this may sound simple to most of you folks but this is what has been happening to me.
my new box
- ASUS A7M266-D MB
dual AMD Athlon MP 2000+
2@ 512 MB DDR ECC ram
nVidia GeFroce4 ti 4200 128MB
Win 2Kpro w/sp2
Award BIOS v1006
was having good days and bad days, what i mean is on a good day it would go blue screen 5 times on a bad day it would go blue screen every 10 minutes or so.
the techs at the place where i got my MB blamed it on nVidia drivers, Win2k Pro, NTFS, 2 memory chips instead of one, HDD controler issues etc... this had gone on for several months. i finnay decided to take matters into my own hands.
i started by looking at the BIOS settings and low and behold there buried 3 levels down in the advanced BIOS settings were 2 items.
- 1. enable ECC ram.
2. AGB aperture.
after enabling ECC ram (thats whats in this box) and setting the AGP aperture to 128MB (thats whats on my AGP video card. the problems are solved. no more blue screen errors.
the moral to this story:
trust your own experience when setting up a box, dont listen to self professed experts that have little or no idea what they are doing