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Got new computer built...can't get XP installed

Q: Got new computer built...can't get XP installed

Hello all, I just put a new computer together. Upon startup it went through the self check. It recognized my HD and CD-ROM drive and correctly identified my RAM, CPU, ect. It then gave me two options, press delete to enter BIOS or press enter to continue. I though there was more self check so I hit enter. Now it's saying...


Now this is all it will do, I can't even get back to BIOS with ESC or Delete or anything. I've tried loading up Windows and the software for the motherboard...neither will load. I've rebooted a bunch of times hoping to go back to self check, switched the CD-ROM and HD around on the MoBo (HD is old school ribbon ATA, not SATA), switched the jumpers around on the DVD-ROM...I really can't figure out what it wants. Right now the HD is in the primary ATA input and the CD-ROM is set to "master" and in the secondary ATA input per instructions that came with the MoBo. Any ideas on where to go from here? I think it's trying to boot an Operating System when the MoBo software isn't installed. Help! Thanks in advance

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A: Got new computer built...can't get XP installed

Easy fix. Boot the computer, and when it states "press del to enter setup", tap the Del key until you get into the BIOS. In there, change the boot order to CD-ROM first, HDD second. Pop in your windows install disk, save settings in BIOS, exit. It will reboot, and then search for your CD rom first, and then boot the windows setup.

Once windows is all installed, change the boot settings back to HDD first, CD rom second.


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So I built this rig about a month ago and I cannot get it to work for the life of me. Whenever I install the display drivers, it is like they do not even take effect, the screen flickers, and then it either BSODS or freezes. I've elliminated the cpu or the motherboard as problems as I've already replaced BOTH the cpu and the motherboard, so they cannot be faulty and there cannot be problems with them because I have the same problem with a new motherboard and a new cpu.

This is my build:

Newegg.com - AMD A8-3870K Unlocked Llano 3.0GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6550D AD3870WNGXBOX

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-A75M-S2V FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.com - CORSAIR 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMV16GX3M2A1333C9

Newegg.com - APEVIA X-Gear ATXB5KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply

Newegg.com - HGST HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

I've installed the drivers that have come with the motherboard and everything. I'm using vista 32 bit basic.... I've even installed several different versions of catalyst, even the latest beta catalyst drivers 12.8. The computer ONLY bsods and freezes when the display drivers are installed. I do not understand why it is doing this even though I've replaced the MOBO and APU. Can someone please help... Read more

A:Newly Built Computer BSOD's or freezes when video drivers are installed.

You may also want to install your AMD drivers without the Catalyst Control Center/Vision Engine Control Center software. Download the version of ATI drivers that you want to install, and then do the following steps. Start the installation program to install your drivers and ATI software. When you get to the option to Express/Custom install, cancel the installation. Your drivers should now exist in C:\AMD\Support\xx-x_vista_win7_64_dd_ccc where the x's replace your version number of the driver software.
Uninstall all AMD software related to your graphics card by uninstalling AMD Catalyst Install Manager in Start Menu -> Control Panel -> Uninstall a program
If AMD Catalyst Install Manager is not listed, use the following method to uninstall the graphics drivers:Click Start Menu
Right Click My Computer/Computer
Click Manage
Click Device Manager from the list on the left
Expand Display adapters
Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)Right click the adapter
Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device (if this option is available, otherwise just hit OK) and hit OK

Alternatively:Login as an adminstrative user
Click Start Menu
Click Control Panel
Click Hardware and Sound
Click Device Manager (the last link under Devices and Printers)
Expand Display adapters
Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)Right click th... Read more

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My son has recently built a computer. It seems to be ok. Here's the question, it has no software on it, so how can we access the internet? I wanted to get a Microsoft license key for windows 10 but it says we must go to Microsoft and d/l something first. How to get there from this computer? I really hope you understand my question, I do realize I sound pretty dumb, thanks gen x mom p.s. I'm not even sure I posted this in correct thread!

A:Son Built PC but no Operating System installed

Hello and welcome to TSG.

You will need to install an operating system (Windows) on that PC in order to do anything at all with it (other than using it as a boat anchor or paperweight. You can purchase Windows 10 from most computer stores, probably even WalMart or Target.

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i dont really know what the problem is but i keep getting what i THINK are blue screens. one time i saw the blue screen clicking on the classic start menu program, the other 2 i did not see. i keep my pc on over night to download stuff of the internet and i wake up to see it has restarted it self. same happened as i went to school this morning to finnsh the download. i think there blue screens becouse it says windows did not shut down properly or something when i log in. also when i installed windows 8 and installed my programs it ran really fast, but i just turn it on now and now its saying cpu running at 25 percent with only steam and utorrent running witch before this latest crash it was 3-7 percent. it also took much longer to boot up and its feeling over all slugish. and its not my pc's specs becouse it was a just bulit gaming PC.

thank you all for looking at this!

EDIT: i just played starcraft 2 and im getting 40 fps tops witch before the latest crash i was getting 120+ fps. this is really starting to bug me, will a reinstall of windows 8 work?

A:BSOD on newly installed Windows 8 OS on my just built PC

Try attempting a reinstall of windows IF you are using a disk incase the computer crash's during installation. The computer will restart after recieving a BSoD.

