I recently put together a new system a few weeks ago, which works fine except for the occasional hang/bsod,
which I've noticed happens only when I have some type of flash/streaming video running. I think I've experienced this crash about 7-8 times now in the last 3 weeks, which is a bit disconcerting.
The exact error symptoms:
Programs that are power-heavy (like games, the video in question, video rendering software, etc.) freeze immediately.
Whenever I try to close them using the red X in the upper right, there is no response, from there or from the right click -> close in taskbar.
Programs with smaller footprints still function in the background - cpu monitors, voip programs, etc.
When I hit ctrl + alt + delete, the default windows background comes up and a message appears: "Preparing Security Options ... " and hangs for a very long time.
Generally, I hit the power button now, but I have waited it out (for 10+ minutes) and a BSOD pops up with the message- "stop: 0x000000F4" and some other letters that I've since lost the paper I scribbled it on.
If I attempt to restart the computer instantly, the computer freezes at the motherboard BIOS screen. Only after a hard shut down, a little wait, then can the computer be truly restarted.
Steps I've taken (or attempted) to fix this issue:
Updated all drivers.
Updated Adobe flash player (since it seems to happen only when flash video is playing)
Attempted to update firmware for my SSD (people have pointed to an SSD issue for similar crashes), but sadly I cannot since it is the home partition for Windows.
I would appreciate any assistance on this matter, thanks.
PS - I was rendering a video during the performance report(s), which is why it says vegas is taking up a lot of CPU resources. Also, I have no idea what the corrupt device is. I checked and there wasn't anything that I didn't know of sticking out of my computer.