Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: BSoDs on random intervals

05 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
BSoDs on random intervals

Greetings, everyone.

I have an issue that I believe You might be able to take care of or at least explain it to me. I've bought a new machine a while ago (6 months, I believe), built it from scratch with various components.
Since the beginning, I've been having weird BSoD problems.
For instance, I get to have like 5-6 BSoDs in a single day, then nothing for like 2-3 weeks, and then they start again. I do believe it's the hardware issue, but please check out all of the information provided and try to figure something out.

Attached You'll find zipped system report, jcgriff and minidump folders, as requested in the tutorial for BSoD problems.

System spec:

AMD Phenom x4 975, 3.6 ghz
4 GB DDR3, 1667 mhz
1 GB VRAM, ATI Radeon HD 6700
A cheap 1 TB hard drive (was buying the machine during those unfortunate events in hard disk factory)
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Hope all of this information will be enough, and that you'll be able to, if not address, then at least identify the problem.

Best regards,


My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 May 2012   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.


Lets see if this information can help you...

These crashes were caused by memory corruption/exception (Cx05) probably a driver.
Please run these two tests to verify your memory and find which driver is causing the problem.

* If you are overclocking anything reset to default before running these tests.
In other words STOP!!!

* If you have a Raid update its Driver.

*Download a copy of Memtest86 and burn the ISO to a CD using Iso Recorder or another ISO burning program. Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

*Boot from the CD, and leave it running for at least 5-7 passes.

Just remember, any time Memtest reports errors, it can be either bad RAM or a bad motherboard slot.

Test the sticks individually, and if you find a good one, test it in all slots.

Any errors are indicative of a memory problem.

If a known good stick fails in a motherboard slot it is probably the slot.

RAM - Test with Memtest86+

Driver Verifier

Using Driver Verifier is an iffy proposition.
Most times it'll crash and it'll tell you what the driver is.
But sometimes it'll crash and won't tell you the driver.
Other times it'll crash before you can log in to Windows.
If you can't get to Safe Mode, then you'll have to resort to offline editing of the registry to disable Driver Verifier.

I'd suggest that you first backup your stuff and then make sure you've got access to another computer so you can contact us if problems arise.
Then make a System Restore point (so you can restore the system using the Vista/Win7 Startup Repair feature).

In Windows 7 you can make a Startup Repair disk by going to Start....All Programs...Maintenance...Create a System Repair Disc - with Windows Vista you'll have to use your installation disk or the "Repair your computer" option at the top of the Safe Mode menu .

Then, here's the procedure:
- Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
- Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next"
- Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
- Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" and click "Next"
NOTE: You can use Low Resource Simulation if you'd like.
From my limited experimentation it makes the BSOD's come faster.
- Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
- Select "Finish" on the next page.

If you are using win 8 add these

- Concurrency Stress Test
- DDI compliance checking

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen.
Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly.
The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out.
If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation

Reboot into Windows (after the crash) and turn off Driver Verifier by going back in and selecting "Delete existing settings" on the first page, then locate and zip up the memory dump file and upload it with your next post.

If you can't get into Windows because it crashes too soon, try it in Safe Mode.
If you can't get into Safe Mode, try using System Restore from your installation DVD to set the system back to the previous restore point that you created.

Thanks to JGriff2 & Usasma.
Using Driver Verifier to identify issues with Windows drivers for advanced users

Driver Verifier

Using Driver Verifier (Windows Drivers)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, I did the Driver Scanner thingy and it seems like it worked. My Ethernet network card had, I quote, an "ancient" driver, so I manually updated that and no BSoD since then.

We'll see if they come back eventually, if this is just calm before the storm, but until then, it'll be nice to work normally on my computer.

Thank you, JMH, for kind and swift assistance.

Best regards,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

08 May 2012   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.

You are welcome.
When you are happy that all is well please mark your thread as solved.
Should you get any more BSOD's upload the DMP's here again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I'll just mark this as solved, if any more BSoDs occur, I'll... be angry.
Thank you again.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 May 2012   #6

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.

Should any more occur you know where to find us.
Good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 BSoDs on random intervals

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Random BSODs with random intervals (have files from SF diagnostics)
Getting random BSODS from 5 times a week to 2 times a week to 0 times a week its really random and i hope the files can describe the issue.
BSOD Help and Support
BSODs at random intervals, multiple error codes
Hi everyone, I'm new to this forum and would appreciate some help on some BSOD problems I have been having. The BSODs seem to happen at random ranging from when I'm browsing the web or just simply having a pdf file open and the error codes for each BSOD have been varied. I can't pinpoint exactly...
BSOD Help and Support
Multiple BSODs (Occurs at start-up or random intervals) unknown errors
Hello all, I hope you all are well, I've been having issues with this computer and I'm not quite too sure what the issue is, I'm trying to post this quickly before I have another BSOD lol. I will edit it later and include more information such as specific hardware components. Thank you for your...
BSOD Help and Support
Random BSODs at odd intervals
Hi, So my PC was working fine before I went away for 4 days, I come back and now it is BSODing sometimes every half an hour, sometimes only twice a day. I can't seem to notice a pattern with the dump files anywhere and don't know what is causing it. I should mention that recently I got a new...
BSOD Help and Support
Very difficult to diagnose BSODs at random intervals.
Hi all, I would really appreciate some analysis on some dump files. I've had a computer running rock solid for about 18mths. I've just used ~70% of it's parts to build a new computer for my dad and since then he's been experiencing constant BSODs. The computer is running a freshly installed...
BSOD Help and Support
BSODs and Restarts at random intervals
I'm getting restarts and BSODs with no reliable/reproducible trigger. I have a 99% new computer, built within the last year: Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Core i7 870 16GB DDR3 RAM Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 MoBo The only pieces I'm reusing from my old rig are the monitors, and my DROBO. I'm afraid,...
BSOD Help and Support

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:49.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App