May I recommend these following methods to solve most issues:
Run a virus and malware scan.Update ALL your drivers except BIOS, since if BIOS goes wrong you can brick your motherboard.Run "sfc /scannow" and "chkdsc" in command prompt

If you can't access your computer, please try booting into Safe Mode with Networking and attempting there.

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I'm having so many computer problems with my new (8 month old) computer (painfully chronicled on this site! lol), I just want to throw it away and buy a new one because I can't seem to find help. I want to get another custom built one where I can choose the innards but I keep finding XP and Vista OS. I want Win2000 installed. Any suggestions for websites I can go to? Thanks.

A:Where can I buy inexpensive custom built PC with Win2000 installed - NOT XP

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Greetings! I almost always try to research, and find previous people with similiar problems, go about the routes instructed by others to follow, and normally I can fix it myself without having to pay someone to do it for me.

But, unfortunally, I am stuck, lost clueless... I would shell out some $$$ but I already forked over too much this week, in attempts to rebuild my once powerful rig.

Once night, after 5 hours of stressful, late hours in adobe... My computer froze, and I haven't saved my progress in along time... I tried to quickly restart the computer, but it came to a pause during startup and stood there. I was a bit drunk, and extremely pissed... I then did the worst thing possible, and lived in regret since... I picked up the entire computer, (with the side panel off), and slammed it on the ground... I then punched the inside, a good 3-4 times, mostly right at the CPU heatsink area... I was very pissed, then went to bed... The next morning my computer was dead, wouldnt boot up. Ok, so thats how I got into this mess... And don't worry guys, really, I don't drink anymore... That was the day I quit, when I lost my egxpensive desktop.

Now, I am stuck at buying a new pc, or trying to fix this. I decided I was going to try and fix it. So without it starting up, I went out and bought a 750W Thermaltake Power Supply. Went home, installed it... It was power up for about 3 seconds, then off... I tried pulling the ram out, leavine one stick in... Same thing, I t... Read more

A:Newly built pc, installed graphic drivers, and im stuck at 800x600.

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Recently, (if two years is recently...) I removed a piece of software from my laptop that was required for it to use the internet (don't ask what it was). Long story short, I had to get a new thing for Windows. I just re-installed it, but Windows isn't recognizing my laptops built-in speakers, as well as the scrolling function that the touch-pad used to have. The scrolling button in the middle of the mouse-tabs doesn't work either. I'm pretty sure it's just me being inexperienced with computers, and that I just didn't do something with Windows to allow it to recognize my speakers.

Just to elaborate on the speaker thing, my computer has all the codecs and drivers, it just doesn't see the actual speakers. The scroll-bar stuff is pretty moot, but I'm used to having them and it's just annoying, my main problem is the speakers. I've tried everything I could short of shoving out $50 for someone to answer what's probably a really simple problem.

If you'd could help me out I'd greatly appreciate it.

A:Solved: Newly installed WinXP Home won't recognize built-in stuff.

Hi and welcome to TSG.

Not entirely sure what you mean by 'I had to get a new thing for Windows'?

Have you formatted and reinstalled windows from scratch using a new Windows CD or have you just reinstalled a set of drivers?

What make and model is your laptop?

Are you sure all the drivers are installed correctly? You may still have devices that do not have drivers which are linked to the sound.

assuming your using Windows XP
1. Right Click My Computer and select Properties
2. On the System Properties Window select the Hardware tab
3. Click the Device Manager button
4. In the window that comes up look for anything that has a yellow circle with an exclamation mark in it. It will automatically expand any areas that have these in so there is no need to click the + to look in all the areas.

If there is anything like that the you are likely missing some drivers. If you need help finding them let us know your laptops make and model and we can help you find the correct ones.

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Okay, I pretty much screwed myself.

I just bought a computer a couple months ago that came with Vista and was having major problems with the USB ports (it wouldn't even read my brand-new IPOD), and I read somewhere that i could install XP on a computer like mine...and I did just that. The instructions said to create a partition so I did that, and then I installed XP. Now I can't access any of my programs, my drivers don't work, and I don't have a recovery disc nor did my computer come with a Vista DVD with which to re-install Vista with. I went from bad to worse.

I would much rather just deal with the USB problem than what I have now, and I have a warranty so I would like to take it back, but my problem is, how do I put Vista back? How can I delete XP?? I tried going through the BIOS and I don't see anything that can help me.

ANY help would be greatly appreciated. I'm totally desperate. Thank you.

A:I installed XP on a computer that had Vista pre-installed and now I'm stuck...HELP!

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Hello, I am trying to figure out when my laptop was actually built, what year? I got it through Fingerhut Catalog (I know, bad choice but at the timeit was the only way I could get one), anyway I got it in around 2009 or 2010, but it's called an "HP 200 Notebook PC" so I am just wondering if these models were actually BUILT in 2000? If so, then I'm using a 17-year old computer?!? I mean I got it in 2009 or 2010, don't remember exactly, but if it were built around that time it would only be about 10 years old, which would make me feel a little better!LOL! Anyone know???


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A:When was my computer built?

HP 2000 has nothing to do with year. That was the name of the Model series. None of the hardware in your laptop was available 17 years ago nor was Windows 7. The laptop was likely built in mid 2009 or later as that is when HP started releasing Windows 7 machines.

