Similar ProblemsI bought my Ferrari 3200 back in september last year and since then have had no end of problems. I have been, like you, getting the "Machine Check Exception" Blue Screen, however in addition to this I have been getting intermittent lock up or restarting. But what really has been pissing me off is that it is somehow corrupting my profiles, which means it has to create temporary profiles and the data that was in my profiles has disappeared. Recently though, I have seen it affecting other software, eg NTI CD & DVD Maker won't even start. I have run multiple virus scans and am pretty sure it's not due to a virus.
I have just reinstalled from the recovery disk, however if it happens again, and by the responces on this forum, high probability it will, I will install Win XP Pro, if that goes tits up, then Linux would be a very good option, unless Acer acknowledges that they could have an inherent problem in the Ferrari 3200 series and provides a stable fix.
At this moment I have not checked the hardware, eg removing a memory module or using memtest (can't really test mobo and HDD), but reading your forum, this maybe a good place to start before I think of returning it to Acer. Like you, I am from the UK, and Acer UK service is appalling. I sent off an email to them months ago about this problem and still waiting for responce.
I am starting to think that the RAM could be what is bad as that would explain corruption to the profiles, so I will use memtest to check it. I have also read in this forum about lock-ups/restarting being due to the battery, however I did not note when this happened whether I was running on battery or from mains.
I agree that many suppliers use ghost images to install software onto the computer, however is this true about the bootable recovery disks?? Would the likelihood of the same problems occuring be the same even now I have reinstalled to factory defaults?
I would like to know whether you guys have any recommendations on how to make the system more stable under Win XP? Also, if I was to convert to Linux are all necessary Ferarri 3200 drivers available for Linux and which build would you recommend (I think 64 bit Mandrake?)? I am thinking about sending my laptop back for Acer to fix, did you guys have to provide proof of purchase as I can't find mine at the moment? Finally, do you know whether Acer is actually doing anything about rectifying these problems and making the 3200 more stable?? This is because I can't find jack @#%$ on their UK website about any of these problems, which seem to frequently occur in Ferrari 3200 laptops!