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Ftdisk Error

Hi everyone,
I have an Insignia D400A running a fresh install of everything. I formatted my disk NTFS. Running Windows XP Home SP2, Pentium 4 processor 2.8 GHz, I GIG RAM. I have a problem. Sometimes - and it only happens when I am away from the computer - it will restart and I notice it when it is at the welcome screen, but it is locked. The computer doesn't respond to any keyboard commands, the mouse doesn't move. I have to press and hold the power button to get the thing to shut off. Then I have to let the computer sit off for about 10 minutes for it to start up again. If I try and start it before this 10 minute time period, it doesn't boot up just the lights come on on the tower and that is it. I have a Microsoft laser mouse and that doesn't light up.
When I boot up the computer, I checked the event manager and the only thing recorded is an error message "Source: Ftdisk...Configuring the Page file for crash dump failed. Make sure there is a page file on the boot partition and that is large enough to contain all physical memory" I click the link and get the message "Sorry there is no additional information for this error message."
Now, I have a 160 Gig hard disk and I am only using about 11% of this disk with files. After the fresh install, the Page File was set with a custom size, so I changed it to a System Managed File. I did this change after the first time this happened. The computer has rebooted to the locked sign on screen twice since the change.
Does anyone have any ideas what is wrong with the machine?
Thanks for your replies and help on this.

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I might have an answer for this...

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Before I posted this, I googled Ftdisk, and got no answers...then after I posted, I googled Event ID 49. I found an answer and it suggests setting the Pagefile to a custom size. When I get home tonight, I will change my Pagefile setting to a custom size which is the Min 1.5 x the installed RAM, and a Max of 3 times that. The OP System limit is 4 GIG.
So, that will be my Pagefile settings:
Min 3 GIG
Max 4 GIG
Does anyone have any suggestions?? I do have an external hard drive that is 250 GIG and I have a little less than 1/2 free space, BUT major freespace on the hard disk C:.
Can I set two Pagefiles???

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This didn't work...

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I changed the Pagefile to a min of 1522 and a max of 3072. Plus I turned off the memory dump. 20 minutes later, I came back to the machine and it had gone into a sleep mode type thing, but it isn't in sleep mode. I turned that off.
Does anyone have any ideas??
Thanks for your replies.

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Ok, that fresh install. Did it include SP2, drivers for ...

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Motherboard? If not or if the drive cable is dinged you see these errors.


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um...Yes it is Windows XP SP2

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I did all the Windows updates.
I didn't install the drivers from the Restore DVD because I found updated drivers on the web. The drivers I got from the web were for the processor and video driver. I did notice an improvement in the video once I upgraded that. I just put the disc in and it has drivers for:
845 Chipset Installation
845 USB2
Creative Modem
Intel Application Accelerator
Media Reader.

I unplugged the media reader cards and the two 'handy' front USB ports because I was getting this error message in my system tray that a drive connected to the system had malfunction. I clicked the window and it opened up this window showing my USB connections. This error message stopped when I took those out.
I will run the driver programs and install them (except for the video) and the media readers.
I will even run the modem one even though I am hooked up to the internet via LAN and DSL.
Thanks, for the reply. Happy

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It is still locking up.

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Hi there, I updated all the drivers, and the computer locked up again. I will check the drive cables, but what do you mean by dinged?

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Our i845 based machine is now over 3 years old.

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I wonder if this is some older machine. You'll see these lockups on machines that are older and haven't been dusted out. You'll also see the BAD CAPS issue too. Here's a link so you can look for that. -> Look at the pictures, look at your machine.

There are many hardware issues for this as well as pests, spyware and more. The only clues I have so far is the i845 chipset age and you reloaded XP (but you didn't tell why.)


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In reply to: Our i845 based machine is now over 3 years old.

I will pick up some air stuff and blow out the machine tonight. I had the casing open after the reload to put in the new cable for the new DVD-RAM I picked up & I looked at the board and didn't see any blown capacitors. The DVD-RAM was put in a week before the reload.
I reloaded the Windows XP and started new because it is old (3 years in February). I wanted to start fresh & it had those USB ports on front/side and Media Card readers in place of a floppy. Before the reload - I would get error messages about a malfunction drive in my system tray and it was one of those Media Card readers. These error messages appeared after the reload and I unplugged them.
This locking up issue was not happening until I did the re-load though. Do you think maybe there is a BIOS issue? Maybe I should reset the BIOS?

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Maybe a cooling fan issue???

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It is early in the morning here - really quiet. A few minutes after I replied to your caps issue; I heard the cooling fan cycle off. Is that a normal thing? I am still picking up the air to blow it out though tonight, I thought I would throw the fan thing out here for your thoughts.

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Update to Ftdisk error

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I pulled off the side panel, blew out the insides & left the cover off. The machine hasn't locked up. I did notice though that the fan output from the power supply is really really slow - I think I need to replace the fan in the power supply.

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i was going to say heat could be an issue

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and that also a weakening power supply will cause this mysterious rebooting among other quirkyness. replace the fan after the air out and see, maybe??

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