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Machine_check_failure? Hi. My computer keeps crashing with a machine_check_failure, especially when I stream video. Out of desperation I formatted my harddrive thinking that might get rid of the problem. The problem persisted throughout the installatino process. It finally worked, perhaps because I blew out some dust from the hardware or maybe because the temperature droped a lot. Anyway, I now have a fresh installation of windows xp professional, yet it seems the problem is continuing. I suspect it's a hardware issue.

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Re: machine_check_failure?

Hi ,
You may have a bad video card, or heating problem, perhaps the fan on the video card if off. open the PC carefully and see when you sart up your PC if this fan, run.
install new version of Video Driver.
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How can I recover files after my computer crashed?

Hi i recommend you to try Recoverfix for windows data recovery software. By using this tool you can easily recover your crashed files. The software free demo is available you can download it from here:

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Nov 02, 2012 | Compaq PC Desktops

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Disk failure

you could run the chkdsk disk utility

click start run type cmd then type chkdsk/r/f which will scan for and attempt to repair any bad sectors and automatically fix any corrupt files on your hard drive


click start control panel administrative tools computer management ,disk management right click on your drive select properties click tools you should see click check now click start two boxes

automatically fix files and scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors place then a tick in both boxes then select check now,start should schedule this task when restart

have no input while the chkdsk utility is in progress any input may further damage your computers operating system and hard drive

hope this helps

Oct 18, 2012 | E-Machines T5226 PC Desktop

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This is actually a GC3005, not a 2500, but should be close enough, since I suspect this is a Windows problem, not a hardware problem. My Everex GC3005 with vista home basic SP2, Nvidea Geforce chipset, 2GB...

Depending on the graphics load being put on the system its overloading the CACHE and Video card memory. Using online video requires caching and streaming video. This is taxing your Nvidia card. If you have DVD drive in the unit try playing a DVD disk and not streaming from web. This will enable you to determine if its the video syste. You will get pixelation and poor performance if it is a video card issue. If you get steady performance with offline video you need to be suspect of the buffer over run error on the PC using web video. Counter to popular thought sometimes newer drivers are written to accomodate new hardware and have detrimental effects to older hardware. Thats why I advise only updating video drivers, etc if you are having issues. Try using the roll back feature for your video card to the previous driver. Also in Vista there is a system restore feature. If you can identify a day that your machien was functional you can revert the whole system to that date by going to Start, Accesories, System Tools, System Restore. It wont affect any personal files, just updated system files. Finally you indicated this was primarily from Netflix. Have you tried Hulu, You Tube, etc. They all stream at different rates and you may have mroe of an issue with the service than the product. If there are no issues with other video sites, or offline video, you may have a hardware failure eminent such as a bad mother board or memory failure. Run a Memory diagnostic. For most machines you can access this at boot up by pressing a fucntion key (f2, f3, etc)

Jun 13, 2010 | Everex IMPACT GC2500 PC Desktop

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Video keeps crashing

Try booting into boot into Enable VGA Mode. When you start your PC press F8 at boot up. If you video doesn't crash in this mode is could possible be either the driver or the video card may have bad memory. I would try enable video mode first, then update the driver, if you are still having problems you then know that the video memory on the video card is bad. Especially if you are seeing lines or discolored blocks outside of the operating system, for example during boot up then it it definitely hardware.

Dec 01, 2009 | Acer Aspire M1100-U1402A Refurbished AMD...

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Whenever anything is downloading to my computer my sound gets garbled. This especially happens when I am trying to view streaming video. The sound gets garbled and out of sync with the video which also...

You are basically driving your PC pedal to the metal, as video and audio are the two most bandwidth-intensive things to do with a PC. Couple that with the Internet connection, and the prerequisite virus scans, and the poor machine is about to throw a rod.

Having said that, your machine should be up to the task, it sounds as if your data stream is inconsistent, and you have some other processes interrupting your "flow".

Make sure you defrag your HDD, jumping around to find places to sore data can cause this also.

Make sure all of your system's drivers are up to date, especially video, audio, and NIC drivers, and consider the following,

You are on the 'net, so your anti virus app, if set to "on Access control", is checking everything coming into and going out of your box, creating delays and timing hiccups.

Try this, disconnect from the net, turn antivirus off, and watch a DVD. if you have no problems, then it is most likely your real-time data flow from the net crashing into your antivirus scanning everything. Second most likely is data "throttling" by your ISP, those schnooks sell more broadband than they can deliver, and so they use "packet-shaping" to slow everyone down a bit.

Perhaps you can change your antivirus to "on demand scanning" , and scan manually, instead of automatically, while watching streaming, then go back to "on access" when you are finished..

Perhaps better to download the video beforehand, scan it, then watch while disconnected from the het, and "on Access control" turned off.

Nov 30, 2009 | PC Desktops

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I have a T3042 e-machine, my computer will suddenly crash and go blank and make this alarm noise that sounds like an english patty-wagon and shutting it off doesn't stop it, I have to unplug it and wait...

It could be a couple of issues, more than likely heat related.

Open the case and see if all of the fans inside the computer are spinning, especially the CPU Fan. If this has a seperate video card, you need to ensure that is spinning also,

Oct 24, 2009 | E-Machines T3042 PC Desktop

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IDE disk failure

1. reformat it again
2. while installing windows xp, you should format it in Fat(32) full format
3. dont format as quick format
4. try it

Jun 28, 2009 | Dell Dimension E310 PC Desktop

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Machine freeze up randomly. Must do a hard shutdown. Seems like a motherboard failure

Freezes and crashes are generally caused by some sort of instability in the computer system.

The following is a list of specific problems that can cause instability along with what to check when troubleshooting each.
Viruses can cause instability.
Run a virus check on the computer to look for a possible virus.

Conflicts can cause instability.
Check the Windows Device Manager to see if there are any yellow exclamation marks or red Xs beside the listings for device classifications. If there are, contact Tech Support.

Buggy or damaged software applications can cause instability.
If the system is less stable when certain software programs are running, shut down those programs and see if the problem continues to occur. If the problems stop, chances are that those software programs are causing the problems.

Buggy, outdated, or conflicting drivers can cause instability.
Check manufacturer web sites for updated device drivers for the various devices installed on the computer system, such as: printer drivers, modem drivers, video drivers, sound drivers, USB device drivers, etc.
Update one driver at a time and see if the system stabilizes. If this doesn't work, it may be a hardware problem, so contact Tech Support.

AC problems can cause instability.
Check to see if the computer system is plugged into an overloaded outlet.
Make sure the computer system is plugged into a surge suppressor.

The installation of new devices can cause instability.
There are three typical symptoms that point to this problem:
The computer system fails to boot, freezes during a boot, or freezes during an operation for no apparent reason.
The system fails to recognize the newly installed device.
One or more software applications fail to function as expected after an upgrade.

Hardware failure can cause freezes

Fan failure, cpu failure, memory failure, could be also a cause of freezing.

Keep track of the hardware and software that is added to a computer.
The addition of new hardware and software can often cause problems to occur.

Nov 07, 2008 | PC Desktops

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Crashed hard drive

boot your computer from a bootable cd then format the partition, then restore it, if the message is the same replace your hard drive.

Sep 29, 2008 | E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC

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System failure blue screen,error message. used recovery disks successfully. updated computer and service pack 2. i shut down computer and restarted it and it crashed again. redid recovery/formatting...

Usually a device driver wrong. Check hardware divices. If yellow with exclamation driver needs to be loaded ith correct driver before next crash. Then reboot and test.

Feb 28, 2008 | PC Desktops

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