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Continuous crashes - I'm going crazy!

I have a Dell Dimension 8200 with a 300w power supply and a 2.53 GHz processor. This computer is one of the only computer problems that I have ever be totally stumped. It crashes frequently, crashes such as the blue screen of death, and also the "blahblahblah.exe has experienced a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." Please note that blahblahblah.exe can be anything from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Word. I have absolutely NO idea what the heck the problem is. The problems all started when we got a digital video camera, and then found out that we needed to have a firewire port, and a DVD burner. We got and successfully installed a 200gb hard drive, a Maxtor CD/DVD burner, and a firewire card. Since then it started crashing a lot, and I am beginning to wonder if it is the PSU not being able to supply enough power, being only a 300w one. Also, I don't know if it's the motherboard dying, or a defective component shorting or something. Please don't tell me to reinstall my operating system or check for viruses, because I have already done that many times, and I have even tried installing Linux on it. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.
Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008 Most of the time when I get a bluescreen, it will be a "PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA" I have looked on the web and I think it might be a HDD overheat. Also, note that ablsolutly NONE of the capacitors on the mobo have a peaked top. If its a heat issue, note that there's only 1 case fan that has a shroud on it to take heat away from the CPU heatsink. There is no actual fan on the heatsink itself. The system specs are a follows:

Computer: Dell Dimension 8200 Desktop PC
Mobo: Unknown
Graphics card: nVidia GeForce Ti200 (no fan)
CPU: 2.53 GHz Intel Pentium 4
CD/DVD Drive: Maxtor CD/DVD Rewritable Drive
Hard Drive(s): 40 Gb Western Digital Caviar (OS Installation)
200 Gb Seagate Barracuda(Additional space, possibly problamatic HD)
PSU: 300w Generic PSU

That's all I can think of for now, so if you need any more information, I would be happy to provide it. If you want me to do anything complicated, don't hesitate to ask, 'cause I (probably) know what I'm doing. Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008 I have removed the firewire card. No change. More suggestions please? Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 24, 2008 Its a little late to return the hard drive, but I have run diagnostics on it, and its supposedly all green. See how I got stumped???!!!
Comment by IBeMad, posted on May 25, 2008 4 sticks of memorey, 256 each, total of 1024 mb of ram, all identical samsungs.
It has bluescreened on multple hard drives, so its not a defective hard drive.

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  • Matthew Haynie
    Matthew Haynie May 25, 2008

    That won't help at all. First of all, this happened about 1 1/2 years ago. Second, I have already reinstalled windows several times.

  • Suresh babu
    Suresh babu May 11, 2010

    Hi friend,

    I think you can contact dell support for this for better toubleshooting.
    Sorry for what is happening to you....

    Take care.



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Remove the camera from the computer & turn off the system
just start your system in safe mode by tapping the F8 key when you push the power button to turn on the system
U will get Advanced options
Use the up and down arrow keys on the keyboard and select the option Safe Mode
Press Enter
Press Enter again
Now u will get messages like multidisk all over the screen
Do not worry
After this u will get usernames to click on
Login as an administrator
Click start>>All programes>>Accessories>>System tools>>System restore
Click next
Select the date on which you had not plugged in or installed your camera(date should be in bold only then it would be selected) .
Keep clicking next till the wizard finishes
The computer will automatically restart and now it would work

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