Hey, I'm having some troubles with my computer. Well of course I am, or I wouldn't be posting this. Okay. I have a Gateway computer. It was purchased around a year ago and came with 256 MBs of RAM, a 2.4 GHrz P4 Processor, a GeForce 4 MX 440 graphics card, an Intel Mobo, and Windows XP Home.
Several months ago, I started upgrading it to better fit my avid gaming lifestyle. I bought a new card, a GeForce FX 5700 Ultra, and installed it with few hitches. The computer worked fine. Then I decided to get some more RAM. I bought 512 MB of DDR PC2700 RAM to match the 256 MB of DDR PC2700 I already had in the computer. This is when I started having problems.
I noticed, while installing the new RAM that's it's speed was about 100 Mhrz faster than the old RAM. I looked up some stuff online and from what I read, that shouldn't have made a difference, the RAM would just run at the lower of the 2 speeds. Also, around this time, I started messing with my computer. I suppose this could be the source of some problems, but I have attempted to undo whatever I did. The first thing I did was update the motherboard drivers (before the crashes appeared) and do some software updates. I also downloaded an overclocking program to overclock the FSB of my processor and a temperature monitor system to monitor the temperature of the processor, so as to know if the overclocking was too much. Around this time, the computer started crashing. I uninstalled the overclocking program after setting the FSB back to it's original setting.
The computer just totally crashes randomly. While I am in the middle of something, doesn't even have to be a game or use up much memory, the computer will blue screen. It will show some mumbo jumbo about what to do if the problem persists (doesn't help at all) and at the bottom says Physical Memory Dump and starts showing the numbers of the locations it's dumping (i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4...).
I've scanned my computer for viruses, and I have eliminated anything that looks remotely like it could be the cause (i.e. spyware). This really gets annoying :evil: especially while playing games, or even just playing music, so if someone could help, that would be awesome. And if you need any more information, just let me know. Thanks in advance!