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BSOD without minidumps

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I've begun getting BSODs (IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL) several times a day, usually x0A or xD1, always with nvata.sys. The blue screen says "Beginning dump of physical memory," but no memory.dmp is generated and \windows\minidump remains empty. The BSOD would stay up until I reboot.  There are no Errors or 1001/1003 events in Event Viewer. Error reporting is enabled. Fixed 4096MB page file.

I've run memtest86 for 36hrs w/o error. chkdsk and my SMART readouts show no errors.

I updated nvata.sys, and now the BSODs stay up for less than 1sec (so nothing can be read) before rebooting. Still no minidumps, etc.

Running WinXPProSP2.
DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2066 MHz (10 x 207)
Gigabyte GA-K8N Pro-SLI (2 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 2 PCI-E x16, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN, IEEE-1394) Chipset nVIDIA nForce4 SLI, AMD Hammer
System Memory        3328 MB (DDR SDRAM)
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 (256 MB)
HDs (all using MB controllers):
ST3300831AS (300 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
WDC WD2500JB-00GVA0 (232 GB, IDE)
ST3300831AS (300 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA)
ST3200822A (200 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)

My system had been running fine for nearly a year until this started. I've uninstalled all new software; no new hardware.

Any suggestions?
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Have you tried the Windows XP repair installation from the CD?

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Yes, and then went through the long update process.
Have you tried updating the rest of your drivers?

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Prccedure to  activate minidumump
Control Panel --> System --> Advance --> Startup and Recovery --> Write debugging information -->  minidump

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All of my other drivers are up to date (according to DriverDetective).

I have alread set minidump (%SystemRoot%\Minidump).

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Do you mean the minidump is enabled but no minidump is taken?
Well, you could try TuneUp Utilities' (http://tuneup.swmirror.com/TU2007TrialEN.exe) registry cleaner, although I doubt it'll work for something as serious this.
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>Do you mean the minidump is enabled but no minidump is taken?
Yes, exactly.

>Well, you could try TuneUp Utilities' (http://tuneup.swmirror.com/TU2007TrialEN.exe) registry cleaner, although I doubt it'll work for something as serious this.
I actually own that utility (and System Mechanic 7 and Registry First Aid 5), and have used them all. No help.

>uninstall your nvidia ide drivers reboot and then let windows install the default ide drivers it should clear up.
I'll give that a try.

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> uninstall your nvidia ide drivers reboot and then let windows install the default ide drivers it should clear up.

Seems to have fixed the main problem, although I still am having freeze-ups (no BSOD; my system just completely stops responding) once or twice a day.

Tomorrow I will try upgrading to vista :).
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