08-28-08, 12:24 PM
I have already read many posts on this error. It is a recent development on the machine that I built a few weeks ago. It happens (only so far) when trying to play a video (with Media Player) on this site:


I know that Vista is creating minidump files which may contain the answer, but I am really not good at deciphering these files. Can anyone help me resolve this issue? I realize it may have several different causes.

08-28-08, 12:54 PM
mine were typically caused by faulty memory and/or motherboard issues.

have you tried running memtest86? try it overnight and see if you get any errors.

08-28-08, 01:06 PM
I have not tried to memtest - nor do I know how. Is it difficult. I do have 2 backup memory sticks I could try.

08-28-08, 01:50 PM
Just burn the memtest iso and boot from it. Let it run a full test and it will report any errors.

08-28-08, 01:50 PM

download the bootable iso. burn the iso, then put the cd in and reboot. let that run for a while.

08-28-08, 04:09 PM
memtest or memtest86?

Should I use a CD or a USB drive to boot from?

08-28-08, 04:11 PM
Id run memtest before the hassle of burning a cd, It takes less time than posting here...

Still ,Burn the Memtest86 cd and stick it in your arsenal.

08-28-08, 04:12 PM
I thought it required a CD to boot from......

08-28-08, 04:18 PM
Just downloaded this file:


Not compatible with Vista 64......

08-28-08, 04:24 PM
Not compatible with Vista 64......
have you tried the built-in memory diagnostic?

... Just run memtest

08-28-08, 04:29 PM
I downloaded it and it would not install......sorry so in the dark.

08-28-08, 04:30 PM
memtest doesn't install, you just run it.

Otherwise just go to search , type mem , and press enter then follow instructions to run the built in memory diag ,requires restart..

08-28-08, 04:33 PM
Are we talking about memtest86 or memtest86+

2 different sites.

All I see is the file that you have to run during bootup....but it has to be on a CD.

I must be nuts!

08-28-08, 04:34 PM
memtest http://hcidesign.com/memtest/download.html is a different program from memtest86

You already have a built in memory diagnostic tool in Vista though that requires restart.

I dont see how Vista 64 would affect memtest86/+ in any way, Its a boot cd

You have to burn the ISO file using something like Nero or http://www.filehippo.com/search?q=imgburn by the way.

08-28-08, 04:35 PM
So it is part of Vista?

Feeling dumber by the second.

08-28-08, 04:41 PM
Vista has its own memory diagnostic tool .(start/search/mem/enter)

Memtest is an .exe that runs in windows.(download/run .exe)

memtset86/+ is an iso file you use to make a boot disk that loads independent of windows.(download/burn .iso/boot from cd drive)

All these are lame ,I use my sense of smell to check for ram problems.

08-28-08, 04:46 PM
Don't feel bad, I didn't know Vista had a built in memory tester for awhile too.

Also LOL @ XDanger. I sniff my hardware too!

Also try updating your BIOS. I built a PC for my sister last weekend. It was throwing up the same BSoD. I tried 2GB of RAM only, it stopped the BSoD but refused to boot. I checked the BIOS, sure enough there was one that improved memory compatibility.

08-28-08, 05:28 PM
Just ran the memtest in Vista and no problems were found.

08-28-08, 05:57 PM
Try Memtest and leave it running to about 500%