Everytime I play a game which requires a disk on my D-drive/CD ROM, it will go for about 45 minutes to an hour, and then I will get a "Blue Quarter Screen of Death" (the top part of the screen will be blue and in it will be the words: "Physical Dump...something, something, etc. etc.") and then the system will completely restart. There will also be times when it will not do the physical dump thing but simply kick me out of the game and send me back to the desktop. It is not a case of insufficient RAM as these games are anywhere from 5 to 13 years old (the newest one being Disciples Gold II - which crashes anywhere from 10-45 minutes, to Starcraft and Hexen II which take closer to an hour or more) and I have more than enough RAM to load/play them. Is my D-drive/ CD ROM simply overheating? I gave it (along with the rest of the computer's innards) a very thorough cleaning with a can of air one time and it did not seem to help (much). Can someone help here please? I am about to commit cybercide on this #@%* computer!
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Re: D-drive causing physical/memory dump problems
There might be several causes for it but shortest and best way to get rid off this problem is:
Test your RAM (either its corrupted or not) using testing tool http://oca.microsoft.com/en/windiag.asp
if you RAM is fine then you being encounter of software confliction or OS corruption.
First: maker sure you Antivirus software is up to date and if it is then uninstall your all games then run full scanning then install only one game and try playing it. if still your problem does not go away then restore your OS setting back:
insert your disk (os or recovery) in dvd/cd drive (your Disk must be same one which is you have currently installed in your PC)
Go to star>Run then type ins "sfc /scannow" without quotes.
then let procedure to be completed by PC.
once you are done just rebood your PC.
if you don't wanna all above hassles then just install fresh OS in your sytem and once you install fresh OS you need to run auto updates for new patches and drivers.
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providing the actual dump message will greatly increase the chances of a correct diagnostic of the problem. (yes the message actually tells us why it goes to physical mem dump) other than that i'd check the fans and fins for dust buildup (causes overheating)
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So if you don't have what it wants then it's not goin to work.
HI. the failed cleaning attempt has confirm a major issue that concerns the optical assembly. it is damaged and, it should be replaced. you can also just replace the entire CD-ROM drive as well. this is recommend.
This is a critical error that has occured due to a unstable core system 32 file base. this has cuased the OS to collapse. you will need to try a system restore. you may or may not be able to retrive your stored files. during the restore, some hard drive files may be deleted. this is the best way to regain stability.
In most cases, thsi is cuased by malware and virus attacks as well. you can initiate a restore by inserting the recovery disk that should have been shipped with your CPU. check in the box that it was packaged in for this recovery disk. if this disk is nto availibe, you will need to purchase a copy of you rOS. you can use this to re install the OS.
You should knwo that, when you use fresh copy of the original OS, it may wipe all stored files in this case.
This could be pretty complex.The ATAPI.SYS file controls the Hard Drive and CD-Rom Drive.I would recommend reading this MS TechNet article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822051/The article says that it's not uncommon for the problem to be caused by faulty memory or by problems in the mass storage controller subsystem, which makes sense since atapi.sys (a mass storage controller system file) is noted.
If you have multiple memory cards in the machine, it might not be a bad idea to take one out and try again.If the fails, keep swapping out memory cards until we either solve the problem, or elimite that as a cause.
Sounds like you have a bad Stick of ram.If you have 2 sticks remove one then try to load the operating system.If that doesnt work replace it with the other one and try to boot.If you are not sure what ram is leave a comment and I will explain.If neither work buy a new stick of ram and that should take care of your problem.Rate me if this works!GOOD LUCK!
help have a dell latitude c800 must have a a email viruse cause it has blue screen with message "beginning dump on physical memory" then it has black screen with message disk error no drive found. did not get a cd for rebooting dont know what to do. it is refurbished and running windows 2000. would appreciate any and all help.