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Windows 7: Multiple BSODs despite extensive driver updates and hardware swaps

10 May 2011   #1
awzinn

Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Multiple BSODs despite extensive driver updates and hardware swaps

Computer crashes about once every two days. Some error codes indicate video card but I've tried different video cards and drivers and still get BSODs. Some error codes point to memory but I've run the dos memory checkers and get no errors (if it makes it through without rebooting...). Other error codes point to usual software suspects such as virus checks but I've tried using 3 different virus protection programs - still same results. Also have replace power supply, primary, and backup HDD.

Running Windows 7 x64 (reinstalled several times on different HDDs - most recently a few months ago). Hardware is less than a year old.

Requested files are attached - thanks for your help


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11 May 2011   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awzinn View Post
Computer crashes about once every two days. Some error codes indicate video card but I've tried different video cards and drivers and still get BSODs. Some error codes point to memory but I've run the dos memory checkers and get no errors (if it makes it through without rebooting...). Other error codes point to usual software suspects such as virus checks but I've tried using 3 different virus protection programs - still same results. Also have replace power supply, primary, and backup HDD.

Running Windows 7 x64 (reinstalled several times on different HDDs - most recently a few months ago). Hardware is less than a year old.

Requested files are attached - thanks for your help

Several of these point to your ESET. I would remove and replace with Microsoft Security Essentials just to test.

I would also run memtest since most of these were memory exceptions


http://download.eset.com/special/ESETUninstaller.exe

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/


Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86.com - Memory Diagnostic

Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5 or 6 passes.

Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.

Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.
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11 May 2011   #3
SmurofNeves

Seven ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thats it right there.. Do your MEMTEST throughly

What might also work is using an eraser to clean the gold edges of your RAM,,but also remember to touch the casing before working on components to avoid static...

Hope we helped.
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15 May 2011   #4
awzinn

Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for the tips. Ran Memtest86 but it got to the "Loading memtest...ready." part and then hung . . . any suggestions?
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15 May 2011   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by awzinn View Post
Thanks for the tips. Ran Memtest86 but it got to the "Loading memtest...ready." part and then hung . . . any suggestions?
If not under warranty and you feel you can pull all the memory but one stick and re-try.
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08 Jan 2012   #6
awzinn

Windows 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

It was indeed the memory. Bought new RAM and haven't had a single BSOD in 6 months. I think the main puzzle is why the multiple mem-tests performed could not catch this... (the Microcenter tech said he ran memtest for ~18 hours non-stop with no errors). Though some tests would hang, I never got a single memory error. For this reason, Microcenter would not pay for the new memory. Overall, I'm not happy with Microcenter and Powerspec. More importantly, I'm just glad this nightmare problem is over - I went through about 5 pieces of other hardware before isolating it down to the memory. Main lesson learned: even if you get no error during memtest, you still might have bad RAM.
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