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Windows 7: DRIVER_IRQL and BSOD and random screen freezes

04 Feb 2012   #11
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Also, I retract my previous statement, the MOBO refused to post unless I reset by holding the power button when verifier was OFF. Also, it hung at loading operating system (before the windows logo even showed up) several times in a row without verifier running as well.


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04 Feb 2012   #12
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Ah, I misunderstood what you meant when you said post. I thought you could not post in the forums, but now I realize you were talking about the motherboard upon re-reading your previous statement. This is definitely looking like a hardware problem. Motherboard, CPU, or Memory come to mind. We will have to test each to determine which is the culprit. Start with memory.



Make sure you follow safe ESD practices when removing computer components:
  1. Shut down and turn off the computer
  2. Unplug the computer from the wall. Then remove the battery if it is a laptop. (When replacing power, put the battery in first if it is a laptop, then plug in AC power.)
  3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and drain all residual power.
  4. Make sure you are grounded while removing components.


Run the boot version of Memtest86+ paying close attention to Parts 2 and 3 of the tutorial. Also, in case Memtest86+ misses anything and comes up with no errors, run the extended version of the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool for at least five passes. These you may want to run overnight since they take a long time to complete (run them an hour before bed each of the next two nights and check before going to sleep that they are still running).



If your problems are frequent enough, you can forego the memory tests above and just test your modules through your normal routine.
  1. Shut down and turn off your computer.
  2. Unplug all power sources to the tower (unplug the power from the outlet/surge protector or PSU).
  3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds (for your safety and the safety of the components) to close the circuit and drain all power from components.
  4. Remove the casing.
  5. Remove all but one memory module making sure you are grounded while doing so.
  6. Replace the casing and put the remaining memory modules in a safe, static free environment.
  7. If the problem persists, repeat steps 1-4 and move the memory module to another slot (while staying grounded, of course).

Do this until all slots have been tested. If all slots fail, the memory module may be bad. Test with one of the remaining modules. Continue one module at a time in one slot at a time until you find a good module and good slot. Test remaining modules in the good slot, test good modules in other slots to find bad slots, etc.



Also, do you know the pattern of the beeps you got when the motherboard would not POST? This can be used to determine the hardware fault. Were they short beeps? How many?
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04 Feb 2012   #13
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I feel soooo bad for making you type all that, but I forgot I did run memtest and mdsched before on my 4gigs of RAM about a few weeks ago when these problems started, and after 5-6 passes overnight, no errors were found at all. I also ran Prime95 overnight and stress tested my cpu at 100%, and the temps stayed in a fairly reasonable range (never really broke 40-45 degrees celsius).

Sounds like the MOBO?
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04 Feb 2012   #14
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Sometimes Memtest86+ needs to be run multiple times to find errors. It can pass one day and fail the next, so we won't rule out memory entirely. You don't have to run it now. And don't worry about me typing all that. Most of it was copied and pasted from my troubleshooting files. Helping many people on a daily basis, I would go crazy if I had to type everything. Most of the time I put into these threads is in figuring out which steps to paste and how they coincide with each person posting so they are personalized.

Can you describe the beeps you heard when it would not POST? I have your motherboard manual loading in a tab so I can read through it and hopefully find the beep faults.



1 short: System boots successfully
2 short: CMOS setting error
1 long, 1 short: Memory or motherboard error
1 long, 2 short: Monitor or graphics card error
1 long, 3 short: Keyboard error
1 long, 9 short: BIOS ROM error
Continuous long beeps: Graphics card not inserted properly
Continuous short beeps: Power error
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04 Feb 2012   #15
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

If i remember correctly it sounded like 3 short beeps in a row over and over.

this happened consistently for a while if I hit the reset button on my computer as well.
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04 Feb 2012   #16
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Your motherboard manual has troubleshooting steps for if you hear beeps, as well. http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList...ud5_v2.0_e.pdf

From the sounds of it, I am guessing it is either the Power error, Monitor/graphics card error, or CMOS setting error. If the beeps occur again, listen for any of the patterns outlined in my previous posts so we can narrow it down more.

You could also try resetting BIOS to clear the CMOS. How To Clear CMOS (Reset BIOS)
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04 Feb 2012   #17
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

well I rebooted a few times and it booted normally. I don't think it'd be a power issue as I've stress tested my PSU with OCCT and it never seemed to crash. also it was a long beep first and then some short beeps. I JUST replaced my gfx card with a Radeon 6970 so I don't think its that.
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04 Feb 2012   #18
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

could it possibly be my HDD?
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04 Feb 2012   #19
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Did any hard disk diagnostic tools come with the hard drive? When you say HDD, do you mean SSD?
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04 Feb 2012   #20
faunts

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

no, no tools came with the crucial m4 SSD that I know of, and yes I meant SSD, my apologies.
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