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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    I just started my PC, got into Windows where I was met with a BSOD. The error read PAGE_FAULT_IN_NON_PAGED_AREA

    Is my ram knackered, should I do a memtest86 on it or is this the hard drive?
     
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    Have you tried reseating the RAM first off?

    Other than that, have you made any changes recently? Drivers, and so on?
     
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    I haven't tried re-seating the ram, I can't see how it could have come out unless its chip creep.

    The only thin I have done and this was a couple of weeks ago was to get the new drivers for graphics card.
     
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    ATI by any chance? If so, are there newer ones, or could you try a rollback? Just to see if it goes away...
     
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    nah its Nvidia, the error hasn't happened since I rebooted. Could it just be one of those one of things?
     
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    The error you get, which I have seen in the past, is a pain in the butt to be honest. It can come and go, and it could be one of a number of things. The reason I mention reseat RAM and ATI is because they're two of the instances i have seen.

    That said, if I ever see anything like this, I always wonder what I may have changed recently, whether I've given the tin an accidental kick or knock... that sort of thing.
     
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    I am going to take the ram out and reseat it to see if it's come out. The tower sits on the desk next to the monitor and never gets moved but I'll try and see if that does anything.

    I'll also run memtest.
     
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    If it never gets moved, how often do you clean it?

    I'd clean the contacts on the RAM. If the error reoccurs, just do a rotation - each RAM in each slot - to eliminate both faulty sticks and a faulty slot.

    How long ago did you purchase the RAM?
     
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    This page may help:

    Have you checked Event Viewer yet? That may have more info. Also, sometimes components (eg cables, ram, CPU, etc) need reseating. Plus I have also seen dust inside the PC affect hardware also, a good clean out may be in order :)

    -ken
     
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    We were messing about with your RAM the other week GBL when you found one of the slots on your mobo isn't working.
     
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    I blow dust out of the case every couple of months. The RAM was bought last may.

    Event viewer just showed the stop message.

    Yeah one of the dimm slots is knackered, I'm wondering if my mobo could be on its way out.
     
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    If it were me I would just leave it and see if it happens again. The odd BSOD is ok, its when you get them all the time you need to worry!
     
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    I am thinking it's one of those spurious things that just happens from time to time.
     
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    Could easily be GBL :)
     
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    Memtest86 brought up no issues, all devices are working. I have searched for issues with the latest Nvidia drivers and have come up with nothing so I think it is.

    I'll monitor the situation and see if it comes back.
     
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    Looks like that its one of the freebies the m$ decided to put into to OS just to appear randomly and as long as its totally random, it should be fine.
    Just place this incident on hold and monitor it for a week and see what happens.
     
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    I had one a couple of weeks back too but not a BSOD it was NV4.dll this was before I updated the graphics card.

    The NV4.dll is the display driver that was the reason I updated to the new Nvidia driver.
     
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