I have a Toshiba laptop which gives intermittent Blue-Screens-Of-Death.
They vary, but are usually a STOP x124 error in hal.dll (Hardware Abstraction Layer). By process of elimination, I have determined it MUST be on the motherboard, as I have swapped the memory, processor, & hard disk, removed WiFi card, modem, cd-rom, run it from just the battery or just the A/C adapter, It’s not thermal related, have run memtest, installed clean OS, updated drivers, BIOS, etc.
Ok, so I know it’s on the motherboard, probably something with the main chipset, and probably not economically fixable.
But I have run every freeware and evaluation version of diagnostic utilities I can find with a google search, and NONE of them can tell me just what exactly is wrong. They either pass, or blue-screen. And I can’t get it to blue-screen reliably, I have yet to find anything that consistantly triggers it. Linux also crashes with kernel panics and such.
I consider myself pretty good with computers, and this is really bothering my ego and pride that I can’t put my finger on just what the heck the problem is.
Can anyone suggest some good diagnostic software?