|31 Oct 2010||#11|
An interesting error from the event log:
Log Name: System
Event ID: 17
User Name: NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE
A corrected hardware error has occurred.
Component: PCI Express Root Port
Error Source: Advanced Error Reporting (PCI Express)
Vendor IDevice ID: 0x8086:0x340a
Class Code: 0x30400
The last system event before the 10/29 freeze was a Windows Defender update at 09:21:30.675
So, #1 suspicion is viruses, #2 is something bad in the PCI Express.
You have 3 PCI Express slots (and one PCI slot) on that motherboard. What's in the PCI Express slots?
Remove everything from the PCI Express slots. Try another PCI Express video card (either borrow one, or purchase one that you can return) and see if it has errors. The next step (if it still errors) is to try a PCI video card to see if the PCI Express slots are bad.
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|31 Oct 2010||#12|
Thanks for the tips in the last two posts. Good stuff!!
HD issues: I tried the system with SSD only and HD only, and didn't see an issue, so I don't think it is either disk drive. However thanks for the HD diag links. I did run the Intel SSD testing and there were a number of tuneup recommendations they had that should be beneficial. I will run the HD tests as well, for completeness.
Mem: I had done the perf95 memory test, however I'll give the other mem diags you pointed to a try also, although I don't suspect them at this point.
Based on what I've seen I agree with your suggestions of the top two suspects:
I did try Norton 2011 - it found a couple low risk items.
I only have one card in the PCI slots: PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot has my GeoForce GTX470. I had run some video stress tests. I'll see if I can get another video card for testing - that's a great idea. With the various tests everything has been swapped except the video card - so maybe that's it.
It's very odd to me that the problem only occurs once in a day, and right after the first login of the day. Seems like it must be related to some start up configuration that is based on a "new day".
After I finish the tests above, I guess the only thing left is to rebuild the OS.
Thanks again for your time, help and excellent suggestions!
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