In the last few weeks I've had random Black Screens Of Death. It can happen (most of the time) while playing a game, but it has happened while the PC was idle (rare) and just now it happened as I was attempting to refresh the Win 7 performance index.
Most of the time, the screen goes black (complete video signal loss) and I have to hard reset. On the rare occasion it will go black, then after a while crash and dump. The last minidump file I got is included here. It seems fairly obvious that the issue is video related but I can't tell if it's the ATI drivers
or a 3rd party driver
causing havok with them.
I've been trying, with zero success, to get some Driver Verifier output. Once I set Driver Verifier to check the 3rd party drivers it bluescreens during the Windows 7 splash screen and then reboots and loops. What I did do was hit F8 during one of the loops and stopped it from rebooting on error so I could capture the detail of the bluescreen. It's as follows:
Stop 0x0000001E (0xFFFFFFFFC0000005, 0xFFFFF80003AD4D56, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000).
I can't tell if this issue is related to my black screen issue.
I think the issue is driver related but can't prove it at this point and I'm having difficulty interpreting the addresses above.
I've run memtest for a couple of hours and no errors came up.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Please find the required files attached here.
Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1 Alienware OEM
Age of system : 14 months
CPU : i7-980X
Video Card : ATI 5970
MotherBoard : Alienware
Power Supply: 850W
RAM : 24 Gig RAM (1333 9-9-9-24)
All BIOS versions and driver versions are the latest.