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blue screen of death on exit download manager (or browser)

The problem occurs frequently with Opera or Mozilla on exit from the browser when downloading took place; when the download manager was open as a window the blue screen occurs also when closing its window.
Occasionally the Mozilla bookmarks are corrupted as well.
On re-start W2K announces that it will check a (partition of a) disk; that works OK.

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Re: blue screen of death on exit download manager (or browse

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I'd look at two things.

1. http://www.memtest86.com

Only zero errors is a pass.

2. NTFS

If you run FAT32 volumes, errors will happen and need fixing.

3. Drivers and more.

Since Microsoft will not supply proper drivers, you get to install such and NEVER accept a driver from Windows Update. Also you will run SP4 and all critical updates or not complain.

Bob

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thanks a lot Bob, I'm off to memtest86 but ...
FAT32 partitions exist on my PC (for data and virtual memory only); when I set up my computer I head read - somewhere - that they are faster for access. Should I reorganise evrything to NTFS???
and MS don't really tell you when they replace drivers ... SP4 is installed, however I left out some of the updates for IE - since I never use him...
thanks again, Fred

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Your choice on FAT32, but I see no difference today on 1+GHz machines (even my p3-600 laptop!) FAT32 is useful, but never was tuned to the point NTFS in regards to damage resistance. It is not unexpected that chkdsk will run on such machines from time to time. This is a nuisance issues unto itself, and your choice if you need to stick with FAT32.

As to Microsoft and drivers. SP4 has no drivers. Windows Update will offer drivers but we can elect not to accept them. Even with autoupdate I've yet to see it install a driver.

"Drivers" are fun to deal with. Some systems need latest BIOS, motherboard and more drivers. The owners of today's systems may have to choose what to do in this area. My choice is simple. Latest.

On another tack, look in the Event Viewer for clues.

Bob

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Re: blue screen of death on exit download manager (or browse

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Bob, back once more:
Ran all the MEMTEST86 tests (took about an hour plus) with 0 errors!
Since the last blue screen had probably damaged some browser info on exit Mozilla had lost its bookmarks. So I spent the rest of today to re-install Mozilla and get the bookmarks from Opera over - it insisted that it would only come up with IE favourites (which are pretty old on my PC). I even tried to install also Netscape but that did not improve the situation.
I got another blue screen after one of the downloads when leaving the browser, no checkdisk however afterwards.
I have been through the CNET fora/forums to solve the bookmark problem which is a nuisance since the Mozilla help seems to relate to an older issue; anyhow, I can live with that (manually rebuilding to Opera level.
I have uninstalled Netscape again not to complicate things for Mozilla Happy!

Where I am stuck is the blue screen! From your main reply I have done nothing about drivers (not too sure where to start and how to continue).
Before that, is there any known bug in the W2K download manager? Can it be a bug created through the chkdsk action?
My computer is Athlon based, XP1700+, almost 3 years old, and worked well through the first two years or so. I cannot link the appearance of the present problem to any particular event in the last 6 months or so!!!
For today thank you, hope there is a way out (in the 3 years I've forgotten how to re-install W2KWink
regards, Fred

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