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D-drive causing physical/memory dump problems

Everytime I play a game which requires a disk on my D-drive/CD ROM, it will go for about 45 minutes to an hour, and then I will get a "Blue Quarter Screen of Death" (the top part of the screen will be blue and in it will be the words: "Physical Dump...something, something, etc. etc.") and then the system will completely restart. There will also be times when it will not do the physical dump thing but simply kick me out of the game and send me back to the desktop. It is not a case of insufficient RAM as these games are anywhere from 5 to 13 years old (the newest one being Disciples Gold II - which crashes anywhere from 10-45 minutes, to Starcraft and Hexen II which take closer to an hour or more) and I have more than enough RAM to load/play them. Is my D-drive/ CD ROM simply overheating? I gave it (along with the rest of the computer's innards) a very thorough cleaning with a can of air one time and it did not seem to help (much). Can someone help here please? I am about to commit cybercide on this #@%* computer!

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  • myattacksubs Jan 01, 2009

    Thanks for responding, Chiploon. It generally all happens too fast for me to notice what the words are beyond "Physical Dump," however, when I look in the event log of my computer, it states: "System rebooted from a bugcheck. The bugcheck was: 0x0000001e." (And some other extraneous information after that). According to the minidumps that got stored in my WINNT files, this has happened exactly 66 time since 5-15-08. When it happens again (and it will), I'll try and pay attention to what the rest of the words are. I do not know how to access the minidumps (they are stored in my "pictures" files - which I guess I chose to use to try and open them with) so I will not be able to report what they may say.

  • myattacksubs Jan 01, 2009

    Niraj, Chiploon, I have given you both a rating of "helpul" because I realize that is what you are both trying to be. (Thank you, by the way). That being said, when I went to the site to download the diagnostic, I got a "Write Error" message when I tried to download the software to two different (and new) floppy disks. Also, I have run (fully updated) AntiSpyware Bot with games both installed and uninstalled on my computer - one thing I have noticed is that whenever I attempt to do a "deep scan" of all the drives, just before it is about to finish, the system shuts down and restarts by itself. Other than that, the only thing I show after scans are cookies (which I ususally always delete). Also, I have installed RegClean and (just recently) RegCure. Whenever I run these programs, it will show the same 4-5 file path associations/references that are bad, anywhere from 27 to 44 empty registry keys which are same, and sometimes some bad DLL files or uninstall programs. I will then hit the key to "fix" these problems, it will comeback and tell me that they have indeed been "fixed," and then the next time I use them, it will simply show that the very same problems are still there!

    Question, if I should decide to simply "chuck" this computer and get a newer one, how should I go about transfering files/programs to the newer one while at the same time making sure that whatever is causing this computer to act "twitchy" does not get transfered to the newer model? That, and why, after all I've done for this ungrateful harlot of a computer, (i.e. new RAM, RegClean, RegCure, AntiSpyware Bot - $$$$$$$$$$) does it still persist in doing me like it do? Is it a hardware problem that these programs which I downloaded will see "fixed" everytime I apply them but in reality, are just returned to status quo until the next time I run any programs on it. Sorry, I know that this is a long-winded question with attending problems, but before I decide to go and "take the plunge" and shell out mega-bucks for something up-to-date, I want to know that there is nothing else which can be done.

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Did you notice any message from the Blue Screen error?

    Before the sentence on "Physical Dump".....what is the statement written as " 0x000007b ( xxxxxxx )?

    This is helpful to us...



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There might be several causes for it but shortest and best way to get rid off this problem is:
Test your RAM (either its corrupted or not) using testing tool
if you RAM is fine then you being encounter of software confliction or OS corruption.
First: maker sure you Antivirus software is up to date and if it is then uninstall your all games then run full scanning then install only one game and try playing it. if still your problem does not go away then restore your OS setting back:
for that:
insert your disk (os or recovery) in dvd/cd drive (your Disk must be same one which is you have currently installed in your PC)
Go to star>Run then type ins "sfc /scannow" without quotes.
then let procedure to be completed by PC.
once you are done just rebood your PC.
if you don't wanna all above hassles then just install fresh OS in your sytem and once you install fresh OS you need to run auto updates for new patches and drivers.

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Hi brother,

Based on the error code, do you have Nero / Other DVDRW writing software? Try to update your nero or the DVD software.

This is a software corruption.

Update the software and let me know the status?

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    Hi brother,

    1. Do not chuck away the PC yet.

    2. Reason : This is software issue.

    3. "Write Error" may refer that the diskette drive maybe faulty. Not the diskette. You may consider writing to the thumbdrive.

    4. No worries. It is not long-winded question.

    5. The software you have used is just to fix certain portions of Windows.

    6. There may be problem with the system files itself.

    7. Try Start - Run - Type in : sfc /scannow - press OK

    8. Step 7 helps to repair corrupted Windows system files.

    9. Prepare your Windows XP CD is Step 7 asks for it.
    Update us on the status.

    More important, do not throw away yet. unless it is confirmed hardware failure.

    Money is not easy to earn. :)



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