My PC (AMD Athlon64 X2 3800+ Dual Core, nVidia 256 MB GeForce 6800 GT PCI-E, 1024 MB DDR (one plaque), S-939 ASUS A8N SLI, SATA Disk (Maxtor 250 GB), Windows XP Professional) had a blue screen of death (BAD_POOL_HEADER, STOP: 0x00000019). Something corrupted a RAM file apparently, causing Windows XP to shut down immediately and a RAM dump took place.
Ever since that first happened, my PC gave the following message at startup: IDE Channel 1 no 80 conductor cable installed.
Now, that’s a crock of sh!te, because I think my SATA disk has 40 pin cables and it used to work just fine before the first BSOD. I however do think to have isolated the program that causes the BSOD in the first place. It happened a lot more times, always when Azureus (Java based, RAM devouring) bit torrent client was active.
However, since it first happened, a lot of other programs are mildly to heavily influenced by whatever change happened inside of my system. Games, such as Knights of the Old Republic were very heavily influenced; pathing stuck, movement became close to impossible, textures and shaders seemed to disappear or corrupted in some way. Even the menus flickered and blurred in a way they shouldn’t. Serious Sam II and F.E.A.R. were affected so heavily that mouse panning became damn near impossible (the scope kept switching from looking straight up to looking straight down within the slightest movement). Most other games boasted smaller, but similar troubles. Normal applications generally seemed unaffected.
I might be mistaken, but I would say that rules out hardware troubles. If the cable doesn’t link Mobo and HDD correctly, it shouldn’t work correctly to begin with.
I’d like some Advice on this matter. Is there chance that a simple reinstallation of Windows XP on my system can resolve the matter, or do I have to take more drastic actions?