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Windows 7: System Freezing, Instability. New Build W7 x64

02 Sep 2011   #41
Learner

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
Well we can test the drivers using the method described here. I'm much better when I have a minidump file to work with anyhow, and this will hopefully generate some.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable
(Please read all instructions for driver verifier before using as it's possible it will make the machine behave badly and you need to know how to undo it.)


okay iam doing this now. although how could i create a minidump file for you? or should enabling driver verifier do this?

many thanks for your help so far.

cheers


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02 Sep 2011   #42
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eraseme View Post
Just another few suggestions if not already mentioned:
* Safe Mode DONE & CHECK
* Replace videocard with another ordinary card, just to be sure it had nothing to to with it TO DO LIST
* fukc around with some BIOS settings like AHCI/IDE or SATA options DONE & CHECK
* Dubblecheck Asus.com for Mainboard updates DONE & CHECK
* Check Intel for firmware updates for 510 AND p67 updates for Mboard chipset (compare with the ones on Asus) DONE & CHECK
* Try Firmware downgrades DONE & CHECK
* Dubblecheck windows settings like turn off indexing and some other things that are best for your SSD. DONE & CHECK
* Try USB boot tools and do some tests DONE & CHECK
* RMA card and try again ON POTENTIAL TO DO LIST
* Keep searching on Google or Intel with the right combination of keywords DONE & CHECK WILL CONTINUE
I remember seeing a review of the 510 where a test tool reported power offs of the 510 caused by SATA port. VERY INTERESTING... WILL LOOK INTO
* Erase disk with the appropiated tool and start all over again but now make a step by step diary. DONE & CHECK (except for the diary)
Also make images during the new installation process. DONE & CHECK
* Think harder MY BRAIN HURTS

I particularly like your last recommendation. I am quite a determined individual who keeps digging and enjoys solving problems. But with my current work project hogging my time and brain power at the moment and for the next two weeks I'm not at my full capacity right now. But TO DO items on your list I will definitely give them a whirl. As always, very much appreciate any input. Thanks eraseme
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02 Sep 2011   #43
eraseme

W7x64
 
 

Well to be honest, I was also thinking for myself.
I'm stuck with this Vertex-2 120GB and waiting for my RMA Asus Mainnboard to arrive (now B3 version). Then I will have to try all that, to begin with a a secure erase.
Can you believe it? Creating DVD or USB boot stuff and start your pc over and over again. Open cases, screwdrivers on the floor...
Remember the MS-DOS ages? Pfff. Still thinking of a 2 HDD fast raid. But dammit, I was used to the speed.
Oke, I like solving problems like you, but this goes beyond the pale.
Keep in touch
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03 Sep 2011   #44
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eraseme View Post
Well to be honest, I was also thinking for myself.
I'm stuck with this Vertex-2 120GB and waiting for my RMA Asus Mainnboard to arrive (now B3 version). Then I will have to try all that, to begin with a a secure erase.
Can you believe it? Creating DVD or USB boot stuff and start your pc over and over again. Open cases, screwdrivers on the floor...
Remember the MS-DOS ages? Pfff. Still thinking of a 2 HDD fast raid. But dammit, I was used to the speed.
Oke, I like solving problems like you, but this goes beyond the pale.
Keep in touch
Agreed. Solving problems is one thing, having to troubleshoot a brand new build with all new components isn't all that fun or something I was expecting. Definitely will get my updates posted when I get some time opening up in my schedule to get back on the troubleshooting train with this new setup.
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09 Sep 2011   #45
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

well I haven't had much time to actively troubleshoot as I'm so tied up at work lately, however I have been able to leave my computer on all day for the last week. I also ran a few more longer memtests overnight. All came back clear.

Here is the part where it seems like I'm on the right track. For this past week, when I leave it on in the morning in regular boot and login, without fail every single day I come home from work and it is frozen; roughly 5 consecutive days. These past two days, I booted up and logged in via safe mode with networking it has now been 2 consecutive days. No lockups, no freezing...

I'm going to leave it for a couple more days to make sure its not just a fluke and start digging back in from there.

Also I noticed in normal boot up and login, occasionally I would get some serious lag, stuttering and loss of functionality from the mouse and keyboard. This has not cropped up at all while in safe mode these past two days.
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19 Sep 2011   #46
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Alright work has eased off a bit, gonna try and get back on this gremlin. Installing ubuntu to see if its hardware related.
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20 Sep 2011   #47
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

after a day at work, came home to a frozen ubuntu computer. looks like my problems are hardware.
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20 Sep 2011   #48
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

The first thing I would check is your ram.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
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20 Sep 2011   #49
v2kai

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
The first thing I would check is your ram.
RAM - Test with Memtest86+
I have run extensive tests on my RAM multiple times now all tests come back clean with memtest and windows memory diagnostic. Have let it run for a day or two at times. I'm leaning towards MOBO or graphics card right now. I ran Furmark on my HIS HD 6870 and the score came back much lower than expected but didnt crash... and I have been having artifacts showing up recently during movie playback and mouse lag.

no artifacts during multiple furmark tests of HD6870 tho.

edit: now it seems to be exponentially worse. within seconds of booting up and logging in it freezes up.

gonna try reinstalling windows 7 on a conventional hdd 2TB WD Black to rule out the Intel 510 SSD as the problem.
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20 Sep 2011   #50
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Motherboards are hard to test for.
If you can stress the graphics card and create artifacts on demand I would blame it, otherwise I'd be leaning more towards the mobo.

...have you looked into bios updates for it?
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