New system: MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION

DJRWolf

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I just got my new system put together and I put in the windows disk to start installing. When it finishies loading the setup files I get
MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION
0x0000009c (0x00000003,0x81204F00,0xB4000000,0x00000833)

I have tried using just one of the 2 sticks of ram at a time and each in different sockets. There is no dump because this is before the hard drive is even formatted.
 

DJRWolf

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Phenom 9850
Biostar T770 AM2+
Patriot Memory Extreme Performance 2GB PC2-6400 DDR2 DIMM Memory x2
1TB WD SATA hard drive
XFX GeForce 8600GT 512MB

I left all speed/timings/voltages at default levels. I prefer upgrading to overclocking.
 
When I suggest manually setting the RAM speed/timings/voltage, I'm not suggesting overclocking. I'm just trying to make sure the RAM will run at it's rated specs. Which RAM kit do you have?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=1052108080%201052416064&Description=patriot%20extreme%20performance&name=DDR2%20800%20(PC2%206400)

It looks like every kit there needs at least 2.0v to operate correctly. The default voltage for DDR2 RAM is 1.8v. The RAM may not be getting enough voltage to operate correctly using the default settings.

You also didn't list your PSU which is the most important component in your build. If you go cheap on the PSU you have a pretty good chance of it blowing up and taking other hardware with it.
 

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It is a Logisys 575W. I also never run without surge protection. I also did some closer looking at the RAM, it does not say anything on the sticks themselves about brand or model. But when I went to the Patriot web site and PriceGrabber it showed them with heatspreaders with the Patriot logo on it. I'll be emailing the vender about that.
 

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I went into the BIOS and checked on the voltage to the RAM. It was at 1.95v and I changed it to 2.05v. Still hit that problem.
 

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Anyone have any more ideas? Does anyone know where I can look up those error codes at so I can at least know what is wrong?
 

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I did some more part swaping. Changed out both the IDE and SATA cables. I also tried an XP disk and that got as far as the Vista disk did but instead of a blue screen of death it just stoped and sat at "Loading Windows Setup". Going to try a Linux and see how far that gets. Of course of anyone knows where I can look the error codes up at. Please let me know.
 

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I've had my PC for 5 years, I just booted up normally, didn't change ANYTHING, and I got this:

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