MSN Messenger causing BSOD??

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  1. Bern macrumors 68000

    Bern

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    I downloaded MSN Messenger into XP Pro (with all updates applied) and as soon as it tried to start I got a BSOD then restart, which repeated itself over and over. I had to reinstall XP from scratch to fix it.

    Anyone have any idea why this may have happened and how MSN (as opposed to Windows Messenger) can be downloaded and used successfully?

    Thanks
     
  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Windows Messenger Live is available today. You might want to try that.
     
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    I have heard from several sources that Instant-message clients don't work well on our computers as of yet. Don't know why...:confused:
     
  4. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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    No, MSN works perfectly, even on my Vista partition.

    The BSOD is mainly caused by driver problems. Perhaps you have not disabled the iSight in your device manager, and MSN is trying to access it every time it opens, causing the system to crash.
     
  5. Bern thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ah that sounds like a logical reason. So how do I do that?
     
  6. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    Right click on My Computer (how do you right click in Boot Camp?) and choose properties. Go to the hardware tab, and click the button which says device manager. In the window which then opens up, there will be a load of incredibly confusing groups which make no sense whatsoever. There is something like a general USB one and so on and so forth...

    One of the drivers in the little expandable section will be the iSight drivers. Double click this, and choose disable. Click OK and all is done...

    Very easy... not...
     
  7. Bern thread starter macrumors 68000

    Bern

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    Thanks for that, will check it out.

    By the way to right click just click the right button on your mouse :)


    EDIT: Not that I'm really sure what the difference is between MSN and Windows Messenger
     
  8. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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  9. Bern thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Is there an advantage to MSN over Windows Messenger?
     
  10. jamesmcd macrumors 6502a

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    I think MSN 8 is now Windows Live Messenger. MSN Messenger was always better than Windows Messenger, but now they have combined them, as far as I know.
     

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