|23 Feb 2012||#1|
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BSOD and crashing while gaming. A real nuisance
I built a rig roughly three years ago, which has had a constant and nightmarish issue that re-occurs randomly to haunt me. Briefly, my computer has always run fine in windows mode but when I'm gaming (e.g. Team Fortress 2, Empire: Total War) it either goes to a BSOD that varies in content (though I have attached an .jpg of the last one) or a mass of colours and distorted pixellation appear coupled with a system crash. I am inept when it comes to computer problem solving, though this is not for want of trying. When this problem doesn't occur (and sometimes it doesn't for months), it is probably more down to luck than anything else; possibly I fix it unbeknownst to me.
I am not knowledgeable enough to make judgements, but one of my mates insists it's a GPU issue, but I have my doubts: I have had two cards in my rig (my first was a GTX 260) and the problem has always been there. Furthermore, this problem has the annoying habit of vanishing and reappearing, suggesting that it's a software issue. However, after having cleaned my computer for dust the other day, this issue came back with a vengeance.
I would really appreciate some advice, and I thank anyone who takes the time to help me.
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|24 Feb 2012||#3|
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avgnt.exe c:\program files (x86)\avira\antivir desktop\avgnt.exe 2880 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:08 22.214.171.124 252.45 KB (258,512 bytes) 14/12/2011 19:09 avguard.exe c:\program files (x86)\avira\antivir desktop\avguard.exe 1864 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:07 126.96.36.199 107.45 KB (110,032 bytes) 14/12/2011 19:09 avshadow.exe c:\program files (x86)\avira\antivir desktop\avshadow.exe 2428 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:08 188.8.131.52 242.95 KB (248,784 bytes) 14/12/2011 19:09 sched.exe c:\program files (x86)\avira\antivir desktop\sched.exe 1524 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:07 184.108.40.206 84.20 KB (86,224 bytes) 14/12/2011 19:09 msmpeng.exe c:\program files\microsoft security client\antimalware\msmpeng.exe 880 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:07 3.0.8402.0 12.48 KB (12,784 bytes) 27/04/2011 18:21 nissrv.exe c:\program files\microsoft security client\antimalware\nissrv.exe 2904 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:08 3.0.8402.0 281.52 KB (288,272 bytes) 27/04/2011 18:21 msseces.exe c:\program files\microsoft security client\msseces.exe 2664 8 200 1380 24/02/2012 01:08 2.1.1116.0 1.37 MB (1,436,736 bytes) 15/06/2011 15:35
There were no .dmp files attached. Is the blue screen freezing resulting in a required hard shut down (you have to physically hold the power button down for 5-10 seconds)?
Bug Check 0x7E: SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED should give some information on the crash.
We will start with the common problems first. Do the following steps and test by doing your normal routine after each step to see if stability increases (the memory tests you can run concurrently as they will not increase stability unless you are forced to move modules around). Post back your results after each step, and if you get a blue screen crash, upload the files again and await further instructions after we are able to analyze the crash.
If you can do your normal routine for a few weeks without a crash, and your crashes are usually more frequent than that, then the problem is likely solved.
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