A little rambling I know and a little unclear, bad record-keeping on my part..
I recently had a few of these come up, like about 3-4 times in 2 or 3 days. (Or maybe a couple of blue screens and 2 freeze-ups.) I'd been getting the occasional freeze-ups kind of regularly already, but recently blue screens. I'm always heavily using Firefox (many tabs/windows, opening tabs, etc.) and was often streaming audio simultaneusly, and it seemed whenever I had the freeze-ups, I was streaming, but that might have been a coincidence. It seemed to always be Firefox related because it was never right after starting Firefox, but after Firefox had been running for a while, and I hadn't been keeping an eye on it's RAM usage (it always steadily goes up and Firefox will usually crash if it gets up to 1.2 or more).
(About the streaming, I was using Windows Media Player, but switched it to VLM and had the problems while using both.)
The blue screen problems lately had me thinking the issue is heat-related, because if I started it back up again right away, it wouldn't work properly, but if I kept it off for 1/2 an hour or so, it seemed to be fine when I started it back up.
And it was making this disturbing clicking sound a few times when it froze temporarily lately, which I thought was the hard drive, but now think might have been the fan. (Though I've never heard the fan run on this system, unless it was the clicking... maybe it's just a really quiet fan.) Ya, I'm going to open it up as soon as I have the free time and can find my screwdriver set, and will check out the fan situation and will clear any dust or wires from it.
1. is there a way to see my CPU temperature, or other temp, and a way to log it?
2. How can I test the RAM?
3. Can anything be gleamed from this blue screen of death? (I don't know why the pic won't imbed in this message, sorry.)
4. If it was streaming related, but not streaming software related, why could that be? Extra taxing on RAM?
I have one mini dump, but I see nothing in there that looks like a word or a file name.
My system has been fine for the last 2-3 days.
Here's a blue screen.
I'm trying to get anything definitive as soon as possible. I'm in Peru, making it very difficult to obtain parts, and have a friend currently in the states, returning to Peru soon. If I want any parts, I've got to get them ordered and shipped to him within the next 9 days or so. I think I may go ahead order RAM just in case.