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I recently bought a new motherboard and ram to go with it, ive installed windows xp 2002 i know old, and there seems to be problems with my computer, it randomly restarts by it self, mozilla firefox crashes all the time but im not sure if windows is causing that,

Is there anything you can have me run to get specs and information that you may need? please help

A:New built Computer help

I would run a memory tester

Download the prebuilt ISO, burn it to CD as an Image, boot from that CD and run the memory test for a couple of hours or overnight to stress test the memory.

Post the mobo full model number, and the make and model of parts used to build the PC so others can help.


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I built a new computer with a gigabyte mother borad and a amd radon video card it has 32 gigs of ram and one tara bite of hard drive and its wireless built in but when I try to connect to miracast it says I need a app but I cant get this app for some reason
and says I cant connect wondering why this is my tv is a new 56 inch smart tv so I would be thankful if someone could tell me why and its 64 bit

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First off, I did it!!! i actually BUILT my own computer and it RUNS!
It did not blow up or melt on the initial power-up! No major problems, only a few little issues that hopefully I can resolve soon! I am running a GA-7DX powered by a XP1600 CPU with 256 mb DDR RAM & 40gb HD. Oh yeah, got it all inside a nice Antec case too.

The biggest problem now is no audio at all. Can you guys help me? The M/B has the creative 5880 (i think) and under bios the sound chip is "enabled". Speakers are plugged into the appropriate connector. Windows XP is configured to use that Creative Sound Blaster so I assume it recognizes it as being there? I installed drivers for it from the gigabyte CD instead of the generic windows drivers. Windows is saying there is no problem with my hardware.

Am I supposed to install an actual CARD for the audio or is it all onboard with the ga-7dx board?

Oh, I have been very aware of the need for cooling with this chip. I think I'm doing ok. I love the BIOS health monitor! Hmmmmm......my cpu temp is around 117f.

hehehe...gotta change that signature now!

A:Got My Computer Built~! Now Need Help!

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Hi all, i just built my first computer and i have everything installed and all the cables are connected right, i have 2 brand new hard drives, and when i boot up it reads them on the first boot up screen but when i go into the bios and the do the hdd auto detection it doesnt recognize any of them, what can i do?

A:help with new computer built

More specs?

How did you hook them up?

HDD are they SATA? SATA on RAID? or IDE?
Make sure CS is selected on both HDD
Make sure first HDD is on 0 Master
Make sure the secondary HDD is 1 Master Slave.

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Do I need to get a USB Wi-fi adaptor for this computer or is it build in?

A:Does this computer have wi-fi built in?

@Sjohan No, it does not have wifi card built-in. Its specs     https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c02642273 You can use USB adapter or PCIe wireless card   https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Networking-Wireless/PCI-Express-Cards Regards.

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Hey guys, I just recently built a new computer and besides these few problems I'm having it seems to be running really good. The issues I'm having involve directx and windows updater. Starting first with updater: It keeps failing to install something for windows 7 .net framework and service pack 1. Everytime I go to shut down it says "installing updates" when I check the update log it says failed everytime.
The second problem came up in I tried installing DC Universe Online. The installation goes through flawlessly until the very end when it goes to install directx, it gives me an "internal failure" message and then just closes. I tried downloading from microsoft's website with the same result. I can however play Star Wars Galaxies without a hitch(much older game obviously) The video card says its rated for directx 11. I honestly have no idea what's going on lol.

A:Just built a new computer

What graphic card are you currently using? Have you tried installing .NET Framework alone first? Since it affects many applications, you should try installing it first before SP1.

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But I don't know how to install the OS! This is the system:

P3 400Mhz
320MB RAM (128x2, 1x 64)
200W Power supply
98MB Video card

Everything is screwed in place, wired and good to go.

At first I started it with no hard drive with a disc inside. Good run, it just told me I needed a HD.

Put in a 10GB HD and started it up. it started well, it told me to choose to either start the set up for Win98, Start the Computer with Win98 disk support, or simply Start without the Win98 support disk. I chose the first, it went fine and it formated my 10GB hard drive, afterwards it checked on a few things and it got to a screen where it told me to take out any Floppy Disks and press any button to restart.
So I pressed the "any" button....just kidding. I pressed "d" and it went black and restarted. It went back to the Gateway screen and it showed me those 3 options again. I chose the first thinking that it would maybe finish installing win98...but it simply showed all the checks it did and it stopped after it checked all the components like it did before on the "Win98 Setup" screen.

Help Please?

A:So I built an old computer!

go into BIOS, select boot from CD rom. Boot off your CD and format/install directly from the CD.

good luck

Be sure to use all the free opensource software out there to save time and money.

crap cleaner

to name a few

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Hey guys!
I really didn't know where to post this but I just wanted some ideas on it. I am a 14 year old who built a computer just by the help of the computer and the instructions manual of the motherboard. I got all the parts from tigerdirect and just built it. I'm really happy that I could build one at my age seeing how everyone else that I know has no clue Do you guys think its impressive? Im working on it right now and its working perfectly fine ! Give me your thoughts. Would appreciate it a lot!

A:Built my own computer!

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Hey again TechSpot,

I just built a brand new system, got everything set up and powered it up. The lights turn on, the fans spin and everything sounds right, but the monitor doesn't seem to be able to pick anything up. I've tried it on a CRT and LCD monitor, and with the onboard card (GeForce 6100) the video card (Radeon X300) and an old monitor card. Below are the specs:

Gigabyte GA-M55PLUS-S3G
AMD AM2 Athlon 64 3200+
Seagate 320GB SATAII
Corsair 512MB 667DDR2
CoolerMaster Musketeer
Pioneer DVD Burner
350W Power Supply

Please offer any help you can, I'm counting on you TechSpot

A:Just built a new computer.

