Blue Screen of Death ("Beginning Dump of Physical Memory")
Posted on 2006-11-01
Mainboard: Intel Corporation D845WN
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 @ 2400 MHz
Memory: 1024 MB (2 x 512 SDRAM )
Video Card: Nvidia Corp GeForce FX 5500 [NV34.6]
DVD-Rom: ATAPI DVD LS 8X16X8X16 (WinXP Generic Driver) BenQ Mfg
OS: WinXP Professionnal 5.01.2600 SP2
DirectX: Version 9.0c (September 2006)
During the past 3 months, my computer has crashed 3-5 times with a Blue Screen of Death similar to the one that fired today, as follows: (If the full page of data is required for analysis, please indicate and I'll type it all out.)
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
A process or thread crucial to system operations has unexpectedly exited or been terminated.
Chk to make sure any new HW/SW is installed properly.
Stop 0x000000F4 “etc, etc”
Beginning dump of physical memory
Most recently, I was playing Red Baron 3D and the game crashed my system a number of times before I gave up trying to adjust the graphics settings. The crashes alluded to memory locations.
The very next day, I attempted to boot my system and the boot continously arrived at the screen where you can select Safe Mode, Last Known Config, Boot Normally etc. In spite of choosing each option, the pc would not boot through to Windows. I decided to go ahead and reinstall WinXP Pro, no big deal. I did that this morning.
However, now I came home tonight from an evening out and booted up the system. I got the familiar Blue Screen of Death I've quoted herein. The last software I installed after the Windows reinstall was PCMark05 and 3DMark05 and I ran some benchmarks. They went fine. I installed all current device drivers and WinXP updates and hotfixes and backed up prior to installing application software of any kind.
My computer is 3-4 years old and the bios says 2003. A side question is, Should I update the BIOS?
Also, when I ran the PCMark05 benchmark. I noticed Hyperthreading = Available but disabled. Does this represent some kind of idle capacity utilization?