm.. my first statement might be incorrect in this case, then. Have you run memtest yet?
Attention Deficit Dis.........
29th July 2005
I had a problem very similar to this recently. And I tried everything, I swapped out overy peice of hardware in it, stripped it down to barebones. And in the end, I had a faulty mobo.
I haven't run memtest yet.. mainly because I don't have a floppy drive. However, I just was opening another (third, fourth maybe) IE window and I got one of those "error referencing memory at blah blah blah. the memory could not be 'read'" things. This would seem to support the fact that my RAM needs to be replaced. I also couldn't get the memory to run at the rated timings when I first got it. I was too lazy to RMA it based simply on this issue, but now that I have another reason, I guess its time. So after having recieved that error message, is it most likely a problem with my RAM?
Possibly. I'd still run memtest (if you'd look, you'd see that there are bootable ISOs available now as well) to confirm. I'd then test the modules in another box, and new sticks in the Shuttle.