I am assuming you are not passing the POST test? Are you getting any beeps?

You'll need to go back to the basics to help troubleshoot.

Take out your motherboard, and set it on a box beside your case.

Intall ONLY the cpu/heatsink, one stick of ram and the 2 power connections from your PSU to the motherboard. (both the 24 pin and the ATX12).

Connect your case's speaker wire to the motherboard as well.

Use a screwdriver to "short" the two pins usually connected to the case's power on switch.

Connect your monitor to the onboard graphics.

Are you able to post?

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SO FAR ITS GREAT.. I got a soltek motherboard, amd 3200 64 processor,2 gig 3200 ddr, nvidia 5700 video card.. One problem, when i go into the bios therea re overclocking settings???? I am scared to death to do this.... I have built my own systems for 10 years now, BUT I NEVER OVERCLOCKED..... What should I do???? thanks

A:HI...I just built my new computer and

It is a feature of soltek mb. It is called redstorm overclocking. Just do not use it if you do not want to overclock. What the utility does is start increasing the fsb until it detects some corruption, then it decreases it slightly.

BTW good choice in mb. Do you have the 939 pin or 754 pin? There is a bios update for the 939 that addresses memory speed when using dual channel.

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Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 3:23:23 AM, on 6/13/2005Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\aswUpdSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashServ.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\CTsvcCDA.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\inetsrv\inetinfo.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\tcpsvcs.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\snmp.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\MsPMSPSv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\mqsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\mqtgsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashMaiSv.exeC:\Program Files\Alwil Software\Avast4\ashWebSv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\Program Files\Creative\SBAudigy2\Surround Mixer\CTSysVol.exeC:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI.ACE\cli.exeC:\PROGRA~1\ALWILS~1\Avast4\ashDisp.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft AntiSpyw... Read more

A:HJT for New Built Computer

Looks fine. Try disabling Avast and see if you can get the updates.

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I am having a new computer built (after almost 8 years with my hP lemon). There are so many choices, but my technical savvy is limited. You guys seem helpful so I am going to appeal to you for advice.
Here is what my comp guy proposed:

Motherboard, Matx 945G DDR2-667/533/400 LGA

Micro Processor, P D CPU 805 64 bit Dual Core

x512mb DDR2-533 (PC2 4200)

120 GB 7200 RPM SATA NCQ

Windows Media Center

OK - now, my DH says I cannot go near any serious upgrades for a year or two and I do have a budget to work with, so what I need to know is... will this run Vista Windows Aero? Is that a good processor? Am I missing anything?

Obviously video is the other thing - my comp guy says the chipset has onboard graphics, but I am reading that's not the best choice. I want to play around with video editing, watch movies and do some gaming (or my kids do) but gamings not my focus.

Mainly I want solid, dependable, speedy and efficient (but I like the bells and whistles, too). Something that I won't need to put too much more into in the near future.

Is that enough info? Help...opinions....forgive my ignorance and please speak in small words (LOL).

A:having new computer built - help

What is your budget?

For your Ram, you will want at least 1GB. I'm not sure what Vista Aero's req's are, but regular Vista reccomends 2GB.

HDD is fine (seagate is a good brand)

Motherboard: not sure about this one. Can't tell with out more info if it can handle a future upgrade to an Intel Conroe processor (currently owns for speed!).

CPU: The 805 is certainly a nice cpu, and at $100 its fairly cheap. But the new Conroe E6300 is close to twice as fast for $183. Againit comes down to your budget.

Vid card: Depends on what games you want to play. Currently the radeon 9600 would be "lowest" card you would wnat to use to play todays games at low res. A Nvidia 6600 or above would be better.

If you want to do a little 'window shopping', check out www.newegg.com for competitive prices.

Don't skimp on the power supply! You can get a decent one from FPS for around $40 at newegg.

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So I built a new computer today, turns out the sudden restarts i had with my other one were due to a faulty processor, so now the new one i built is w/o a decent processor (im using a old celeron right now) anyone ever heard of this? I thought if it went bad it went bad and just didnt work....

A:Built new computer

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Hi all

Looking for some information. I'm replacing 3 pc's in the business I work for. We use custom software and have to remain on Windows xp to avoid issues with the database hooking correctly. We have used mostly Dell pc's to run our software, and from time to time need to reinstall Windows as needed. With the Dell systems, I wipe the partition and insert a disk, reinstall, add drivers plus our software, then I'm done. I'm considering building 3 new pc's maybe around the i5 level for workstations. I was curious if there was a way to build in the Windows XP serial number like Dell and other vendors do. Is this a specific type of main board ? A function in the bios ? I would love to be able to duplicate this, if it's possible.

Thank you

A:Windows install / vendor built vs homebrew / built in serial

You can not use the same serial number for a different computer. Its illegal. You'll need to buy a copy of Windows XP for each computer or buy a Set copy that will work on 3 different computers.

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So I decided to build a computer with a friend that said he knew how to do it.

