I'm getting blue screens, mostly when trying to boot a program that required a lot of memory (games, photo editing software.) So far I've only managed to catch one set of error codes:
OS Version: 6_0_6002
Service Pack: 2_0
It's on a Sony VAIO Laptop VGN FW-41E, Vista OS service pack 2.
I have not noticed any issues other in performance as of late, just BSOD's when I start software that requires some memory, but I never had issues with these exact same programs before.
Help and/or hints are required on how to actually figure out what's the root of this BSOD issue and how can I fix it.
Edit/Update: Managed to retrieve previous BlueScreen error codes, they were all 100008e.
I made a bootable CD with MemTest like you suggested and let it run until completion. It took about 30 minutes and returned 0 errors. Which I suppose makes no sense, but since I don't know too much about this stuff I'll let you be the judge of that. What's next?
Thank you for the replies, people. Much appreciated!
It did generate 1 minidump once, I used WinDbg on it. Here are the contents:
FAULTING_MODULE: e3447000 nt
EXCEPTION_CODE: (NTSTATUS) 0xc0000005 - The instruction on 0x%08lx refers to memory on 0x%08lx. A read or write change in memory has failed: %s.
FAULTING_IP: aswSP+cadc adc6fadc 66833841 cmp word ptr [eax],41h
TRAP_FRAME: b96df7a0 -- (.trap 0xffffffffb96df7a0) ErrCode = 00000000 eax=00000000 ebx=00000000 ecx=00000000 edx=00000000 esi=ea6bfd88 edi=ea6bfdb8 eip=adc6fadc esp=b96df814 ebp=b96dfacc iopl=0 nv up ei ng nz na pe nc cs=0008 ss=0010 ds=0023 es=0023 fs=0030 gs=0000 efl=00010286 aswSP+0xcadc: adc6fadc 66833841 cmp word ptr [eax],41h ds:0023:00000000=???? Resetting default scope
LAST_CONTROL_TRANSFER: from adc70251 to adc6fadc
WARNING: Stack unwind information not available. Following frames may be wrong. b96dfacc adc70251 b96dfb1c ea6bfdb8 ea6bfd88 aswSP+0xcadc b96dfb28 adc8bf88 ea6bfdb8 00000930 b96dfb9c aswSP+0xd251 b96dfb4c e3665c73 ea6bfdb8 00000930 b96dfb9c aswSP+0x28f88 b96dfb74 e36667f5 ea6bfdb8 00000930 e355448c nt+0x21ec73 b96dfc18 e36577b1 eaa7f3e0 a30f61e0 b96dfd14 nt+0x21f7f5 b96dfc88 e36578a1 a30f61e0 b96dfd14 00000000 nt+0x2107b1 b96dfcb8 e3657aae b1d23f18 a30f61e0 b96dfd14 nt+0x2108a1 b96dfd34 e3491c7a 00000114 ffffffff 02e3ec28 nt+0x210aae b96dfd64 777b5cd4 badb0d00 02e3eb98 00000000 nt+0x4ac7a b96dfd68 badb0d00 02e3eb98 00000000 00000000 0x777b5cd4 b96dfd6c 02e3eb98 00000000 00000000 00000000 0xbadb0d00 b96dfd70 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000 0x2e3eb98
FOLLOWUP_IP: aswSP+cadc adc6fadc 66833841 cmp word ptr [eax],41h
This appears to be related to avast? Any ideas? Should remove the program / reinstall? What's the vista driver fault it refers to? Do I need to update something?