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Windows 7: Fresh Build - Constant BSOD - Multiple Codes - 3b, 50, a

24 May 2012   #41
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Good choice on the RAM.

Running with two RAM cards installed at stock settings is a quick way to test the system for any instability. If it runs stable, then it is indicating that the settings need adjusting for the 4X2GB RAM cards to become stable.

The 1.56v for the RAM you have should be enough voltage at 1333MHz, for all four RAM cards installed and the QPI/Vtt Voltage 1.16v.

Set both channels to the same timings.
For the 'Command Rate' 2 and 2T are the same thing.
Did you set the first four RAM timings to 9-9-9-24?

With these settings saved in BIOS, install all four RAM cards and run Prime95 blend test.


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27 May 2012   #42
LP81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well...

Just got home tonight and it looks like the new RAM showed up in the mail on Saturday.

Popped it in and so far it is stable.

I am going thru and loading up the essentials then run the PRIME95 tests again (low, high and blend)

but so far it seems that swapping out to 1.5V memory has done the trick.

I will report back in a few days as to if this if officially "solved"

thanks
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28 May 2012   #43
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

That's good news, hope the new RAM runs stable for you.

Let us know in a couple of days if you have any issues, if none you can mark the thread Solved.
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28 May 2012   #44
LP81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Good news and Bad News...

No new BSODs to speak of... but now I am having LAN connection issues...

I get about 30-45 seconds of full latency followed by nothing.

Problems exists across all mediums:
Downloads - pull down some data then freeze, have to constantly pause and resume downloads (Firefox, IE and Chrome)
YouTube - plays nicely for about 30 seconds then it catches up to the buffered spot and stop playing
Diablo 3 - 100ms ping for about 30 seconds then 800+ms ping for a few seconds. then back to normal.

I am on a hardwired connection, have reset the router, cable modem, etc. Downloaded the latest LAN drivers directly from manufactured site. Verified my speed on speedtest.net and pingtest.net - both strong connections, but obviously not a long enough of a test to show the dropping.

This seemed to happen with the original Mobo I had as well. I originally chalked it up to the BSOD and memory issues we have now solved, but since it is on the new board as well I think it is a symptom of the board itself.

I have also verified my connection (wired and wireless) with 2 other computer in my house and they are streaming/buffering cleanly.

That being said...

I did not install any of the goofy drivers on the original disc since they are mostly bloatware junk that do nothing.

Are there are extended tests or similar I can run to help diagnose the dropped signals?
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29 May 2012   #45
Dave76

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Have you updated all your drivers from the Gigabyte website?
GA-Z68AP-D3 Driver Download
Check them all, install the LAN driver from Gigabyte.
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29 May 2012   #46
LP81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dave76 View Post
Have you updated all your drivers from the Gigabyte website?
GA-Z68AP-D3 Driver Download
Check them all, install the LAN driver from Gigabyte.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LP81 View Post
... Downloaded the latest LAN drivers directly from manufactured site. ...
Yep - Already downloaded both the LAN driver and the LAN Diagnostic tool directly from gigabyte's site. I see no need for any of the other drivers list there (except maybe the chipset ones)
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29 May 2012   #47
Vir Gnarus

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Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Latency spikes are commonly the result of packet loss, which results in the connection needing to resuscitate itself to get back on track. You said this occurred on the previous motherboard as well? If so, unless you happened to be grabbing mobo's from a bad batch, I can't suspect the onboard network controller to be responsible.

You may want to change ports on the router to see if that affects anything. Next, grab a new cable and see if that works (majority of network problems boil down to cabling issues). As for software issues that may cause this, I've found that a heavily bloated hosts file caused by antispyware programs like Spybot Search & Destroy can generate these spikes, because during certain network activity Windows will periodically buffer the hosts file, and if it's big enough then it'll cause these hangs. Misbehaving AV products can also cause this, so check for any engine updates on em as well as try and determine if there's any conflicts like running two AV engines at once (never a good idea).
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29 May 2012   #48
LP81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

According to pingtest.org there were zero packets lost during it's test

I'll try a different port & cable when I get home.

Only AV/ASW on the system right now is Microsoft Security Essentials.

Only other item that might be going out and getting constant feedback is the a Network Monitor Widget -- Desktop gadgets - Microsoft Windows -- Network Meter V6.4
- by Keat
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29 May 2012   #49
Vir Gnarus

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

I still recommend you locate your hosts file (\Windows\system32\drivers\etc) and see how many entries are present.

As for figuring out if there's any software that's spiking this, we could use xperf with network tags, but we'll wait until you take care of the cable and port thing before we resort to it. If other troubleshooting venues do not offer a solution, then you can do preliminary setup for xperf by installing the Windows SDK. When asked what items to install, you'll want to select the Performance Toolkit in its entirety.
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30 May 2012   #50
LP81

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Swapped out network cables and ports.

No difference.

Verified original cord on a laptop and it's a smooth connection

Host file is basically empty:

# Copyright (c) 1993-2009 Microsoft Corp.
#
# This is a sample HOSTS file used by Microsoft TCP/IP for Windows.
#
# This file contains the mappings of IP addresses to host names. Each
# entry should be kept on an individual line. The IP address should
# be placed in the first column followed by the corresponding host name.
# The IP address and the host name should be separated by at least one
# space.
#
# Additionally, comments (such as these) may be inserted on individual
# lines or following the machine name denoted by a '#' symbol.
#
# For example:
#
# 102.54.94.97 rhino.acme.com # source server
# 38.25.63.10 x.acme.com # x client host

# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
# 127.0.0.1 localhost
# ::1 localhost



Downloaded the SDK, but it told me I don't have .NET Framework 4 installed.

Looked in my windows update list and there's 15 or so files that keep failing to install.

Told it to install them now rather than at restart and up pops:

Install Windows Service Pack

Installation was not sucessful

A system error prevented the service pack from installing. Please download and run the "Check for System Update Readiness" tool at Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

If the "Check for System Update Readiness" tool doesn't fix the problem, visit the Microsoft Website for more information (Details)


Downloaded said file (took multiple tries obvious with said jittery connection), ran it and it said

Some updates were not installed: Hotfix for Windows (KB947821)
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