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I just got this new computer a few days ago and its:
HP Pavilion, Pentium 4 CPU 3.00Ghz, 2.79 GHz, .99 Gig of RAM with Service pack 2.
Whenever I play a game such as Guild Wars, Half Life 2, etc. it automatically reboots... this happened 3 times when I was playing and after the reboots it would say "the system has recovered from a serious error".

On the 4th time, I got a blue screen and it says:
Stop: 0x0000008E (0xc0000005,0xBFACEF94,0xAA06299c,0x00000000)
ialmdd5.DLL - Address BFACEF94 base at BFA34000, Date Stamp 42a73847

Also, I believe I have a decent video card to play the games I mentioned (autodetect and it sets everything on high quality and no messed up pics here and there). Can anyone help me with this problem? Thanks
 

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I had exactly the same thing happening with my pc a short time ago: XPPro, AMD XP 2400, 1Gb RAM. I found that the issue was related to my graphics card. At the time i was only running a 32MB card (yeah, i know;)) and any game i played, the pc would consistantly restart and then started to blue screen. I ended up upgrading my graphics card to a 128MB(also upgraded my motherboard as it was a little old, only had support for AGP 4X) and have had NO problems since. Can now play games for hours on end.

Do you know if you are using an 'onboard graphics card' or an AGP card. I googled the particular .dll that was coming up on your blue screen message and it seems related to the graphics card.

To find out whether or not it's an onboard or an AGP: from anywhere on the desktop, right click > properties > settings tab > advanced button > adapter tab. This will give you the details of your graphics card.

Another thing you can try is to lower the hardware acceleration: following the same directions as above, but going to the troublshoot tab > move the slider bar across towards 'None'. This might help somewhat.

Have you tried updating the graphics drivers at all??

Hope that this is some help; i know your frustration :)
 

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turn off the auto reboot
c/panel/system/advanced/startup and recovery settings
untick the box and post the bsod error message you receive in full
 

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Oooh.. Yeah, i'm using a video card thats "onboard". I have my ATI 128 mb videocard still in my old XP (which my parents use)... The reason I didn't take it out and put it in this one was because I thought the video card in this was already good enough.. Oh well.. gonna replace video cards right now.. I'll post again if something still comes up, thanks! :grin:
 

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check you have enough power to run the card,brand names are usually not generous with the power they put in
 

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lol... after about 40 minutes of fiddling with my 2 computers.. i have found out that my video card was AVG.. and this new computer only has 3 PCI slots.. :deveous: ... time to buy a new video card! lol..

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Oh wait.. I just checked my current video card and the info is:
Chip type: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910Gl Express cihpset
DAC Type: Internal
Memory Size: 128 MB
Adapter String: Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL Express Chipset
Bios Information: Intel Videos BIOS

I noticed that the memory is 128 mb.. which is enough to play my games.. so.. any help to get this working properly? Btw, the blue screen pops up when I turn off the auto reboot thing..
 

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that's what it is supposed to do,what is the message on the screen,
pci migrated to agp and now that is migrating to what you have pci express
 

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I reinstalled the driver and set it to a lower resolution (directions from Intel) and now it works fine! Thanks for the suggestions :tongue:
 
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