My hardware bought:

CPU INTEL C2D E6320 1.86G 775 4M R (CPU)
HD 320F ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620AS (HARD DRIVE)

(all of this info came off the order form from newegg.com)
I am installed windows xp pro w/SP2
(I got the cd key from my old computer but I am using a different disc.
Then I tried using the cd key that was matched with the cd.)

When I tried installing windows for the first time a blue error screen came up. restarted my comp and tried agian. It worked.

I set the keyboard language, entered the cd key, typed in my name. and then the comp rebooted....started windows and then came to the log in screen. (with my name)

tried to log in and an error came up.

"Logon Message"
The system cannot log you on due to the following error:
The specified domain either does not exist or could not be contacted.
Please try again or consult your system administrator.
Tried to re install windows with a different cd key but the same thing happend.

Tried running comp in safe mode and couldn't log into the admin login either.

Please help!


A:Newb Help with 1st built computer

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First, I'll tell you my situation... I'm a bit of a gamer, mostly Xbox... but I just recently realized how much cash I've been burnin on new/replacement systems (from the RROD and whatever other faults come with 360) and how much I really like old games that the 360 can't play because it's not backward compatible. So I decided I want to build a sweet gaming computer that I won't have to upgrade for at least a couple of years.

Problem is, I've never built one and for the most part I have no idea what I'm doing. I've done some research, but I still feel pretty lost when it comes to reading specs. I really don't know where any sort of bottleneck might occur, so I hope someone can help me out with that.

Here's what I've thrown together from Newegg:

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K

EVGA SuperClocked 012-P3-1573-AR GeForce GTX 570 HD w/Display-Port (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

GeIL EVO Leggara Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model GEL316GB2133C11DC

The performance I was aiming for was Battlefield 3 on ultra settings. The page I found here:

http://www.techspot.com/review/458-bat... Read more

A:Never built a computer before, feedback welcome

So it seems you are willing to spend $1500 for just the MOBO/CPU/GPU/RAM. How much will you be spending for the rest of the build?

I'm fine with going up to about $1500 to cover those 4 items, and then I'd just pick out a power supply and the rest of the accessoriesClick to expand...

You will not want to lowball on the PSU. It is one of the most important components in the system.

You are spending way too much for the RAM. You do not need 16GB for a gaming RIG. But if you really want it I would recommend these.


Or their 8GB variant.

Give me a budget for the whole build and I will put something together for you.

The last thing I would like to know about is dual graphics cards, I'm pretty sure that mobo is SLI (hope I'm referring to it correctly) and can accept two cards if I wanted to. I read somewhere that two mid-lowerish end graphics cards would be way better than the one I currently have picked outClick to expand...

It all depends on what two cards you have in mind. Generally, SLI setups are not preferred over 1 single higher-end GPU. A couple reasons would be noise,heat, and performance. Some games are not optimized to scale properly with SLI setups as well.

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hi guys,
I really got it. I could do it. But there are some problems:

On start up after the asus mobo page the com scan for devices.
After detection it writes a warning:
Warning! An Ultra ATA 66 ( or faster ) drive is connected with a 40-pin IDE cable on a secondary channel. Drive speed is downgraded to Ultra ATA 33 mode. ( I tried to change the cable but the same problem)
What's the problem?
Second main problem that I can't start up without having the win xp pro cd in the boot drive. After the scanning and warning it writes then: found bootable disk on drive 2. After press any key to boot from the cd.... the system starts up. If the cd isn't in it tells missing NTDRL (?) File press any key to restart the system.
Thanks for any help.
Asus P5LD2
Pentium 4 630 3.0 Gigs
win xp pro sp 2
hdd 80 GB Seagate

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I am almost ready to either build my own computer or have it built but have a couple of questions.

I am going to use an Intel Dual Core Pentium 3.0 ghz processor and an Intel 975X motherboard.

A video card will be needed and I vaguely remember seeing something on this site about some of them interfering with the operation of USB 2.0 external drives (I have four of them running). Naturally, I don't want to buy anything that will interfere with them.
Cost does not matter but I do not play games and so the latest and greatest would probably be a waste of money.

Also, I have seen "memory timing" mentioned here and other places. Is this something that I will need to do and if so, is there information available about how to do it and recommended settings? I have never done anything like that to a computer.

This week, I am going to take my list of components to a local shop and ask what it would cost to have them build it. Last time, their quote was less than I would pay for just the components. If that happens again, they will end up doing the building. Even if it is just a little more than my cost for components.


A:Need info for new computer being built

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I just put together a new a computer, and I was wondering the Best software, and things to look for when stress testing it? I did Download the latest MB5, Prime 95, and CPU Burn-In.

I am running Prime 95 and CPU Burn-In at the same time. Thing is Prime 95 gives you a screen with whats its testing, and CPU Burn-In is just giving a me a screen with time to runand you click start ( so I'm wondering if its really working? ) How is CPU Burn-In supposed to work?

After about 20 minutes I am getting 56 degrees Celsius, with stock cooling. What type of temps should I expect?

Prime95 failed after avout 25 minutes....

And another quick question? I get my Realtek Gigabyte Ethernet that comes up in the boot screen, is this normal, or anway to disable it? its like Shift F10 to Configure?

