My problems with XP Pro SP2 have ocurred at 2 different stages. The 1st. being before I upgraded my hardware, and the 2nd. set of issues ocurred after the upgrade. I was originally running XP Pro with SP1 installed until about 2 months ago. The system was configured as follows: FIC AU-13 motherboard (Nvidia NForce2 chipset), AMD AThlon 2500XP (the one with the Barton Chipset), 512MB DDR2700 RAM, 2 Samung 40GB HDD, Nvidia FX5600 256MB AGP 8x, Hercules Game Theater XP 7.1 sound system, Pinnacle DC10 Plus Video Capture Card, Sony Cu-12 CdROM, ARTEC 52x12x52 CDRW. The system ran fine until about a week ago, when it started shutting down on it's own. I troubleshot this down the power supply and promptly changed it out for 350W one. I later discovered issue with motherboard and that's when I upgraded.
I'm now running a Gigabyte K8N Pro w/Nvidia NForce3 250 chipset, and an AMD Athlon64 3000 CPU, all other hardware is the same as before. I did a clean install of XP Pro including a reformat of the drive in NTFS as it was before. I then loaded the drivers for the motherboard from the CD it came with, and downloaded the latest drivers from OEM's of my other hardware. I then ran Auto-update and installed SP2...this is where the fun begins. While trying install EA Sports Madden 2004, and other random times I get a blue-screen stating: MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION. I have checked Microsoft's website, and turned of BIOS caching, and all BIOS enable hardware alarms, but it still crashes at random with the same message. The Online Crash Analysis suggest a graphics card driver error, but the drivers are the latest and MS signed. I was wondering if I should uninstall SP2 and go back to SP1, or are there other resolutions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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