Aug 16, 2015
I'm having BSODs on my XP machine every few weeks, typically when it has been sitting idle for a few hours, but not always.
It's an XP SP3 machine, self-built. AMD Phenom II x4 995 @3.20 GHz, 4GB Crucuial Ballistix RAM. MSI mobo, not overclocked but running "Super-Charger."
2 SSDs: An OCZ ARC100 SSD 240GB, which gets cloned to a Samsung EVO 250GB weekly as my backup.
"STOP: 0x000000F4 (0x00000003, 0x8A9A4780, 0x8A9A48F4, 0x805D22DA)" is what it said this time.
I have replaced almost everything, including mobo, memory sticks, and cables to the drives. I even disconnected a 2TB HDD to get it out of the equation. The BIOS is up-to-date as far as I can tell.
When it crashes, it messes up the directories on the main boot drive. So, I keep losing a lot of data. I can reboot from the backup drive, but I have had crashes that corrupted it as well. Then, I am really frustrated.
The original corporate-license install disk is long gone. I do have a new XP disk and COA, if needed, but I hate to go that route because I have so many useful programs installed on this business PC.
After the BSOD it says it is writing a data dump file. A search for *.dmp gives a lot of old dumps from Firedox and other programs, but nothing with a recent date.
I don't speak BDOD code language very well. Would someone kindly help me get this thing stabilized?