MSI 865PE Neo 2 Platinum Edition Motherboard
P4 3E Ghz
2x512MB Corsair XMS ( platinum heat sink ) Dual Channel Kit
Western Digital Caviar RE 250GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive
BFG GeForce 7800 GS OC
Thermaltake SViking VA4000BWS Case
Aspire 520W PSU
NEC MultiSync 97F Monitor

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Yesterday I finished building my new computer (I have done this several times before). This one should be very fast but it is very slow. It took 2 hours to install Win 7 Ultimate, and 10 min to copy 2.88 mb of files from one partition to another on the same hard drive. I have installed the motherboard drivers and the video drivers, but there is no improvment. I need some help.
My new equipment:
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate , 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 26 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 6142 Mb CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1430804 MB, Free - 1390885 MB; D: Total - 476920 MB, Free - 334872 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., X58A-UD3R, x.x,
Graphics Card: XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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I have built my own pc and I just keeps on crashing especially when I play games. I have whipped my drives several times and done a fresh install of windows 10 but unfortunately my computer keeps on crashing. My computer specs are:

Cpu:Intel core i7 4790k

Gpu: Asus strix gtx 970

Motherboard: Asus z97-a

RAM: 3 sticks of 8gb Kingston hyperx savage 2400MHz ddr3

Hard drive: wd red 3 tb

Solid state drive: Samsung evo 256gb

Monitors: 3 27inches LCD

Power supply: 650w

Operating system: Windows 10 pro

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I built my computer about 2 weeks ago, went all smooth and everything worked. Installed Windows 7 etc, everything okay. Did got a BSOD once (the same as described below), but never occured anymore, until today.

Now as i'm typing this on my second computer, everytime i boot up my pc, it sometimes doesn't even boot windows, sometimes gives me a NO DATE DETECTED error and sometimes just gives me a black screen. I had a few BSOD's before this more 'heavier' errors occured.

I don't know the exact errorcode, but the first errorcode line was

DRIVER IRQL_not_less_or_equal

However, I did manage to get it booted succesfully once, which gave me the oppertunity to let windows give me some more information about the BSOD:

Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.

BBCode: d1
BCP1: 000000030100000C
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: FFFFF880018921D3
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 256_1
"Files that help to describe the problem:"

(End of the report)

When I installed Windows 7, I also installed a driver for my graphics card and my motherboard (not 100% sure though).
My friend also had problem, he has the same motherboard as I do. Replacing his RAM for a better (more expensive) one was the solution for him.

Thanks in advance.
Specs of the computer i'm talking about:
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A:BSOD - Computer I built myself.

Check the specs on the memory.
You may need to set the memory voltage in the bois manually
to what the memory actually requires.

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hello, i am at a loss, i have built a few older machines in the past and never had any problems like this and have just about run out of ideas, aside from dropping it froma great height

here are the specs

antec smartpower 2.0 450watt psu
abit aa8 duramax mb
p4 lga775 550 3.4ghz
1gb stick of corsair ddr2 mem
ati radeon x700pro 256mb pci express
300gb sata hard drive

the problem:
When i boot the machine it gets as far as press del to enter the bios and then pretty much shuts down completely. At first i thought it maybe the psu as i bought a cheapy from ebuyer(500w, switching). so i bought this new antec psu, as i had heard good things about them and still nothing. I have tried an older graphics card and the problem is still there. I can't even get into the bios, the screen intialises and the abit logo comes up sometimes and then the whole system shuts down.

any ideas guys

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I just built a pc. The specs are as follows:
P4 1.8ghz
512mb ram
20gig HDD
Two optical drives
floppy drive

When I first turn on the computer, there are no errors with the POST.
It shows the cpu temp. and cpu fan speed at the bottom (both ok). It then recognizes the hard drive and then tries to boot. I changed the BIOS to boot from a CD first and I put my XP CD in. I restarted and when it came to the point to hit any key to boot from CD it froze. I hit the enter button and after about 5 minutes it still hadn't done anything. I then turned it off and went to bed.

This morning I turned it on again and it went through the POST, still no problems, and when it asked to boot from a CD I hit the enter button. The Windows XP install started, but about half way through the loading of the files needed it froze again (before it asked me what I wanted to do with the install). So I turned it off and on again, and it froze a second time at the "Press any key to boot from CD" point. I turned it off again and haven't tried anything else yet.
Any ideas?

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Check the jumpers on the drives.

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hey guys after not sure if this should have gone in the section for hard ware or not but i figured i try here first ... I finally have this computer that i built and i had to send the bare bone back 3 times until they sent me a working one ...so windows xp is loaded on...and still have problems... what will happen is that the machine will randomly restart for no apparent reason ..and for the longest while , xp would not allow to have internet explorer running. I first thought it was a over heating issue. it could be but not sure . i was wondering if there is a actual part to tell the temp of the pc or is it just a program that I need . ( at first i could not even install xp , it kept on blue screening but then i looked inside and i had to peel GLUE , and that thermal paste off that the company put too much on) also when i scroll down web pages it lags horribly and it shouldent cause i have 512 of ddr in here . any ideas , please help. thnx

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Around 3 days ago I just finished putting together my computer and since then I have had BSOD 3 times, twice while gaming and once while watching a movie. I have no idea why they are happening, here is the report windows gave me after it happened.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 4e
BCP1: 0000000000000099
BCP2: 000000000006168C
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 0000000000190BFC
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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Anyone wondering here are my computer specs;
Processor:AMD A8 3870K with integrated radeon 6550D graphics
Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit
Motherboard: Gigabyte A75-UD4H ATX FM1 Motherboard
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM 3.5IN SATA Internal Hard Drive OEM

Powersupply: 550 Watt antec

A:Help my computer I just built keeps having BSOD!

