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BAD_HEADER POOL error

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Michael Stanaland (locuteus) Trainee

A friend of mine is having trouble getting FSX to run properly. Here is the problem he is having.

First time he ran FSX he got the BSOD for a microsecond and then a black screen. He made out the text,"BAD_POOL_HEADER". Probably tried in excess of ten times with the previous described results but a few times just a black screen. He only experience the problem in an aircraft on the ground during takeoff, sometimes at rotation, sometimes when the throttle is advanced to full. If he starts with the microlight, it's in the air when the flight begins. It flies perfectly and all controls work as they should. He can do a low flyby but if the wheels touch the ground, then the problem occurs either as the throttle is advanced to full or if you try to take off with reduced power it occurs at rotation. He's tried:

Eliminated Admin processes* in WTM
Reducing all SIM settings to Low
Shutting down anti-virus
Not accessing the internet
Downloaded Video & Audio drivers
Turned on Indexing service
Turned off indexing service
Googled Bad Pool Header, tried suggestions
(*not explorer.exe, taskmgr.exe)

Here is his system specs for reference:

OS
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600)

Processor
2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Main Circuit Board
Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P4S800D-X Rev 1.xx
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 1006.002 06/15/2006

Memory Modules
2048 Megabytes Installed Memory
(4 DIMMs @512MB)

Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 1) 37.01 GB 4.84 GB free
f: (NTFS on drive 0) 38.08 GB 22.89 GB free
g: (NTFS on drive 0) 41.93 GB 23.82 GB free
MSFSX is installed on G:

Display
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT [Display adapter]
Envision EN-985e [Monitor] (17.7"vis, November 2003)

Multimedia
nerds.de LoopBe1 - Internal Midi Port (WDM)
Xtreme Sound PCI Audio

Keyboard
Ideazon Merc USB Human Interface Device

Joystick
Logitech WingMan Extreme Digital 3D (USB)

Local Network
Linksys NC100 Fast Ethernet Adapter

Any help you guys could provide would be MUCH appreciated!!!

1 Responses

Pro Member First Officer
faust1200 First Officer

I would start by making sure the video drivers are current as well as any XP updates.

Edit: doh, I noticed you already tried the graphics drivers. Also make sure FSX SP1 is installed.

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