I've been having some really big problems with my notebook lately. Bluescreens, pc freeze, etc. Now, I am a bit of an advanced PC user, but I'm really struggling to find a solution for this.
I've gone through the drivers and I can find tree with the same name: "PCI Flash memory." All three have a yellow triangle. So I know I need the Cardbus driver from Acer's website, but after installing it, the computer crashed, bluesceen popped up, and my life just got a bit harder. Restarting, the PCI flash memory drivers were still yellow, but the installation had fu*ked up my Wireless driver, forcing me to reinstall the Wireless.
The crashes and computer freezes usually happens when I am online, so I thought it may have been the Wireless driver. I updated it, and now it doesn't crash that often, but still several times a day.
The computer also lags at times (sometimes freezes) while watching online video clips from youtube or similar, and sometimes when I watch films with VLC/Windows media player.
Notebook Acer Aspire 5100
OS: Vista Ultimate x64
I've recently reinstalled the Notebook from a Vista Home 32 to ultimate 64. Drivers has been downloaded and installed from:
Acer's service and support site.
Bluescreens I've noted:
ATHRX.sys (There was one solution that said renaming it to: ATHRX.old.sys would fix the bluesceen. It has, but just don't think that is the right way.)
Please help me fix this. I can't do any work on the pc as it keeps giving me bluescreens
One of the bluescreens gave me this code:
0x0000001A (0x0000000000005003, 0xFFFFF90000812000, 0x0000000000004BDB, 0x00004BD9000097B2)
The reason behind the bluescreens seems to change quite often.
I have this problem very irregular:
STOP 0x0000001a (0x0000000000005003, 0xfffff90000812000, 0x00000000000020c7, 0xfffff900c3974a09).
it suggests my ram is bad; but when testing (thouroughly) with memtest it always comes thru without any errors...
I guess my disk is going bad; because last time i had this error my system partition was suddenly gone... i could recover some data with specialized tools (happily i don't use the default folders for my %userprofile% and was that data on another disk)
but the S.M.A.R.T status says nothings's wrong with the disk either (although this disk is a repaired disk already; it's a Hitachi 500 GB sata2 disk... and the original one went dead after half a year after having had several 'clicks' during normal use...
Now the repaired disk didn't have a single click so far; but it's giving me these memory managment errors though; so i'm guessing the cachememory on the harddrive is prone to errors...
If my ram (DDR2) should go bad though, then i'm in trouble, because it's memory from a company i just heard that's going to stop with making ram; even though they gave me 10 years of warrranty when i bought it...
sorry for bumping this topic; but i just had to reinstall my windows 7 (x64) and after only one day i already had my first bsod with this error... it seems that the errors are become more and more regular :(
but i'm still looking on how i could test the disks memory... DFT (diskfitnesstest from IBM/Hitachi didn't help me anyways)
no, i tested the dimm's on the same machine off course..
and it's not that i get this error very often ...
it's like ... once in two weeks... sometimes once in a month... one time i had it twice a day ...
but for now; i'm almost a full week without the error
oh, and in case you would think; i didn't Overclock anything; i don't like that becuase it just tears your stuff broken very fast and i want to use my pc for a while...
the ram was quite expensive though; and eventhough it's specially for overclocking (handpicked), i never used it for that; i just thought that it would be better for when i upgraded my cpu, so that it would be able to get the higher mhz's ... (as it does)
(I'm using OCZ Reaper memory @ 1066 dual channel (220.127.116.11)
The though that you would overlock never crossed my mind.
As you say the problem occurs now and then. It's typical of faulty material. Sometimes the car starts sometimes it doen't, depending on the conditions.
Have you done the clean-up? Have you look for oxydation ? Have you noted what you were doing and how long you were doing it when the problem occurs.
I know that sticks are expensive. Try my clean-up suggestions of both sticks and slots. If the problem occurs again, my advice is to change the sticks or to be sure, see your a local, friendly neighbourhood technician.
as you'll read i have lifetime warranty on them ... and they should clock up to 1150 mhz but they've always been running at a cool and smooth 1066 mhz (fsb:mem 5:8) without any troubles ...
also, when i composed my current pc i especially took care to buy a motherboard without normal capacitors, because i had problems with those the last 2 motherboards i had before this one (being amd systems instead of intel)
I already cleared my system of dust; although there wasn't much to discover (i have dustfilters @ my intake fans which stop most of that problem)
also the error happens in very different occasions... one time i had my pc running for 3 days and had it been using extensively with memory-eaters like adobe premiere; and when everything was ready and was closed down and i just opened notepad it crashed.. the other time i just had my pc booted and was typing in Windows Live Messenger and my system went down...
Then again; i already tested the sticks; both with windows 7 memory test as with Memtest86 (bootcd) and no problems came up at all.. to be sure i also tested them in my repair-pc (the one i use to take backups from my customers' disks, scan their disks for virusses and so forth) and that pc also told me that the memory is 100% ok.
Now i'm starting to think it could be the motherboard??? although it an gigabyte with so called 'ultra durable 3' technology ... i'm going crazy if i have to change my motherboard; so much work and without even considering it would mean another reinstall of my win7 Pro ...
Awfully unusual considering the problem occurs sporadically, that is the question to answer. I assume that this is the only computer you have built to which it happens?
If I were in your position, I would ask myself if it is a case of sensitivity to power fluctuations which drained the ram.
Is it possible for you to test with at least one stick from another machine or one you can borrow?
I am also beginning to think that it just may be a motherboard weakness, the fact that you had just booted and the system went down is an indication towards that direction, for there is not other reason for which you would get a 0x0000001a at that time it should have happened at bootime. I hope I'm wrong.
What is your opinion?
I will ask my good friend jack4all to have a look at this thread to see if he has any idea. Jack is a wizz.
i am running a full week without any problems now too ..; (with both dimms in my system)
as i told before jack; i get this STOP from time to time, but not often at all...
sometimes ones in a week, sometimes once in a month, sometimes two days after each other (followed by weeks of no errors)
but one of my last times my MFT (and backup MFT) from my boot disk got corrupted and i had to reinstall because of such a crash ... so i really want to end this now and find the source of it...
it's a fresh win7 install; so running registry cleaner won't help me i guess ... (as there is no 'leftover' from uninstallations or whatsoever)
i've been running memtest86 for a whole night with both dimms; no errors
i've had the windows 7 memory test; no errors
btw; i've been trying to recover as much as possible from my 'lost' partition (it went from ntfs to RAW with a MiniXP disk & with a Linux Live cd (needed multiple utilities to rebuild MFT and so on)
it's mad that WER (windows error reporting) didn't say anything more than just the STOP code...