Hardware mulfunction... How do I find out?

westgates

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My PC is giving me blue screen all the time complaining:"Hardware mulfunction, contact your hardware administrador..."
I've try almost every thing: re-installing Win2k, setting IRQ, changing BIOS, updating drivers... But nothing works.
I really believe that one or more component has problem. It's likely the harddrive, motherboard, or vedio card. I can't change them all because my wife won't let me. I wonder if there is a way to find out which component is mulfunction. Any help is appreciated. Thx
 

jlanka

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yes - remove whatever is not necessary (HD, modem, sound card, NIC, floppy) and see if you still get the problem. Also reseat the other stuff (RAM, vid card etc.) and try with just one stick of RAM if you're running 2.

Also try clearing CMOS.

<i>It's always the one thing you never suspected.</i>
 

jc14all

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Some of your hardware drivers may not be "Microsoft Digitally Signed". In other words you may be forced to use the drivers on the W2k CD ROM. You may want to check for <A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/server/howtobuy/upgrading/compat/default.asp" target="_new">compatibility</A> at Microsoft for your hardware.

To check your drivers for digital signature, you will need to be logged on as Administrator, then right click on "My Computer" icon on your desktop, then "properties", click the "Hardware" tab, then "Device Manager". On a device click the + to expand the tree, now right click the expanded icon and click on properties, or simply double click the icon. Now select the driver tab, it will say if it is digitally signed or not. The most likely conflicting hardware drivers are: modem, NIC cards, and sound cards. This is just a recommendation, and I hope it helps.

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westgates

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Just want to share the update:
One night, I was playing game and my PC crashed again. I was fed up. I decide to give my PC a bath. I opened the machine, take out everything I can: CPU, memory sticks, vedio card... I also unplugged all the cables. Then I grabbed 2 towers, wetted them in tab water and started cleanning every inch of space of the machine and its component. Believe or not, my PC is now working like a charm. Not a single blue screen after I gave it the bath.