We do need the DMP file as it contains the only record of the sequence of events leading up to the crash, what drivers were loaded, and what was responsible.
Please attach the DMP files to your next post not to post one.

If you are overclocking STOP

You may be able to get the DMP files without crashing by booting into safe mode (F8) with networking.

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder. If empty (or non existent) please look in the following folders. C:\windows (the dmp should be called memory.dmp), and C:\windows\LiveKernelReports\Watchdog.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.
*If the files are too large please upload them to a file sharing service like "Rapidshare" and put a link to them in your reply.

To ensure minidumps are enabled:

* Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl, press Enter.
* Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery Settings... button.
* Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
* Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kB) in the dropdown box (the 256kb varies).
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Happy New Year Everyone ! I have just finished building my first computer, I'm ready to plug it in...I have windows xp pro and various other loading discs from my abit mobo, radeon 9600 pro and sound blaster platinum. What are the steps I need to do now? Do I set BIOS up first, load video drivers first or xp first or what...lol !!!I'm not looking to overclock but I am unclear on things like partitioning and formating.....Do I need to set up Fat32, if so to what benefit? And with windows...do I want to leave the owner account alone and set myself up a different account or do I want to rename the owner account to my name and go with that...I will be the only user on the computer. I heard somewhere before to leave the owner account untouched for some reason and start a new account. I've always had OEM computers before, this is my first hot rod and I want to configure it sweet !

Thanks, merlin324

A:Computer is built....next step !?!

Here is a good site for installing XP;

If are going to run dos based games then I believe you should stick with FAT 32, if not then NTFS is the way to go.

XP will be the start point, possibly a couple of drivers from the abit cd, then windows updates, then update drivers as needed.

If your the only user then leave accounts alone.

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Hi guys to be honest I really don't know where this question is meant to be posted but I decided this was the most logical place.

I'll get right into it. My computer has one audio jack that shows a headset and mic right beside it. I assumed this meant I could plug in any headset with a built-in mic and the computer would send audio to the headphones and would allow me to use the mic that was attached to the headset. However, every time I plug in my headphones, Realtek HD Audio Manager pops up and prompts me to choose the function of the plugged in device. I choose headset and the audio is sent to the headphones. But when I attempt to video chat or record my voice, I notice my computer still uses the mic built into the computer.

This problem is very annoying as my voice is not very clear when I speak through the computer mic. I've been experiencing this problem ever since I got this computer back in 2015. I've had an old Acer computer before that also had only one audio and mic jack but I never experienced this problem.

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!

Also, if it is relevant, I use my Apple headphones (the ones supplied with Apple iPhones) and a Sony over-ear headset, both with built in mics.

If it wasn't obvious by how I type, I am not that familiar with computers so please try and explain as simply as possible!

Thanks in advance!

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My dad and I just got done building our first PC.
The Mother board is an ASUS A7N8X Deluxe, with an AMD 2500+ processor.
When we start it up, we get the beep at the ASUS Logo screen, but during the load up screen we keep getting the error "Warning!! CPU have been changed".
From there the computer just stops. It doesn’t shut down, the CPU Temp stays at a steady 98-101 degrees. I am really not sure what else to do with this problem. Tried to cut power and restart several times with nothing.
We are pretty stumped over here, so any help or advice would be of MUCH appreciation.

A:New Built computer issue. Little help

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I recently built my computer and plugged in everything. I turned on the PSU switch and then the case switch and nothing happens but one of the fans moves slightly. I have done the paper clip method to test the PSU and it works. Also I have unplugged and plugged everything back in. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Computer Specs
I5 2500k
Cooler Master Haf 212 evo
Gigabyte z68x-ud4-b3
Corsair Enthusiast 850w semi modular
Xfx 6950 2gb
8gb(2x4) corsair vengeance
Western digital blue 250gb

A:Just built computer won't turn on

This might sound dumb but I would first check the outlet you are using. Then make sure your Motherboard is plugged into to the power supply and receiving power. Another suggestion I have which I saw on another site is possibly hard drive failure a fellow claimed he had the same issue no power what so ever then he changed the power supply and it worked. Also check fuse on power lead.

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ok so i just built a new computer and everything seems to be in order. i had a friend of mine check it over to be sure. when i turn the computer on, there are no error beeps and it appears to be ok. Then the screen sometimes says insert system disk but usually it just turns itself off and then back on about 10 seconds later? I have 5 fans that are all wworking so i doubt it's the cooling that causes the restart. could it be my power supply? thanks

A:I just built a new computer but it won't start

Hi Cyberwolf,

hmm, what are your system specs?
Can you get in the bios? f12 during boot, are bios
settings correct? Latest bios?
Loaded all native drivers, that came with the mobo?
Does it boot into windows?
If it does, look in hardware manager to see
if system needs a driver.
If it asks for system disc, you mean Os setup disk?


Transform !.. and roll out!

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I just put together a new computer myself for the first time, and I can't get the thing to work now...

I set up the BIOS priority to boot from the CD drive, and installed windows that way, and then I used the disc that came with the motherboard (Gigabyte brand) to install the drivers, and it made the pc restart a couple times to install...and now it complains for the windows boot disc whenever i try to boot, and attempts to install windows again...

but then it thinks i don't have a hard drive connected!

