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Windows 7: Many BSOD's after running Skyrim for 10 minutes

26 Dec 2011   #1
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Many BSOD's after running Skyrim for 10 minutes

I've tried updating drivers and such. My next step is a full reinstall.
After the initial crash it seems to randomly BSOD unless I attempt to run windows update which nearly always kills it.


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26 Dec 2011   #2
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I am running win7 ultimate 64.
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26 Dec 2011   #3
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMSledge View Post
I've tried updating drivers and such. My next step is a full reinstall.
After the initial crash it seems to randomly BSOD unless I attempt to run windows update which nearly always kills it.
Six different apparent causes. I suspect a hardware issue. Lets run these two tests to rule out ram and software.


These crashes were caused by memory corruption (probably a driver). Please run these two tests to verify your memory and find which driver is causing the problem.

If you are overclocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!!



1-Memtest.
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*Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

*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.

Any errors are indicative of a memory problem.

If a known good stick fails in a motherboard slot it is probably the slot.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+



2-Driver verifier

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I'd suggest that you first backup your data and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise. Then make a System Restore point (so you can restore the system using the Vista/Win7 Startup Repair feature).

In Windows 7 you can make a Startup Repair disk by going to Start....All Programs...Maintenance...Create a System Repair Disc - with Windows Vista you'll have to use your installation disk or the "Repair your computer" option at the top of the Safe Mode menu .

Then, here's the procedure:
- Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
- Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next"
- Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
- Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" and click "Next"
- Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
- Select "Finish" on the next page.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen. Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation (an estimate on my part).

If you can't get into Windows because it crashes too soon, try it in Safe Mode.
If you can't get into Safe Mode, try using System Restore from your installation DVD to set the system back to the previous restore point that you created.
Driver Verifier - Enable and Disable


Further Reading
Using Driver Verifier to identify issues with Windows drivers for advanced users
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26 Dec 2011   #4
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Running the memtest now. I can't be bothered to overclock in the first place so at least I know it isn't that.
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26 Dec 2011   #5
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Memtest ran with something like 700 errors. Moved the memory and no errors. Seeing if it is stable now.
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26 Dec 2011   #6
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMSledge View Post
Memtest ran with something like 700 errors. Moved the memory and no errors. Seeing if it is stable now.
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Good luck but if you had 700 errors there is a problem there, you may have just moved it.
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27 Dec 2011   #7
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah I'm guessing it was the slot. I will see if I can swap out the MOBO.
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27 Dec 2011   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DMSledge View Post
Yeah I'm guessing it was the slot. I will see if I can swap out the MOBO.
Good Luck
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28 Dec 2011   #9
DMSledge

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Still no errors. I will be swapping out the MOBO this weekend hopefully. After a little memtesting I will mark this as solved.
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