Hi, this is my first post. I've been browsing this place for some time now, and just signed up the other day to post this problem I've been having. Back story:
Less than a month ago, I foolishly opened my case while my computer was on (I wanted to see what revision my motherboard was because I reformatted that day and needed to update the drivers
). I was updating the drivers because Bad Company 2 was crashing and I thought it might help.
I pushed an external sata mount out of the way and accidentally touched it to something in my motherboard. The system shut off immediately and I smelled a burning smell. After a few hours of troubleshooting, I took out my motherboard and saw that a small area on the bottom got fried. I ordered a different board (ASUS P5N-D) and reinstalled Windows. The Problem:
Since getting the new board, I've had constant freezing issues. Sometimes sound looped in Bad Company 2 when it froze, sometimes it didn't. It also freezes sometimes when I play Youtube videos, or stream Netflix videos. It's random. I can watch an hour long show sometimes and have no issues, or sometimes I can freeze within 2 minutes of starting a show. I got 2 or 3 BSOD early on, but lately all it does it freeze. It hasn't frozen any other time, just when playing Bad Company 2, watching videos (of any type), playing Minecraft (froze in like 40 seconds), and playing NES ROMS. It seems to be happening more and more often. I'm completely out of ideas. Things I've tried:
- Erase and reinstall video drivers (including today when the newest 11.1 driver
came out (still crashed in BC2) (Used driver cleaner pro in safe mode to remove old drivers)
- Ran Memtest86+ for 19 hours with 0 errors.
- Pushed CPU back to stock (I had it running at 3.6 GHz, but it didn't make a difference anyway, still freezes)
- Wiped and reinstalled sound drivers from my motherboard disc.
- Motherboard BIOS is already at the newest version
- Checked Event Viewer, didn't see anything of interest
- Tried using Driver Verifier and checking everything that wasn't a Microsoft driver. It had a BSOD saying something about "rtcore64.sys" and "A device driver attempting to corrupt the system has been caught" but that only happens when I did the Driver Verifier.
- Switched the GPU from PCIe x16 slot 1 to PCIe x16 slot 2. No change.
- Reapplied thermal paste to the GPU.
- Watched GPU temps while gaming. Never got about 50 degrees, and the RAM never got above 60.
- Watched CPU temps while gaming, never got above 52 degrees.
- Ran OCCD to test the video card for an hour. Had no issues.
- Downloaded every Windows Update including optional updates.
- Downloaded CCCP codec pack, but it didn't help with video issues.
I'm sure there are other things I can't think of. I'm thinking I could have damaged another component when I zapped my old motherboard. If not that, maybe the new motherboard is bad? Everything else seems alright though, just when I use the video card.
The BSOD that I got a few times before it started just freezing every time said something like "The video scheduler has encountered an unexpected fatal error
" but googling that didn't bring up anything that helped me. Unfortunately I cleared out my minidump folder a few days ago, so I don't have any BSOD dumps, but I do have the stuff described in the sticky. I've attached it as directed.
I'm running the retail version of Windows 7 x64 Ultimate Edition. I installed it just 20 or so days ago. (when I got a new motherboard). I built the computer in Feb of 2009 and didn't have many issues until this point.
My complete specs should be in my profile.
I'll be sure to post any minidumps I get if I get a BSOD.
appreciate any help any of you can give me. I'm pulling my hair out by now lol