So i went back into the BIOS and made the hard-drive higher priority to boot from...but it didn't fix the problem.

I'm in a real bind, because the disc that came with the motherboard is a system restore utility but apparently the partitions I used when I installed Windows are full.

A:Help With A Home-built Computer

Um...please disregard this post. I tried hitting escape to cancel the attempt to boot from CD, and I was able to select Windows Normal boot from a subsequent menu. I feel really silly!

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I just built a new computer for my parents and am having the weirdest problems. once everything was connected it turned on right away and loaded Windows XP with no problems at all. some of the drivers wouldnt load from the cd that came with the motherboard but i ignored them at the time. Also my Office 2007 cd wouldnt install either and i know that copy is good because iv used it before; no scratches either. Got it connected to the internet and that works fine but as soon as i loaded Service Pack 3 from Windows Updates and restarted the machine it would not boot to Windows.??? I had to reload Windows XP back onto the machine, which i was not happy about, and tryed reloading everything again. Same problem though! I did some hard drive tests from a boot cd i have and did a CHKDSK through Windows, no bad sectors appeared and it passed every test i have. Then i thought it was my version of Windows i installed so i got someones elses Windows XP cd but once again SAMETHING!!!! An error message occured this time though while trying to install Service Pack 3 and corrupted Windows. Now im back at stage 1. ***!!!! If my hard drive is supposedly good(brand new western digital SATA drive) and loading two different Windows XP cd's didn't work, what else is???????? i even tryed reseting the MBR..... My only other guess is a bad motherboard............

A:Need help with newly built computer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Try and download the latest drivers for the Motherboard from the manufacturers site instead of the CD. Once you get Windows installed and there are no Yellow marks in Device Manager then do a Clone of the drive using Ghost or Acronis. Then Try downloading XP SP3 as a stand alone download, not through Windows Update. Now try loading SP3 if that fails then you can always revert back to the Clone you created previously without having to reinstall.

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I want to know if I can used my built in web cam that is advertised on a sticker on my computer that it can be used for skype. I want to know if my built in web cam can be used for other software applications besides skype such as uploading a video on youtube using my built in web cam. My operating system is a windows 7 and the personal computer model that I have is a Toshiba Satellite C855-S5214. I tried typing "web cam" in the search bar but got no results. Is the built in web cam only used for skype or can I use it for other things like uploading youtube videos

A:Question about web cam thats built in on my computer

Yes it can, your laptop must of came with some type of software for the web-cam.

If not just google web-cam software, you will see many different types of software.

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Okay I have a costum built pc, I built it about 2 years ago. I'm currently running Windows Vista 32 bit. The other day I went to go turn it on and the motherboard instead of giving me the normal 1 beep, it gave me 1 long and 3 short. It goes to start up and then the screen goes black, it shows me my cursor but still the screen stays black. I have an Asus M2R32-MVP motherboard. I looked up the beep codes and it told me " no video card or bad Ram." Well I switched the ram and changed the video card and I no longer get the beeps but the screen goes black after Windows start up. I used my old hard drive to see if that was the case, same problem. I was wondering if anyone could possible help me out, I would greatly appreciate it!

Asus M2R32-MVP Mobo
AMD Athlon x2 Dual Core +6000 Processor
750Watt Power Supply
Nvidia 8800 GT Video Card
1 TB Hard Drive
Windows Vista 32 bit

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Hey well today I finished my first computer, putting everything in as it was instructed to. I followed all the directions, and even had a PC Gamer by my side, which had a guide to help you build a new computer. I turned it on, everything seemed OK, all fans and such were working, the Power LED was on, the little light above my ram thing was on (showing that I had ram in it), but I can't see anything in my moniter! I have it plugged into my video card, which is in the AGP slot..what could be wrong? Thanks in advance.

A:Just built 1st computer, in desperate need of help :(

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I built this PC a couple months ago, and ever since I having random BSOD, mostly while I play games. (i.e. SWTOR, BF3). And once or twice while just web browsing. Below I have attached the required information. I took it to a buddy's house and it ran find for about 40 mins, but its hard to say cause that also happens to me where it will be fine for a period of time then it crashes. Or it just crashed after a few mins. It happens mostly when I am doing a few task at once as well.

MOBO: Asus P8Z68-V
CPU: I7 2600K
GPU: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 560 TI 448 Core
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB
SSD: Corsair Force Series GT 120GB
HDD: Seagate 500GB ( I think or something a friend gave to me)
PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series HX850
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM

Hopefully someone can give me a hand.

Thank you for your time.

A:Help with BSOD, computer was just built!!!

Two issues

1-You have a driver from 2005 that is a HUGE cause of BSOD's in win 7 called RTCORE64.SYS, it is the msi afterburner driver (used in overclocking). It needs at least to be updated and if it cant it needs to be removed.

2-When that is removed your crashes are releated to a memory exception (Probably related to your DirectX) Please run the below tests to find which driver and test your memory.

* If you are overclocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!!

* If you have raid update its Driver.


*Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

*Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5-7 passes.

Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.

Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.

Any errors are indicative of a memory problem.

If a known good stick fails in a motherboard slot it is probably the slot.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Driver verifier

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition. Most times it'll crash and it'll tell you what the driver is. But sometimes it'll crash and won't tell you the driver. Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows. If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline edi... Read more

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