I have a Dell Precision T3400 running Windows 7 64bit with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, 8gb memory, 3 hard drives totalling 2Gb, a 525W power unit, Geforce 9800 GT video card and Soundblaster XFi Music audio card. Its a basic workstation for my studies which i use to run virtual workstations running on other operating systems. The workstation has run perfectly for at least six months then started blue screening intermittently.
Initially i thought it might be a virus so have run several scans to no avail, It started getting worse so i have checked hard drives and memory, nothing.
It then started power cycling into windows with the LED lights 1,3 and 4 lighting up indicating "A possible system board resource and/or hardware failure has occurred" "A possible system board resource and/or hardware failure has occurred" I was on Bios A11 and downgraded to A09 after reading about rebooting
issues with A11. It still blue screened.
I ran a full diagnostics test, tested all the memory sticks individually, and am just running with one brand new 2gb stick, nothing. I have detached all connected devices including the DVD drive, audio card, 2 hards drives, all usb devices, nothing. It still does not boot up
I have now replaced the motherboard and am running on a single 2gb memory stick with the single bootable hard drive. It slowly boots to the windows screen, and then blue screens to swiftly for me to see what the problem might be. On reboot the system gives you the option to repair but does not find any problem. On reboot it blue screens and goes through the whole process again.
I have attempted to reinstall Windows but it is excrutiatingly slow getting to the setup screen so i doubt the issue is with the Operating System. I have run out of ideas and would appreciate any suggestions
Did you reset the Bios Setup to Defaults? In Advanced set these and retest -Hyper-threading = OnMultiple CPU Core = OnSpeedStep = OnLimit CPUID Value = On
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Hi, thanks for the suggestion but it hasnt made any. It still blue screens, reboots, attempts a repair and then goes through the whole routine again. I'd appreciate any more suggestions.
Forgot to mention, the processor information advises that the CPU is not Hyperthreading capable
I had an issue once where a T3400 kept on randomly rebooting (never had a BSOD though). I never did figure out that it was a power supply issue until it suddenlty would not boot at all. So that could be the issue with your system.
Well, that's all i've got left to test but the power unit is only 5 months old. Unless its faulty i can't see the problem being insufficient power as it is still rebooting when all the components are detached. Unfortunately can't test until i get a new unit. I'll update then. In the meantime if however anyone has any other suggestions ...
OKay, the current situation, i was able to determine the blue scree message:
"A problem has been detected and windows has been shut doen to prevent damage to your compluter
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drived or hard drive controller. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated. Run chkdsk /F to check for hard drive corruption and then restart computer
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928,0xFFFFFFFFC0000034,0x000000000000000000,0x00000000000000)"
I then took out the hard disks attached them to a different PC, ran a complete virus scan and chkdsk and found nothing. I then put them back into the T3400 and again it blue screened. In the bios, Under SATA Operation I changed from RAID Autodetect /AHCI to RAID Autodetect /ATA and low and behold i was able to get into windows for the first time, however all times of errors came up
Runtime error! c:\windows\system32\nvvsvc.exe has been terminated
Unknown software exception (0x400000015) occurred in the application at location 0x400000015)
It then logs into a black screen as it is unable to locate the c:\windows\system32\config\systemprofile\Desktop
and then creates a paging file as a problem has occurred with the paging file configuration when i started the computer
When i go into my computer only two hard drives are visible.
When i reboot and change back to RAID Autodetect /AHCI in the bios the PC goes through the whole blue screen routine. BTW all three hard drives are visible in the BIOS.