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

19 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
BSOD 0x124 only when gaming. Help appreciated!

Hey guys.

First of all I apologize for posting a 0x124 BSOD-related thread (at least I think it is!). From what I gather these errors are super generic/common and don't really contain much specific information to work from - however I'm PRAYING that my lack of knowledge has led me to see right past the giant elephant in the room, and that somebody here will supply me with a single download link that'll fix all my problems. Well.. one can hope.

So, I bought my computer custom built about 2 years ago and I've had BSOD problems on and off when gaming ever since. I'm not much of a tech-head when things get as involved as this, but I've done a little digging during this time and there were obviously a lot of possible reasons for the crashes, but since it wasn't a constant thing I put up with it. It's not since I've decided to sell the system that I've started looking into the issue properly.

The processor IS overclocked (at 3.6GHz currently) but since the blue screen's have only been limited to games I assumed it was a smaller hardware-related problem. System performance has been fine otherwise.

Anyway, here are my specs. I've also attached my BSOD dump, perfmon report & system file collection for you guys to take a look at. My BSOD dump dates back to 2011, I'm guessing some got lost along the way with disk clean-ups/reformatting. It's also worth noting that I've tried to at least narrow down the possibilities by keeping drivers updated, playing at low settings, reformatting and running Windows Memory Diagnostic tests (no problems here), but to no avail. Any help is really appreciated.

System Specs

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - OEM
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.80GHz (Bloomfield) (Socket LGA1366) - OEM
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM
Graphics Cards: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024MB GDDR5 PCI-Express Crossfire (Two of these)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Intel X58 (Socket 1366) DDR3
RAM: Kingston HyperX 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3-12800CL9 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel
PSU: Corsair TX 650W v2

Again, I'm sorry if I haven't looked into the issue further myself. Truth is I'm not quite sure where to start, and if somebody with a trained eye can look over the attached files, maybe I'll get some direction

Please let me know if there's any other information you need. Thanks again!

- Ash

My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

The only way to diagnose this is to start from a known baseline. That means reverting back to default. I note you have BIOS from 2010 and updating that may help

Also when you resolve this issue your should update to SP-1

Please run the System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) and then update to SP-1


32 Bit

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ang=en&id=3132

64 Bit

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ng=en&id=20858


Now update to SP-1

http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1


Processor may be overclocked!
Expected Frequency: 2800
Actual Frequency: 3629
Overclock Ratio: 1.29
Machine ID Information [From Smbios 2.4, DMIVersion 36, Size=1267]
BiosVendor = Award Software International, Inc.
BiosVersion = F5
BiosReleaseDate = 03/11/2010
SystemManufacturer = Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
SystemProductName = X58A-UD3R
SystemFamily =
SystemVersion =
SystemSKU =
BaseBoardManufacturer = Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
BaseBoardProduct = X58A-UD3R
BaseBoardVersion = x.x
CPUID: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 930 @ 2.80GHz"
MaxSpeed: 2800
CurrentSpeed: 3629
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19 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks for your prompt reply zigzag.

I have downloaded the System Update Readiness Tool, however the last link you provided for SP1 gives me quite a few options to download. I am currently downloading "windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe" as I have the 64bit version of Windows 7 HP, but are there any other files there that I need?

EDIT: Here's the link to the download page:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en...ang=en&id=5842
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19 Apr 2012   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AshBadger View Post
Thanks for your prompt reply zigzag.

I have downloaded the System Update Readiness Tool, however the last link you provided for SP1 gives me quite a few options to download. I am currently downloading "windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe" as I have the 64bit version of Windows 7 HP, but are there any other files there that I need?
Hp uses the same SP-1 file as others. Run SURT and it will tell you if you need any other files before updating to SP-1
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19 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

This MAY be caused by two reasons: (or others that I don't know)
1. Processor might not have the cooling fluid that you may buy separately from the CPU, and when you play games, it is more loaded than on other applications, and it fails because of over-heating. This causes the BSOD and sure, reboot to cool down.

2. PSU might not be able to keep your graphic card running (it consumes more electricity while on games). But your PSU has got enough power so I don't think this is the problem.

Or it may be something that I don't know Sometimes BSOD is the hardware's fault.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AshBadger View Post
Thanks for your prompt reply zigzag.

I have downloaded the System Update Readiness Tool, however the last link you provided for SP1 gives me quite a few options to download. I am currently downloading "windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe" as I have the 64bit version of Windows 7 HP, but are there any other files there that I need?
Hp uses the same SP-1 file as others. Run SURT and it will tell you if you need any other files before updating to SP-1
I probably should have checked before-hand but after downloading SP-1 and attempting to install, it seems I already have it. Strange, I would've thought this information would be stated somewhere in the files I provided. Would it make sense to remove SP-1 and try a re-install to see if that updates my BIOS?

EDIT: Would it be a good idea to download a BIOS update from the manufacturer's website? This seems to be referred to as "BIOS flashing" which I see is pretty important (or dangerous if handled incorrectly!).. http://uk.gigabyte.com/products/prod...3305&dl=1#bios

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bodo2000 View Post
This MAY be caused by two reasons: (or others that I don't know)
1. Processor might not have the cooling fluid that you may buy separately from the CPU, and when you play games, it is more loaded than on other applications, and it fails because of over-heating. This causes the BSOD and sure, reboot to cool down.

2. PSU might not be able to keep your graphic card running (it consumes more electricity while on games). But your PSU has got enough power so I don't think this is the problem.

Or it may be something that I don't know Sometimes BSOD is the hardware's fault.
I also considered the possibility of overheating, but I initially disregarded the idea as the Blue Screen's have not been happening all the time over the past 2 years, plus I have a CPU cooler (Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B). Since yesterday I haven't had a BSOD since 2011 (according to my BSOD dump at least). I downloaded some mods for Skyrim, played it, and bam. Tried another performance-demanding game today (BF3) to see if it reoccurred and before I know it - BSOD. There could be some truth to what you're saying though.. something in there must be having a hard time keeping up, but I'll be damned if I know what it is.
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19 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

0x124 is normally a hardware fault in my experience! Would be worth trying each GPU seperatly to see if this happens on any of them! A 650W PSU would probably struggle at this spec on full load so see if you could swap test this with one thats got abit more power!
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20 Apr 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tezlewis View Post
0x124 is normally a hardware fault in my experience! Would be worth trying each GPU seperatly to see if this happens on any of them! A 650W PSU would probably struggle at this spec on full load so see if you could swap test this with one thats got abit more power!
Thanks for the suggestion. Perhaps trying them separately is something I can do if there is any evidence pointing at the GPU as a possible reason for the problem. I think it'd be wise for me to wait for some more suggestions/opinions given my lack of experience in this area!

Does anyone have any thoughts on trying to update the BIOS via the motherboard manufacturer's website? I appear to have Version "F5" and there have been a few releases since then: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1366 - GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0)
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20 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Sorry for the double post, but can anyone advise for/against updating the BIOS this way? I will probably go ahead and try updating it at my own risk anyway but I'd just like to know if there's anything I should be aware of before doing so.

Also ran a full disk check and a System File Check (sfc /scannow) with no apparent problems here.
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20 Apr 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Do not update to one of the Beta versions. F6 is your best bet.
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