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Windows 7: 2 years of BSODs while playing

30 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
2 years of BSODs while playing

Hello Seven Forums!

I built a new computer about two years ago and ever since I've had BSODs occurring every time I play a game that demands a powerful PC to run. These games include for example Battlefield 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Orchestra 2, Crysis and many more.

Sometimes I can play for a couple of hours without getting a BSOD, but sometimes it can only take 15 minutes for one to occur.

I've tried the following to solve the problems, but none of them have worked:
-2 different GPUs
-2 different PSUs
-Different RAM memory sticks
-Reformatting
-Windows XP 32- and 64-bit versions
-Windows 7 32- and 64-bit versions
-Messing with BIOS settings
-Countless of driver updates, including GPU, motherboard and audio
-Increasing and decreasing voltage on my CPU and GPU
-Aftermarket coolers
-Some other things that I can't remember right now...

My temperatures are fine when I play. I've also been able to run Prime95 for about an hour without any errors (didn't keep it running for a longer time) and the memory diagnostics tool that you can run while booting didn't find any errors.

My current computer setup is the following:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Motherboard: Asus P5QC
GPU: Asus GTX 550 Ti
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2,66 GHz
Memory: 4Gb of Kingston DDR3 (can't remember the clocks, probably 800MHz)
PSU: Chieftec 550W
HD: Seagate 500Gb 7200rpm hard drive

Today I've got 2 BSODs while playing Battlefield 3. Minidumps are attached to this post.

If anyone can help me solve this, I'll be more than grateful . This has been going on for too long.


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30 Oct 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jepu View Post
Hello Seven Forums!

I built a new computer about two years ago and ever since I've had BSODs occurring every time I play a game that demands a powerful PC to run. These games include for example Battlefield 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Orchestra 2, Crysis and many more.

Sometimes I can play for a couple of hours without getting a BSOD, but sometimes it can only take 15 minutes for one to occur.

I've tried the following to solve the problems, but none of them have worked:
-2 different GPUs
-2 different PSUs
-Different RAM memory sticks
-Reformatting
-Windows XP 32- and 64-bit versions
-Windows 7 32- and 64-bit versions
-Messing with BIOS settings
-Countless of driver updates, including GPU, motherboard and audio
-Increasing and decreasing voltage on my CPU and GPU
-Aftermarket coolers
-Some other things that I can't remember right now...

My temperatures are fine when I play. I've also been able to run Prime95 for about an hour without any errors (didn't keep it running for a longer time) and the memory diagnostics tool that you can run while booting didn't find any errors.

My current computer setup is the following:
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Motherboard: Asus P5QC
GPU: Asus GTX 550 Ti
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9400 @ 2,66 GHz
Memory: 4Gb of Kingston DDR3 (can't remember the clocks, probably 800MHz)
PSU: Chieftec 550W
HD: Seagate 500Gb 7200rpm hard drive

Today I've got 2 BSODs while playing Battlefield 3. Minidumps are attached to this post.

If anyone can help me solve this, I'll be more than grateful . This has been going on for too long.

Both DMP files are corrupt and in a rather strange way. Please download Malwarebytes and run it just to be sure.
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30 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Both DMP files are corrupt and in a rather strange way. Please download Malwarebytes and run it just to be sure.
This reminds me. I tried to scan 3 minidumps a few days ago with WhoCrashed but it said that they were all corrupted. WhoCrashed also wasn't able to read these but this time it gave me an "unknown path" error. BlueScreenView however was able to get something out of these minidumps (picture below).



I also ran a quick scan with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and all files were clean.

Also, a few times when I've got a BSOD, it has only said "HARDWARE MALFUNCTION, please contact blah blah..." Could this mean that this is most likely a problem caused by of faulty hardware? Only pieces of hardware I still haven't changed are the motherboard, CPU and hard drive. It has only given me this message about 5 times out of 100 though. A few time it has first showed me the hardware malfunction message and then it quickly changed to a different BSOD message with all the STOP codes and such.

I'm off to bed now. I've got some studying to do tomorrow.
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30 Oct 2011   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Just to be sure run a FULL or comprehensive scan with Malwarebytes.

Both Who crashed, and Blue-screen view often get erroneous results and falsely blame OS files.

We do need the DMP files and the only reason they usually are not created is c0ontrol panel configured incorrectly, no page file, crashes where you have to cold boot it, etc.
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31 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ran a full scan with Malwarebytes and everything was clean.

I also got another BSOD while playing Battlefield 3. See if the minidump is corrupted again.

Edit:
I just read some of the other threads here and noticed you saying that an old version of ASACPI.sys and CD visualization programs can cause BSODs. I noticed my ASACPI.sys was time stamped 2005, so I downloaded the newest version. I also uninstalled PowerISO, since it's a CD visualization program and ran the SPTD uninstaller.

Edit 2:
BSOD again. Attaching minidump.

I'm really starting to think that it's my motherboard or hard drive, because my software been done over many times.

I can borrow a spare motherboard and some DDR2 memory for it from my brother and buy some thermal paste from the local store. It's just a heck of a job to reassemble my whole computer and reformatt for the new motherboard. Should I go for it?

Lastly, is there any way to test my hard drive for errors? Though I don't really think it's the cause of these BSODs since it's been working flawlessly as far as I can tell.

Edit 3:
Crashing a lot today. Uploading minidumps.
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31 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Ok, I decided that I'll go buy some thermal paste tomorrow and change the motherboard and reformatt. Wish me luck.
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