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Constant crashing and BSOD. Help please.

by Wolfisc / March 22, 2011 5:38 AM PDT

My computer keeps crashing to the blue screen of death almost every time i try to boot up. Sometimes I get lucky and Windows starts normally and I can actually get into my user account, other times it crashes while booting up, and other times it crashes immediately or shortly after I log on to my user account.

Here are the BSOD's and screens I encountered a short while ago while I was trying to get my PC to run.

Here is some info about my system, not sure what info is useful, so please ask for any extra info if needed.

Dell Dimension 4700
BIOS Revision A05
Windows XP
Intel(R) Premium(R) 4 CPU 2.80 GHz
504 MB RAM

Any help is extremely appreciated, I really need to get my PC running properly for school work.


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There's A Lot Of Information About Those Errors
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2011 6:47 AM PDT

The "STOP 0x0000008e" error is frequently an issue with the RAM, or the way the RAM is being recognized on the motherboard. :;en-us;315335

The "irql_not_less_or_equal" is also normally a hardware issue, or possibly a hardware driver.:

In your case, I'd start by removing the RAM modules from their slots and place ONLY ONE in the number one slot.. See if the computer boots correctly.. If it doesn't try the other module in the same slot. If that doesn't work, try the modules in a different slot.

If you've installed new RAM or new hardware drivers lately, you might consider going back to when things worked correctly.

Hope this helps.


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Haven't made any recent changes.
by Wolfisc / March 22, 2011 7:36 AM PDT

Hey Grif, thanks for replying.

I'm not so good with the insides of computers, so I don't if I want to be playing with the RAM modules.

This problem just came up about a week ago on it's own, I didn't install new RAM or any new hardware drivers or anything. Is it possible that the RAM went bad on it's own? Can that happen?

And shouldn't my problem be consistent if the RAM modules are not in the correct slots or however they are supposed to be? After rebooting about 7 or 8 times today, my pc finally started fine. Why would I get the blue screen errors a few times, then it starts normally?

Just a little piece of information, this computer is sort of old. It was purchased in 2004.

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You'll Need Someone To Play With Hardware..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 22, 2011 10:01 AM PDT

Although you might try updating the motherboard/chipset drivers to see if that's affecting the machine, RAM, and other hardware can easily go "bad" over time. Like any electronic equipment, restarting it can sometimes "wake it up" and allow it to work over time, but eventually it may fail completely.. That's why you test the RAM.

I had a light bulb recently which would fail to start, once in a while, when the switch was turned on. Turning the switch off, then on, a few times allowed it to start up.. It lasted that way for about a week, then failed completely.. A new bulb fixed the problem.

Hope this helps.


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