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First of all this is the first time i have used this website and this is my last resort before i waste money with new hardware, I made it worth 500 points cause this is very urgent.  I get this error after about 10 minuites of play time for only Counter-strike Source.  This is the most cpu/memory demanding game i have and is the only game which crashes for me.  The error is as follows:  Instruction at 0x241f27b5 referenced memory at 0x00c38348, memory cannot be "read".  Sometimes it goes longer without crashing , but most of the time about 10 mins or so into gameplay.  I have an MSI k7N2GM-L Mainboard, AMD 2400xp,  512MB pc2700, 350watt powersupply, ati 9800 pro, running windows XP professional SP2.  Im thi8nking maybe not enough ram, or maybe poor quality ram chips?  They are pretty cheap...Im wondering if buying pc3200 OCZ high performance ram chips will have any affect on this problem.  Thanks for your time.
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by:LucF
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Hi wpg_j0nny,

This can be an indication your RAM is bad, if you have more than one stick of RAM, try running with one at a time to see if you can pinpoint a problem.
If you can't exchange the RAM easely, you can test it with a tool like http://www.memtest86.com note that if this tool doesn't say it's bad doesn't mean it's good. But if it lists errors, you can be pretty sure it's indeed bad RAM.

Greetings,

LucF
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by:wpg_j0nny
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Thanks for the reply, i forgot to include ive done multiple ram tests form different software companies and they all turned out good.  I also get the blue screen of death quite alot, at one point windows wouldnt even boot up, i had to do a system restore which was wierd since i havent installed any new hardware or drivers.  There is a driver conflict which creeps up from time to time, but i cannot pinpoint what it is.  I dont know if its winXP that is extreemly unstable or if its all hardware.  I guess i will buy some high speed/quality OCZ memory and cross my fingers.  I really dont wanna uninstall windows since that is a huge hastle for me.  thx.
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by:LucF
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What BSOD's are you getting?
Please check at http://www.aumha.org/win5/kbestop.htm for possible causes.
Windows XP itself is pretty stable when running on high quality hardware, but a lot of programs/adware/virusses etc can make it as instable as possible.
The BSOD messages together with:
How to gather information after a memory dump in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid314084
can help you a lot in pinpointing the problem.

LucF
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by:wpg_j0nny
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I get "Bad_Pool_Caller" msg most of the time, sometimes juist blank screen.  From what i read teh bad pool caller error is from buggy software or even driver malfunction, apparently the pool header has been corrupted....whatever that means.  As for the memory cannot be read errors, im going to buy better ram at the moment and cross my fingers.
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by:nihlcat
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Do you have the latest drivers for you ati 9800 pro?
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by:rid
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Just a thought here.... "memory", couldn't that also be virtual memory, i.e. the swap file? You may have a problem with your hard drive, perhaps? A thorough scandisk and a diagnostic may be indicated.
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by:wpg_j0nny
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Thank you everyone for the reply's, it turned out the memory i had was very unstable, buiying some high performance OCZ fixed the problem of Source crashing all the time, as for the BSOD so far so good! =D
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Good Job!
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