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Windows 7: Constant BODs due to usb driver

03 Jan 2012   #71
writhziden

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cydoniax View Post
Sorry, showing my ignorance again.

So I'm going to download the pre-compiled .iso in a zip file? If I double click on the iso file, I should be able to burn in to a dvd in Windows 7 - correct?

The instructions say to boot from the CD. Does that mean click on set up? Or turn the computer off and then bootup with CD in place?

It says to test the sticks - ????? What are those?

Sorry again - I'm hopeless.
To burn to CD/DVD, put a disc in the drive of the computer you want to use for burning. Then select the .iso file and open it (the appropriate program should load it and burn it). If a program does not load the .iso, let us know, and we can help you find a program to burn the CD/DVD.

The sticks are your memory modules. You want to burn the CD on another computer if you cannot do so on your computer. Then you want to put the CD in your drive of the computer we are helping you analyze and turn on or restart the computer so it boots from the CD after getting past the very first screen that shows up when you turn your computer on.


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03 Jan 2012   #72
writhziden

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I'm afraid I'll be out the remainder of the day. Maybe someone else can pick up where I left off, but if not, I'll take a look this evening or tomorrow early in the morning. Having a personal crisis at the moment.

No worries and no hurry. Sending good thoughts your way...
And thanks for the good thoughts. It appears I may make it out of my conundrum yet. I'll continue to send good thoughts your computer's way.
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03 Jan 2012   #73
cydoniax

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Okay - thanks for the help (and the good thoughts).

Is this memtest worth running if I cannot test the memory sticks? Does this require me to take them out? And if not, do I have to be around to do something or can I let this run over night?

Thanks again
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03 Jan 2012   #74
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cydoniax View Post
Okay - thanks for the help (and the good thoughts).

Is this memtest worth running if I cannot test the memory sticks? Does this require me to take them out? And if not, do I have to be around to do something or can I let this run over night?

Thanks again
I would stay around for a little while and check it periodically, but let the majority of it run overnight. Maybe start it an hour or two before you go to sleep. You only have to check individual RAM if you feel comfortable doing so.

If Memtest finds errors and you are not comfortable checking the modules yourself, take it to a local computer store that does tech work and let them know you think you have RAM errors. Probably cost a bit, but it's up to you. If you are still under warranty, contact the vendor of the machine, and they can also look into RAM issues for you (and it won't cost much if anything). Either choice will know how to test the modules and replace any bad ones if the modules themselves are bad. If the sockets are bad, it'll require a new motherboard, which costs as much as a new laptop if you do not have warranty anymore. If it's a motherboard problem, and you do not have warranty, you'll have to weigh whether its worth fixing.
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03 Jan 2012   #75
cydoniax

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank again for the reply.

So if I run it, but do not take the modules out, will the program run smoothly and just end? My nightmare scenario is being stuck in the program with no escape.

Unfortunately, the laptop is out of warranty so I am weighing the cost/benefit ratio for fixing it or buying a new one. It wouldn't be so bad, but my PC is on the fritz as well so I don't have a reliable back up.
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03 Jan 2012   #76
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cydoniax View Post
Thank again for the reply.

So if I run it, but do not take the modules out, will the program run smoothly and just end? My nightmare scenario is being stuck in the program with no escape.

Unfortunately, the laptop is out of warranty so I am weighing the cost/benefit ratio for fixing it or buying a new one. It wouldn't be so bad, but my PC is on the fritz as well so I don't have a reliable back up.
The program should just continue running until you ask it to stop. The instructions for how to stop it will be on the screen while it runs. Just let it run for at least five passes and recommended seven passes, and then stop it. If it stops on its own, it is probably due to bad RAM, but sometimes it can also stop if the memory is just corrupted (has bad data, not bad hardware), and I can walk you through the steps on how to clear the memory corruption.

Best wishes that it runs smoothly and no errors occur and we can find a less expensive solution.
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05 Jan 2012   #77
cydoniax

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Tried to do the memtest, but the CD won't boot up on start. I read the instructions that said something about changing the CD drive in BIOS, and that seems beyond my scope.

Should I try the flash drive method?
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05 Jan 2012   #78
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cydoniax View Post
Tried to do the memtest, but the CD won't boot up on start. I read the instructions that said something about changing the CD drive in BIOS, and that seems beyond my scope.

Should I try the flash drive method?
You would still have to change the boot order to use the flash drive. You will have to get into your BIOS (F2 when the computer turns on) and go into the boot order selection and try to figure out how to move things in the listed order.
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05 Jan 2012   #79
cydoniax

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
You would still have to change the boot order to use the flash drive. You will have to get into your BIOS (F2 when the computer turns on) and go into the boot order selection and try to figure out how to move things in the listed order.
Thanks. Looks like I'm up a creek without a paddle.
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05 Jan 2012   #80
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cydoniax View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
You would still have to change the boot order to use the flash drive. You will have to get into your BIOS (F2 when the computer turns on) and go into the boot order selection and try to figure out how to move things in the listed order.
Thanks. Looks like I'm up a creek without a paddle.
How To Change the Boot Order (Boot Sequence) in BIOS

Just go through the pages by hitting the "next" link.
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