[pcductape] Re: STOP error - Blue Screen

  • From: "Carl" <ctm007@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 06:54:20 -0600

Hi Rick,

Thanks for your suggestions.
I have printed them and will keep a hard copy for easy use.


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Richard_Crumlich 
  To: pcductape@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Thursday, December 23, 2004 2:02 AM
  Subject: [pcductape] Re: STOP error - Blue Screen

  My 2 cents.... and may have nothing what so ever to do with the discussion 
but... this is what I have taught over 100 computer, radar, and electronics 
techs to do first rather than jumping around... so far it has worked almost all 
the time...

  Quck Fault Analysis Checklist.

  1) Reseat all cards, memory, and processor, lightly press on Bios and any 
other socketed chips to reseat them in their sockets, reset Bios to failsafe 
mode (lowest performance) , reboot... 
       BOOT YES -----------------Check OS...
       BOOT NO -------------------goto 2

  2) Remove all cards except video unless it is on board.. remove all repeat 
ALL drive cables from controller, remove all repeat ALL power cables from 
       SYSTEM POST NO ------  Check PS with known good PS and narrow it to PS 
or Motherboard... GOTO 4
       SYSTEM POST YES ----  Goto 3

  3) Add drives ONE AT A TIME to include power cables... if all this is a 
pass... add cards ONE AT A TIME ... This should narrow the problem down.
     If any unit fails.. check against in different slots or different 
positions on ribbon cables.... 

  4) PS good system still no POST... check Memory with Known good memory... 
check Processor with known good processor... or check those components on a 
known good MB

  Don't assume that cables.. Molex (power) connectors, PCI / ISA slots on MB, 
or controllers on MB  don't go bad... narrow it down to deal with what is the 

  I have seen many a system not even start the POST because floppy drives or 
other devices failed.. putting to heavy a drain on the PS... If the power 
supply does not present an adequate signal on the POWER GOOD line... the MB 
will not even attempt to boot. hence removing all power cables and cards...

  XP, 2000, ME, and newer *nix OS's  all have the capability of telling a Card 
and the MB what resources to use where... hence.. remove all peripheral units 
and reset BIOS.. 

  On a MB if all other checks make it appear the MB is at fault.. remove all 
external wiring.. IE power light HD activity light etc.. leave MB main Molex 
and supplemental on newer processors / MB ...connected... jump power switch 
pins with a paper clip etc... if it posts.. reconnect one at a time.. most 
indicators are LED's they can short out... again power drain means no power 
good signal... no POST no Boot ...

  All this can be completed in 15 minutes.. and leaves nothing to chance... and 
often step 1 Solves it all... chip creep is still alive and kicking....

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