BSODs in Windows XP Pro on a newly built Machine.

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    BSODs in Windows XP Pro on a newly built Machine.

    With the help of two of my tech savvy friends i built a desktop PC a few weeks ago. Here's the hardware involved:

    Case: Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    Motherboard: Asus A8N4X
    Hard Drive: WD740 Western Digital Raptor
    Graphics Card: XFX PV-T71G-UDE7 GeForce 7900 GT EXTREME (520MHz) 256MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card
    PSU: Rosewill RP550S-2MK ATX 2.01 550W Modular Power Supply /Black
    Processor: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ Toledo 2000MHz HT Socket 939 Dual Core Processor Model ADA4400CDBOX - Retail
    RAM: 2 G.SKILL 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered System Memory Model F1-3200PHU1-1GBNS
    Optical drive: NEC 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Beige IDE Model ND-3550A

    Windows XP Pro is a legal copy and it installed without a hitch.

    The front fan stopped working after a week of trying to get the computer to operate correctly.

    I've never gotten the thing to work as it should. Occasionally the system will BSOD when i try to install programs and immediately restart, even after updating all drivers. Explorer.exe will randomly crash on start-up or I'll get a message that says "The system has recovered from a critical error". The last thing i tried was fully updating windows. That was a bad idea: now my computer simply BSODs as soon as the Windows XP loading screen goes away.

    I've reinstalled Windows XP somewhere between 6 and 10 times at this point, and i can't afford to waste anymore time blindly trying to find out what the hell is wrong.

    Can anyone offer me advice as to what could possibly be wrong, and how i might go about testing it and fixing it?

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    Here is some info on the blue screen.
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/arc....mspx?mfr=true
    When you get the blue screen it often has an error constant thing which is displayed as well which may be of use.

    Also windows has a log thing under administrative tools which should have logged the errors with some useful information; if the errors are continually produced by some piece of hardware, chances are it's going to die soon.

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    THank you. I'll be sure to take a look at that the next time i set the computer up and am able to fully boot into windows.

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    My comp crashes (BSOD) when I have my 400mhz ram set to 400mz. Makes sense doesn't it? I have to run it at 333.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sand_man
    My comp crashes (BSOD) when I have my 400mhz ram set to 400mz. Makes sense doesn't it? I have to run it at 333.
    it does if your mobo doesn't support 400mhz or if your memory is sketchy
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