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Windows 7: BSOD 0x124 only when gaming. Help appreciated!

21 Apr 2012   #11
AshBadger

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by writhziden View Post
Do not update to one of the Beta versions. F6 is your best bet.
Thanks for the advice, I guess I could try it once I've exhausted my other options.

One of my biggest concerns is the effect the BIOS update will have on my overclocked processor. Obviously this process of overclocking involved the modification of the processor's parameters, so will these modifications be wiped along with the current version of my BIOS?

Also, I ran a scan with a driver-finding service called DriverAgent which I came across on the Gigabyte website, now I understand that these services are not always reliable/conclusive, but it tells me that I have "12 bad drivers". It wouldn't hurt to have all the drivers up-to-date or repaired, but I only have BSOD 0x124 problems when gaming. Would any of the following "bad drivers" have a negative effect on my system when gaming?






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21 Apr 2012   #12
AshBadger

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

UPDATE 1: I tried to roll back my graphics drivers today (from AMD Catalyst 12.3 to 12.1), managed to get an hour of game-time in before another BSOD (the crash report tells me it's another BSOD 124, though I just had a black flickering screen when it crashed). Also ran a memtest (memtest86) a couple of times last night, no problems here.

I've seen on another forum that the "C1E Enhanced Halt State" setting in the BIOS can be a possible cause for such crashes on overclocked systems - I'm going to try disabling this.
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21 Apr 2012   #13
AshBadger

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

UPDATE 2: So I disabled "C1E Enhanced Halt State", un-installed AVG and even turned my top fan up to the Medium setting. Kept Skyrim going for 2 hours whilst putting it through it's paces and haven't crashed at all. Hopefully this is due to the disabled C1E. From what I've read the C1E Enhanced Halt State stops CPU main internal clocks and reduces CPU voltage... I guess this somehow relates to my overclocked processor which links with idle/load temperatures when I'm gaming?

Anyway, I'll re-install AVG and see if I get the BSOD again. I'll mark as solved if everything goes well, but I thought I'd share my progress in case others have a similar issue.

(Bumped so others can see)
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21 Apr 2012   #14
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks for keeping us updated. Look like good steps. And you are probably correct about the C1E Enhanced Halt State. If it lowers the CPU voltage, that can have an adverse effect on the overclocking.
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24 Apr 2012   #15
AshBadger

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Well just when I thought all was going well, I had another crash when running Battlefield 3 (same as last time, just a black flickering screen but the report tells me it's a BSOD 124), though Skyrim seems to be fine. At a bit of a loss with this, and I really wanted to avoid flashing the BIOS..
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24 Apr 2012   #16
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Disable your overclock and see if it runs stable. We usually recommend disabling the overclock as a troubleshooting step to see if the problems lie in the overclock causing instability (which overclock will to some extent) or if problems result from some other underlying conflicts/faults in the system.
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24 Apr 2012   #17
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I completely agree with writhziden here. You need to stop overclocking if you are getting an 0x124 error. This is almost always related to hardware that is overworked, overheated. or failing. Please revert to "Fail Safe Settings" in your BIOS. Also, you have a Gigabyte MoBo, if you are using ANY of the Gigabyte softclocking utilities, stop.

After you do so, download Hardware Monitor(to monitor system temperatures) and run Prime95 on blend for a few hours and watch your temps.
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