New computer build
After a couple of setbacks, my new desktop computer is finally
finished. It's based on an Intel DP35DPM mobo with the Intel P35
chipset and a 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo proc. It's got 4GB of RAM and tons of
storage. Everything is housed in a quiet, black Antec P180B midtower.
Here are some quick specs (more details can be found in the Computers
- Intel DP35DPM P35 ATX
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 2.66GHz
- Zalman CNPS 8000
- 4GB (4x1GB) Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400
PC2 6400 DDR2 SDRAM
- Western Digital Raptor
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 750GB
- Seagate Barracuda ES 750GB SATA
- Plextor PX-800A/SW 18X DL DVD±RW
- EVGA GeForce 8600GTS Superclocked
- HT Omega Claro plus +
- Antec Performance One P180B
- Corsair CMPSU-620HX 620W
This build did not start out smoothly. Windows XP kept producing
a BSOD during/after the installation of the video card driver. I
used WHQL drivers from nvidia.com and Beta drivers from nzone.com
and was careful to uninstall the driver or re-install Windows before
trying a different version.
More details on the problem:
- WinXP Pro SP2 installs fine.
- nForce 8.44 WHQL chipset drivers
install fine (did not install nTune as instructed in Forceware
release notes, also did not install NVIDIA IDE drivers).
- Attempt to install the 162.18 WHQL
driver, but the system produces a BSOD during installation (Stop
Error 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x48373254, 0xB97B13F0,
0x00000000)). I tried several times and the BSOD occurs at the
same exact point: File extraction goes fine, agree to license,
and then click on Next to actually start installation. A
progress meter appears and sits at the halfway point for about
30 seconds and then BSOD.
- Tried 163.44 Beta driver and the
install actually finishes, but the system produces a BSOD during
startup (and all subsequent startups). Have to uninstall in Safe
Some searching suggested the stop error could indicate a RAM
issue, so I used Memtest86
and it returned zero errors after 9 passes (7 hours). Then I tried
swapping components. I tried different memory, motherboard (Note: my
original motherboard was an EVGA 122-CK-NF66-T1 (nForce 650i
Ultra)), video card, hard drive and cables, as well as, different
WinXP CDs, but the BSOD kept appearing.
I swapped one more component and discovered the culprit was the
monitor! I was using a Syntax Olevia 27" LCD HDTV via its VGA
input. I swapped it with a Dell 17" LCD monitor and Windows and
all drivers installed fine. Damn. I've connected several computers
to the Olevia and never had an issue. Guess the moral of the story
is don't use an off-brand TV as your monitor for a build because it
could drive you f*ing nuts.