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Windows 7: Random blue screens all day long!

13 May 2012   #1
Welland

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Random blue screens all day long!

Hi!

My computer suddenly started blue screening like crazy about 2 weeks ago. Some of the blue screens aren't even in the MiniDump because I get impatient and turn the computer off before it creates another log. The error is different almost everytime as you can see in the MiniDumps, which made this really hard to research the problem!

Also around four times so far the computer won't even boot up after a blue screen, only the fans and lights turn on... I painstakingly found that I have to remove the cmos battery for about 10 seconds, then put it back in and power up to fix this (not sure if related).

I'll get the blue screens when the computer is sitting idle, when I'm playing games, or even while windows is trying to load.

Any suggestions besides reformatting? I bought the computer 2nd hand and it never came with a Windows 7 CD, although I could get one if it's required. Also uploaded dxdiag for system specs

Thank you!
Welland.


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13 May 2012   #2
Welland

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, it seems I'm not the only one with this problem! I read through multiple threads and started trying things on my own. Seems a lot of people with this issue are running Asus mobos with AMD CPU.

My motherboard: http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/A...78TE/#download

I downloaded the latest update (M4A78T-E BIOS 3503) and used the AsusUpdater to flash the bios. SO far so good... although I've only been able to test for about 4 hours. For now, I think the other users could use help more than me. Good luck!
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13 May 2012   #3
Welland

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Bah, unfortunately it didn't work. The computer has been freezing a lot today. I read another thread where the screen gets all distorted and makes a strange sound. That's exactly what mine does! I still think there is some correlation between the asus motherboards and this problem...
Any ideas?
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14 May 2012   #4
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

The most recent crashes point to hardware problems. One indicates a graphics card based crash.


warning   Warning
Before you proceed with the following, answer these two questions: Are you still under warranty? Does your warranty allow you to open up the machine to check hardware? If you are unsure of the answers to these questions, contact your system manufacturer. WARNING: The steps that follow can void your warranty!!!


  • If you are overclocking any hardware, please stop.

  • Monitor temperatures during the following tests.
    Use the following programs to monitor the temperatures.
  • Run the boot version of Memtest86+ paying close attention to Parts 2 and 3 of the tutorial. Also, in case Memtest86+ misses anything and comes up with no errors, run the extended version of the Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool for at least five passes. These you may want to run overnight since they take a long time to complete (run them an hour before bed each of the next two nights and check before going to sleep that they are still running).

    For Part 3: If You Have Errors: If you swap any memory components, follow these steps for ESD safety:
    1. Shut down and turn off your computer.
    2. Unplug all power supplies to the computer (AC Power then battery for laptops, AC power for desktops)
    3. Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and ensure all power drains from components.
    4. Make sure you are grounded by using proper grounding techniques, i.e. work on an anti-static workbench, anti-static desk, or an anti-static pad. Hold something metallic while touching it to the anti-static surface, or use an anti-static wristband to attach to the anti-static material while working.
    Once these steps have been followed, it is safe to remove and replace components within your computer.


Re-install or install the latest drivers for your display card. Your current drivers may be corrupt and/or outdated. Use the following method to re-install the drivers.
  1. Download the drivers you want for your display card(s)
  2. Click Start Menu
  3. Click Control Panel
  4. Click Uninstall a program
  5. For NVIDIA:
    • Uninstall the NVIDIA Graphics Driver (this should uninstall all NVIDIA software and drivers)
    • Restart your computer
    • Make sure NVIDIA 3D Vision Driver, NVIDIA 3D Vision Video Player, NVIDIA HD Audio Driver, and NVIDIA PhysX System Software are not still listed under Uninstall a program through Control Panel
    • If any remain of the above, uninstall one at a time
    • If asked to restart after uninstalling any of the above, do so, and continue uninstalling any remaining NVIDIA items until all are removed
  6. For AMD:
    • Uninstall AMD Catalyst Install Manager if it is listed (this should remove all AMD graphics software and drivers)
    • If AMD Catalyst Install Manager is not listed, use the following method to uninstall the graphics drivers:
      1. Click Start Menu
      2. Right Click My Computer/Computer
      3. Click Manage
      4. Click Device Manager from the list on the left
      5. Expand Display adapters
      6. Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)
        • Right click the adapter
        • Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
        • Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device (if this option is available, otherwise just hit OK) and hit OK

        Alternatively:
        1. Login as an adminstrative user
        2. Click Start Menu
        3. Click Control Panel
        4. Click Hardware and Sound
        5. Click Device Manager (the last link under Devices and Printers)
        6. Expand Display adapters
        7. Do the following for each adapter (in case you have multiple display cards)
          • Right click the adapter
          • Click Uninstall (do not click OK in the dialog box that pops up after hitting Uninstall)
          • Put a tick in Delete driver software for this device (if this option is available, otherwise just hit OK) and hit OK
    • Restart your computer after uninstalling drivers for all display cards
    • Install the driver you selected for the display cards once Windows starts


Please fill in your system specs for your profile and not in a post in this thread. Use System Info - See Your System Specs as a guide to fill in your specs.
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08 Jun 2012   #5
Welland

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi,

After months of researching and my computer crashing, I finally figured it out! Something so simple: My mobo has 4 RAM slots, and I have 2x 2GB sticks. I had been placing the ram in the same coloured slots: 1 & 2 or 3 & 4. I ended up trying slots #2 & 4 (when counting from the CPU). Voila! No more blue screens! After months and months of my computer crashing 10 times a day... I'm so relieved. Posting my solution in case someone else has the same problem as me, it's something worth trying.
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08 Jun 2012   #6
writhziden

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

That could mean you have motherboard, CPU, or RAM problems. Could also just be a settings issue. If you are happy with the solution, though, then I will not argue.
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08 Jun 2012   #7
Welland

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I agree, I'm fairly certain it is the motherboard. I read at least 30 threads about the exact same problems that I was having, and what did they all have in common? Asus motherboards. I almost think it's some design flaw...

But! For now it's fixed, and in the future I will try another brand of mobo. TY
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