19 months ago
Hey all. I'm scratching my head anxiously over this issue that's gotten progressively worse, and I'd love some help. Here's my parts list:
I built my PC back in December with the help of this wonderful community. I usually have it running through the night to play white noise and help me sleep. About a month ago I started getting BSOD with the frowny faces, and my PC would reboot. The stop codes were usually “memory management” or “page fault in nonpaged area”. I didn’t do anything about it at the time, stupid me.
They started getting more frequent, and the BSOD wouldn’t force a reboot anymore so I’d have to power off manually. I even started having trouble getting things like the monitor display and keyboard to work. I looked into how to fix the “page fault” error and ran some scans in the command prompt. I wasn’t able to complete them before getting another BSOD with the “memory management” stop code. Again, I had to manually reboot. I discovered the display wouldn’t come on unless I used my graphics card’s HDMI or DVI ports. I tried booting in Safe Mode and it still gave the error after a while.
I was then unable to consistently get any display. Tried DVI and VGA, didn’t work. Tried DVI port from the GPU, only worked sometimes. Tried my TV with HDMI, only worked sometimes. PC was powering on, just no display. I opened the case up and reseated the RAM and GPU. A bit dusty inside, so I blew on it (bad idea, I know). Took it to Geek Squad and they were able to have it run through a diagnostic test, but the BSOD persisted.
I was about to power it on today to try some of the things mentioned here, like updating BIOS and Windows updates and to back up my files on a flash drive, but now it won't even stay on. It powers on for about 30 seconds without display, then shuts down (power light off, fans stop spinning). It just gets stuck in a rebooting cycle until I hold power to shut down. At first I was thinking if any hardware was the culprit, it'd be the motherboard. Now I don't know at all. Could it be the power supply? Should I try reseating the RAM again? Taking a can of compressed air to the inside? Resetting all connections to the mobo? Any help would be greatly appreciated!