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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2008 11:58      Profile for GameGod     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey guys,

I just had a quick question. I was recently away from my computer for two weeks, and once I came home and turned it on, it began to load windows and then once it was loaded I get the blue screen of death. It sometimes works, but when I turn it off again it goes through the cycle of the blue screen about 4 more times average. I am running Windows XP Home service pack 2.

Here is what shows up:
STOP: 0x000000C5 (0x00000004, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x8054AFD2)

I have done numerous google searches to no avail, are there any windows geeks that can help me decode the problem?

Any help would be great!

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Icon 10 posted January 06, 2008 16:20      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Try to enter safe mode by quickly presing F8 before Windows starts. Then, check the device manager for devices that are not working properly, these normaly have an exclamation mark in a yellow circle. Try unistalling them or downgrading its drivers. If everything seems OK, check that your motherboard cables and cards are connected properly. Loose cards can easily cause a BSoD.

On the software side you should make a virus check and remove applications you haven't installed.

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Icon 1 posted January 06, 2008 19:20      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My immediate reaction would be bad RAM. Take all your RAM out, then stick it back in one DIMM at a time, checking to see if it boots after you've inserted each DIMM. For a more through RAM test check out MemTest86+, or boot up pretty much any Linux LiveCD distro and you can load MemTest86 from the boot prompt.

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Icon 4 posted January 07, 2008 09:21      Profile for jqubed     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
That code seems very familiar, but I only ever had that problem with Windows 2000. Have you been able to run chkdsk when you get your computer up and running? I think chkdsk /r still works on XP, but here's a guided help from Microsoft on using it.

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Icon 1 posted January 07, 2008 09:59      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've had similar issues, except that instead of getting a BSOD, I've come back to a bad HDD. Happened twice. Once, I accidently left the machine running for about 5 days, unattended, and doing nothing. The other time the machine was off for about a week or so, and when I booted the machine I got a S.M.A.R.T. warning that the drive was failing.

First I would try MacManKrisK's suggestion and then try jqubed's. Then check your cables. I suggest going this route as I would think it highly unlikely that cables would come loose when the machine hasn't been in use (unless your comp is on all the time and then when everything cooled something came loose).

Good luck. If nothing comes up, I'd try a reinstall of Windows.

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Icon 4 posted January 07, 2008 17:17      Profile for ASM65816   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I agree with MacManKrisK -- Bad RAM #1 culprit.

Although, I don't mess with the hardware before testing. I have an "Ultimate Boot CD" (which does the same thing as Knoppix or a Live CD), and I run memtest.

For me, 4 out of 5 times the RAM caused the BSOD. After I know the RAM is bad (or good), then I open the case and mess around.

EDIT: The other thing -- if something (like a power outage) corrupted the hard drive, "chkdsk /p" might fix it. A friend of mine had "nothing" on his HD (although Knoppix recognized the files) and "chkdsk /p" fixed the partitions, etc.

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Icon 1 posted January 08, 2008 10:40      Profile for Cap'n Vic     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by ASM65816:
I agree with MacManKrisK -- Bad RAM #1 culprit.

Wait! What?

You're not going to blame Saddam Hussein? Or vast left wing conspiracy?

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Cap'n vic... now now... be nice!

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