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Windows 7: Random (so it seems) BSOD

11 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 
Random (so it seems) BSOD

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My system specs on the bottom left will tell you all about my machine, but the BSOD steps says to add additional information, so:

1. This concerns Win 7 x64 SP1 (I have not had any BSOD since I updated to SP1, which I believe was yesterday, 3/10/11)

2. Original OS installed on the system was Windows XP Professional x86. The hard drive was long formatted prior to installing Windows 7 x64. The motherboard, CPU, RAM, and graphics card has changed along with the OS change to Windows 7 x64. This was purchased through a student upgrade program through Microsoft and is genuine.

3. RAM is about 6 months old, motherboard is just as old, and the processor is about 1.5 years old. I'm not exactly sure as I bought it off of a friend.

4. OS has been installed for about a year and a couple months.

I don't seem to find a pattern to the BSODs. I am overclocking from 3.0GHz to 3.5GHz, with temps around 45*C-50*C. I haven't noticed any ill issues from doing this. My friend ran this processor at 3.5GHz all the time without any issues, so I assume it's not that.

I have attached the required folder and perfmon file. Thank you for any and all help.

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11 Mar 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

rule 1, when overclocked and getting bsod's the first thing you do is remove the overclock.
A driver change, new software, new operating system, climate change, dust in the box, system age. All kinds of things can make a clock that was once stable start failing.
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11 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

The BSODs occured before I changed to new hardware and overclocked. Also, the BSODs occurred before and after the overclock. But, I understand your logic behind that.
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11 Mar 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

well I located no minidump files in your upload. So I can't really get anymore specific.
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11 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

By "minidump" do you mean the file dump Windows creates due to a BSOD? I know I've had BSODs and I'm not sure why the file wouldn't show up.
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11 Mar 2011   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

To enable us to assist you with your computer's BSOD symptoms, upload the contents of your "\Windows\Minidump" folder.

The procedure:

* Copy the contents of \Windows\Minidump to another (temporary) location somewhere on your machine.
* Zip up the copy.
* Attach the ZIP archive to your post using the "paperclip" (file attachments) button.



To ensure minidumps are enabled:
** Until a .dmp file is generated, the Minidump folder may not exist.**

*Go to Start, in the Search Box type: sysdm.cpl Press Enter.
*Under the Advanced tab, click on the Startup and Recovery... Settings.
*Ensure that Automatically restart is unchecked.
*Under the Write Debugging Information header select Small memory dump (256 kb) in the drop down box.
*Ensure that the Small Dump Directory is listed as%systemroot%\Minidump.
*OK.
Reboot if changes have been made.

If you are running CCleaner - make sure it is configured to not delete MiniDump files.
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11 Mar 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

My minidump folder is empty. Programs I am running which may erase this information (Just listing some I think may effect this stuff):

iolo System Mechanic
McAfee 2011

I don't think I have anything else running or installed which may effect this folder. I do have Spybot Search & Destroy, but I don't think it goes anywhere near the dump files. I can tinker with McAfee and System Mechanic to see if they are erasing this information after "x" number of days, but beyond that, I don't know how to stop it from happening.
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11 Mar 2011   #8

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

Uninstall Spybot Search & Destroy. Get a BSOD crash and go check if there is a dump.
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11 Mar 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Spybot is now uninstalled. Are you asking me to post the minidump the next time I get a BSOD?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2011   #10

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1 OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.7
 
 

Wait... this is a kernel memory dump. Look for C:\Windows\MEMORY.DMP and upload that file.
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