How often do you get the "blue screen o' death"?

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I just had my machine reboot itself from idle giving me that old standby familiarity of the BSOD. Now I've a nice brandy new rig that not bleeding edge anymore but it ain't chopped liver either. Any of you folks still getting "Bills Blessing"?

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GART driver problem with SP2? VIA boards seem more susceptible to it than Nforce users.

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Only on VIA chipsets, never on my own system.

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none here, on my nforce3 A64 machine, with XP SP2. Rock Stable.

By the way..it is Athlon ...not Athalon!

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You won't get BSOD in Windows XP unless there's serious problem with your hardware or drivers.

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I barely got BSOD on my comp (NF7 & Barton 2500+ oc 3200+), and the BSOD's I only got because of faulty Iomega Zip250 drive's drivers (updating the driver solved the problem).

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endyen

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Hey Da Worfster
I'm sure you already now this but, the most common reasons for BSODs in xp are
1- Hyperion drivers, xp uses crappy ones, that dont work. You have to get your own
2- Catalyst drivers, again crappy from xp. If you try to download them from M$, xp wont let you install them.
3- Memory runs fine, till it warms up.
4- Yes you do need the latest ver of DirectX

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Edit your boot.ini file in your root directory. (it is hidden and read only so you need to adjust your file settings to allow access) Make a copy for backup purposes. Basically you need to change the (/noexecute=OptIn) to (/noexecute=AlwaysOff). What is happening is some driver is not DEP (Data execution prevention) compliant and is causing the system to fault on its access to resources. See

<A HREF="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sp2mempr.mspx" target="_new">http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/winxppro/maintain/sp2mempr.mspx</A>

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Last time I got blue screen of death was in windows 95.

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With XP I've only had a BSOD (a restart) once or twice and that was because I somehow installed ancient software like Quicktime 1.0.

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I've got WinME on a PC I built with off the shelf new parts and I've never had the BSOD.

However I had a Toshiba notebook with Win98 and the BSOD was a common problem. I don't think it was 98 that caused the problem.

Most likely not enough ram- RamIdle seemed to fix this but it slowed down gaming performance.

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dhlucke

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I had more BSOD's with WinME than I have had with all other operating systems combined and I only used that OS for a few months before shelving it.

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Arghhhh, Not WinMEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I agree! WinME must be the worst OS but hell, if you get ME for nothing and the PC is used primarily for gaming only, it's OK.

XP is the OS to have, followed by 98SE or maybe Win2000.

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most of the time, I got BSOD when I played some DX9 games with highest details on my 8500 (PainKiller, Far Cry..) , but this wouldn't happen if games are setted to medium, or those games are DX8.1
 

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I only get the BSOD when trying out new OC settings on a rig but used to get it all the time with the FAT32 OSes.

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endyen

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W2k is xp without HT, and a lot of gui crap. It's fine for xps.
I have/bought 2 ME licences, only used one, and that only for a few months. I shouldn't complain too much. The xp that was using ME never got very hot, because it was always frozen. I switched to 2K, and it never froze again.
 

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It's quite common now. It seems DEP and some games don’t play well. IMHO DEP was just blue crystals to sell chips. The true sad thing is Microsoft can’t seem to catch exceptions properly. At least they can make darn good graphics libraries.

<A HREF="http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=426274&highlight=BSOD" target="_new">http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=426274&highlight=BSOD</A>
<A HREF="http://forum.msi.com.tw/thread.php?threadid=68878" target="_new">http://forum.msi.com.tw/thread.php?threadid=68878</A>
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<A HREF="http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=642" target="_new">http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=642</A>

Edit removed link from designlab.info seemed fishy.

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Only when I overclock too much. :evil:

Apart from that, my rig is 100% BSOD-free, since getting my XP installed properly (not counting the week or so when I was running XP which was a 98SE upgrade. a Fresh re-install and it's all peachy.)

Anyone who claims to have never had a BSOD in 95, 98, 98SE, or ME is clearly not actually trying to <i>do</i> anything with the PC.

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How'd you know that's what I was doing? I was playing Far Cry left it and let the machine idle. The recovery message said I've a faulty device driver somewhere but Microshaft can't tell me which one it is or was. I've a hot rig so I play all my games at max out settings. You just may be right.

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Dude its quite common especially with if you have the newest graphics drivers. Just implement what I told you in my above post.

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With the exception of when my wife's hard drive crashed and burned, I haven't seen any BSODs in WinXP.

Win2K has also been very stable. I have only seen a couple in Win2K from a flaky system. Oh, and I made a hell-o-lot of them in Win2K when I was trying to write a video streaming app running through DX8's architecture with an old AGP Matrox G450 eTV graphics card. Buggy DX8 code <b>really</b> didn't go over well with that card. And with the streaming that I was trying to do being so complicated I eventually gave up. Twenty BSOD-reboots a day was making it a <i>leeeetle</i> frustrating. :O Those BSODs were mostly my fault though.

That aside, even Win98SE went well for me. Except for when that PC's power was being stretched too thin, it rarely ever would BSOD, maybe twice a year at most. And that was under heavy gaming use. It was nothing like the Win95b that I'd upgraded from.

I think really, most BSODs are a result of bad drivers and faulty components. Except for the BSOD's that I was making with my bad DX8 programming I haven't seen a BSOD yet that wasn't either from one or the other. (And I'm still debating if Matrox graphics cards count as faulty components or not. Nor am I convinced about their drivers.)

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BSOD?? never seen in my life

used win2K from the start and never had a prob not with my P 500, 933 and 2400 :)

even the crash of my mobo didn't give one the screen just froze lol

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I think slvr_phoenix is right..when PC is under heavily gaming..
weird thing is even when my pc is under heavily gaming with DX8 titles, my system just rocks..and like I mentionned, it may crash <i>only</i> with DX9 titles games..

oh and btw, what's ur graphic card?