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A Quick Way to find Windows BSOD Problems

Problem report:
jackvull June 10, 2009 at 08:09:07 Pacific
Specs: Windows XP, 2Gb

  I am getting an intermittent BSOD 0x3F error. 
  ...usually after having the laptop on for a while but running over 1Gb memory in applications. I have 2Gb installed.
  I ran a hard drive scan - fine.
  I tested memory with memtest on 1 pass - fine.
  The error doesn't list "out of PTES" so it can't be that but that's the only reference I can find on Google searches.
  What else could it be?
  I replaced the memory recently to upgrade to 2x1Gb sticks. I replaced 1 of the memory sticks as I thought it was faulty but no change.
  Any ideas?
  There's no way I can identify if it is a driver as I have no way of knowing what drivers have been installed 
  in the last few months as I have been installing and uninstalling various bits of software.
  Error code 0000003f, parameter1 00000000, parameter2 0000000b, parameter3 000000e1, parameter4 000003df.

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Johnw June 10, 2009 at 21:53:34 Pacific

  If the computer works ok in safe mode, try disabling all services and startup programs using the msconfig tool. 
  See if you still have the issue, then start them up in sequence to troubleshoot the device or driver that is causing the issue.
  Start, Run, "MSCONFIG"
  Click on the "Services" Tab, put a check in "Hide all Microsoft Services", then click "disable all"
  Click on the "Startup" Tab, click "disable all"
  Reboot and test

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jackvull June 11, 2009 at 00:30:54 Pacific

  The problem is that the computer starts fine. I might get the error after 5 hours, or it might be 2 days, or it might be 30mins.
  Starting each program in turn is going to take a long time let alone the fact that I need all the programs on a daily basis :)
  Why doesn't the driver get listed in the BSOD?
  Is there any software I could use to help track the problem?

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Johnw June 11, 2009 at 01:04:19 Pacific

  You may get more info from minidumps. Make sure it is Enabled.
  Control Panel --> System --> Advanced --> Startup and Recovery --> Settings ---> Write debugging
  information --> Complete memory dump.
  On XP and 2003 systems, mini dumps are located at %SystemRoot%\Minidump, or c:\Windows\Minidump; 
  kernel and full dumps are located at %SystemRoot%\MEMORY.DMP or c:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP.
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