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Windows 7: Can my BSOD be a grounding issue?

20 Feb 2012   #1
portofmiami

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Can my BSOD be a grounding issue?

Windows 7 HP 64 bit.
Original installed OS - OEM.

Purchased PC in US and imported to Sweden. Have had computer 7 weeks, and get three types of freezes/shutdowns: BSOD, unintended shutdown, freeze forcing a manual shutdown.

These occur sporadically, but multiple times in a row.

Important to note: The wall outlets into which I have my computer power plugged are not grounded. I have manually run a grounding wire from the computer power cable to some metal pipes. Not sure if this is sufficient or relevant, though I suspect it could be the culprit. This wire sparks with static occasionally.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. As a recent convert back to the world of Windows from Linux, I've searched for weeks in order to solve this problem myself, but to no avail.


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20 Feb 2012   #2
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi portofmiami and welcome to w7 Forums

Your earthing arrangements could be significant, especially as the wire you use is prone to static discharge. Have you tried an antisurge device?
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21 Feb 2012   #3
portofmiami

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Static drops to zero when computer is unplugged

Thanks for your speedy reply.

Quote:
Have you tried an antisurge device?
I haven't. I'm not sure I follow though. How would an anti-surge device effect grounding?

Last night, I shutdown the computer, and my grounding wire, when moved by me across the surface of the pipes to which I have it connected, sparked constantly. I assumed the computer itself was emitting the static, but after 5 minutes with no reduction in static, I unplugged the computer from the wall socket, and the static discharge dissipated immediately and entirely. Apparently the static originates from the electrical current?

I am not an electrician, and this is my first experience with grounding issues. Any clues as to how this works?

Also, in my original post, I attached the dump files from my BSOD's. Do they provide any clues as to the cause of the shutdowns?

BTW: the wall outlets here use 220v, not 120v as in the U.S.
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